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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
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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 spacious 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
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Meltdown update – Woodlawn’s Renaissance on Kimbark

6501 S Kimbark

Woodlawn‘s population, as measured by the Census Bureau, fell from a high of more than 80,000 in 1960 to 23,410 in 2010. The community’s decline was accompanied by a seemingly-endless and costly succession of efforts at revitalization. We visit Woodlawn periodically, and look in from time to time on property sales in the neighborhood. A ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 25, 2014
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Have resale prices at The Havens bottomed out?

The Havens

A 4-bedroom, 3 ½ bath newer-construction home in Auburn Gresham just hit the market at a list price of $178,000. It sold new in 2007 for $388,000. The home, at 8601 S Eggleston, is in The Havens, a subdivision that we visited two years ago in the above video. Similar homes have sold recently at ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 19, 2014
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A brief take on Hyde Park’s Shoreland apartments

Shoreland lobby, Chicago

I visited Hyde Park‘s newly-renovated Shoreland apartments last Saturday for a sponsored video shoot. Here are my first impressions of what I saw, and what I heard. The contrast between the Shoreland’s ornate Spanish Renaissance Revival exterior and its Art Moderne lobby couldn’t be more striking. A variety of furniture groupings and colorful rugs reduce ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 17, 2014
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New construction in McKinley Park for $439K

Brighton Park video

Yesterday’s new listings alert included a 3-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home, one of several new homes on a bleak stretch of 32nd St in McKinley Park. The home was listed for sale at $439,000 and listed as under contract within a day. I don’t have any specific information about this property, but I have seen ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on January 31, 2014
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Price meltdown at Renaissance on Kimbark

Hasani Steele

I’ve made many visits to Woodlawn over the years, despite sharing the common perception that it was “a community of last resort.” Five years ago, when parts of Woodlawn appeared to be on an uptick, our then-editor Joe Askins shot a number of videos in Woodlawn at several phases of a project called the Renaissance ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 25, 2013
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Are values coming back at the Chatham Club?

Chatham Club streetscape

Chatham has long been one of the South Side’s proudest, most attractive communities. At the beginning of the year The New York Times characterized it as battered but vibrant. The Chatham Club, a development of new single family homes, was built in the late 90s on the former site of the A.J. Canfield Company, which ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 15, 2013
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From $370K to $54K to $115K in Brighton Park

Brighton Park video

A 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo at 4016 S Western Ave was recently reduced to $115,000. It had been purchased for $54,000 in April of 2011. In February of 2008 it had sold for $370,000. The Brighton Park building has no functioning condo association and any sale must be all cash. Remember when the Sun-Times proclaimed that ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 6, 2013
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Headed for a $107 million meltdown in Bronzeville?

Rosenwald Apartments

Curbed called attention yesterday to the City Council’s Finance Committee’s approval of $25 million in TIF funding for the renovation of the Rosenwald Apartments at 47th St and Michigan Ave. The TIF funding would cover part of the project’s latest project budget of $107 million, the balance of which would be cobbled together from a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 16, 2013
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Live like a land baron in Washington Park

Google Street View image

One thing we don’t do at YoChicago is write about properties as if we’ve been there when we haven’t. We haven’t been to the 5700 block of South Perry in Washington Park in several years. When we did visit, we found the area to be much as pictured in the Google Street View image above. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 16, 2013
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Prices fall to $160K on new South Side homes

1344 W 107th St Chicago

It was just over two years ago to the day when we last visited a project that’s had various names over the years and is currently being called Beverly Ridge despite its Washington Heights location. When the project began, eight years ago, homes were priced from the high-$200s to the mid-$500s. Eighteen incomplete homes started ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 27, 2013
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A suburban classic in Beverly

10200 S Artesian

This 5-bedroom, 3 1/2 bath 2-story home, built in 2010, would fit perfectly into many a northwest suburban neighborhood. Its setting has a suburban aura, lushly landscaped and on a short cul-de-sac adjacent to a 13.2-acre park teeming with recreational activities. The home, despite its gestalt, is in a very urban environment, at 10200 S ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 9, 2013
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Whole Foods goes where urban renewal went to die

Englewood, Chicago

Ten years ago reporter John McCarron wrote this about Englewood: This is the place urban renewal came to die. It died during the early ’70s, right here in Chicago, at the intersection of 63rd and Halsted Streets. By then, so much had been dying in the neighborhood called Englewood—shopping, housing, young men, hope for the ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 5, 2013
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Is affordable housing unaffordable for Chicago?

47th St El

Chicago Real Estate Daily recently reported that the next phase of the redevelopment of the Robert Taylor Homes is moving forward. It involves the construction of 71 new mixed-income rental units in 3- and 6-flat buildings near 47th and Calumet and 43rd and Michigan. The project will cost $28.2 million, or about $397K per unit. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 15, 2013
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Immigration and Chicago neighborhoods

Charin Alvarez

“This city is really defined by a south and a north. And they are two different worlds,” says playwright Luis Alfaro in the video. Actress Charin Alvarez, who moved from Little Village to Lincoln Park, agrees with the sentiment that “it was almost a bigger shock moving from the South Side to the North Side ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 31, 2013