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The views from Hairpin Lofts

by Joe Zekas on 12/2/11

Earlier this afternoon I toured Brinshore Development‘s Hairpin Lofts, 2800 N Milwaukee Ave, in Logan Square. I’ll post video within a few days, but wanted to share some of the views and some first impressions.

You have to love Chicago’s six-corner intersections. They’re alive and interesting in ways that humble the lowly 4-corner variety, and they open sweeping vistas of the city.

The intersection of Milwaukee, Diversey and Kimball offers great skyline and neighborhood views. It has the added advantages of a corner park, striking architecture on several of its corners, a relatively thriving retail and dining scene, and great proximity to CTA buses and the Logan Square Blue Line station.

Everything about Hairpin Lofts exceeded my expectations. The landmark building has been beautifully renovated. The affordable artist live / work rentals have high ceilings, hardwood floors, large windows, excellent closet space and are entirely new. The corner triangle units are dramatic.

The entire second floor of the building is a flexible community space that also includes performance spaces with theatrical lighting. Other common areas include a second-floor roof deck, a huge, highly-functional bike / storage room, an exercise room, laundry and another community / play space.

Some of the units are available to residents who meet income-eligibility requirements and others are market rentals.

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Buster December 3, 2011 at 8:11 AM

I look forward to the video. Did you record in any of the living units? I’ve toured the performance area…but the apartments were not yet open for viewing. I love the restoration work they did on this beautiful building.


Joe Zekas December 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM


The video will include a tour of one unit and shots from another. A really good deal for the price point, I thought – but then I’m not very familiar with rental pricing in that location.


Arin February 5, 2012 at 11:07 PM

I am interested in utilizing the community space this summer. Does anyone know how to contact the management? I tried the Logan Square Chamber of Arts website, but there was no contact info. Thank you!


Joe Zekas February 5, 2012 at 11:26 PM


Contact Brinshore Development at 847-562-9400. That company redeveloped the property and should be able to connect you to the right people.


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