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The borders for North Lawndale are the Metra Railroad tracks west of Springfield Ave, Cermak Rd from Springfield Ave to Trumbull, 21st St from Trumbull Ave to Albany Ave, 18th St east of Albany Ave to the Railroad tracks between Fillmore St and Taylor St, Railroad tracks east of Rockwell St to Kenton St.

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Happy holidays from YoChicago

3300 block Flournoy

Christmas is our hook for being mindful of all of the holidays that Chicagoans celebrate at this time of year. We wish you, before and after the fact, happy holidays. It’s a tradition for many people to venture out into different parts of Chicagoland to look at holiday decorations. We suggest a visit to the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 24, 2013
ChicagoWest / Southwest

A flurry of new three-flats on the market

Chicagoans love their two- to four-unit buildings, with the three-flat being one of the more popular configurations. According to the US Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey, nearly half a million metro Chicago housing units are in two- to four-unit properties, and one in five of those units is owner-occupied. The flexibility of 3-flats is a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 26, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The washout on Wabash files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

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New West Realty, a once politically-connected developer, extended an almost unbroken string of development debacles with a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing for a South Loop condo project. According to Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily, a venture affiliated with New West and former First Ward Alderman Ted Mazola, recently filed for bankruptcy protection for a 176-unit ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 30, 2011
ChicagoWest / Southwest

New North Lawndale listing at a mortgage fraudster’s condo

2842 W Fillmore Chicago

We’ve occasionally focused on mortgage fraud on Chicago’s South Side, but the West Side has also had more than its share. Today’s new listings email spotlights a short sale in a 3-unit condo development completed on a barren North Lawndale block in 2008. The building’s three 3-bedroom, 2-bath units all sold in the $330s late ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 23, 2011
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Quote of the day – North Lawndale not monolithic

North Lawndale

The Tribune’s Dawn Turner Trice recently visited North Lawndale with Marcus Betts, a resident who’s optimistic about the neighborhood’s future. According to Betts: People drive through and see the vacant lots, the boarded-up buildings or hear about the crime, and I just don’t think communities like Lawndale get enough credit for being as sophisticated or ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 23, 2011
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Un-affordable housing follies, North Lawndale edition

North Lawndale

“The dream lives on in Lawndale,” chanted the crowd, which included the obligatory coterie of local pols and pastors, at the opening of a new “affordable” apartment complex on donated urban rental land where Martin Luther King stayed in Chicago in the 1960s. You can read the details at the New Communities Program Web site ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 2, 2011

Missing the mark in North Lawndale

There have been 114 home sales in North Lawndale over the past two years, and ninety-two of them were below $100,000, according to Redfin. In 2010, no home sold for more than $150,000, but right now there are nine single-family homes and two condos listed above that price. In several cases, sellers are wanting more ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 6, 2011
ChicagoWest / Southwest

An early look at Park Douglas

Park Douglas rendering, North Lawndale, Chicago

Ground has broken on the first phase of Park Douglas, a new 137-unit mixed-income development at 12th Place and Talman Avenue in North Lawndale that will replace the neighborhood’s old Lawndale Gardens public housing complex. The CHA, in partnership with Mount Sinai Hospital and B-M Ogden LLC, will build 60 apartments reserved as public housing, ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on October 27, 2010

An afternoon drive through Douglas Park, on my way to Little Village

On Friday I fired up the YoMobile and went on a drive through South Lawndale and Little Village on Chicago’s Southwest Side. To enter the neighborhood, I started on Roosevelt Road and took Sacramento Avenue through Douglas Park (all located within the North Lawndale community area). Like the great West Side spaces of Humboldt Park ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 17, 2010