Aspire Residences in Chicago’s South Loop Welcomes First Move-Ins, Secures First Retail Lease

Draper and Kramer, Incorporated, announces it has welcomed first move-ins at Aspire Residences, a new 24-story, 275-unit apartment tower at 2111 S. Wabash Ave. in Chicago’s South Loop. The building is currently 28% leased, and 95 residents have moved in since it opened its doors in August. Additionally, Draper and Kramer has leased 2,965 square … Continued

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

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

Understanding Your Apartment Utility Bill

For many apartment dwellers, “rent & utilities” is the largest line item in their budget. Although it is easy to fill in the rent amount, calculating utilities is another matter. Electricity and natural gas usage often vary a great deal throughout the year. A utility bill in the summer may be very different from one … 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

Las Colinas: An Irving, TX Community with a Plan for Prosperity

Designed in the ’70s as an urban paradise for modern professionals and their families, Las Colinas is a stunning planned community in Irving, Texas that is known for innovation and prosperity. Residential neighborhoods blend with green areas, entertainment districts, cultural landmarks, educational institutions, and more, putting everything residents need within arms’ reach. Fine dining experiences, luxurious … 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

How Virtual Tours Can Help Find Your Next Apartment

Say you’re about to visit an apartment high-rise or a multifamily complex for the first time. What will you be looking for? In the living space, you’ll check out the floor plan. You may take a close look at the flooring, fixtures, and finishes as well. Common-area amenities may attract your attention too. With virtual … Continued