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The 200 North Dearborn hallway lawsuit

200 North Dearborn

There’s a school of thought that views buying into an American Invsco condo conversion as an act of self-mutilation, and its proponents can point to the losses incurred by many an Invsco buyer. Those folks might be all ears to learn of the Van Gogh-ish mural fencing the sundeck at 200 North Dearborn, Invsco’s long-running ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 1, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Recalling the Hancock Center’s troubled early days

Aerial view of Hancock Center

The Hancock Center, an iconic presence on Chicago’s skyline, had a troubled and mostly-forgotten early history. I was reminded of that history when tripping across recent obituaries for Jerry Wolman, the Hancock’s original developer. Wolman, a high-school dropout, had become one of the country’s most successful and wealthy developers, and the owner of the Philadelphia ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 1, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

City sues to abolish the Armitage eyesore

Blue sculpture

Our local ABC channel is reporting that the city has filed a public nuisance lawsuit aimed at removing the blue sculpture that towers over Armitage Avenue in Lincoln Park. According to the ABC 7 report: Depending on how you see Big Blue, it is either a gorgeous art object beautifying a wealthy section of Lincoln ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 6, 2013

Quote of the day – rapacious widows and orphans

Donald Trump

Upon hearing of Donald Trump’s legal victory over an 87-year old Evanston woman, I couldn’t help thinking of a quote attributed to Sam Block of Jenner & Block. At the time I was there, firm legend had it that Block viewed a lawyer’s role as “defending poor helpless corporations against rapacious widows and orphans.” That’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 24, 2013
West suburbsForest Park

More blood near the tracks in Forest Park

The Grove, Forest Park

Early last year we posted on the shocking decline in the value of townhomes at The Residences at The Grove in Forest Park. The Focus Development is, as you can see in the above aerial overview, steps from the CTA Blue Line in Forest Park. Prices at The Grove haven’t recovered. A one-bedroom condo, for ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 8, 2012

Chicago Association of Realtors sues one of its members

The Chicago Association of Realtors (CAR), an organization that we’ve repeatedly suggested is ethically challenged, just sent an email news release announcing that it had filed a defamation suit against one of its members. The suit, which names Andrea Geller as a defendant, is apparently based on allegedly defamatory comments posted on a Chicago Agent ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 5, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Condo owners sue everyone but the cats

Lincoln Park Zoo, Kardas photo

Condo owners at the Green Brier, 559 W Surf St, have filed suit against a neighbor, their condo association, its manager, and association board members, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune. The suit on behalf of the owners alleges that one of them was forced to vacate her unit due to allergies because ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 21, 2012
ChicagoFar North

Has Thorndale Beach North gone from Bob Newhart to Jerry Springer?

5901 N Sheridan Rd Chicago

The Thorndale Beach North Condominium, 5901 N Sheridan Rd, was pictured as the home of Bob and Emily Hartley in the 1970s Bob Newhart Show. The scene at the building currently resembles an episode of the Jerry Springer Show, according to a recent post at Marina City Online and posts and comments at the Thorndale ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 27, 2012