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Angry drivers, clogged intersections and cars stretching for block after block is no way to start your day. It's even more frustrating in the afternoon, after you've put in a long day at the office. If you're tired of traffic logistics around Chicago, trade in your wheels for some power walking shoes. Whether you live[...]

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After more than 2,000 visits to more than 100 downtown Chicago apartments, the results are in. Check out HotSpot Rentals winners for The Best of Chicago's Downtown Apartments 2017. The "Best of" Categories During the first half of 2017, we polled our agents and asked them to rank their top Chicago apartments from these five categories:[...]

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A large percentage of downtown Chicago apartments are in high-rise buildings. These are buildings that have 12 or more stories of residential apartments and generally come with every amenity a renter could need from gym, to dog run, to pool. For this convenience, high-rise apartments are more desirable than ever in today’s Chicago rental market. So,[...]

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You’re apartment hunting and can’t figure out why the 600-square foot studio apartment feels bigger than the 700-square foot one bedroom. Is this apartment really smaller than the last? Is there more than one way to measure square footage? Why waste time looking at apartments that are smaller than what I want? Does the square[...]

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This week we have compiled a list of our 7 favorite rooftops in Chicago’s downtown luxury apartments. Let’s take full advantage of this summer and check them out. #1) Niche 905, River North Thank you Niche for stepping back and taking advantage of the city skyline and the openness of the West view! This rooftop deck[...]

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There are a lot of perks when you choose to live with roommates, not the least of which is building awesome friendships. But, if you are looking for some less obvious, more practical reasons, here's a bunch to get you excited about living with a roommate or two. Save Money Splitting the cost of a[...]

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Whether you are new to the area or a Chicago veteran, it is helpful to know that Chicago's streets are a big grid, with the center of the city located at State and Madison. If you hear a street name that is called "north something," you know it's "above Madison." Someone mentions "west something," and[...]

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So you're contemplating a life without a car and trying to weigh out the options. Chicago is the perfect city to go car-less, but if you don't believe me, here are four things to consider when trying to make the decision. Parking 101 I would love to be writing about all of the amazing free[...]

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