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The Near West Side is Community Area 28 of 77 on the city's official list.

Its historical boundaries are, generally, 18th St to Kinzie St (400 N), the Chicago River to RR tracks west of Western Ave (2400 W). The area's sub-neighborhoods, by which it is better known today, include Fulton Market, the Fulton River District, Greek Town, Little Italy, the Medical District, Randolph Market, Tri-Taylor, University Village, West Haven and West Loop.

The name is often used today to refer to locations that are neither near, nor west, nor located within one of the area's better known sub-neighborhoods.

ZIP codes: 60607, 60612, 60608, 60661.

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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

NIMBYs get in over their head, get hung out to dry

Medical District Apts

According to DNAinfo, the Medical District Apartments (MDA) was apparently willing to sell its two-story parking garage for the development of a Walgreens on the site. A group of townhome owners in the planned development that includes the apartments and the parking garage objected to the sale, blocking the Walgreens. MDA had allowed the townhome ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 12, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Echelon’s luxury apartments conquer Chicago’s cold

Echelon at K Station

Residents at Echelon at K Station can almost pretend that Chicago isn’t experiencing its worst winter conditions in decades. Well … almost. The luxury apartment tower’s location at 353 N Desplaines St in the Fulton River District conquers the cold with a cluster of conveniences. While some Chicagoans dig their cars out of the snow, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on January 27, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A peek inside the new Presidential Towers

Presidential Towers

I visited Presidential Towers (PT) last week in the company of David Scharfenberg, who became the General Manager of the West Loop property just shy of two years ago. During his brief tenure Scharfenberg has presided over a truly amazing number of changes, and PT now bears little resemblance to its prior state. More than ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 9, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A first look inside K2, Chicago’s newest apartments

K2 at K Station, Chicago

K2, the luxury high-rise at 365 N Halsted in the Fulton River District, is opening ahead of schedule, with first occupancies set for March 1st. There was a flurry of activity at the building, and the management, leasing and custodial staff were setting up in their new offices during our visit. Randy Fifield of the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 12, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An affordable short-term haven for Chicago medical patients, families

IMD Guest House

Chicago’s world-class medical facilities make it a destination for patients from around the country and around the world. Patients who need to be near one of Chicago’s hospitals for highly specialized treatments such as follow-on care to a bone marrow transplant or dialysis often need an affordable place to stay, and their recovery is facilitated ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 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

Construction check – Pete’s Fresh Market on Madison

Pete's Fresh Market site

A month ago we noted that construction was slated to start this month on the new Pete’s Fresh Market at the southeast corner of Madison and Western. And start it has, as we saw during a fly-by two weeks ago. Back in March we recalled that five years earlier the immediate area had been the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 24, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Acreage at Metro Place available for sale

Metro Place signage, Chicago

Crain’s is reporting that 4.67 acres of vacant land is available at Metro Place, a failed development on the Near West Side. The asking price is $1.65 million, and current zoning allows for development of an additional 127 homes. According to Crain’s: A venture led by Mr. McLean, president and CEO of Chicago-based MCL Cos., ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 22, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Will Pete’s Fresh Market revive Madison and Western?

Madison & Western, Chicago

Pete’s Fresh Market had a ceremonial groundbreaking on a Near West Side site at the southeastern corner of Madison and Western several weeks ago, but it’s unclear when construction will actually begin. There was no sign of activity at the site yesterday, when the above photo was shot. Five years ago a number of sizeable ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 2, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

More apartments proposed for Near West Side

Aerial view of Clinton & Taylor

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily is reporting that Bond Cos., a local developer, is planning a mixed-use development on the site of a former Chernin’s Shoes warehouse on the block bounded by Canal, Taylor, Clinton and Roosevelt Rd on Chicago’s Near West Side. The proposed development would include approximately 200,000 square feet of retail and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 25, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New construction in Chicago, then and now

View from Aqua, Kardas Photography

What a difference five years makes! Five years ago today we were – Reporting the imminent start of construction at Aqua Touting 1349 S Wabash as our deal of the day Focusing our radar on some new Lincoln Park developments Embedding video of the developer’s fantasies for Roosevelt Collection Illustrating the start of construction at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 25, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Quote of the day – Chicago’s affordable hosing program

Madison Estates Chicago

We first wrote about Madison Estates, a development in the 2200 block of West Madison on Chicago’s Near West Side, back in January of 2007 – a different era. The listing copy for Unit 102 at 2240 W Madison invites buyers to “be one with your environment” and notes that they must qualify under the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 13, 2011

Incentives, value prices add to the appeal of West End’s location

West End at Jackson Square

The new homes at West End at Jackson Square are conveniently located near the Eisenhower Expressway, Medical District and United Center, just a few minutes from downtown Chicago. The few remaining new construction 2- and 3-bedroom condos and duplex townhomes are priced from the mid-$150s to the mid-$200s. For a limited time new home buyers ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 20, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Near West Side, one of YoChicago’s hottest neighborhoods of 2006

Jackson Square video

We’re taking a brief look at the state of each of the eight neighborhoods we spotlighted as Chicago’s hottest back in June of 2006. We’ve already revisited Woodlawn, Washington Park, Avondale, Near South Side and South Chicago. Today we return to the Near West Side. Our reporter noted that: West of Ashland Avenue buyers can ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 27, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

From church to condo in Little Italy

Mark Boyer at Curbed has gotten a kick out of the number of church conversions going on around town, and recently published a post about one at 1046 W Polk St in Little Italy that’s been marketed whole and as a divvied-up condo building. In January, anyone browsing the listings would see the entire 11,800-square ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on March 9, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Near West Side grocer finally on its way

Video: Bringing ice rinks and grocers to East Garfield Park

The Near West Side and East Garfield Park will move one step closer toward getting a much-needed grocery store next month, when Pete’s Fresh Market is expected to close on the vacant lot at the southeast corner of Madison Street and Western Avenue and file for building permits, says 2nd Ward Ald. Robert Fioretti. In ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 21, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Loft living: An architect’s brick-and-timber space, priced at $565K

Unit #1 at 1650 W Ogden Ave, Chicago

One of the newest arrivals among timber lofts for sale is unit #1 at the Ogden Lofts, 1650 W Ogden Ave. The 2,500 square-foot space is owned and designed by an architect, says the listing by Chris Chevrie of Jameson Sotheby’s, and features 12-foot ceiling heights, Brazilian maple floors, and exposed brick walls. It has ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 16, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New magnet school planned for old Jefferson School in University Village

Following months of lobbying by area residents, Chicago Public Schools approved a plan to open a new K-8 magnet school in the former Jefferson School at 1522 W Fillmore St in University Village, Chicago Journal reports. The STEM Magnet School would be the first academy in Chicago to emphasize science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 14, 2011
ChicagoWest / Southwest

‘Gold Coast amenities’ at 2620 W Washington St? That IS Bold.

Bold L&H Lofts, Chicago

“The building, which was built in 1926, is located directly in the path of progress,” says the website for Bold L&H Lofts. In the path? No wonder East Garfield Park is suffering! Get out of the way, and let that progress through! I kid. Sometime in the past couple of years, LK Growth and Bold ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on December 9, 2010
ChicagoDowntown / LoopFar North

The other pieces of the Sunrise scam

Pure20, 4700 N Clarendon Ave, Chicago

Our angle on the indictment of three Sunrise Equities principals naturally focused on the Pure building at 24 S Morgan St in the West Loop, simply because the building actually exists — we followed it from pre-construction through completion, and were in regular contact with the building’s marketing team up until the point when its ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on November 17, 2010