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All but one unit sold at 1611 Hermitage in Bucktown

Hermitage Sixteen11

Hermitage Sixteen11 sits on the Bucktown side of North Ave, the dividing line between Wicker Park and Bucktown. When I stopped by yesterday, the building was one floor shy of its full four-floor height. Despite its pre-completion status, all but one of the building’s seventeen units are under contract. The remaining home is Unit 303, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 31, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Remembering the panic in Wicker Park

Flatiron Building

Nearly twenty years ago the Reader published a lengthy look at Wicker Park’s gentrification battles. Wicker Park has undergone great change in the past twenty years, and whatever anti-gentrification sentiment remains isn’t acted out as dramatically as it often was in the 90s. Is there any Chicago neighborhood today where the possibility of gentrification provokes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 5, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Are mom and dad moving to Wicker Park?

Damen Ave bikers

Several months ago The Wall Street Journal weighed in on the topic of baby boomers moving to trendy New York neighborhoods: Hip urban neighborhoods are aging, as a growing chunk of adults in their 50s and 60s and older give up their longtime homes and head for trendy condos. The invasion of older, moneyed buyers ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 12, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Noah Properties builds a stunning home in Wicker Park

1419 N Cleaver

Noah Properties has been building a popular product lately, selling its stylish homes as quickly as they’re built. Noah Properties is nearing completion of 1419 N Cleaver, a 5-bedroom, 4 ½ bath home with a 2-car garage in the Wicker Park / Noble Square neighborhood, priced at $1,149,000. The recently-listed home features stunningly attractive designer ...

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Posted by sponsored post on September 17, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Tower of Pizza Hut apartments available for rent

1611 W Division

DNAinfo reported on Friday that 1611 West Division, the 11-story building now less and less frequently referred to as the “Tower of Pizza Hut” based on the site’s former use, is renting for October occupancy. The development’s website has floor plans and amenities lists available for its studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Contrary to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 12, 2013

Spacious single-level Bucktown homes at pre-construction prices

1611 Hermitage

The latest condos from one of Chicago’s veteran developers straddle the border between two of the city’s great neighborhoods – Bucktown and Wicker Park. The new homes by Sedgwick Properties at 1611 N Hermitage will offer 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on a single level. The homes boast 10-foot ceilings, stylish finishes, excellent outdoor space ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 6, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Is East Village the next Bucktown?

1900 block Chicago Ave

The fact that we’re even asking the headline question is an indication that the real estate market has taken a turn for the better this year. During the past half-dozen years, speculation about the “next hot neighborhood” was a way to elicit well-justified scorn. During those years, however, without much fanfare, 100s of new homes ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 9, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A look at Division Street, from Wicker Park to Humboldt Park

1900 block Division St

Division Street from Ashland Ave almost to Western Ave – a stretch that divides Wicker Park from East Village and Ukrainian Village – is one of the most vibrant, attractive, pedestrian-friendly strips in Chicago. The vitality of Division Street comes to an almost complete halt just east of Western Ave at the border of Humboldt ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 12, 2013

A Wicker Park duplex in a close-to-everything location

2124 W Evergreen

The 2-bedroom, 2 ½ bath duplex condo at 2124 W Evergreen is in a close-to-everything Wicker Park location. It’s just north of the terrific restaurant and boutique scene along Division Street and close to all of the action in Bucktown. The home has an open floor plan with large living spaces that flood with light. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 29, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Fifield plans luxury apartments in East Village, eyes Wicker Park, Bucktown

1850 Chicago Ave

Fifield Company is best known for developing high-rise office buildings in the West Loop, the recently-opened K2 luxury tower and other high-rise apartments in the Fulton River District. A year ago, after seeing people staying longer in the city and looking for larger spaces in emerging neighborhoods, Fifield Company set out to identify neighborhood sites ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 22, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Market for MLS-listed downtown rentals shows continued strength

New East Side aerial

About a year ago the inventory of MLS-listed downtown Chicago rentals reached stasis and we stopped tracking it on a weekly basis. A correspondent’s suggestion that the market for MLS-listed rentals was a lot softer this year than at the same time last year prompted us to do an updated tally. The data don’t lend ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 28, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Division Street condo seeks 25% premium after two years

2028 Division Chicago

We’ve written intermittently about Ranquist Development‘s Osterhaus McCarthy-designed 2028 W Division St since it launched in 2007. In April of 2008 construction was expected to begin that summer. It did, but was stalled as of June 2009. When we checked in again, in March of 2011, construction was complete and only one unit was listed ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 20, 2013
ChicagoNorth Side

Where does Wicker Park end and Bucktown begin?

Bucktown Chicago

The headline question is posed at Bucktown – Wicker Park Patch: The boundaries between Chicago’s neighborhoods can be difficult to define, and the nebulous nature of these dividing lines is particularly contested in the Bucktown-Wicker Park area. … Patch asked local leaders and longtime residents how they view the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. Where ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 12, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New construction checkup at the Polish Triangle

1601 Division Chicago

East Village residents prevailed in their wish for higher-density development on the site where a Pizza Hut once stood at 1601 W Division St. The developer scrapped plans for a drive-through bank and agreed to build an 11-story tower housing two floors of commercial space and 99 apartments. As of yesterday afternoon, as pictured above, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 8, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

What happened to Wicker Park?

Joeff Davis image, Wicker Park, Chicago

The Talk section of Yelp occasionally surfaces a fun and informative discussion of Chicago neighborhoods. Several days ago Yelper Chacha M posted the headline question and the following: I just moved back after living abroad for the last ten years and this neighborhood has gone to yuppie / lulu lemon hell. I could barely walk ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 21, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A new Wicker Park home sold at near list price before completion

1524 N Wood Chicago

By the time I met Sergio & Banks‘ Demetrius Simpson at a nearly-completed Noah Properties’ home in Wicker Park late last December, it was already under contract. The 5-bedroom, 3 ½ bath home at 1524 N Wood St had been listed for sale at $1,299,999. It closed last week at $1,275,000. Noah Properties has been ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 18, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Studio Dwell project in Wicker Park garners two Yo posts for every unit

1919 W Crystal Chicago

Well, nearly two posts for every unit. It was almost exactly five years ago when we first wrote about a 9-unit project designed by Studio Dwell at 1919 W Crystal in Wicker Park, and we didn’t neglect it in the interim. We posted on it or mentioned it in 15 additional posts – not counting ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 2, 2012
ChicagoNorthwest Side

The Bloomingdale Trail and the High Line

High Line, New York

It seems like every article about Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail contains a mandatory reference to New York’s High Line. Last Saturday I made my second visit to the High Line. I visited the initial phase two years ago, and this was my first look at the second phase. I’ve been along the path of the Bloomingdale ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 4, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A newer Wicker Park home with great outdoor space

1515 N Paulina St Chicago

The 3-bedroom, 3 1/2 bath home at 1515 N Paulina St in Wicker Park has large rooms throughout, a recently-updated kitchen / family room and an attached 2-car garage. What sets it apart from the competition is its outdoor space. There’s a private garden adjacent to the lower level, a roof deck above the garage, ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 7, 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