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Open post: real estate horror stories

This weekend, we decided to turn YoChicago over to you. Yes, you, our semi-faithful reader. This is your time to shine, your 15 minutes, your invitati ...
Friday night gallery-hopping

Friday night gallery-hopping

Buckle up. This evening we're headed to Edgewater, Bucktown and the South Loop (samples below). Presence, 5216 N Clark St, is one of many newer bou ...

Will The Village follow the Three Penny?

With news of the Three Penny theater closing down, the Biograph closed, how far behind can the Village theater be? At Clark and North, the Village has ...
Two-alarm construction fire at new Lake View Condos

Two-alarm construction fire at new Lake View Condos

Residents and workers (like the Yo's very own) on the 3100 block of North Sheffield Avenue started their mornings with a two-alarm blaze at the new ...
Curb appall

Curb appall

We present, for your consideration, a Winnetka example of the architectural style that we're calling "Tinley Park-revival." Defining characteristic ...
Heightened tensions

Heightened tensions

With West Loop development looking up, residents fight new high-rises I'm standing at the Amtrak line at Racine Avenue and Hubbard Street in the West ...

Lunchtime music in Daley Plaza

I played music in Daley Plaza yesterday for their daily summertime concert series. We blasted out Irish jigs and reels, and rollicking songs with such ...

The first-time buyer: Will we or won't we?

So our home inspector tells us the roof is dodgy, the preloved airconditioner has almost reached its best-before date, and there's that God-awful stin ...

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 ...
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