Real estate issues top Chicago Journal's year-in-review

A handful of hot-button real estate issues topped the Chicago Journal’s year-in-review feature this month.

The weekly newspaper serves Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town, Ukrainian Village and Logan Square, and editor Timothy Inklebarger takes readers on a “short, strange trip” through the region’s most recent growing pains.

One of the most regrettable news items of the year was the departure of Filter coffee shop at 1585 N. Milwaukee. The hipster coffee shop was located at the heart of the trendy Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. The announcement that the popular coffee shop and neighboring hot dog restaurant, Swank Frank, would be replaced with a Bank of America drew outrage on Internet chat rooms. Bank of America has since announced plans to open another branch at the nearby corner of Milwaukee and Ashland.

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