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East Pilsen is part of the Pilsen neighborhood.

East Pilsen's boundaries are the Chicago River north to 16th St, and the Chicago River west to Halsted St (800 W)., in ZIP code 60616.

Some contend that the western boundary of East Pilsen is Racine (1200 W).

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ChicagoSouth Side

Checking prices at Union Row in East Pilsen

Union Row

It’s been a while since we’ve checked on the status of the Union Row townhomes on 16th St in East Pilsen. You can join me for a walk around the development in the above video, and see much more of the neighborhood and Union Row in the 23 videos at this YouTube playlist. Union Row’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 2, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Views from the neighborhoods – and beyond

View from above 2800 LSD

You can find surprisingly good views of Chicago’s skyline in places where you aren’t expecting to find them. Start with the view above, which stretches from Rogers Park to the West Loop. It was shot from a roof deck of the six-story apartment building at 1157 W Diversey, at the northern edge of Lincoln Park. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 22, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Skyline views from the neighborhoods – and Skokie

Chicago skyline view

You can find surprisingly good views of Chicago’s skyline in places where you aren’t expecting to find them. Start with the view above, which stretches from Rogers Park to the West Loop. It was shot from a roof deck of the six-story apartment building at 1157 W Diversey, at the northern edge of Lincoln Park. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 16, 2012

Help envision the Cermak Creative Industries District

Cermak Creative Industries District video

One of my favorite Chicago intersections is Jefferson, Cermak and Lumber in East Pilsen, just west of the Chicago River. The street names themselves conjure Chicago’s past. Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase, together with the Homestead Act, made real his vision of a nation peopled by agricultural yeomen. The forests of Michigan and Wisconsin traversed the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 27, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

Union Row Townhomes sell out in East Pilsen

There were still two units, both priced just under $500k, available for sale at Union Row Townhomes when I shot the above video last week. Sales at the project had been stagnant for much of last year but accelerated earlier this year when developer Belgravia Group slashed prices by 30 percent. Yesterday Belgravia alerted us ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 30, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

A million-dollar view of downtown for under $500,000 at Union Row in East Pilsen

Wednesday was hazy, but there was enough sunlight to appreciate this spectacular skyline panorama from a top-level deck at Union Row Townhomes in East Pilsen. Joe Zekas and Union Row project manager Zev Salomon met up again to talk about the project’s recent success following some substantial price cuts. The four-bedroom, four-bath townhome they toured ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 25, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Downtown condo sales: who was busy in the first quarter of 2010?

More than 55 percent of downtown Chicago’s new condo and townhome developments reported an increase in the number of units sold from the fourth quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2010, according to the latest Downtown Chicago Residential Benchmark Report from Appraisal Research Counselors. Even then, the increases tended to be minimal, except ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 26, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

A drive around Union Row's neighborhood

Belgravia Group‘s Zev Salomon takes Joe Zekas on a driving tour of the area around the Union Row Townhomes to show off some of the dramatic changes East Pilsen has seen in the past 10 years. Just five townhomes were still for sale at Union Row as of last week, at prices starting in the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 30, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The new Jefferson Playlot Park in East Pilsen

The newly expanded Jefferson Playlot that crosses Jefferson Street between 16th and 18th isn’t a perk just for Union Row buyers, some of whom will be able to see the park from their south-facing windows, but for all East Pilsen residents looking for a place to take the kids. Belgravia Group project manager Zev Salomon ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 22, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Nearing sellout at Union Row in East Pilsen

Since announcing price cuts of as much as $200,000 on the remaining townhomes at Union Row, 622 W 16th St, Belgravia Group has come within five sales of closeout. Yesterday, Zev Salomon, project manager for Union Row, explained the competitive advantages of these homes in a market that has changed substantially since the project began.

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Posted by sponsored post on April 20, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Sales update: Four to go at Union Row

Belgravia Group is now down to just four unsold townhomes at Union Row in East Pilsen, according to the development’s newly updated Web site. One of those homes, Unit E28 at 630 W 16th St, is a 2,901 square-foot four-bedroom / four-bath that was once listed as high as $699,900, but which is now priced ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 7, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Sales update: Eight townhomes left at Union Row

New prices and approval for FHA-backed financing have paid off for Belgravia Group‘s Union Row. Seven buyers have signed contracts for new townhomes over the past six weeks, and the development is hosting 25 to 35 visitors a week, says Belgravia Vice President Zev Salomon. Thanks to these new contracts, Union Row’s “A”-tier townhomes — ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 1, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

Union Row's least expensive townhome: Three bedrooms for less than $375,000

For $374,900 — well under the maximum purchase price backed by the FHA — a buyer can pick up a three-bedroom townhome at Union Row in East Pilsen, says Belgravia Group Vice President Zev Salomon. Zev and I took a quick look around the unit’s main level last week and then stepped outside onto its ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 2, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Belgravia cuts prices on Union Row townhomes

565 Quincy wasn’t the only Belgravia Group project to see some significant price cuts last week. The developer also slashed prices at Union Row by as much as 31 percent, bringing these townhomes on West 16th Street in East Pilsen down from an old range of the $530s to $710s to a new range of ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 18, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Union Row drive: Jefferson Playlot, the South Side School, and Pilsen proper

In the second segment from their tour around Union Row‘s neighborhood, Joe Zekas and Belgravia Group Vice President Zev Salomon stop by the Jefferson Playlot Park in the 1600 block of South Jefferson Street, and then drive into the heart of Pilsen, passing the new Waldorf-inspired South Side School and the restaurants and storefronts on ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 23, 2009
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The advantages of a Union Row townhome

In the first part of a two-part video, Belgravia Group Vice President Zev Salomon outlined the reasons for recent price discounts at Union Row, Belgravia’s new townhome development in East Pilsen. In the second half, he shows Joe Zekas around unit #D19, which features the largest yard at Union Row.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on November 5, 2009
ChicagoSouth Side

Union Row Townhomes joins the price cutters

“Every competing project with townhomes suffered very slow sales velocity in much of 2008 and all of 2009. Every other major competing project has recently enacted very large, aggressive price discounts. The result of those price discounts has been dramatic, fast sales,” reports Zev Salomon, Belgravia Group VP and project manager for Union Row Townhomes. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 31, 2009
ChicagoSouth Side

Belgravia reduces prices of four Union Row townhomes by as much as $80,000

For the first time since sales began at Union Row, Belgravia Group has unveiled a round of price reductions on four immediately available new-construction townhomes in the heart of University Village / East Pilsen. After observing the success of price cuts at neighboring townhome developments in recent months, Belgravia is offering as much as $80,000 ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 23, 2009
ChicagoSouth Side

The Schoenhofen Brewery: a landmark in East Pilsen

Occasionally a reader or agent ask whether we’ve heard any news about the Schoenhofen Brewery. The two buildings, which form a landmark district in East Pilsen, have been venues for many redevelopment proposals over the decades. During his recent visit to the neighborhood, Joe Zekas stopped by the old brewery to have a look around.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on September 24, 2009
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Scenes from East Pilsen

Following his recent visit to East Pilsen, Joe pieced together a simple video featuring the neighborhood’s industrial corridor on the banks of the Chicago River, its skyline views, and a small street scene. Keep an eye out for the “neighborhood eagle.”

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Posted by erik stonikas on September 23, 2009