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December 12, 2013 | By Megan Crepeau, @crepeau and RedEye
Thanks, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University report, for confirming what we all already felt: The rent really is too damn high. The study, released Monday, found several actual economic reasons you keep dreading the first week of the month. Pile them all on top of each other, and things seem bleak. Have a look. We still haven't gotten over the foreclosure crisis. Millions of people lost their homes after the financial crash post-2008, and they didn't go right back and buy another house.
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April 29, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas
April showers often bring May rent hikes in Chicago, as many renters look into renewing their leases. How much can a landlord legally raise the rent in Chicago from one year to the next? There are no state rent control laws, so the answer is: however much they want to, as long as their current tenants or prospective new tenants will bite. "Landlords can raise rent as much and as often as they want" between leases, said John Bartlett, the executive director of the city's Metropolitan Tenants Organization, as long as they give tenants at least 30 days' notice.
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September 11, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
No one knows better than Jeremy Dubin that now is a great time to buy a house. And yet Dubin, an @Properties real estate broker, sold his Roscoe Village townhouse in the spring and moved into his new place - a luxury apartment in Goose Island. His 23-story building, SoNo East, opened in June, but it's quickly becoming its own social network. Management hosts happy hours for its residents, who have access to a hot tub, fire pit, gym, billiard room and a four-story parking garage (one of the amenities that appealed most to Dubin)
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December 12, 2013 | By Megan Crepeau, @crepeau and RedEye
Thanks, Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University report, for confirming what we all already felt: The rent really is too damn high. The study, released Monday, found several actual economic reasons you keep dreading the first week of the month. Pile them all on top of each other, and things seem bleak. Have a look. We still haven't gotten over the foreclosure crisis. Millions of people lost their homes after the financial crash post-2008, and they didn't go right back and buy another house.
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April 12, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Add “in space” to “Escape from New York” or “Con Air” and you pretty much get the gist of “Lockout,” an action movie with ambitions only of stupid fun and completely ridiculous, logic-bending action. The “fun” part comes and goes. Guy Pearce stars as Snow, a wrongly convicted ex-CIA operative in 2079 Washington, D.C. with a choice to make: Succumb to a 30-year sentence in an outer-space prison that freezes its inmates or sneak onto the maximum-security facility, which murderer and rapist inmates have recently overtaken, and save the president's...
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April 29, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas
April showers often bring May rent hikes in Chicago, as many renters look into renewing their leases. How much can a landlord legally raise the rent in Chicago from one year to the next? There are no state rent control laws, so the answer is: however much they want to, as long as their current tenants or prospective new tenants will bite. "Landlords can raise rent as much and as often as they want" between leases, said John Bartlett, the executive director of the city's Metropolitan Tenants Organization, as long as they give tenants at least 30 days' notice.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Got some money to burn to ring in 2012? Fans of Grant Achatz's Next restaurant, The Aviary cocktail lounge and the Office, it's basement bar, should know that both are available for rental on New Year's Eve. On Dec. 1, Achatz posted the following on his Facebook page: "Here's something different for New Year's Eve: One Golden Ticket each to Next, the Aviary and the Office. Rather than get the tired champagne at midnight toast, why not rent out: Next for you and 61 friends; Aviary for you and 84 friends; the Office for you and 17...
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July 2, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer, For RedEye
No, your paychecks haven't been getting smaller - and neither has your kitchen. If it seems like it's getting harder to find an affordable, spacious rental in Chicago, that's because it is. Rents are up and vacancies are down as the economy continues to tread water. Net rent prices increased 14 percent from 2005 to 2010 - the latest data available. Meanwhile, about 40 percent of Cook County residents are renters, according to a 2011 study released by the DePaul University Institute for Housing Studies.
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June 24, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
When an Englewood man walked into a Lincoln Park apartment realty office on North Clark Street Sunday afternoon, he said he wanted to rent an apartment, according to state prosecutors. But when the realtor left his office to get the man an application, he allegedly stole an iPhone from the office desk and bolted. Marckell Giles, 20, of the 57000 block of South Aberdeen Street, was arrested Sunday afternoon on Diversey Parkway for stealing the realtor's iPhone, minutes after he left the office.
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July 2, 2012 | Harry Huggins and For RedEye
Independence Day is undeniably linked with the water. The legendary call of Paul Revere went "One if by land, two if by sea. " One of the most famous paintings from America's infancy is of George Washington on a boat crossing the Delaware. And in Chicago, there are the Fourth of July fireworks at Navy Pier. Lake Michigan is one of the best spots to take in the Fourth festivities, and Chicagoans looking to ditch the family grill-out and head to the water have a range of options for boat rentals and charters.
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June 24, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
When an Englewood man walked into a Lincoln Park apartment realty office on North Clark Street Sunday afternoon, he said he wanted to rent an apartment, according to state prosecutors. But when the realtor left his office to get the man an application, he allegedly stole an iPhone from the office desk and bolted. Marckell Giles, 20, of the 57000 block of South Aberdeen Street, was arrested Sunday afternoon on Diversey Parkway for stealing the realtor's iPhone, minutes after he left the office.
CLASSIFIED
September 11, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
No one knows better than Jeremy Dubin that now is a great time to buy a house. And yet Dubin, an @Properties real estate broker, sold his Roscoe Village townhouse in the spring and moved into his new place - a luxury apartment in Goose Island. His 23-story building, SoNo East, opened in June, but it's quickly becoming its own social network. Management hosts happy hours for its residents, who have access to a hot tub, fire pit, gym, billiard room and a four-story parking garage (one of the amenities that appealed most to Dubin)
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | By Kyle Kramer, For RedEye
No, your paychecks haven't been getting smaller - and neither has your kitchen. If it seems like it's getting harder to find an affordable, spacious rental in Chicago, that's because it is. Rents are up and vacancies are down as the economy continues to tread water. Net rent prices increased 14 percent from 2005 to 2010 - the latest data available. Meanwhile, about 40 percent of Cook County residents are renters, according to a 2011 study released by the DePaul University Institute for Housing Studies.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | Harry Huggins and For RedEye
Independence Day is undeniably linked with the water. The legendary call of Paul Revere went "One if by land, two if by sea. " One of the most famous paintings from America's infancy is of George Washington on a boat crossing the Delaware. And in Chicago, there are the Fourth of July fireworks at Navy Pier. Lake Michigan is one of the best spots to take in the Fourth festivities, and Chicagoans looking to ditch the family grill-out and head to the water have a range of options for boat rentals and charters.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Add “in space” to “Escape from New York” or “Con Air” and you pretty much get the gist of “Lockout,” an action movie with ambitions only of stupid fun and completely ridiculous, logic-bending action. The “fun” part comes and goes. Guy Pearce stars as Snow, a wrongly convicted ex-CIA operative in 2079 Washington, D.C. with a choice to make: Succumb to a 30-year sentence in an outer-space prison that freezes its inmates or sneak onto the maximum-security facility, which murderer and rapist inmates have recently overtaken,...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2011 | By Lisa Arnett and RedEye
Got some money to burn to ring in 2012? Fans of Grant Achatz's Next restaurant, The Aviary cocktail lounge and the Office, it's basement bar, should know that both are available for rental on New Year's Eve. On Dec. 1, Achatz posted the following on his Facebook page: "Here's something different for New Year's Eve: One Golden Ticket each to Next, the Aviary and the Office. Rather than get the tired champagne at midnight toast, why not rent out: Next for you and 61 friends; Aviary for you and 84 friends; the Office for you and 17 friends.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Interested in living at the site of the old Lincoln Park Hospital? Rent could set you back $1,900 a month or more. Webster Square, the mixed-use residential and retail development site off Webster Avenue that was first announced four years ago, is slated to have luxury rental units, condos, and shops, including a recently opened grocer, real estate website Curbed Chicago reported Friday. Among the development's 75 rental units now available for lease, studios will rent for $1,900 a month and up, and larger units will go for up to $4,500, according to its website . The...
NEWS
June 10, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Would you rent a Gold Coast studio apartment for $850 a month? That's how much a handful of suburbanites in their early twenties offered to pay a man to rent a third-floor unit in a townhome on East Bellevue Place after seeing his Craigslist ad, according to police officials. The only problem: the unit didn't belong to him. Steve Kozaczka, 25, of Des Plaines, Ill., was arrested Saturday evening and charged with two counts of theft after allegedly taking money from at least five people from several Chicago suburbs.
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