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New Bridgeport homes expand a successful community

Lexington Square

Several months ago Lexington Square‘s third phase launched 20 new rowhomes and the second phase of Lexington Place began the sale of 19 new single-family homes. The new homes reflect the expansion of a successful community that has drawn scores of value-conscious buyers to a location steps from Bridgeport‘s popular Donovan Park. The Lexington Square ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 20, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Video tours of six Hyde Park / Kenwood apartment buildings

Hyde Park, Kardas Photography

Many confirmed North Siders have never visited Hyde Park / Kenwood, and it’s probable that even fewer have given any thought to moving there. We think Hyde Park / Kenwood merits at least a visit. A rapidly developing 53rd Street and the new City Hyde Park development will only add to the neighborhood’s lengthy list ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 11, 2014
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A rare double lot at Bridgeport’s Lexington Place

Lexington Place II site plan

The single-family homes at Lexington Place II in Bridgeport will offer one buyer an opportunity that’s very rare in new construction – a double lot. The southernmost home in the 3700 block of South Sangamon St will have a full side lot south of the home. The lot enables a homeowner to have flexible play, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 9, 2014
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New homes reflect the reinvention of Bridgeport

Lexington Place

The Chicago Advocate blog has an informative and detailed, if somewhat boosterish, overview of the changes that have occurred and are about to occur in Bridgeport. The Lexington Square townhomes and Lexington Place single-family homes reflect the continuing and growing appeal of one of Chicago’s most-storied and loyalty-inspiring neighborhoods. Lexington Square recently launched its third ...

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Posted by sponsored post on October 1, 2014
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Video – A rare Frank Lloyd Wright rowhouse in The Gap

Roloson Houses

The Roloson Houses in the 3200 block of South Calumet are a Chicago Landmark, in part because they’re the only rowhouses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The exterior of 3215 S Calumet Ave is nearly pristine Wright, and the interior has been completely made over in a still that respects its original layout and Wright’s ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 23, 2014
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Lots of outdoor space at Bridgeport’s Lexington Square 3

Lexington Square kitchen

Lexington Square has transformed a quiet corner of Bridgeport adjacent to Donovan Park into a sought-after residential enclave. The success of the first two phases of the Lexington Square rowhouses has led to the launch of a third phase, with three- and four-bedroom, 2 ½ o 3 ½ bath homes currently pre-completion priced from $384,990. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 4, 2014
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Washington Park’s African Festival of the Arts

African Festival of the Arts

The 25th annual African Festival of the Arts kicks off tomorrow, August 29, and runs through Monday, September 1, in Washington Park, 51st and Cottage Grove. Hundreds of vendors participate in this popular event. In addition to the art, crafts and clothes, there’s music on several stages throughout the day, a wide array of food, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 28, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

See classic cars and classic homes in Bridgeport this weekend

A classic roadster

The St Barbara Classic Car Show will be held this Saturday, August 23, from 9 am to 4 pm, at 2859 S Throop St in Bridgeport. The event will feature classic show cars, antiques, custom hot rods and muscle cars. Car owners pay a fee to exhibit, but the event is free to viewers. The ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 21, 2014
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New homes in Bridgeport just steps from Donovan Park

Lexington Square kitchen

Lexington Square‘s third phase is launching 20 new rowhomes and the second phase of Lexington Place has begun the sale of 19 new single-family homes. The Lexington Square rowhomes feature 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ or 3 ½ baths, high ceilings, hardwood floors in living areas, kitchens with ample cabinet and counter space and ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 14, 2014
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A TIF for the tough, Washington Park edition

Washington Park

Remember when some of the events at the 2016 Olympics were slated to be held at new facilities to be built in Washington Park? Chicago’s bid for the 2016 games is an item that many would like to forget. Among those who would like to flush it into the memory hole are the speculators who ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 14, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

Classic single-family homes near Donovan Park in Bridgeport

Lexington Place

The first phase of Lexington Place, pictured above, sold quickly and became an instant Bridgeport classic. The homes have the friendly, familiar, welcoming feel that marks a great neighborhood. Lexington Place 2 offers 19 new, spacious single-family homes at 37th Pl and S Sangamon St in a quiet location that’s been transformed by Lexington Homes, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 8, 2014
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Pilsen is once again the next hot neighborhood

Pilsen thrift store

The concept of a “willing suspension of disbelief” is credited to Samuel Taylor Coleridge from the year 1817. Wikipedia summarizes it thus: … if a writer could infuse a “human interest and a semblance of truth” into a fantastic tale, the reader would suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. You can draw your ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 7, 2014
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Yesterday’s kitchens, Bridgeport and Bucktown

1614 Leavitt

The only thing “yesterday” about the three kitchens in this post is the day I visited and shot them. All of the kitchens have the features that are currently in high demand by home buyers. They’re open to living space, and have an island, in-kitchen seating, stone countertops, a generous amount of cabinet and counter ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 5, 2014
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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
ChicagoSouth Side

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
ChicagoSouth Side

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
ChicagoSouth Side

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