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River West apartment towers take a step forward

Gonnella site

The rezoning of the former Gonnella Baking site at 1001 W Chicago in River West is one of the items on the Chicago Plan Commission’s agenda at its October 16 meeting. A Seattle-based developer is proposing to rezone the 1.88-acre site for two-mixed use 14- and 15-story buildings with a total of 363 apartments, 35,000 ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 14, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Stylish new condos in a fun stretch of West Town

1327 W Grand

Grand Avenue in West Town has a lively restaurant and bar scene, convenient public transportation, grocery shopping nearby and the beginnings of a retail and boutique scene. It’s a fun location that resulted in a pre-completion sellout of six new condos at 1327 W Grand. The stylish new condos from Dolyva Development sold from the ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 4, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Slim pickings on an East Village apartment hunt

East Village

I drove part of the East Village neighborhood yesterday looking for FOR RENT signs, and found only three. One was from a known scammer, another had already been rented and I didn’t inquire about the third because I’d seen it advertised at domu for $2,950 a month. The area I surveyed, Chicago Ave (800 N) ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 23, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Condo sales, prices surge in West Town

2004 W Erie St

West Town is one of Chicago’s 77 official Community Areas, but it’s not a neighborhood name that many will recognize. West Town encompasses a number of more familiar sub-neighborhoods: parts of Bucktown and Humboldt Park, and all of Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, East Village and River West. The local Multiple Listing Service enables real estate ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 27, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Checking out the roof at 914 West Hubbard

914 W Hubbard

Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily recently reported that a 24-unit apartment building at 914 W Hubbard in West Town had been refinanced with a $6.7 million loan. The previous loan had been in foreclosure. According to Chicago’s Building Data Warehouse the property recently received a permit to convert the existing 22-unit building to 24 units, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 1, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

From the archives – revisiting a West Town condo

2701 Chicago Ave

Exactly five years ago today we wrote about a six-unit condo development at 2701 W Chicago Ave in West Town. The broker was touting it as “one of the most exciting developments in the area” and was “most excited about Unit 2N, which had access to a large deck off its living room. The 3-bedroom, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 31, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

LEED Platinum home back on the market in West Town

1404 W Ohio Chicago

The 3-bedroom plus den, 2 ½ bath home at 1404 W Ohio St in West Town is LEED Platinum certified. As you’d expect, the LEED certification implies a raft of green features. The 2,039 square foot home is on a 25 x 125 lot and is listed at $735,000. Following our standard practice, we encourage ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 22, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Work underway on East Village “tower of Pizza Hut”

1601 W Division Chicago

Caisson drilling has begun on the southwest corner of Ashland and Division in East Village. An 11-story tower housing 2 floors of commercial space and 99 apartments is being built on the site, which was formerly home to a Pizza Hut. You can find more details on the site’s history, and the controversy surrounding its ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 9, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Pete’s breaking ground six months after its groundbreaking

Madison & Western, Chicago

Six months ago, several weeks after the ceremonial groundbreaking for a new Pete’s Fresh Market, there was no sign of activity at the site, at the southeastern corner of Madison and Western. According to 2nd Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti’s most recent email newsletter, construction will start next month: Pete’s Fresh Market, has been granted a ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 27, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

Should you go condo or single-family in Humboldt Park?

Humboldt Park, Chicago

Two Humboldt Park new listings slid into our email inbox over the weekend, a 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo asking $299,900 and a 4-bedroom 3 ½ bath single-family priced at $359,900. The condo, Unit 504 at 2800 W North Ave, is in a building that we first noted in May of 2009, just before it was branded ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 23, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Tour a brick 3-flat with an owner’s duplex in West Town

1460 W Huron video

Nicholas Apostal from the The Apostal Group of Coldwell Banker takes us on a sponsored video tour of a condo alternative with income! This well-maintained brick 3-flat includes a rehabbed 3 bedroom, 2 bath owner’s unit that lives like a single family home. The other 2 units and garage spaces generate approximately $2,000/month in revenue, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on June 25, 2012
News & trendsMarket conditions

Two straight lines in Chicago housing report

Lakeshore Analytics Lincoln Park market

Compiling market statistics in Chicago neighborhoods has usually meant looking at a lot of jagged (and mostly downward-pointing) lines over the last few years. But in two cases, the lines have been pretty straight. The neighborhoods of West Town and Lincoln Park have had very stable condominium prices. In Lincoln Park, the quarterly median selling ...

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Posted by Jeff Baird on February 8, 2012
ChicagoNorth Side

Lincoln Park, West Town condo sellers holding out for price – and getting it

Q3 Lincoln Park sales

Owners of condominiums and single family homes in one of Chicago’s priciest neighborhoods, Lincoln Park, have not, on average, settled for lower selling prices throughout the recent housing downturn. In contrast to some other neighborhoods that have seen rapid ups and (mostly) downs throughout the last few years, the median selling price of Lincoln Park ...

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Posted by Jeff Baird on November 8, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A new West Town 3-bedroom, 2-bath in the mid-$200s

2804 W Chicago Ave video

Condo prices slowly fall as you head further west along Chicago Avenue in Chicago’s West Town community area. By the time you reach the corner of California and Chicago you can command a high-style, 1,500 square foot, 3-bedroom, 2-bath home with all the bells and whistles for $259,900. Less than a mile to the east ...

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Posted by sponsored post on November 7, 2011
ChicagoNorth Side

How a Medill Reports article gets West Bucktown very wrong

1701 N Artesian video

One thing you should never do is accept at face value any report from a young journalist that analyzes data. Innumeracy and inapt comparisons seem to be pervasive features of any data-based reporting from a young journalist. Consider, for example, a recent Medill Reports article on the “gentrification” of Chicago’s West Bucktown neighborhood. You can’t ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on October 12, 2011

$40K price drops at 755 North Paulina

755 North Paulina

We first wrote about the 12-unit development at 755 North Paulina back in December of 2008 and January of 2009, noting that construction was complete but little information was available. A 2-bedroom, 2-bath unit was listed at the time in the $470s. Three units at the project just had $40,000 price reductions. Unit 3E was ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 12, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A double-wide double-high in the city

Modular home in West Town

Kudos to Curbed Chicago for finding this fascinating video of a modular home being assembled in a single day on a West Town site. Modular construction has a number of advantages, not the least of which is cost. The actual construction is typically done in non-union shops in neighboring states and the resulting modules are ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 27, 2011
DealsChicagoDowntown / Loop

Rental deal of the day: A Near West Side 2 BR with gated parking, priced at $1,100

Today’s deal from Chicago Rentals Direct is a 900 square-foot, two-bedroom / 1.5-bath apartment at 2335 W Lake St on the Near West Side, priced at $1,100 a month. Unit 2R has a granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances, a dishwasher, and a microwave; hardwood floors; central heat and air; in-unit laundry; extra storage; and ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on May 2, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

One, two, three, or four bedrooms, all near $2,000 a month

The median list price for a downtown rental listed on the MLS is holding firm at $2,000. In the past week 38 different properties in downtown’s 14 ZIP codes were listed within $250 of that median price. Here are four examples, representing one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom options. One bedroom: Unit 3406 at Harbor Point, ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 29, 2011
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Take on a Studio Dwell project in West Town for $285K

728-730 N Ada St, Chicago

A few years ago, Mark Boyer started tracking two nearly identical four-story three-flats planned for the 700 block of North Ada Street, just south of Chicago Avenue in West Town. These homes, like the condos at 1919 W Crystal St in Wicker Park, were developed by Bill Williams’ Karma Group, and featured designs by Studio ...

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Posted by Joseph Askins on April 20, 2011