Author: Joe Zekas

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Waiting on the 37th anniversary for Block 37

It's nearing the silver anniversary of the day I sold the leaning office tower on Block 37 that I owned for a split-second. Older Chicagoans will reme ...

Chicago on YouTube.com

Not ready for prime time video - and that's part of the attraction. Flash required, broadband recommended. Chicago street beat — a don't miss o ...
The daily Joeff

The daily Joeff

Photo by Joeff Davis Several readers have complained about the previous title of this feature. Readers, thy will be done. We've washed the offens ...
Where the rats are

Where the rats are

Bucktown, Wicker Park, Lincoln Park and Lake View are the hot spots for rat infestation, according to today's RedEye. I guess that's what happens w ...

Hey, how about your own gap?

Minding the Gap, An Assessment of Racial Disparity In Metropolitan Chicago (PDF file) is a 2003 study from the Jane Addams Hull House Association. Th ...
A segregated restroom?

A segregated restroom?

One has to wonder whether use of this portable facility is limited to the Irish construction workers who build much of Lake View's new housing. ...
The message from Central Lake View

The message from Central Lake View

I'm puzzled by the Central Lake View Merchants Association's street banners along Belmont and Sheffield. They're the only ones I've ever seen in Ch ...
West Lakeview drive-by drive-thru?

West Lakeview drive-by drive-thru?

I don't know about you, but I've never seen a drive-thru florist before this one. The sign (above) in the window of Floral Bazaar, 2960 W. Belmont, ...

Tough love for Rogers Park

In Chicago, we love our neighborhoods. Some of us show it in the form of "tough love." Check out the "Broken Heart" of Rogers Park. ...

New-home sales slip, fall, spring leaks, slump, weaken, erode

Your head will spin from a dizzying array of metaphors as Crain's Chicago Business surveys the state of the new construction market in Chicago. The t ...

Browsing the neighborhoods

If you're in the mood (and who isn't?) to browse photos of Chicago neighborhoods, head on over to SkyscraperCity.com. This thread features some reall ...

Second-hand air

According to an Associated Press study of Environmental Protection Agency data, reported by the Chicago Tribune, 280 Illinois neighborhoods are among ...

For flipped flippers only

In 1989, recently divorced and completely broke, I moved into an amenity-free mid-rise building on the edge of the Gold Coast. My fellow tenants were ...
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