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Uptown (Area 3) is one of Chicago's 77 official community areas.

It spans the area from Irving Park Rd (4000 N) to Foster Ave (5200 N), from Lake Michigan west to Clark St south of Montrose and west to Ravenswood Ave (1800 W) north of Montrose. Uptown includes a number of smaller neighborhoods: Buena Park, Clarendon Park, Margate Park and Sheridan Park, among others. Uptown is north of Lake View, south of Edgewater and east of Ravenswood.

ZIP codes: 60640, 60613.

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Somerset Place – is Uptown ready for upscale rentals?

Somerset Place

It’s been 10 years since I’ve been in Somerset Place, 5009 N Sheridan Rd in the Margate Park neighborhood in Uptown. At the time it was a place where you didn’t want to linger. It’s been over six years since I stopped by and took the above shots. I pass through the area periodically, but ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 25, 2014
ChicagoFar North

Alderman’s Facebook page announces new Ravenswood development

Aerial view Clark & Lawrence

News about new developments surfaces in many venues. On April 12th, the Facebook page for 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar announced a proposed development at the northwest corner of Clark and Lawrence, a site that’s been vacant for more than half a dozen years. The site is zoned B2-3, which would allow a mixed-use retail ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 15, 2014
ChicagoFar North

Only 3 townhomes left at Backyard Andersonville

Backyard Andersonville

Twenty of the 23 townhomes have been sold at BackYard Andersonville, 4832 N Clark St in Ravenswood. The model home, a 2-bedroom, 2-bath priced in the mid-$400s is available for immediate occupancy. Phase II began construction a few weeks ago and occupancy is slated for the fall. Two 3-bedroom, 2-bath homes are available in Phase ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 1, 2014
ChicagoFar North

Phase II of Backyard Andersonville poised to break ground

Backyard Andersonville

Phase I of BackYard Andersonville is nearing completion, and the project will break ground on the nine-unit Phase II within a few weeks, according to Heather Gustafson of CMK Realty. Four of the Phase II units are under contract. The remaining two-story rowhomes, at 4832 N Clark St, are priced from the $430s. You can ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 21, 2014
ChicagoFar North

Grading Flats Chicago – Incomplete, Fail

5718 N Winthrop

As Flats Chicago cranks up its hype machine with an eye on the spring rental market, we’ll try to provide an occasional reality check. Start with the current screen cap from Flats’ website: reservations were being taken last June for four buildings, only one of which has apartments ready for occupancy. But first, a look ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 3, 2014

Flats Chicago – proceed with caution, renters

5718 N Winthrop

We’ve been following the progress – or lack thereof – on Flats Chicago buildings for some time. Our interest was initially piqued by what struck us as a near-zero correlation between the company’s hype and the facts behind it. Back in June we reported, with a skepticism not exhibited in other media reports, Flats Chicago’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 14, 2013
ChicagoFar North

Apartments in Buena Park, Ravenswood, Sheridan Park or just Uptown?

Blue light camera

Buena Park, just north of Lake View and west of Lincoln Park, is one of the more desirable parts of the Uptown community, so it’s natural that an apartment owner might lay claim to the neighborhood name for a nearby property. A part of the Uptown community, west of Clark St between Montrose and Foster, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 19, 2013
ChicagoFar North

Media math not very sharp on Flats Chicago

1020 W Lawrence

Nearly a year ago the Sun-Times’ David Roeder reported that the seven buildings being branded as Flats Chicago totaled 1,200 units. Two days ago Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reported that Flats Chicago was adding the troubled Lawrence House, 1020 W Lawrence in Uptown, to its portfolio. Flats Chicago’s Jay Michael was quoted as saying ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 8, 2013
ChicagoFar North

Innovative rowhomes at Backyard Andersonville

Ranquist, Horowitz, Pappageorge

Backyard Andersonville is unusual in a number of respects. The development’s 23 rowhomes are on a large site that belies its Clark Street address by being tucked behind two mid-rise buildings. The architecture is a departure in style for the firm of Pappageorge Haymes in its clean lines, exterior cladding and two-story height. Backyard Andersonville ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 25, 2013
ChicagoFar North

Will flat-out hype fall flat at Flats Chicago?

4875 N Magnolia Chicago

In my experience, when hype runs far ahead of performance in real estate the performance more often than not falls flat. Will that prove to be the case at Flats Chicago, a hyper-active attempt to conjure a positive brand for a group of buildings with troubled histories and sub-par locations? Flats Chicago has garnered a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 19, 2013
ChicagoFar North

New condos and rowhomes, and Easter eggs at Chase Park

Chase Park

Chase Park is one of Chicago’s great neighborhood parks. It has a full complement of physical facilities — an outdoor pool, running track, tennis courts, playground, ball fields and a field house with fitness center and theater. The park is typically flooded with people participating in a wide variety of activities, programs and special events. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 1, 2013
ChicagoFar North

Snap-shot: Andersonville condo sales

4846 N Clark St Chicago

The Andersonville neighborhood will see its first major new construction condos since 2008 in the form of townhouses at 4832 N Clark. The attached townhouse development is an exciting addition and expansion of housing units in this popular North Side area. Let’s take a look at how Andersonville area condo sales are doing (attached homes ...

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Posted by Eric Rojas on March 19, 2013
ChicagoFar North

Apartments slated for former Uptown hellhole

Somerset Place

Add yet another project to Chicago’s rental apartment boom. Somerset Place, an Uptown hellhole that was shut down by the state three years ago, will be transformed into rental apartments. The building, at 5009 N Sheridan, began its life as the 441-room Somerset Hotel. According to a recent announcement from FitzGerald Associates Architects: FitzGerald has ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 27, 2013
ChicagoFar North

The Sheridan Park 6-flats, built to look like mansions

Bryan Lathrop House, Chicago

The 6-flat has long been one of Chicago’s most popular housing types – so popular, in fact, that you can find very few in lakefront neighborhoods that haven’t been converted to condominiums. One of the densest concentrations of architecturally-interesting 6-flats can be found in the Sheridan Park neighborhood in Uptown. Sheridan Park is home to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 22, 2013
Far North

Twenty-three new rowhomes slated for Andersonville

Andersonville rowhomes

The past half-dozen years have seen almost no new construction of rowhomes in the Andersonville area, despite the neighborhood’s increasing popularity. CMK Realty has just begun marketing 23 new rowhomes, priced from the $420s, on the large stretch of vacant land just west of 4846 N Clark St. The homes will have two-car attached garages ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 14, 2013
ChicagoFar North

A bulk sale of units planned at Buena Park’s Polo Tower

4180 Marine Dr

Polo Tower, 4180 N Marine Dr in the Buena Park section of Uptown, has a long history with YoChicago and its New Homes Magazine predecessor. We first mentioned Polo Tower as a high-rise condo conversion in October of 2001. At the time, one-bedrooms in the building ranged upwards from the $140s. By the time of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 19, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Affordable new condos a half block from popular Chase Park

Aerial view of Chase Park, Chicago

Chicago’s grand parks may draw more attention, but they can’t match the spirit of community and sense of ownership found in the city’s popular neighborhood parks. One of the north side’s handful of neighborhood gems is Chase Park, just south of Lawrence Ave between Clark St and Ashland Ave. Chase Park began as a semi-professional ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 10, 2012
ChicagoFar North

Community meeting set for Maryville Academy site

Clarendon Park aerial

Two weeks ago Uptown Update reported that JDL Development had signed an agreement to acquire the Maryville Academy site at Clarendon and Montrose in Uptown‘s Clarendon Park neighborhood. The site is at the center of the above aerial photo. Yesterday Uptown Update posted news that a community meeting will be held next week to hear ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 9, 2012
ChicagoFar North

New condos on Clark are priced to sell quickly

4846 N Clark St Chicago

CMK Realty is about to begin marketing 40 new 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 2-bedroom plus den units at 4846 North Clark. The units have a loft-like feel, with 10-foot ceilings, open floor plans and generously-sized flexible layouts. The units have hardwood floors, large windows opening onto expansive views, oversized baths, in-unit washer/dryers, large balconies and kitchens ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 5, 2012

Stale quote of the day – Uptown floodgates are opening

Montrose Harbor

Here’s the lede to a TimeOut Chicago piece on 1325 W Wilson, an Uptown building that began its life as the the Norman Hotel in 1929, was rehabbed by Peter Holsten in the late 80s, and has had a spotty history since then: The hallways of Wilson Tower, a 12-story midrise at 1325 West Wilson ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 26, 2012