Tag: Neighborhoods

Tour week - a six-part video tour of South Shore

Jeff Heilbrunn spent the first 20 years of his life in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. Today, as a marketing advisor for the Builders Center of Chicago, he helps develop new homes in the community. In Feburary 2010, Jeff and Joe Askins of YoChicago spent a couple hours touring the neighborhood. Additional parts of the tour... Read more »

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 »

The biggest apartment search mistake is failure to focus

The biggest mistake that Chicago apartment seekers make is failing to focus their search on one or two relatively small areas where they’d genuinely enjoy living and can comfortably afford. If you’re looking all over the map you’re likely to end up in a bad apartment in a worse location. Chicago’s neighborhoods vary widely in... Read more »
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Crowdsourcing neighborhood advice with EveryBlock

EveryBlock rounds up public information about crime, building permits and more, and also aggregates local news from blogs and more traditional media sources. It has also become a valuable and lively forum for discussions about neighborhood happenings, and a way for people unfamiliar with a neighborhood to pose a question and get knowledgeable views from... Read more »

Is Pullman really one of America's great neighborhoods?

The American Planning Association has select Chicago’s Pullman neighborhood as one of its Great Places in America for 2011: Pullman’s timeless features have contributed to the renaissance of this handsome former company town. An experiment in industrial order and community planning, the neighborhood features a design that was intelligent in 1880 and “smart” today. The... Read more »

When the heart of a neighborhood is an out-of-body experience

If a real estate listing says a property is in the “heart” of a neighborhood, there’s a 50/50 chance that it’s a) on the far edge of the neighborhood, b) a block or more beyond the far edge, or c) nowhere near the neighborhood in question. Most of us think of the “heart” of a... Read more »
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A look at Lincoln Park's Park West neighborhood

Prudential Rubloff’s Eric Rojas takes a look at the landmarked 2400 block of Orchard St, and the changes it’s undergoing, in the above video, and focuses on some of its many advantages in a post at his Chicago Real Estate Local blog. One of the major drawbacks to new construction in this area of Lincoln... Read more »

Has Andersonville become Chicago's "premier residential LGBT neighborhood?"

The A-ville Daily blog makes the following argument: New 2010 census figures released by the United States government yesterday confirm what many in Chicago have known for some time — Andersonville is Chicago’s epicenter of same sex households. The six census tracts that comprise Andersonville (Lawrence, to the south, Ravenswood to the west, Broadway to... Read more »

Summer is the time to see Chicago neighborhoods

Most Chicagoans, it’s a fair guess, have never seen most of Chicago. Many have never ventured beyond the downtown and north lakefront neighborhoods. They’ve missed a lot of what makes this a great city. The city’s Office of Tourism and Culture offers a variety of guided neighborhood tours. It’s also been ramping up its online... Read more »
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Videos note change in Pilsen, Avondale and West Englewood

For one Pilsen business owner, neighborhood change means that “no one is stealing my flowers.” A Schurz High School student sees Avondale as having “changed from bad to good in the past 30 years. My family and I changed along with the neighborhood.” In West Englewood, a network of block clubs is working to promote... Read more »