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

Draper and Kramer Honored in 2020 Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards

In the category of Best Development & Design: Mid-Rise, we received bronze honors for 61 Banks Street, our boutique luxury rental community that opened in 2019 on the last undeveloped site along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The building was recognized for evoking the timeless appeal and classic elegance of the Gold … Continued

Holiday Decorating Tips for Renters

The holidays are coming, and with that comes holiday decorating. Decorating is particularly important now, as we’re all spending more time indoors and want to fill our homes with holiday cheer. For renters, it’s essential to know what kind of decorating you’re allowed to do, as some decorating ideas could get you in trouble or … Continued

What Is (and Isn’t) a Maintenance Emergency

When something goes wrong in your apartment, is it a maintenance emergency? Or not? If you are in doubt about what constitutes an emergency, you’re not alone. After all, many tenants live in their apartments for a long time without experiencing a issue. As a result, there’s not always a great deal of experience to draw from. But as … Continued

How to Get Tenants to Renew Their Leases

Apartment turnover is a fact of life for landlords and property owners. However, excess turnover need not be. By establishing practices to get your tenants to renew their leases and stay in the long term, you not only cut costs: you also enhance the desirability of your community.  Reductions in turnover benefit tenants, property managers … 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

10 Apartment Patio Ideas to Transform Your Outdoor Space

For many people shut inside an apartment during the pandemic, having a patio or balcony has become a welcomed extension of their quarantine space. It is even easier to appreciate having an outdoor space during the hot summer months, when being able to get outside while staying safe in a private environment is a true … Continued

The Rental Application Process: What to Expect When Applying

You’re excited, and that’s understandable: you’ve found an apartment that’s just what you were looking for. Now what? It’s time to fill out a rental application. A rental application is a form that provides the information necessary for a landlord or property owner to determine a tenant’s creditworthiness and their ability to pay their rent reliably.  … 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