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New City apartments rising rapidly on Halsted

New City iron worker

The sprawling commercial space at the New City development along Halsted and Clybourn is mostly topped out. When we stopped by on Saturday there was construction activity underway, and the 199-unit apartment tower had reached nearly two-thirds of its ultimate 19-story height. There’s been a lot of juvenile snarking around the web about New City’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 11, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A close-up look at New City’s construction progress

New City

New City is a huge, mixed-use, transit-oriented development at Halsted and Clybourn on the Near North Side. New City will have about 400,000 square feet of office, retail, entertainment and dining space, an 1,100-car parking garage and a 19-story, 199-unit apartment tower. New City will be anchored by an 80,000 square foot Mariano’s which, probably ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 27, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

An updated look at the New City mega-development

New City ironworkers

Construction was proceeding across much of the sprawling New City site when I visited yesterday. This major development will extend the Clybourn Corridor south of Lincoln Park and include 360,000 square feet of retail space, medical offices, 199 apartments and 1,100 parking spaces. If you’ve ever tried to walk an I-beam you’re likely to marvel ...

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

Watching the progress of River Point and New City

OxBlue screencap

We get around on a reasonably frequent basis to all of the new downtown apartment sites and post pictures of their progress. OxBlue construction cameras at the River Point and New City developments will give you a day and night view of those projects that’s updated every 10 to 15 minutes. The company’s slick websites ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New City groundbreaking draws a crowd

Bob Mariano interview

Construction activity was in full swing yesterday while the groundbreaking ceremony was underway for the New City development at Halsted and Clybourn. The tent set up for the ceremony held a packed crowd, with an additional 50 people standing behind the camera platform. Structured Development’s J. Michael Drew announced that Kings Bowl America will be ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on December 4, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Work underway on Clybourn Corridor’s New City

New City development

New City, a major development that will extend the Clybourn Corridor south of Lincoln Park, has languished for years. Yesterday Chicago Real Estate Daily reported that the project signed another anchor tenant and secured $182 million in financing to move forward. A 59,000 square foot Dick’s Sporting Goods will join an 82,000 square foot Mariano’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 21, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Is this Chicago’s best unexpected skyline view?

View from North Ave Bridge

I took the above photo almost exactly a year ago, not anticipating that New City would select the North Avenue Bridge as affording the Best view of the skyline you never expect. According to New City: There are, of course, plenteous picturesque views of the skyline all over the place, but none whose surrounding bleakness ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 9, 2012
ChicagoSouth Side

New (?) construction single-family in Back of the Yards

Sherman Park video

The listing for 4600 S Marshfield Ave in Chicago’s storied Back of the Yards neighborhood describes a “Beautiful newly built corner lot custom single family home” built in 2011. The 4-bedroom, 4-bath brick home was just reduced to $300,000. It’s in an area where most property hasn’t commanded 20% of that price in recent years. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 30, 2011
ChicagoSouth Side

A ‘Christmas special’ in New City

4855 S Damen Ave, Chicago

Stuck making last-minute purchases again? A listings search won’t spark many bright ideas — only four listings make a mention of “Christmas” in their text. This is one of them: For $155,000, you can nab a rehabbed two-flat at 4855 S Damen Ave in New City. The “Christmas Special” (Realtor Jermane Cheatham’s words) features a ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on December 21, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

Sherman Park in Back of the Yards

Video: Sherman Park in Back of the Yards

Even with Irish Pirate’s huge spoiler, no one came forward to name this nabe. The park in question is indeed Sherman Park, and it’s located in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, or, if you prefer, the New City community area. (Either name would have sufficed.) Joe and I spent a few minutes driving through ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on October 15, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

Quote of the day: Something still stinks in Back of the Yards

“There’s no way any property in this neighbourhood should sell for that kind of money, even if it was in great condition.” – Emilio Carrasquillo of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, in an interview with Reuters UK about a plague of mortgage fraud working its way through Chicago’s distressed neighborhoods. According to Reuters, the home ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on August 18, 2010
ChicagoSouth Side

Neighborhoods for the rest of us: New City

Being a young transplant, just about everything I know about New City (and its sub-neighborhoods, Back of the Yards and Canaryville) comes from the history books on my shelf. Perhaps for my parents’ generation, and most definitely for my grandparents’ and back, however, the sights and smells of this South Side community defined Chicago. Community ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on February 24, 2010