Category Archives: Chicagoland

Evanston aldermen approve nine-story apartment building near downtown

This rendering shows the proposed nine-story apartment building at 831 Emerson Street in Evanston. Plans were approved by city council on June 12, 2017. (City of Evanston)

By: Genevieve Bookwalter, Pioneer Press

Evanston city leaders on Monday approved plans for a nine-story apartment building development at 831 Emerson Street near downtown.

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A tale of two luxury markets

by Jason Porterfield

The story of the luxury real estate market in Chicagoland is really a tale of two markets. The city’s skyline is dotted with cranes as new buildings go up to accommodate more high-end apartments and condos. But in the suburbs, a dearth of new homes has led to strong demand among luxury buyers for existing homes and the few new developments that are under way.

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Park Luxe

Sherry Thomas • May 1, 2017

A new development steps from Market Square caters to a new generation of Lake Foresters.

Lake Forest’s historic Market Square and downtown area is iconic for many reasons. But soon the anchor of the city will have an elegant new addition unlike anything its seen before — a luxury living community at the corner of Laurel and Western avenues that combines the best of Arts & Crafts tradition with a refined, maintenance-free lifestyle.

Kelmscott Park, the product of Tim Anderson of Focus Development, will offer a variety of new construction options, from nearly 4,000 square-foot single family residences to chic apartments with an in-town vibe. And to keep the development in harmony with Lake Forest’s legacy of distinguished residences, Anderson and his team even brought in some North Shore architecture and landscape design fixtures—Booth Hansen and Mariani Landscape.
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REI, Nordstrom Rack to Open at New Upscale Mall

Amie Rowland April 25, 2017 11:09 am ET

VERNON HILLS, IL – Area shoppers will soon have more retail options as a new upscale mall recently broke ground in Vernon Hills. Located on nearly 33 acres at the northeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Townline Road, Mellody Farm has already signed on some major tenants, including Whole Foods, outdoor retailer REI, Home Goods and Nordstrom Rack with plans to announce more stores and restaurants in the coming months.The $200 million project will also include a residential component with 260 apartments on site, according to the Vernon Hills Review.

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Focus and Regency Centers to Kick Off New Project in Vernon Hills

On April 21, 2017, the Focus team will join Regency Centers, Atlantic Realty Partners, and members of the Vernon Hills community to celebrate the ground breaking of Mellody Farm, a mixed use development community is a project consisting of 274,000 SF of retail space and 260 luxury rental apartments at the historic Hawthorn Mellody Farm Dairy site.

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Kelmscott Park Breaks Ground

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Orren Pickell (Orren Pickell Building Group), Tim Anderson (Focus), Mayor Don Schoenheider (Lake Forest), Jack Reisenberg (Lake Forest 3rd ward Alderman) and Christine Kolb (Focus) scoop a ceremonial first dig at the Kelmscott Park residential property site November 3 morning in Lake Forest.

LAKE FOREST — Lake Forest officials and representatives of the real estate and development communities broke ground November 3 on Kelmscott Park, which will add a mix of 165 new housing opportunities at the northwest corner of Laurel and Western Avenues.

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Downtown Wheaton’s converted courthouse district welcomes luxury rentals

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Units at Courthouse Square Apartments in downtown Wheaton have 9-foot ceilings, in-unit washers and dryers and white quartz kitchen counters. (Eric Hausman / Marquette Management)

For nearly a century, the neighborhood surrounding Wheaton’s downtown red-brick courthouse and its signature clock tower served the legal and civic needs of DuPage County.

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Courthouse Square Apartments open in downtown Wheaton

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First residents started moving into complex in May

Community and business leaders are welcoming the opening of the 149-unit Courthouse Square Apartments complex in downtown Wheaton.

“It’s a terrific project, and I’m looking forward to having a lot of new neighbors in downtown Wheaton,” Wheaton City Councilman John Rutledge said during a grand opening celebration Sept. 7 hosted by the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce.
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