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The Washington Park neighborhood takes its name from the park that forms its eastern border - and borders Hyde Park on the west. Washington Park is Community Area 40 of 77 on the city's official roster.

Washington Park encompasses the area from 63rd St north to 51st St, and Washington Park and King Dr (400 E) west to the Dan Ryan Expy.

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Washington Park’s African Festival of the Arts

African Festival of the Arts

The 25th annual African Festival of the Arts kicks off tomorrow, August 29, and runs through Monday, September 1, in Washington Park, 51st and Cottage Grove. Hundreds of vendors participate in this popular event. In addition to the art, crafts and clothes, there’s music on several stages throughout the day, a wide array of food, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 28, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

A TIF for the tough, Washington Park edition

Washington Park

Remember when some of the events at the 2016 Olympics were slated to be held at new facilities to be built in Washington Park? Chicago’s bid for the 2016 games is an item that many would like to forget. Among those who would like to flush it into the memory hole are the speculators who ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 14, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Live like a land baron in Washington Park

Google Street View image

One thing we don’t do at YoChicago is write about properties as if we’ve been there when we haven’t. We haven’t been to the 5700 block of South Perry in Washington Park in several years. When we did visit, we found the area to be much as pictured in the Google Street View image above. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 16, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

City places landmark Raber House up for bid

John Raber House

The City’s Department of Housing and Economic Development has put the John Raber House, a Chicago landmark, up for bid. The home, at 5760 S Lafayette in the Washington Park neighborhood, is on a 75 x 100 foot lot, all that remains of its original six-acre plot. The Italianate home pre-dates the great Chicago fire ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 16, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Which Chicago neighborhoods have the most foreclosures?

Washington Park, Chicago

The Woodstock Institute recently released its report on foreclosure filings for the second half of 2012. Read the news release for a summary and analysis of the findings. The report details the number of foreclosure filings and sheriff’s auctions for each of Chicago’s 77 Community Areas, for each Chicago Ward, and for the 100 most ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 6, 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
ChicagoSouth Side

Revisiting the South Side resurgence

Courtyard on the Park condos

In the heady days of 2006 buyers were closing on units at the Courtyard on the Park, in the 5900 block of S King Dr, at prices ranging from the $170s to the $240s. And we were featuring the development in an article titled South Side resurgence. John Kos and his fiancée Brenda Walker were ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 19, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

Washington Park, one of YoChicago’s hottest neighborhoods of 2006

Washington Park

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. Yesterday we took a fresh look at Woodlawn. Today we cast a cold eye on Washington Park. In 2006 our reporter wrote: At first glance, an observer might see only a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 1, 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
ChicagoSouth Side

Mayor promises expedited U of C permits, endorses aldermanic shakedowns

Rockefeller Chapel, University of Chciago

If you’d hoped the change to a new mayor might lessen an alderman’s ability to make irrelevant demands in connection with building permits, keep hoping for more change. The Tribune reports on the Mayor, the University of Chicago’s expansion plans, and the Aldermanic response: Ald. Willie Cochran, whose 20th Ward borders the university on the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 22, 2011
News & trendsMarket conditions

A transit-oriented development roundup from LISC/Chicago’s New Communities Program

Map of LISC/Chicago transit-oriented development projects

A new Mayoral Candidates Brief (PDF) issued by LISC/Chicago‘s New Communities Program identifies 34 projects and programs throughout the city “that can provide the new mayor with real solutions to the tough issues that will greet him or her on day one.” One of those programs focuses on transit-oriented development — both the construction of ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 11, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

The drawing board: Best-laid plans for Washington Park

The Gateway at Washington Park renderings from FitzGerald Associates Architects, Chicago

The Gateway at Washington Park never had a chance. The real estate insiders we talked to last winter took one look at New South Partners’ mixed-use plan and dismissed it outright. After all, the climate for new construction was terrible, the city had lost its Olympics bid, and the developers hadn’t acquired all the land ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 3, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

From hot to not: Washington Park, three years later

In the summer of 2007, New Homes Magazine announced its picks for Chicago’s hottest ‘hoods. This morning I started looking up stats on each of these picks to see what’s changed in three years. The first place I studied was the last one mentioned in the New Homes piece, an area that has suffered not ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on July 15, 2010
ChicagoNorth Side

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