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Watch the ads for the real story?

Most of our pages have ads from Google in the left column, and Google's first-take ad match on our posts is always intriguing. The second ad that cam [...]
Podmajersky talks Pilsen

Podmajersky talks Pilsen

Admire him or hate him, he's a man who made a difference. Google Video has a fascinating half-hour of an 80-year old John Podmajersky talking about [...]
Truly strange real estate videos

Truly strange real estate videos

Would you like to watch a video of a mortgage broker / real estate agent reading a census report for ZIP code 60614? Daniel Sullivan thinks you wou [...]

Phrases we hate – Active Adult

When you turn 55 you join the ranks of what real estate marketers are calling "Active Adults." Until then you are, presumably, an Inactive Adult. The [...]
Help these kids find an apartment

Help these kids find an apartment

They're looking to move into a 3-bedroom in Lincoln Park or DePaul. More info at Twentysometings - Back from college, a YoChicago first-person jour [...]

Sunday, Sunday, the little bastards fun day

If you're scratching for ideas, and low on funds, there's always the repeat visit to Navy Pier. Hit the freebies: the Smith Museum of Stained Glass ( [...]

A fresh take on Chicago architecture

Yo's looking for a few brave, wise, witty and unpaid volunteers to toss some brickbats and bouquets at the architects who brighten and blight our envi [...]

New in Loop: casino, water park, softball field!

Mayor Richard M. Daley today announced plans to turn the highly coveted parcel across from Marshall Field's flagship store on State Street, the so-cal [...]
Chicago truck stop

Chicago truck stop

As seen on Google Earth. Can anyone identify the location? [...]
Friday night gallery-hopping

Friday night gallery-hopping

Buckle up. Tonight we're headed to Yo Chicago's neighborhood photo galleries for Loop, Irving Park and South Shore (samples below). Loop Irvin [...]
When it comes to the el, how close is too close?

When it comes to the el, how close is too close?

Proximity to the el is a must for many Chicagoans, and the shrill banshee-cry of the trains even endears itself to us as a call of civic pride. But [...]

Another unjustified "Thank you, Chicago!"

It happened again. Last night I was in Tower Records at Clark and Belden to return a movie (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe -- don't bother), when [...]
Vetro – light years ahead of the rest of Chicago

Vetro – light years ahead of the rest of Chicago

Vetro is an architecturally innovative new high-rise condo development destined for the South Loop, but we think developer Roszak-ADC is trying to wor [...]
El Lago: another of Edgewater's architectural Bad News Bears

El Lago: another of Edgewater's architectural Bad News Bears

One might expect to find a building named "El Lago" painted with pastels or deep marine-green -- something breezy, at any rate. But our Edgewater "El [...]
Chicago loft is a hard cell

Chicago loft is a hard cell

When this image flashed across our computer screens our first thought was that the old Joliet Correctional Center had gone condo, following the runawa [...]
Granville Tower: Sheridan Road's scrappiest high-rise

Granville Tower: Sheridan Road's scrappiest high-rise

If high-rises were dogs, Granville Tower would be the three-legged SharPei you can't help but root for. Completed in 1965, the Seymour S. Goldstein- [...]
Garden-level condos come with free beer

Garden-level condos come with free beer

The benefits of purchasing a new condo on the garden level, like this one at 901 W Cornelia Ave, are numerous. In addition to the lower price, benevo [...]

Friday, Friday is why-oh-why-oh-why day

Why won't mice wear mittens? Tell me why oh why? Why does Uptown have so many neighborhood names? Just a sampler: Andersonville South, Argyle Street [...]
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