Meet Me in St. Louis? What to Know About This Top U.S. City

If you love a good underdog story, St. Louis is the city for you. Constantly ranked as one of the most underrated cities in America by the likes of Thrillist and CultureTrip, the city also earns recognition for being the heart of the Greater St. Louis metropolitan area and having some of the nation’s best … Continued

Understanding Your Move-in Checklist

You’ve signed the lease and received the keys to your next home. You’re about to move in! But wait. One step remains: the completion of the move-in checklist. A move-in checklist helps to document the rental unit’s condition when a tenant first moves into the apartment. Put your excitement on pause long enough to fill it … Continued

Draper and Kramer Receives 2020 Private Company Board of the Year Award

Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, today announced its board of directors has been recognized with a 2020 Private Company Board of the Year Award, honoring excellence in corporate governance. Conferred by Private Company Director, Directors and Boards and Family Business magazines, the award spotlights private company boards that go above and beyond legal governance requirements and … Continued

Work Starts on Transit-Oriented Development Near Wrigley Field in Chicago’s East Lakeview Neighborhood

Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, today announced it has started construction on a seven-story, 120-unit mixed-use development at 949 W. Dakin St. in Chicago‘s East Lakeview neighborhood. Located across the street from the Sheridan Red Line station and two and a half blocks north of Wrigley Field, the transit-oriented development replaces a single-story structure whose tenants … Continued

Draper and Kramer Announces First “Aspiring Artist” at Aspire Residences in Chicago’s South Loop

Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, today announced it has selected local artist Canary Garcia for a year-long residency as the “Aspiring Artist” at Aspire Residences, the firm’s new 24-story, 275-unit apartment tower that will open in August at 2111 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago’s South Loop. “Art has become more important than ever in multifamily developments, … Continued

Health Precautions for Leasing Offices

In early 2020, America found itself grappling with COVID-19, the nation’s most serious public health threat in a century. Out of necessity, operations in leasing offices went online, interrupting the long-standing practice of meeting prospective tenants face-to-face. Property managers learned a great deal from March through May about which parts of the leasing process work well … Continued

Bark Park Etiquette: 7 Tips on How to Best Use Your Community’s Dog Park

While people around the world have been getting used to lockdown measures enacted to stem the spread of COVID-19, it can be easy to forget that our pets are having to adapt to a new reality too. Especially for dogs that are accustomed to regular outdoor playdates and exercise, having those activities limited by the conditions … Continued

What is a Luxury Apartment?

For tenants who place a premium on comfort, luxury apartments are an appealing option. After all, a luxury property delivers far more than just convenience–it is a destination in and of itself at the end of a long day. It’s little surprise then that the demand for high-end apartment buildings is rising, and the market is responding. … Continued

Why Chicago’s Gold Coast Should Be Your Next Home

The Gold Coast is a small but charismatic neighborhood on Chicago’s north side with a reputation for luxury living. Ever since millionaire Potter Palmer moved to the Gold Coast in the late nineteenth century, the area has attracted many of the country’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, athletes, and cultural icons.  Trees line the Gold Coast’s spacious avenues … Continued

Credit Scores and Apartments: What You Need to Know

580. 670. 740. 800. These little three-digit numbers, known as credit scores, can have an enormous impact on your life. When you apply for a credit card or loan, your credit score is a major factor in determining whether or not your application will be approved by a credit card company or bank. The higher … Continued