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The Cabrini-Green neighborhood takes its name from a notorious Chicago Housing Authority project which has been undergoing demolition during the past several years. The neighborhood, on Chicago's near north side, spans the area from Chicago Ave (800 N) to Evergreen Ave (1332 N), Sedgwick St (400 W) to Larrabee St (600 W). A variety of new construction projects, parks and retail development have recently made dramatic changes in the area.

ZIP code: 60610.

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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Cabrini-Green area poised for substantial change

Chestnut and Orleans

The Cabrini-Green area has been the subject of intensified interest on the part of developers recently, including Ranquist Development’s planned 47-rowhome Basecamp River North project, and Fifield Companies‘ proposed 31-story, 333-unit apartment tower at Chestnut and Orleans (site pictured above). The Chicago Housing Authority recently released its draft plan (pdf) for the redevelopment of the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 10, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

CHA buys the farm

City Farm on Division

There’s more than one way to interpret the headline, but Skyline has the scoop on the literal reading: The Chicago Housing Authority is closing in on a deal to buy an urban farm near Cabrini-Green. But details on the agreement — and the future of the farm — are sparse, as the agency and the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 29, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Target, where once there were many

Target groundbreaking

I missed the ceremonial groundbreaking yesterday morning for the new Target at Division and Larrabee, the site where the next-to-last of the Cabrini high-rises was demolished just over two years ago. Two workers from Novak Construction were still in the groundbreaking tent, and they told me that construction would begin “in a week or two” ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 19, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An aerial progress report on the CHA’s Plan for Transformation

Cabrini-Green site aerial

Crain’s Chicago Business has a report on the impact of the market downturn on the redevelopment of Chicago Housing Authority projects pursuant to what Crain’s refers to as its “so-called Plan for Transformation.” The Crain’s headline tells the story: “Real estate collapse cripples CHA plan to mix homeowners, renters.” Crain’s snarky reference notwithstanding, CHA high-rise ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 1, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Clybourn Point –in the red on green development

Clybourn Point

Five years ago today we were, without noting the incongruity of green development on Clybourn Ave, writing about Clybourn Point, 1322 N Clybourn. The architect / developer was “hoping to lead the neighborhood – and the city – toward a greener future.” Asking prices for four unsold units ranged from the $640s to the $690s, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 16, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Seventeen seconds of wreckage in Houston and Chicago

Houston demolition video

According to a January 8 article in the Houston Chronicle, “It took 17 seconds Sunday morning for the first skyscraper built outside of downtown Houston to turn into a pile of dust and rubble.” The 500,000 square foot 20-story structure was surrounded by other buildings at the Texas Medical Center. In Chicago a single rise ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 13, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Parkside of Old Town apartment update

544 Oak, Chicago

When I stopped by on Friday, crews were busy putting the finishing touches on the exterior of 544 Oak at Parkside of Old Town, one of the new buildings on the former site of the sprawling Cabrini-Green housing project. According to Holsten Management‘s website, 544 Oak is slated for December 2011 occupancy and is accepting ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 6, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

CHA issues relocation notices to Cabrini Rowhouse residents

Cabrini Rowhouses Chicago

The Tribune’s Breaking News reports that the Chicago Housing Authority has given 180-day notices to the residents of the remaining 33 units in the non-rehabbed portion of the Frances Cabrini Rowhouses. I received a relocation notice when I visited the area and took these shots. It didn’t contemplate an extended time to vacate the area, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 2, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Catching up on the Cabrini Target

Target retail store

There’s been talk of a new Target replacing the recently demolished Cabrini-Green high-rise at 1230 N Burling St. CHA confirms that it’s in talks with the retailer, and the Sun-Times has published some details about the store’s size and location, but Target itself hasn’t said much about the plan. You can catch up on what’s ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 12, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The last Cabrini-Green high-rise is almost gone

Video: The last Cabrini-Green high-rise almost gone

The last of the Cabrini-Green high-rises is nearly completely demolished, as you can see in the video. The project’s legacy – the city’s malign neglect of Cabrini’s residents – will linger in memory for many years.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 3, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The last Cabrini high-rise going down

Cabrini-Green, Chicago IL

Next Wednesday will mark the beginning of the demolition of the last remaining high-rise at Cabrini-Green. Poetry and lights will mark its passing, as we learn from the Chicago News Cooperative. Poetry? Cabrini? Had I lived in and been leaving Cabrini, I’d think of these stanzas from Byron’s When we two parted: The dew of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 26, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Construction checkup: An Oak grows in Cabrini

Parkside of Old Town, Chicago

Parkside of Old Town‘s next rental mid-rise is going up at the northeast corner of Larrabee and Oak streets, two blocks south of Cabrini Green’s recently demolished 1230 North Larrabee high-rise. According to a Curbed post from December, The Oak will have 20 market-rate, 53 affordable, and 39 CHA replacement units spread throughout seven stories ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 19, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The end of Cabrini Green

Cabrini-Green demolition

Last night, WGN-TV looked back at the final days of Cabrini Green and interviewed some of the last people to leave it. Despite its reputation as a “Hell on Earth,” former resident Sirnolle Baldwin, who lived in Cabrini for 40 years, called the area “beautiful.” “This is the safest place in Chicago to live, and ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 12, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

Sales update: @properties handling sales for Parkside of Old Town's first phase

With the construction of more public and affordable-housing units just around the corner, @properties has been called in to market the surplus of condos already built at Parkside of Old Town, the mixed-income community slated to replace part of the old Cabrini-Green projects on the Near North Side. @properties has already listed five one-bedroom / ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 27, 2010
ChicagoNorth Side

Just how affordable is affordable housing?

The city and developer Peter Holsten are set to build the next phase of Parkside of Old Town — a mid-rise with 39 CHA homes, 53 homes for low-income families and 20 homes with market-rate rents — at a cost of $42 million, or $375,000 per unit.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 8, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The fall of a Cabrini-Green tower

Kudos to Megan Cottrell for sharing this video with her readers. Her friends watched the slow demolition of a Cabrini-Green tower at 660 W Division St throughout the fall and winter and pieced together this time-lapse video from their own photographs. Megan visited 660 West Division in August to meet its few remaining residents and ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 22, 2010
ChicagoNorth Side

Parkside's next phase gets the go-ahead

Now that the city has injected some TIF stimulus into the flagging Parkside of Old Town development at Division and Larrabee streets, Holsten Real Estate Development and the CHA are looking ahead to the project’s next phase, comprising another seven-story rental building and six more townhomes. Skyline has the details.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 11, 2010
ChicagoNorth Side

Daley bails out Parkside of Old Town

The Daley administration has moved the goalposts for Parkside of Old Town‘s public subsidies in an attempt to keep the development afloat, Crain’s reports. Parkside was supposed to receive its final $3.4 million in promised TIF dollars after selling 85 percent of its 194 market-rate homes. It’s nowhere near that mark, so the city lowered ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 13, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

More video faves from 2009

Here are three more of our most-viewed videos from 2009: A tour of Parkside of Old Town and Cabrini-Green Trump Tower, from the Chicago Riverwalk Driving around Hyde Park (Part 1)

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 1, 2010