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ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Aviation Lofts, 1340 S Michigan Ave, South Loop

Aviation Lofts

Aviation Lofts is a 7-story, 49-unit apartment building in the South Loop. A Giordano’s restaurant occupies the ground-level retail space. The Neoclassical-style building was built in 1922 for the Interior Furniture Company and served as both a showroom and a warehouse. During later years it was the home of the Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical University, hence its ...

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

Tour new luxury lofts in a great South Loop location

Aviation Lofts

Aviation Lofts, 1340 S Michigan, is a landmark in the South Loop. The building’s distinctive architecture and history have earned it a slot on the National Register of Historic Places. Just over a month after opening, more than half of the lofts have been leased. Aviation Lofts has recently undergone a complete makeover into 49 ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 3, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A spacious light-filled landmark on Astor Street

1345 N Astor

The Edwin J Gardiner house, 1345 N Astor St, was built in 1887 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 14-room, 5-bedroom, 5 ½ bath Gold Coast home has east, west and south exposures, large windows and multiple skylights that flood the home with natural light. The home has been beautifully ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 26, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Tour new luxury apartments at the Shoreland in Hyde Park

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The Shoreland is a Hyde Park landmark, once one of its grandest hotels and now its newest luxury apartments. The Studio Gang-inspired renovation of the Shoreland resulted in a series of intimate gathering spaces in the lavish lobby, mezzanine-level amenities that include resident lounges, a game / party room and a fitness room with space ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 1, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Lake Street Lofts, 910 W Lake St, West Loop

Lake Street Lofts

Lake Street Lofts is a 6-story, 89-unit loft apartment building in the West Loop. Built in 1886, the heavy-timber building was home to the Zimmerman Brush Company store and factory before its 2000 renovation and conversion. FitzGerald Associates, the architecture firm responsible for the conversion, has its offices on the ground floor of the building, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 26, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

River West Lofts, 925 W Huron St, River West

River West Lofts

River West Lofts is a 6-story, 160-unit loft building at 925 W Huron St in the River West neighborhood. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was originally the J.P. Smith Shoe Company factory, and was built in two phases in 1897 and 1913. The building is believed to be ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 24, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Belden-Stratford apartments, 2300 N Lincoln Park West, Lincoln Park

Belden-Stratford

The Belden-Stratford is a 15-story, 297-unit vintage apartment building at 2300 N Lincoln Park West in Lincoln Park. The Belden-Stratford occupies a high-profile site directly fronting a relatively quiet stretch of the 1,200-acre Lincoln Park. The building was completed in 1923 as the 485-room Belden Hotel and is listed (pdf) on the National Register of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 5, 2013
West suburbsElmhurst

Griffin’s Emery House in Elmhurst, still for sale

Emery House, Elmhurst

It was late January when I toured The Emery House in Elmhurst with Tom Makinney of Coldwell Banker’s Gracik Makinney Group, one of our sponsors. The home was listed for sale in early February, and is still available for purchase at a list price of $1,750,000. The home, at 281 S Arlington, was designed by ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 26, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Mid-century modernism at its best in Lake View

320 W Oakdale

In the early 1950s when 29 year old Chicago architect Milton Schwartz designed the structure that sits at 320 W Oakdale in Lake View, little did he know that one day the building would be included in the National Register of Historic Places. Agent Don Breitfelder of Koenig & Strey’s Gold Coast office is a ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 25, 2013
ChicagoFar North

The Sheridan Park 6-flats, built to look like mansions

Bryan Lathrop House, Chicago

The 6-flat has long been one of Chicago’s most popular housing types – so popular, in fact, that you can find very few in lakefront neighborhoods that haven’t been converted to condominiums. One of the densest concentrations of architecturally-interesting 6-flats can be found in the Sheridan Park neighborhood in Uptown. Sheridan Park is home to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 22, 2013
ChicagoSouth Side

A park bordered on 3 sides by parking lots

Aerial view of Armour Square Park

Armour Square is one of Chicago’s 77 community areas. The Chinatown neighborhood occupies the northern part of Armour Square. US Cellular Field and the CHA’s Wentworth Gardens fill out the southern stretch of Armour Square. The neighborhood is also home to Armour Square Park, which was known variously as Park No. 3 and Armour Square, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 5, 2012
ChicagoWest / Southwest

Affordable loft apartments planned for South Lawndale

The Storkline, South Lawndale

Storkline Furniture was once one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of infant and child furniture, but its sprawling factory at the bleak western edge of the Little Village / South Lawndale neighborhood has been vacant for years. FitzGerald Associates Architects, on behalf of Mercy Housing Lakefront, has developed a plan to transform the 218,000 square ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 26, 2012

Quote of the day – stupefied 1880s NIMBYs

Glessner House, Kardas Photography

Henry Hobson Richardson‘s Glessner House, now a museum and local and national landmark, was not well-received by its neighbors at the time it was built, according to a wonderful quote from the Chicago Evening Journal. On July 10, 1886, the paper reported: Richardson, the famous Boston architect, had before his death orders for several houses ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 6, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

At least I shall have beautiful parks to walk through

Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool

What’s now known as the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park has been called “the quintessential oasis.” It’s one of the few examples of landscape architecture listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lily pool is named after Alfred Caldwell, the landscape architect who designed it and oversaw parts of its construction. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 11, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

Quote of the day: Pilsen’s Bohemian builders and Mexican preservationists

Pilsen streetscape, Chicago

The Pilsen Historic District is bounded roughly on the east and west by Halsted St (800 W) and Western Ave (2400 W), on the south by Cermak Rd (2200 S) and on the north by the railroad embankment just north of 16th St. It’s a large area, and if you were to traverse all of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 2, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

Beverly, one of the best old house neighborhoods

9900 block, Longwood Dr

The April issue of This Old House magazine singles out Beverly as one of the nation’s “best old house neighborhoods” for 2012. This Old House, surprisingly for a national publication doing a nationwide story, gets much of what it writes about Beverly right. It does get some important things wrong, including the notion that Beverly’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 24, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Ridding oneself entirely of the coal and servant problems

Belden Stratford Chicago

The documents prepared to nominate properties or districts for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places are often wonderfully entertaining reads. It’s a pity that so very few of them are available online. The following quotes are taken from the submission for the Belden Stratford, 2300 N Lincoln Park West, pictured above. The document ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 27, 2012