Best Chicago Apps

QUESTION (from recent transferee)…

What are the best mobile apps for living in Chicago?


The following apps are those I find to be

the most popular …


anne rossley mobile app
Real Estate GPS-Based Search App Anne Rossley’s Real Estate Mobile Search App
 choose chicago app
Choose Chicago Chicago Official Visitors Guide
 chicago works app
Chicago Works – 311 Make service requests to 311 and track issues as they are addressed.
 my chiparks
My Chi Parks Event Calendar for Chicago Parks Chicago Park District
SpotHero  SpotHero – find and reserve parking via phone
ParkChicago Pay your parking meter via phone app
Transit App Find all transportation near you How to Use Transit App by CNet
Transit Tracker iOS Version
CycleFinder The people who brought Divvy bikes to Chicago iOS Version
Chivvy Chicago Divvy Map iOS Version
Ventra Oversee your Ventra account, add transit value or passes on your Ventra card, and buy and use Metra mobile tickets Android and iOS – doesn’t replace having a REAL card to swipe!
 312go audio tour
312GO As you move around Chicago, 312Go tracks your location and our private guides talk to you, sharing quick stories and interesting facts about the places you pass iOS Version
Foodlander Find the nearest farmer’s market
GrubHub Order food online
OpenTable Make a dinner reservation – check out prices and reviews
 dnainfo radio
DnaInfo Radio
Chicago Public Library
Everyblock iOS Version
 dnainfo chicago
 curbed chicago app

What am I missing?

We want to stay on top of all Chicago apps that work for our clients-

Please let us know what apps you use that we should add to this page!

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Chicago streets are on a grid system.


The center of the grid is State (0 E/W) and Madison (0 N/S).


Each 8 blocks, or 800 in street numbers = one mile


For example, Chicago Ave (800N) is one mile north of Madison (0N)


If you memorize a few streets, you’ll quickly be able to lose your GPS and find your way around the city like a pro!


For example…

Chicago streets

Madison  – 0

Chicago – 800 N

North Ave. – 1600 N

Fullerton – 2400 N 

Belmont – 3200 N

Irving Park Rd – 4000N



What about “Street”  vs. “Avenue”  vs. “Boulevard” or “Parkway?”


Avenue – Streets running North and South. There are exceptions.
Boulevard – Streets where trucks over 5 tons are not permitted.
Court – Short roadway.
Parkway – Street that ends at a park.
Place – Street running the 1/2 block between streets.
Street – Streets running East and West. There are exceptions.


North vs. South  East vs. West

Homes on the North and West are EVEN NUMBERS

Homes on the South and East are ODD NUMBERS


If you can’t remember how far north/south/east or west a particular street can be found,


Here’s your answer!


Select this link to download a list of all streets in Chicago.

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Chicago Real Estate – What’s really going on

Keeping Current Matters, one of the many real estate news services to which I subscribe, just published its recent real estate sales figures.

I wanted to dig deeper, though, to understand what’s happening in the north side Chicago real estate market.*

Here’s what I found…

Homes Sold

The number of homes closed in the last 12 months was over 12,000 – well above the low in 2011 of 7779.

Chicago Real Estate Sales

Market Time

Homes are selling quickly – on average, homes sold in 75 days this year.

Days on Market


Median Sales Price

The median sales price of homes sold this year was $376,000 – up 2.1% from 2008.

Median Sales Price

By Neighborhood

To better understand which neighborhoods are contributing to this increase, check out the map below.

Median Sales Prices are compared – numbers quoted are % gains – 2015 over 2012 (ending 5/31).

Chicago Real Estate Median Sales


Chicago is a series of neighborhoods and micro-neighborhoods.

To find out what’s going on in your neighborhood,

and to get an updated value for your home,


Anne Rossley

Baird & Warner


Search Homes for Sale – Select this link!

Proximity Search – Find Homes Nearby

Download my free mobile app!

Anne Rossley mobile app QR

Other facts worth noting:

Home Price Changes – Nationally by State

Year over Year Real Estate Prices

National Home Price Apprection

projected real estate appreciation

Pet-Friendly Condos- How much does Fido weigh?

what size dog


What size dog should I get

if I want to buy a condo in the city?


It depends!

One of my favorite clients asked me this question.

Her dear family dog just died, and while she’s planning on moving to the city next year, she also wants to bring a new dog into the family.

She’s smart to ask —

There are so many dogs to love.

She wants to fall in love with the right dog now rather than limiting her condo choices later on!

 My answer…

“35 Pounds!” (or so I thought)

Off the top of my head I told her to get a dog that’s under 35 pounds. But then that gnawing worry attacked – where did I get 35 pounds?

So – I did my research…

I pulled up all condos that were currently for sale or recently sold in highrises (7+ stories) inthe Loop (8032), Near North (8008) and Lincoln Park (8007) census tract zones. If a bulding hasn’t had activity in over 6 months, it wasn’t part of this quick study.

I was astonished!

Here’s what I found…


Of the141 buildings that came up in the search, 97 buildings had 2 or more listings. With 2 (or more) anaswers to the pet weight question, I could compare the agents’ responses to this query.  NOTE: I had no ACCURATE way of determining the veracity of the agents’ reports. Only if the answers were DIFFERENT was it readily apparent that something was awry.

Consistent Reporting (2 or more agents reporting the SAME weight):  37

Inconsistent Reporting (at least one agent providing a different response to the other listing): 60

62% of listings had inconsistent data!


Some buildings have a COMBINED pet weight requirement. For example, you may be able to have 2 pets, but the combined weight must not exceed XX pounds (e.g. 80 pounds together).


Some buildings reported 20 and 25 pound limits. Inconsistent, but close.

Others, however, reported 999 pound limit for a listing in the building, a 50 pound limit for another condo in the SAME building, and 0 pounds for yet a third listing at the same address.

In fact, several agents report dog weight limits of ZERO pounds in buildings that they themselves report as dog-friendly.



When looking on, Zillow, and Redfin, I couldn’t find a way to find buildings that allow dogs, let alone what size dog might be permitted by the Rules and Regulations.

So, how is a buyer supposed to find a home he can live in?

1.  Work with a real estate agent – onine searches are NOT going to work

2.  Work with an agent who calls property managers IN ADVANCE of showings, so you don’t fall in love with a property you can’t have!

3. Identify a few buildings that could work, and do searches for THOSE buildings.


Dewey- my 10 year old Labradoodle at Montrose Beach

By the way, here are some more statistics:

34 buildings require dogs to weigh 30 pounds or less

18 more allow dogs between 35 and 60 pounds

89 buildings allow dogs that weigh more than 60 pounds, but again – these could be reporting a “combined” weight restriction!

As a pet owner for most of my life, I empathize with clients trying to find a home that welcomes their canine family members.

Perhaps in the near future, this search dilemma will be solved.

In the near term, please call me so I can help you find your new home as efficiently as possible!

Call Anne Rossley


Send me your question – 

I may include it in a future “Anne Answers” post!

9 Walton- Proposed Gold Coast Luxury High Rise

9 Walton- Proposed Gold Coast Luxury High Rise


You may have heard the rumors about a Gold Coast high-rise at 9 Walton.  Wondering what’s going on?

As of March 26, 2015, no permits had been pulled (Anne's AnswersChicago Architecture Blog), but soil sample tests were being done.

The plan calls for a 34 story building with just 67 residences – ultra luxury, indeed!

Walton on the Park is certainly going to despise living in the shadow of this building!

9 W Walton-Chicago

Interested in seeing Floor Plans of 9 Walton?  9 Walton Rendering

Send me an email and I’ll forward the newly released residence and building plans!


• Elegant fully staffed lobby

• Valet Parking

• Granite paver, landscaped, covered drive court

• Indoor lap pool

• Hot tub, steam room and sauna

• State of the art workout room – including Pilates and Gyrotonic machines

(Personal training service available)

• Private dining room with professional kitchen and outdoor deck

• Indoor dog run

• Two story conditioned wine cellar with private storage available

• App based management and communication system

• House car/driver

• Dry Cleaning Service

• Electric car charging

• Guest apartment suite


• Classic precast, granite and limestone exterior

• Bronze and glass entry doors

• Post tension concrete frame

• High performance exterior windows and

• Spray foam insulation at all exterior walls

• 1 Gig internet service

• 3 high speed elevators – two passenger and one freight

• 4 pipe heating and cooling system with humidification and electronic filters

• Ten to twelve foot clear ceiling height

• Expansive private outdoor space with heaters


• Custom designed O’Brien and Harris or Bultup cabinetry

• Sub-zero and Wolf appliance package including a 48-60” range)(LaCornueFe

110 range also available as standard), separate refrigerator/ freezer, dishwasher,

under-counter wine cooler (half and full floor units include a full size wine


• A selection of Kallista or Dornbracht plumbing fixtures

• Toto toilets (Washlet series in all master baths)

• ó frameless glass shower enclosures

• Custom built marble slab master shower with steam

• Heated bathroom floors

• Exquisitely detailed marble bathrooms

• 3cm stone countertops (multiple edges available)

• Walnut or Quarter Sawn White Oak hardwood flooring (solid hardwood or

engineered is available – choice of width)

• A selection of hardwood flooring or Stark wool carpeting in all bedrooms

• Fireplace with custom carved marble mantel

• In unit lighting controls

• Pre wired for audio visual and motorized window treatments

• Multiple piece crown moldings

• Wainscoting in gallery and hallways

• Applied moldings on ceilings (per plan)

• 8” decorative wood base trim throughout

• Built in safe

• Custom master bedroom closet build-out

• Gas, electric and water at the terraces

• Recessed lighting throughout

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