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North suburbsPark Ridge

Walk-to-train apartments near downtown Park Ridge

2 S Greenwood, Park Ridge

2 South Greenwood is a beautiful, grand courtyard building with 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom apartments a short walk from downtown Park Ridge and the Metra station. The apartments have been totally renovated and feature spacious rooms, hardwood floors, kitchens with cherry cabinets and granite countertops, in-unit washer / dryers and large marble baths. All of ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 21, 2014

Downtown Chicago’s boomer bust

Aerial downtown Chicago

Joel Kotkin, writing at newgeography, argues that the oft-reported back-to-the-city trend among empty nesters is a myth: Perhaps no urban legend has played as long and loudly as the notion that “empty nesters” are abandoning their dull lives in the suburbs for the excitement of inner city living. … Only one city, Miami, recorded a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 21, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1225 Old Town over 85% leased; Plum Market begins construction

1225 Old Town

1225 Old Town, the sponsor of our Old Town Rental Guide, had leased more than 85% of its 250 studio to 3-bedroom apartments as of late last week. First occupancies in the building were less than 6 months ago. According to David Bach of Hines Interests, “the biggest piece of news for the property is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 19, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Chicago had largest downtown population growth from 2000 to 2010

Aerial view of Grant Park

Our local media have been taking pride in a recent US Census report (PDF) showing Chicago as the metro area with the largest numeric increase in “downtown” population between 2000 and 2010. For purposes of the report, the Census Bureau defined “downtown” as the area within a 2-mile radius of the location of the city ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 4, 2012

Is Glencoe an alternative to some Chicago neighborhoods?

Friends Park Glencoe IL

Glencoe has a small, but surprisingly lively downtown near its Metra station. The downtown area has one-of-a-kind shops, sidewalk cafes, the Writers’ Theatre, a farmers market, the wildly-popular Friends Park, and more. I’d consider living near downtown Glencoe a viable alternative to many low-density in-city neighborhoods along the CTA Brown Line, especially for anyone concerned ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 10, 2012
North ShoreEvanston

Contemporary Evanston apartments in the heart of downtown

1575 Oak Evanston

1575 Oak offers studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments in a contemporary 8-story building with outdoor and garage parking. Apartments feature large new kitchens, baths and hardwood floors, and wall-to-wall windows with sweeping views of downtown Evanston, which is steps away. 1575 Oak is a 3-minute walk from the Davis Street Metra and CTA El stops. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 5, 2012
West suburbsElmhurst

Sunday open house pick – dramatic downtown Elmhurst townhome

Downtown Elmhurst townhome

While many suburban downtowns have been struggling for years and searching for ways to reinvent themselves, downtown Elmhurst has been thriving. The City Centre website for downtown Elmhurst even serves up a parking map for visitors who may find themselves baffled by the number of visitors to the sheer variety of shopping, dining and entertainment ...

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Posted by sponsored post on February 18, 2012
North ShoreEvanston

Evanston Grand Prix scheduled for Sunday July 17

Evanston Grand Prix, Evanston, IL

On Sunday July 17, just a few blocks from Grand Bend at Green Bay condominiums in the heart of downtown Evanston, the Downtown Bike Grand Prix will take place on a nearly mile-long course within the Downtown Evanston business district. The races take place throughout the day, starting at 9am and culminating with the Men’s ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 7, 2011

Open Sunday – a Northbrook fix-and-flip

The Sunday open house schedule is light in most suburbs this weekend, extremely light in others. Glenview appears to be an outlier, with 32 homes open for viewing There are only four open houses scheduled in Northbrook, but one of them is intriguing. It’s a 4-bedroom, 4 ½ bath, 2-story home at 1841 Maple Ave, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 22, 2011