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Breaking the mold

Breaking the mold

Progressive architecture gains a foothold in new Chicago housing In a crowded market, some developers say, it's become more important than ever to st [...]

Most condominium problems found in common areas, not units

Often condominium and loft buyers are encouraged not to worry about common element repair budgets in their search for that dream home downtown. Most p [...]

Condo conversions make comeback in value-conscious market

Condominium conversions are cooking again as Windy City developers offer a growing menu of units in 2003, real estate experts say. Appraisal Research [...]

Developers thinking small in tougher market for new homes

To counteract the glut of larger new-construction condominiums downtown, some of Chicago's most savvy developers are starting to think small, real est [...]

Simple review can prevent hazards on Chicago porches

Recently, while completing a three-story stair tower and porch inspection, I reached out and grabbed the two 30-foot posts, or uprights, and attempted [...]
Love at first site

Love at first site

Innovative architecture inspires RCR|DC's latest condos Development is generally a labor of money, not love, and nowhere is that in greater evidence [...]
Building Sterling homes

Building Sterling homes

Invsco aims high with new River North tower The 50-story Sterling, a new condominium tower with a bold, modern design of glass and concrete, rises ab [...]

Lesson in tales from the front: buyers beware

Some weeks in the home inspection business are especially disheartening and the last few have been full of prime examples. Here are just a few recent [...]

Uptown emerging as hot market for homes

Uptown is emerging as the hottest area on Chicago's north lakefront for condominium and single-family home sales, according to Sudler's Lakefront Mark [...]
The art of architecture

The art of architecture

CMK's Contemporaine raises condo to art form in River North "One day I get a call from Colin. He's only 30 years old, you know, and he likes modern&# [...]
A Superior development

A Superior development

JFJ's Superior West brings bold design to River North When you're building on a street called Superior in a district known for its art galleries and [...]
Is Lincoln Square the next Lincoln Park?

Is Lincoln Square the next Lincoln Park?

The new French restaurant, Bistro Campagne, uses organic products and flies in fresh fish from Pierless Fish, on the East Coast. It's specialties incl [...]

Brick veneer often presents problems in new masonry homes

During the last couple of years masonry problems have been cropping up in new construction all over the city. The trend is ironic, given Chicago's hi [...]

Use common sense, over-design with city gem: the Chicago porch

There's a cherished half-century-old photo on my wall at home in Chicago's Old Town neighborhood. In the 8-by-10-inch sepia-tone photo, a cocky, bare [...]

Solid contruction, easy access make lofts a great housing choice

Beyond surface design, most people who want to live in lofts don't give much consideration to construction standards in this uniquely urban form of ho [...]

Affordable "green" homes touted for urban in-fill locations

With the cost of new homes in Chicago going through the roof, the time has come to use some "good old-fashioned common sense" to design and build affo [...]

Electrical, plumbing systems not always new in conversions

Most vintage condominium conversions in Chicago these days are "gut rehabs." This means that the developer keeps only the shell of the old building an [...]

Uncertainty slows market time for lakefront homes in Chicago

Marketing expensive homes and condominiums in Chicago's posh lakefront neighborhoods is getting harder as economic uncertainty lingers through spring, [...]

Chicago's best new homes 2003

The experts choose the top city developments of 2003 Anyone can build homes in a booming market, but when sales start to slow, the best projects tend [...]
As prices rise in Logan Square, Humboldt Park fights gentrification

As prices rise in Logan Square, Humboldt Park fights gentrification

Lula Café was nearly full at lunchtime, but about half of the tables were taken by people eating alone. Some were working on crossword puzzles or [...]
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