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Write about housing and life in your neighborhood or suburb for YoChicago

As you can see from our Monday roundup and from our growing list of neighborhood journals, YoChicago has the ambitious goal of covering your neighborh ...
The Park Monroe won't star in any beauty pageants but it's got a great outlook

The Park Monroe won't star in any beauty pageants but it's got a great outlook

We've been wondering if The Park Monroe would be a hard sell. The Park Monroe is the name for the converted upper portion of the massive office buil ...
Up above it all: partying at the Peninsula Terrace

Up above it all: partying at the Peninsula Terrace

If you have ever stayed at the Peninsula Hotel, you understand why it's the only place to stay in Chicago for a certain variety of tourist. And it wou ...
Monday, Monday

Monday, Monday

It's Monday, Monday, manic or otherwise. Let's take a go around the Yo. Uptown: Defending your castle Humboldt Park: Welcome to Humboldt Park Ukrania ...
New Ravenswood condos dramatic improvement over ugly neighbor

New Ravenswood condos dramatic improvement over ugly neighbor

To understand why we're so happy about Mangan Builders' 4750 North Hermitage, a new four-unit condo building nearing completion (above left), you ...
Wilmette new construction open houses

Wilmette new construction open houses

The asking price on 338 Greenleaf Ave, in Wilmette, has dropped from $2,195,000 to $1,995,000. It's open Sunday, June 25, from 1 to 3. You can see ...

The first-time buyer: Feels like the first time

As we watched the home inspectors swarm all over our prospective condo and the surrounding building, we realized with homebuying novices we were. We h ...
Friday night gallery-hopping

Friday night gallery-hopping

Buckle up. This evening we're headed to Bridgeport, the West Loop and Wicker Park (samples below). Bridgeport (June 2001). Photo by Joeff Davis Mo ...

Controversy over condo project and parking lot on Devon Avenue

Residents of West Rogers Park seem to be divided over the merits of a planned mixed-use development at Devon Avenue and Rockwell Street. Developer Tar ...

The first-time buyer: Watching the detectives

So it was time to let loose our home inspector on the condo we planned to buy. We weren't too concerned - the building is only about nine years old an ...

Ravenswood is on the South Side

Where's Ravenswood? It's on the South Side of Chicago. As authority for that proposition we cite 1) the Encyclopedia of Chicago, quoted below, and 2) ...

The first-time buyer: I want my HBO

Around the time we had decided to make an offer on a condo, my home inspector-to-be urged me to get a copy of the condo board minutes. He says that th ...

Chicago taxis take on New York look

How about those glowy, triangular advertising doo-dahs that have been popping up on top of Chicago taxi cabs lately--the kind that New York City cabs ...

The first-time buyer: All's fair in love and real estate

As I said in my last post, we made an offer on the condo, and all seemed to be going well. The seller was due to sign off on the counter-offer on the ...
Fish are jumpin': catch them with Chicago Scenester neighborhood journal

Fish are jumpin': catch them with Chicago Scenester neighborhood journal

There's quite possibly no better city in the world to spend a summer than Chicago, but it's easy to suffer from sensory overload. How do you keep up ...

In south suburbs, take no prisoners approach to neighborhood disputes

And you thought it was bad on your block. Take a look at the situation in the nether reaches of the Southtown community, where somebody has apparently ...

The first-time buyer: name your price – it's no small beer

Is there anything more anxiety-provoking than making an offer on a new home? How the hell do you come up with your price? We were clueless about the w ...

Ah, the 'burbs – good schools, good lawns, more gangs

Sure, they have roots here and they have fun here, but when they reach the point where they're starting to get serious, to dabble in real estate and b ...
Monday, Monday

Monday, Monday

It's Monday, Monday, manic or otherwise. Let's take a go around the Yo. Ukranian Village: I will miss you, Edmar's Hyde Park: Hyde Park murder Rive ...

Suburban dinner coupons!

Go to the suburbs for dinner on a Thursday, come home with Andrew Jackson. Sort of. If you dine on a Thursday at Carlucci (1801 Butterfield Road, Down ...
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