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The South Shore neighborhood is Community Area 43 of the 77 on the city's official list. South Shore's boundaries are 79th St to 67th St, Lake Michigan to South Chicago Ave south of 75th St and IC RR north of 75h St. Jackson Park Highlands is a sub-neighborhood of South Shore.

ZIP codes: 60649, 60619, 60637.

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Is $14,500 the right price for a 3-bedroom in Terror Town?

Terror Town video

Unit 1S at 7708 S Essex Ave is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath duplex that’s listed as 3,300 square feet and described as “completely remodeled with all stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, juccuzzi [sic] baths, hardwood floors and garage parking.” The condo was originally listed for $189,900 in June of 2010. It went under contract shortly ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 27, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

South Shore squatters meet the world’s largest junk removal truck

Able Removal Service

The boom in foreclosures has contributed to the growth of a number of businesses that deal with the conditions found at foreclosed properties. It has also provided illegal squatters a range of previously unavailable housing opportunities. Able Removal Service, which operates “the world’s largest junk removal truc,” describes an encounter with squatters at a foreclosed ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 13, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

Jackson Park Highlands, a historic model neighborhood

Jackson Park Highlands video | South Shore Chicago

In 1905, the Jackson Park Highlands neighborhood was commissioned as a model community featuring some of the most innovative concepts of the time – large front lawns, 50-foot wide lots, driveways instead of alleys, and underground utilities. Today, the area has undergone a renaissance and is a showcase of beautiful homes of various architectural styles. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 3, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

Price drops 44% in 14 days on Jackson Park Highlands home

Jackson Park Highlands Chicago

Talk about rapid-fire price reductions … The 5-bedroom, 3-bath home at 6710 S Euclid Ave in Jackson Park Highlands came on the market November 28th at a list price of $400,000. It was reduced to $300,000 on December 10th and reduced again to $225,000 on December 12th. The home is in the landmark Jackson Park ...

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

What snow? Day sees plenty of new listings

The market marches on — at noon, Redfin showed 139 homes listed since midnight. On the high end, there’s a five-bedroom / four-bath triplex at River Bank Lofts, 550 N Kingsbury St in River North, listed at $2.5 million. On the low end is a 1,000 square-foot two-bedroom / one-bath condo at 1305 E 71st ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 2, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

City sending wrecking ball to South Shore’s ‘white elephant’

Video: Touring South Shore with Jeff Heilbrunn, Part 6 - High schools and heavyweights

Built for a then-hefty $9 million, South Shore High was planned to be “a pace-setter for the city,” according to a 1968 Tribune story. The architecturally Brutalist building (a style that was in vogue for educational and public intuitional buildings then) was designed with hexagonal classrooms, closed-circuit television that would beam-in instruction to the classrooms, ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on January 4, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

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
ChicagoSouth Side

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
ChicagoSouth Side

South Shore bungalows going green

The Historic Chicago Bungalow Association is putting the finishing touches on a fully renovated green model bungalow at 7622 S Cregier Ave in South Shore, says Assistant Director Faith Foley. When completed, the home will feature a restored interior, solar thermal panels for hot water generation, a tankless water heater, new air sealing, proper insulation, ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on July 14, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

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
ChicagoSouth Side

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
ChicagoSouth Side

Touring South Shore: High schools and heavyweights

The Nation of Islam’s presence in South Shore has been so significant that, as a child, Jeff Heilbrunn’s wife played around with the Fruit of Islam standing guard across the street from her house, and with their most famous visitor, Muhammad Ali. In this final video from our South Shore tour, Jeff and I pass ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 26, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

Touring South Shore: bungalows and block clubs

Jeff Heilbrunn wrote the book on block clubs. Literally. These neighborhood organizations have existed for decades, but Jeff, with the help of Builders Center of Chicago and South Shore community members like Pastor Kennie Delt, actually took the time to put together a manual (PDF) on how to put a club together. As we left ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 25, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

Touring South Shore: Terror Town's troubles

For South Shore to rebound, someone will have address the problems of “Terror Town,” an area plagued with boarded-up buildings and open-air drug markets, says Jeff Heilbrunn. Heilbrunn, a marketing adviser for Builders Center of Chicago, grew up in this section of South Shore — a four-block by four-block zone bounded by 75th Street, 79th ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 24, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

Touring South Shore: Life on the lakefront

Even with the economic hurdles South Shore will have to clear in the coming years, there’s still a lot to envy about the neighborhood, including its location and its stock of lakeside homes, says Jeff Heilbrunn, a marketing adviser for Builders Center of Chicago. After leaving the Cultural Center, Jeff and I headed southeast down ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 23, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

Touring South Shore: A neighborhood native's first trip to the old Country Club

If you don’t know much about South Shore‘s history, you might be surprised to learn that a neighborhood native like Jeff Heilbrunn had never been inside the walls of the old South Shore Country Club until last week. That’s because for seven decades, the club was closed to both African-Americans and Jews. Today, the golf ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 22, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

Touring South Shore, Part 1: History and the Highlands

Our link to RedEye’s “next hot ‘hood” article generated a lot of comments, some of which touched on the present and future of the South Shore on the city’s South Side. We couldn’t think of any contacts in the area, so I called up Bob Dickinson of the Southside Builders Association, who in turn put ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 18, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

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