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A move-in ready home in a convenient near-south location

3216 S Prairie

The 3- to 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 3216 S Prairie Ave was built 7 years ago but has the appearance of a new home. The home has high-ceilings, hardwood floors and generously-sized rooms. The living / dining area flows into an expansive kitchen / family room with an island and a pantry, and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 23, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

No visible progress at Bronzeville’s Rosenwald Apartments

Rosenwald Apartments

It’s been nearly two years since I spent a good chunk of two days walking the area around the Rosenwald Apartments, a massive abandoned complex at 47th and Michigan. Members of Rosenwald for All, a group of neighbors who live near the building, accompanied me for part of the time and shared their thoughts in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 17, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Headed for a $107 million meltdown in Bronzeville?

Rosenwald Apartments

Curbed called attention yesterday to the City Council’s Finance Committee’s approval of $25 million in TIF funding for the renovation of the Rosenwald Apartments at 47th St and Michigan Ave. The TIF funding would cover part of the project’s latest project budget of $107 million, the balance of which would be cobbled together from a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 16, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Amenity-rich apartments in Hyde Park / Kenwood

University of Chicago

The Sutherland was built as a hotel and briefly converted to a military hospital. Its most famous incarnation, however, was as a music venue frequented by some of the greats of jazz music. The Sutherland, 4659 S Drexel Blvd in Hyde Park / Kenwood, was recently converted to luxury studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. As ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 28, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Tour the Sutherland model apartments in Hyde Park with the designer

The Sutherland

The Sutherland, 4659 S Drexel Blvd in Hyde Park / Kenwood, was built as a hotel and briefly converted to a military hospital. Its most famous incarnation, however, was as a music venue frequented by some of the greats of jazz music. When the Sutherland was recently converted to luxury apartments the lobby was restored ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 20, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

The Sutherland, renovated luxury apartments in Hyde Park / Kenwood

Sutherland, 4659 S Drexel

The Sutherland, a historic property at 4659 S Drexel in Hyde Park / Kenwood, has newly-renovated studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments available for rent. The Sutherland offers 24-hour concierge service, a fully-equipped fitness / recreation facility, and a resident lounge. Studio apartments rent from $795, 1-bedrooms from $965, and 2-bedrooms from $1,200. Heat and internet ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 19, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Head south to North Kenwood / Oakland for more affordable rents

Oakwood Shores

In the above video, shot in 2009, Coldwell Banker’s Clarence Thompson drove one of Yo’s reporters around the North Kenwood / Oakland neighborhood chatting about some of its history and about real estate values. Values have, not surprisingly, plummeted in the area since that time. To cite just one example, a 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo on ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 18, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Why a MAC resident likes Bronzeville’s Sutherland apartments

Sutherland, 4659 S Drexel

Listen to a woman who has rented from MAC Property Management for four years in two different buildings talk about why she likes the Sutherland apartments. She’s planning to move there. The Sutherland, a historic property at 4659 S Drexel in Hyde Park / Kenwood, has newly-renovated studio, 1- and 2-bedroom apartments available for rent.

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Posted by sponsored post on April 16, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

A lovingly-renovated Bronzeville single-family

3228 S Prairie Chicago

Tim and his wife were looking for a major renovation challenge when they moved from the suburbs to the part of Bronzeville known as The Gap. They bought a vacant property, completely redid all of the mechanical systems, and restored the home to a state close to its original 1888 floor plan. The result is ...

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Posted by sponsored post on March 1, 2013
DealsChicagoSouth Side

A free rent deal at Bronzeville’s Lake Meadows

Lake Meadows

Five years ago today we linked to a Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily Report that Draper & Kramer planned to demolish the 1,870-unit Lake Meadows apartment complex and replace it with more than 7,800 residential units and half a million square feet of retail space. “The existing buildings have reached a point of physical and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 21, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Revisiting Park Boulevard in Bronzeville

Aerial view of Park Boulevard, Chicago

The mixed-income Park Boulevard development in Bronzeville, on the former site of Stateway Gardens, is part of the CHA’s ambitious and largely-stalled Plan for Transformation. A 3-bedroom, 2 ½ bath Park Boulevard townhome at 3558 S Federal St just came on the market, priced at $279,900. You can see a similar townhome in the above ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 4, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Artist lofts proposed for 47th Street in Bronzeville

Harold Washington Cultural Center

Two days ago we posted on a revised proposal for the Rosenwald Apartments at 47th and Michigan. Financing for the project would include $25 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) funds. On the day of our post Mayor Emanuel requested $1.1 million in TIF funds for the rehabilitation of a vacant Bronzeville building at 436 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 5, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A revised proposal for the Rosenwald Apartments

Rosenwald Apartments Chicago

Over at the Sun-Times David Roeder is reporting that a new proposal for the vacant, 5-story Rosenwald Apartments building at 47th and Michigan will go before the City Council today. The plan contemplates 235 rental apartments, 138 of which would be set aside for seniors, and 75,000 square feet of retail space. Financing for the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 3, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

A family-friendly, pet-friendly Chicago bed and breakfast

Welcome Inn Manor video

Newcomers to Chicago, and tourists just visiting the city, have access to a vast variety of short-term housing options, including hotels, hostels, furnished corporate suites and bed and breakfasts. I recently visited one of Chicago’s many bed and breakfasts, the Welcome Inn Manor, and chatted with two families visiting from Tennessee and with Mell, one ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 31, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

What should be done with Bronzeville’s Rosenwald Apartments?

Rosenwald for All video

The massive Rosenwald Apartments building at 47th and Michigan in the Grand Boulevard area of Bronzeville was shuttered a dozen years ago. According to local residents and business managers, it had become a gang-ridden problem zone. A business manager I spoke with told me he’d leave the area, after decades there, if the project reopened ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 23, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

Condo owners plant a garden in a Bronzeville food desert

Rosenwald for All video

I recently met with members of Rosenwald for All, a group of residents concerned that the local infrastructure is inadequate to support the redevelopment of the Rosenwald Apartments, 47th and Michigan, for its proposed use as senior and low-income housing. The existence of food deserts in major cities has been questioned recently by academics, but ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 17, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

Rosenwald Apartments proposal advances toward TIF funding

Rosenwald Apartments Chicago

Last October we marveled at a proposal to revive the long-vacant landmark Rosenwald Apartments at 47th and Michigan at a cost of just over half a million dollars per unit. Plans for the project took a major step forward yesterday when Chicago’s Community Development Commission voted to recommend that it receive up to $25 million ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 11, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

Will massive drug bust boost Bronzeville condo values?

4343 S Michigan Chicago

Unit 4N at 4441 S Indiana just came on the market for $79,900, in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood of Bronzeville. It seems an attractive price for a condo that sold for $250,000 in May of 2006, and that’s touted by the real estate agent as able to satisfy the “pickiest buyer.” The property has recently ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 2, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

A brief look back at hopes for Bronzeville

Lake Park Crescent signage

Five years ago YoChicago looked in on Bronzeville for an extended peek at what was hoped to be a massive transformation of the South Side neighborhood. The demolition of some of the CHA’s most troubled housing developments and the development of five large-scale new projects – Jazz on the Boulevard, Lake Park Crescent, Oakwood Shores, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 2, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

From Yo’s archives – free plasma TVs and agents drinking their own Kool-Aid

Drexel Parc Lofts video

Remember plasma TVs as sales incentives? Remember buying a Bronzeville condo for its appreciation potential? Five years ago today we were writing about “free” plasma TVs and most real estate agents were still seeing limited downside in the market. In some neighborhoods they were still talking about appreciation. When I visited Sutherland Pearsall‘s Jerry Houlihan ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 17, 2012