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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The distinct sub-neighborhoods of River North

River North

River North is bounded by Michigan Ave, Chicago Ave and the Chicago River. It’s a sub-neighborhood of the Near North Side community area. Unlike most neighborhoods its size, River North has no sub-neighborhoods of its own. One possible exception, recognized by some, is the Cathedral District – the area bounded by Michigan Ave, Ontario St, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 25, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Pilsen is once again the next hot neighborhood

Pilsen thrift store

The concept of a “willing suspension of disbelief” is credited to Samuel Taylor Coleridge from the year 1817. Wikipedia summarizes it thus: … if a writer could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. You can draw your ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 7, 2014
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Have you been to Wildwood?

Wildwood streetscape

It wouldn’t surprise me if more Chicagoans have been to Wildwood, New Jersey than to the micro-nabe with the same name on Chicago’s northwest side. Wildwood is a small neighborhood in Forest Glen, which is one of Chicago’s 77 official Community Areas. For a look at the neighborhood, head for YoChicago’s Wildwood album at Flickr, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 29, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Why the South Loop is a great place to call home

Museum Park

Coldwell Banker’s Nadine Ferrata has lived in the South Loop for more than 20 years and loves calling it her home. The South Loop has a wide variety of restaurants and nightlife, many grocery shopping options, excellent public transportation, good school options and some of the best public park access in the city. The South ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 15, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Is Pilsen under the gun?

Pilsen thrift store

We’re not talking about the so-called hipster invasion of Pilsen, nor are we resurrecting stale debates about the threat of gentrification. We’re merely relaying the headline question from a recent post at Pilsen Portal on the prevalence of crime in Pilsen. Is Pilsen under the gun? An excerpt: The answer is both a “yes” and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 9, 2014

Follow new Chicago developments at Flickr

Hubbard Place

We typically visit almost every new construction site in Chicago’s lakefront and near-lakefront neighborhoods at least once a month and shoot updated images of the property. We post some of those images at YoChicago and upload others to Flickr, where we currently have more than 13,500 images online in 100s of albums from around Chicagoland. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 23, 2014
News & trendsNeighborhoods

Do street fairs reflect Chicago’s racial divide?

Do Division

If all you knew about Chicago’s demographic and racial mix is what you saw at your local street fair, would you have an accurate picture of Chicago or a distorted one? Does Chicago’s vaunted diversity disappear at the neighborhood level? The crowds I saw at Saturday’s Do Division and Millennium Art street fests appeared to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 2, 2014
ChicagoFar North

The clock tower twist in Howard Street’s shaggy dog story

Rogers Park clock tower

If you’ve never been to Howard Street in Rogers Park you might be surprised to learn that a lengthy streetscape project was recently completed. The installation of a clock tower at Howard and Rogers marked the completion of the project, which cost approximately $6.5 million. At an EveryBlock thread you’ll see the clock tower described ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 12, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Gold Coast wannabe apartments slated for Clark and Chestnut

Clark & Chestnut at arrow

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily reported yesterday that a development group is planning a 33-story, 392-unit apartment tower at the southeast corner of Clark and Chestnut in the Gold Coast. It’s easy to understand why the developer would want to cash in on the cachet of the Gold Coast, and less easy to understand why ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 1, 2014
News & trendsNeighborhoods

Is the crisis in the Ukraine improving Realtor spelling?

St Nicholas

Ukrainian Village is probably the most commonly misspelled neighborhood name in Chicago. Is that changing as a result of the saturation coverage of recent events in the Ukraine? A search at Redfin turns up 12 listings that reference Ukrainian Village and spell it correctly. Six listings refer to Ukranian Village. That’s a 1/3 overall error ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 24, 2014

YoChicago’s neighborhood pages are a must-see

DePaul

YoChicago’s neighborhood pages are among our most-visited features, and it’s easy to understand their appeal. We provide the most comprehensive and authoritative look at the boundaries of more than 150 Chicago neighborhoods, along with videos, photography and links to relevant posts. When you need to know whether a property’s in Bucktown or beyond it, or ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 18, 2014
Downtown / Loop

The Gold Coast gallops south to Superior

Cathedral District

Everyone loves to mock real estate agents who conjure new neighborhood names from their imagination: West Bucktown, West Roscoe Village and South Andersonville come readily to mind. Sticklers for neighborhood boundaries (and I’m generally one of them) also rail against real estate agents who stretch neighborhood boundaries to include properties that are beyond them. Almost ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 6, 2013

Price risks in buying into third-tier neighborhoods

Kardas Photography, Skyline

Chicago neighborhoods can be divided into four tiers. The first tier consists of the neighborhoods that have long been stable, sought-after and are either near the lakefront or far from it with good public or parochial schools, e.g. Lincoln Park and Edison Park. The second tier includes neighborhoods that have changed rapidly in the last ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 5, 2013

The world is watching YoChicago videos

Little Village

YouTube Analytics tells us that less than 75% of our video views originate in the United States. So far this year YoChicago videos have been watched in 202 countries and territories. The top 10 view sources (after the U.S.) are, in order: Canada, United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Thailand and the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 24, 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
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

West Loop evolves while retaining its character

West Loop

Real estate development in the West Loop has seen a dramatic shift within the past two years. An oversupply of 1- and 2- bedroom units has been absorbed, and buyers are now signing contracts prior to construction at new projects offering 3-bedroom units. Belgravia Group has recently sold and completed two 24-unit developments, sold out ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 6, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The West Loop is in the news

Aerial view of West Loop

Earlier this year we wondered whether the West Loop is the next hot neighborhood, and outlined some of the reasons it appeared poised for take-off. There’s been a flurry of attention paid to the West Loop recently in Chicago media. WBEZ served up a detailed look at new developments in the area. Chicago Magazine weighed ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 31, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Immigration and Chicago neighborhoods

Charin Alvarez

“This city is really defined by a south and a north. And they are two different worlds,” says playwright Luis Alfaro in the video. Actress Charin Alvarez, who moved from Little Village to Lincoln Park, agrees with the sentiment that “it was almost a bigger shock moving from the South Side to the North Side ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 31, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

Will the South and West sides take Chicago down?

West Humboldt Park

Five years ago we were writing about some of the larger projects that promised to inject new life into parts of Chicago’s South Side. In the interim, promise and reality have gone in different directions. Patrick Sharkey, in an interview with Richard Florida at The Atlantic Cities, suggests that the current state of large tracts ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 30, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Is Chicago Avenue in River North the next hot neighborhood?

Ruttenberg and Lev

The “next hot neighborhood” is an occasional topic of intense speculation among real estate investors and home buyers. Buzz Ruttenberg and Alan Lev of the Belgravia Group have a solid track record of anticipating the path of development in emerging neighborhoods and building impact projects that accelerate change. Belgravia was a pioneer in the Fulton ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 25, 2013