Archive for June 2012

Holstein Park's field house turns 100 with beer, bands and food trucks

Holstein Park isn’t one of Chicago’s largest parks. At a mere 3 acres, it wouldn’t meet the minimum lot size requirement in many a Chicago subdivision. Holstein Park packs a lot of recreation into its small size, hosting a field house with two gyms, an assembly hall, club rooms, a swimming pool and a wading... Read more »

Celebrate a Holstein Park Centennial this Saturday

Holstein Park isn’t one of Chicago’s largest parks. At a mere 3 acres, it wouldn’t meet the minimum lot size requirement in many a Chicago subdivision. Holstein Park packs a lot of recreation into its small size, hosting a field house with two gyms, an assembly hall, club rooms, a swimming pool and a wading... Read more »

Buy 127 West Town lots at $13K apiece

Chicago Real Estate Daily reports that 4.67 acres of vacant land is available at Metro Place, a failed development on the Near West Side. The asking price is $1.65 million, and current zoning allows for development of an additional 127 homes. According to Crain’s: A venture led by Mr. McLean, president and CEO of Chicago-based... Read more »
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Four videos from Chicago's hipster highway

It was just after 9 a.m. on a weekday when I stopped outside Echelon at K Station for a look at the Kinzie bike lane, which has been called “Chicago’s hipster highway” based, presumably, on the demographics of its users. Despite the heat and the time of day, the route was being heavily used. It’s... Read more »

Tour nine modern homes this Saturday

The modern home tour showcases the interiors and exteriors of seven Chicago homes and one each in Inverness and Hinsdale. The homes will be open this Saturday, June 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the day of the tour. A promotional code available at Modern Chicago... Read more »

Janice and Marshall's gardens at Lake Shore Park

The next time you visit Streeterville’s Lake Shore Park, take a few seconds to look around for Janice and Marshall. You’re likely to find Marshall composting, or planting flowers, or weeding one of the more than a dozen gardens he and Janice have created over the past half-dozen years toward the eastern end of the... Read more »
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$1.3 million price cut on new West Rogers Park home

Five years ago yesterday we posted a roundup of selected new construction projects. One of the developments was a single-family home at 3118 W Wallen priced “from $2.6 million.” The home was in a block of vacant land marketed as the Estates of Regent Park, most of which went through foreclosure and became bank-owned. The... Read more »

Are there great deals in North Kenwood?

Five year ago yesterday we briefly noted the 34-unit Drexel Commons condominiums. At the time, units were priced from the $350s to the $380s. Unit 3E, one of 8 units accessed from the courtyard building’s 4627 S Drexel address, sold in January of 2007 for $265,000. It went into foreclosure in April of 2009 and... Read more »

Lincoln Park's quintessential oasis

What’s now known as the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park has been called “the quintessential oasis.” It’s one of the few examples of landscape architecture listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The lily pool is named after Alfred Caldwell, the landscape architect who designed it and oversaw parts of its construction.... Read more »
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From condo to rental to vacant land in the West Loop

Five years ago yesterday we picked up on a Crain’s report that Winthrop Properties had decided to build a 23-story rental apartment building rather than the 325 condos it had planned for a site at 1035 W Van Buren in the West Loop. Winthrop acquired the property for $8.2 million in March of 2006. Bank... Read more »
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