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Lagrange looks forward with the leaning towers of Prairie

Lagrange looks forward with the leaning towers of Prairie

It does our heart good to see the name of Lucien Lagrange, architect to Chicago's wealthy (think The Park Tower, 840 N. Lake Shore Drive, The Elysian, ...
Weird front porches in Washington Park

Weird front porches in Washington Park

I like traditional walk-ups, but these mid-air front doors sticking off to one side of a building just look wrong. Maybe it's because, this being Wash ...

First-floor rentals can be worse than the garden apartment

We've railed on the problems that can plague garden apartments, but Beth and Frank tell us they're more nervous about security as they move from a gar ...
If Rapunzel lived in Chicago she'd live in Washington Park

If Rapunzel lived in Chicago she'd live in Washington Park

Now there's a balcony that a girl could let her hair down from. We've been cruising around the Washington Park neighborhood, which is in the early sta ...
Keeping an open mind about opening day, Wrigley renovations

Keeping an open mind about opening day, Wrigley renovations

It's the day before opening day here in Wrigleyville, and the YoChicago staff is all aflutter. The crack of the bat, the roar of the crowd, the hot ...

Des Plaines? You couldn't pay me to live there. Literally.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Des Plaines City Council will reconsider a rule requiring department heads to live in the northern suburb. Appare ...
Rental barometer: Chicago for $1,300 or less

Rental barometer: Chicago for $1,300 or less

Let's start at $1,300 and work our way down the apartment ladder. A 725-square-foot one-bedroom at 1100 N. Dearborn St. in the Gold Coast is going f ...
Appreciating novelty in Chicago's new construction

Appreciating novelty in Chicago's new construction

You would have to be blind or unconscious not to notice the infestation of red brick behemoths wherever gentrification has steamrolled in. Let's just ...
Lincoln Park's Mildred Court needs a paint job

Lincoln Park's Mildred Court needs a paint job

We've already told you about Lincoln Park's new stodgily-named Mildred Court condominiums, where one-bedroom units start in the $190s. With the rehab ...
Faces of which Chicago 'hood (II) ?

Faces of which Chicago 'hood (II) ?

OK, you liked the last one, so I thought I'd try another. In which neighborhood did Yo's Joeff find this gentleman and his Hummer? Also, I want to ...
The daily Joeff

The daily Joeff

Members of the Chicago Childrens Choir. Photo by Joeff Davis ...

LA has us whipped on neighborhood names

Whipped, I tell you. Chicago has nearly 300 neighborhoods (you'll soon see them all in Yo's neighborhood guide), but only 77 are official. LA racks ...
Tales from the rental front: rat invasions

Tales from the rental front: rat invasions

Disgusting wormy tails, large hairy bodies, red eyes visible from down the alley. It's a nearly universal opinion, held by all but a sick and twiste ...
Signs of the times on Chicago streets

Signs of the times on Chicago streets

In the pantheon of urban blight, you've got to rank bad store signage at or near the top of the list. Back-lit plastic signs are the scourge of the ...
Trump praises his penthouse, knocks Fordham Spire

Trump praises his penthouse, knocks Fordham Spire

Yesterday we reported that The Donald was keeping the $28 million penthouse at Trump International Hotel & Tower for his Chicago pad. The Chicago Sun- ...

Slums in the cornfields

Maybe it's due to growing up in New Jersey, but my mind equates the absence of trees with a slum. I'm just back from the Joliet / Plainfield area - t ...
Park Tower Condos: big fish in a kiddie pool

Park Tower Condos: big fish in a kiddie pool

The American Institute of Architects "AIA Guide to Chicago" says that Park Tower Condominiums' "beautifully detailed and proportioned curtain wall sta ...
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