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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
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Is the price finally right at Marquette Village?

Marquette Village

We first took note of Marquette Village in February of 2007 when single-family homes at the development were priced from the $290s. Our last visit to Marquette Village, in the above video, was in September of 2011. At the time the Marquette Park project, which was originally planned for 139 homes, was in foreclosure with ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 16, 2014
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Del Prado apartments, 5307 S Hyde Park Blvd, Hyde Park / Kenwood

Del Prado apartments

The Del Prado, 5307 S Hyde Park Blvd in Hyde Park / Kenwood, is a 12-story vintage hotel that was recently converted to 202 apartments. The Del Prado was designed by Newhouse & Bernham and built in 1918 by Sherman Tecumseh Cooper. It’s one of a group of distinctive buildings that mark the gateway from ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 5, 2014
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Algonquin apartments, 1606 E Hyde Park Blvd, Hyde Park / Kenwood

The Algonquin, Hyde Park

The Algonquin, 1606 E Hyde Park Blvd in Hyde Park / Kenwood, consists of six 14-story apartment towers with a total of 414 units. The Algonquin was built in 1951 on part of the site of the former Chicago Beach Hotel. Pace Associates designed the Algonquin with the peripheral involvement of Mies van der Rohe. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 4, 2014
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Regents Park apartments, 5020-5050 S Lake Shore Dr, Hyde Park / Kenwood

Regents Park Chicago

Regents Park‘s two modernist towers house 1,031 apartments at 5020-5050 S Lake Shore Dr in Hyde Park / Kenwood. Regents Park was built on the site of the former Chicago Beach Hotel, which had a private beachfront prior to the construction of South Lake Shore Drive. The hotel became 5th Army Headquarters after World War ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 3, 2014
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The circus-themed grand opening at Hyde Park’s Shoreland Apartments

Shoreland grand opening

The Shoreland, once one of Chicago’s grandest hotels, has been reincarnated as a luxury apartment building. The Shoreland’s soaring Art Deco lobby recently hosted a circus-themed grand opening party celebrating the Hyde Park landmark’s transformation. The Studio Gang-inspired renovation of the Shoreland resulted in a series of intimate gathering spaces in the lavish lobby, mezzanine-level ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 3, 2014
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Spacious modern apartments at Regents Park in Hyde Park

Regents Park Chicago

Regents Park, 5020 S Lake Shore Dr, has a lavish amenities package that outshines everything else in Hyde Park and ranks among the very best in Chicago. Regents Park’s extensive amenities include a sprawling landscaped terrace, an oversized pool with waterfall and whirlpool, a poolside restaurant, creative children’s play areas, an on-site coffee shop, a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 13, 2014
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Who will buy this remodeled Grand Boulevard home?

47th & Calumet mural

In June of 2007 a single-family home at 4842 S Calumet Ave sold for $565,000 subject to a $565,000 mortgage. Early in 2008 it went into foreclosure, the predictable fate of very many fully-leveraged homes on Chicago’s South Side. The home sold in 2009, following the foreclosure, for $122,500. It went into foreclosure again in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 12, 2014
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Hyde Park’s Del Prado apartments, where location meets luxury

Del Prado

The former Del Prado hotel, an ornately-decorated landmark at the gateway between Hyde Park and the lakefront, has been renovated into luxury apartments. The Del Prado is across from Harold Washington Park, has bus service at its front door and a Metra stop a block away, and is a short walk from the now-thriving 53rd ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 8, 2014
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Affordable modern apartments in a prime East Hyde Park location

Algonquin

Modernist master Mies van der Rohe designed the Algonquin Apartments, 1606 E Hyde Park Blvd, in the early 1950s. Several years ago the apartments were completely and stylishly renovated. Studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments have wall-to-wall windows, very functional layouts, kitchens with ample cabinet and counter space, granite counters, dishwashers and under-mount sinks. The location ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 6, 2014
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An affordable Hyde Park 2-bedroom steps from the Metra

Algonquin

The rapidly-developing retail and restaurant scene along 53rd Street in Hyde Park has North Siders taking a look at a neighborhood they’d never previously considered. Hyde Park’s advantages are well-known: excellent proximity to the lake and parks, a rich mix of architecture, and the cosmopolitan vibe that comes with being home to the University of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 2, 2014
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Kid-friendly Hyde Park apartments

Regents Park Chicago

There are only a few Chicago apartment complexes with amenities that cater to young children and fewer still that offer special events for kids. Regents Park in Hyde Park has the most kid-friendly environment I’ve seen in the city. For starters, there’s Kanga*Roo Park, pictured above, which features a giant inflatable castle, crafts and games, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 1, 2014
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Will a burgeoning Hyde Park attract North Siders?

Del Prado view

I’ll be in Hyde Park today, shooting video at three apartment complexes with a total of more than 1,600 apartments: the Algonquin, the Del Prado and Regents Park. The Algonquin and Regents Park are visible in the view, above, that I shot two years ago from the roof of the Del Prado. Among other agenda ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 30, 2014
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Construction views – City Hyde Park and Vue53

City Hyde Park

It’s been nearly 25 years since a new high-rise apartment building has been built in Hyde Park. That decades-long drought is slated to end next year with the opening of two projects that are in the early stages of construction: City Hyde Park and Vue53. City Hyde Park will occupy the block-long site, pictured above, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 28, 2014
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A move-in ready home in a convenient near-south location

3216 S Prairie

The 3- to 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 3216 S Prairie Ave was built 7 years ago but has the appearance of a new home. The home has high-ceilings, hardwood floors and generously-sized rooms. The living / dining area flows into an expansive kitchen / family room with an island and a pantry, and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 23, 2014
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Hyde Park’s Vue53 moving forward

Vue53 rendering

McHugh Construction, the general contractor for Vue53, announced on its Facebook page that it will be hosting an outreach event on Thursday, April 24, for qualified union subcontractors interested in working on the development. Additional signs that Vue53 is progressing include the dismissal of a lawsuit aimed at stopping construction of the project, and the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 18, 2014
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No visible progress at Bronzeville’s Rosenwald Apartments

Rosenwald Apartments

It’s been nearly two years since I spent a good chunk of two days walking the area around the Rosenwald Apartments, a massive abandoned complex at 47th and Michigan. Members of Rosenwald for All, a group of neighbors who live near the building, accompanied me for part of the time and shared their thoughts in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 17, 2014
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An update on Shops and Lofts at 47

Shops and Lofts at 47

The groundbreaking for the long-dormant Shops and Lofts at 47, 47th St and Cottage Grove, occurred just over a year ago and the development was slated to open “in early 2014.” It’s been seven years and a day since we first wrote about the project. Early 2014 has come and gone, but the project appeared ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 16, 2014
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Are more mobile homes headed for Hegewisch?

Harbor Point Estates

It’s been a little over three years since we last wrote about Harbour Point Estates, Chicago’s only trailer park a/k/a manufactured home community. The Hegewisch property was in foreclosure at the time. Chicago Real Estate Daily is reporting that affiliates of Marc Realty acquired the property last year and want to increase the number of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 10, 2014
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Checking prices at Union Row in East Pilsen

Union Row

It’s been a while since we’ve checked on the status of the Union Row townhomes on 16th St in East Pilsen. You can join me for a walk around the development in the above video, and see much more of the neighborhood and Union Row in the 23 videos at this YouTube playlist. Union Row’s ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 2, 2014