Tag: Neighborhood news

What Exactly Is The Problem With The Lincoln Yards TIF?

What Exactly Is The Problem With The Lincoln Yards TIF?
It’s been more than 11 years since I first posted about the absurdity of a steel plant located in Lincoln Park: Why Finkl & Sons Is In Lincoln Park. So I was pretty happy when word first got out that Sterling Bay was going to put something more logical on that prime real estate. Of... Read more »

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods 2018: Assault & Battery

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods 2018: Assault & Battery
Last week I attempted to provide some updated data that people could use to evaluate which are Chicago’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods. That first pass was based upon murders, which is what people really obsess about since getting murdered is usually pretty severe and irreversible. The only thing is that you are far more... Read more »

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods 2018: Murders

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods 2018: Murders
Every July, at the peak of Chicago’s crime season, I update my statistical summary of Chicago’s murders and other physically threatening crime. It’s my response to a common question in real estate that we can’t easily answer: which are Chicago’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods? We can’t easily answer the question because 1) safe and... Read more »
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Chicago's Shifting Population

Chicago's Shifting Population
You’ve probably heard about how Chicago has been losing population over the past few years. It’s not a huge amount. Just a few thousand per year. But clearly Chicago’s population is moving in a different direction than the rest of the country, with people leaving for greener pastures. Of course, that’s what people should do... Read more »

The Ultimate Guide To The Chicago Area's Hottest Neighborhoods

The Ultimate Guide To The Chicago Area's Hottest Neighborhoods
There are probably as many ways to define a hot Chicago neighborhood as there are real estate metrics but it seems to me that the most important one is home prices. That’s why I think you’ll find the Depaul Institute For Housing Studies’ 2Q 2017 release of their home price analysis for Chicago and suburban... Read more »

Single Family Home Inventory Plummets On Chicago's North Side

Single Family Home Inventory Plummets On Chicago's North Side
A little over a year ago I wrote about the remarkable rise of single family home inventory in the higher income neighborhoods on Chicago’s north side. Remarkable because all the rest of Chicago’s home inventory was simultaneously hitting incredible new lows, causing a housing shortage for buyers. But just as mysteriously and suddenly the supply... Read more »
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Can This Monster West Town Mansion Sell For $7.78 MM?

Can This Monster West Town Mansion Sell For $7.78 MM?
On Friday this incredible Chicago mansion hit the market with a list price of approximately $7.78 MM. However, by Saturday afternoon it had been taken Temporarily Off The Market but the virtual tour is still out there and I’ve embedded it below. Aside from the fact that the home is absolutely spectacular what makes this... Read more »

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods: Assault And Battery

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods: Assault And Battery
An updated version of this post is available here with data through June 2018: Chicago’s Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods 2018: Assault And Battery This is my final post in my 2017 series on Chicago’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods. The previous two posts focused first on Chicago’s murders and then on the shootings. Each... Read more »

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods Based On Shootings

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods Based On Shootings
Last week I posted on Chicago’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods based on the murder rate. Although that’s a pretty popular way for people to make a determination of a neighborhood’s relative safety it’s actually a pretty narrow definition. A lot of bad things an happen to people without them getting murdered. For instance, they... Read more »
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Fighting Gentrification In Chicago Is Like Fighting Gravity

Fighting Gentrification In Chicago Is Like Fighting Gravity
The fight against gentrification in Chicago has really heated up in the last couple of years – or maybe it’s always been a hot topic and I just never paid attention to it before. The two neighborhoods where the debate seems to be the hottest right now is Pilsen and West Bucktown (I actually hate... Read more »