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South Chicago is Community Area 46 of the 77 on the city's official roster.

Its boundaries are, generally, 95th St to 79th St, Lake Michigan and the Calumet River to Chicago Skyway (I-90).

ZIP code: 60617.

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Visit a vanished world on Chicago’s southeast side

Hegewisch, Chicago

Wrapped in Steel is an hour-and-a-half look at South Chicago, South Deering, East Side and Hegewisch. Jim Martin shot the Emmy-nominated documentary in 1983 and it was broadcast nationally on PBS in 1984. The video begins with a look at the East Side Parade, then-Governor Thompson and 10th Ward Alderman Vrdolyak, and the Washington High ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 13, 2013
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Do murals denote a depressed community?

Pullman murals

I have a bias about murals: I associate their creation with communities that have declined and are likely to remain in a state of decline. I see them as a classic “lipstick on a pig” move, and can’t think of a single Chicago neighborhood that’s spawned murals after it’s become healthy and stable. Because of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 14, 2011
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South Chicago, one of YoChicago’s hottest neighborhoods of 2006

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 and Near South Side. Next on our agenda is South Chicago, and our reporter had these observations: South Chicago, bounded by 79th Street, 95th ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 20, 2011

Chicago’s once-hottest neighborhoods

South Chicago

YoChicago’s archived stories can be a reminder of how often Chicago real estate dreams turn to dust – and how quickly. Back in June of 2006 we noted that the new construction market was cooling after a lengthy boom, but continued our annual New Homes Magazine tradition of spotlighting Chicago’s “hottest neighborhoods.” We gathered information ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 26, 2011
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Sing a song of South Works?

Say what? On Thursday, Jam Productions, Live Nation, Ticketmaster, McCaffery Interests, and aldermen Sandi Jackson and John Pope will reveal the details of a three-day, multi-stage music festival planned for… is this right…South Works? That’s the word from Jim DeRogatis, who says the old US Steel grounds may be the site of the Dave Matthews ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 5, 2011
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McCaffery opens marketing center for US Steel redevelopment

Lakeside, Chicago

“This will change the entire face of the South Side, which now has the perception as not being a nice place to go. I saw a map the other day, a basic Chicago map, that ended at 74th Street. We need to do something to lift up these peoples lives and do something special.” – ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on December 13, 2010
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Kamin: More Chicago, less Virginia for South Works, please

Trib columnist Blair Kamin digs the broad strokes of the South Works redevelopment plan but hopes developer McCaffrey Interests and architect Antunovich Associates “fine-tune their Virginia model” (the plan is based in part on McCaffrey and Antunovich’s Market Common in Arlington) “and embrace South Works’ special brand of industrial grit.” Read all more Blair’s thoughts ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on September 17, 2010
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McCaffery opening on-site marketing center for US Steel redevelopment this fall

When you hear that the old US Steel site in South Chicago won’t be fully redeveloped until 2055, it’s easy to assume that everything will move at a very deliberate pace. I wasn’t expecting McCaffery Interests to set up shop on site by year’s end, that’s for sure. According to a news release from McCaffery, ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on August 13, 2010
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Quick hits: South Works proposal is a go

The City Council has approved McCaffery Interests‘ plan for a whole lot o’ condos, apartments, and retail spaces at the old US Steel South Works site in South Chicago. Don’t hold your breath, though — McCaffery talks about this development in terms of decades, not years.

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 9, 2010
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Zoning Committee OKs South Works plan

“We’re talking about developing a city here, with new schools, roadways, infrastructure, transportation. This area is larger than the Loop.” – Alderman John Pope, 10th Ward, on the quickly advancing plan to redevelop the US Steel South Works site in South Chicago with approximately 3,000 condos and apartments and 1 million square feet of commercial ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on June 4, 2010
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Construction compilation: Reviewing the newest proposals from around Chicago

Keeping with the last post’s train of thought, here are some other development proposals we’ve seen in the news in recent weeks. It seems like a lot of developers are talking about their ideas again, although no one seems too sure when anything will actually move forward. Market Common South Shore: US Steel and McCaffery ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 15, 2010
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Crain's: City mulls TIF for South Works site

The city’s Community Development Commission this afternoon is considering a tax increment financing district for the first phase of the 530-acre South Works steel mill site in South Chicago, according to Crain’s. US Steel and McCaffery Interests‘s “Market Common” plan (rendering at right) calls for more than 17,000 homes, 1 million square feet of retail ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 12, 2010