A few years back, Michael Salvatore, owner of Heritage Bicycles, was riding through Lakeview and came across an empty, boarded up building. Peeking inside, he saw the potential in this seemingly lifeless, underutilized space. The space would eventually become Heritage Bicycles General Store.

The General Store at 2959 N. Lincoln Ave is a combination of bike manufacturer, bike repair shop, and café. It is well known for the high quality bikes it produces, along with the friendly feeling of the café. For Salvatore, coffee and bikes seem to go hand in hand, so he wanted to combine the...

Alliance Bakery has always been in Wicker Park since its opening in 1923, back when the area was primarily a Polish neighborhood. Located at 1736 W. Division, it has always kept the name Alliance throughout its 90-year existence. Initially selling bread and Polish desserts, the bakery has evolved over the past nine decades, becoming a 21st century sweets spot. When Chef Peter Rios took over in 2007, the bakery's focus shifted to European pastries and decorated cakes. They’re well known for their French macaroons that come in over a dozen different flavors, as well as their “girl desserts...

Occasionally, we like to crunch the numbers in order to get a sense of how hot Chicago’s rental market is. One important metric that we use to gauge the pace of the market is “market time,” or the number of days a listing remains active before a lease is signed. Market time reflects the level of demand for housing. In a "hot" market, the number of days a listing sits on the market is typically low. Landlords can use this information when drafting leases and setting lease expiration dates.

The infographic below illustates the seasonality of Chicago's rental market. Average market...

This year, in addition to our extensive marketing campaign on the CTA, we are driving renters to your listings by offering complimentary "for rent" signs. Our signs target prospective tenants who might be passing by your property. The signs direct renters to search for your listing by using their smartphone's location. See what our "for rent" signs look like below.

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