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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
ChicagoSouth Side

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 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 granite ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 14, 2014
ChicagoSouth Side

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
ChicagoSouth Side

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
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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
ChicagoSouth Side

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
ChicagoSouth Side

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
ChicagoSouth Side

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
ChicagoSouth Side

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
ChicagoSouth Side

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