Posts in category "Neighborhoods"

When Gentrification Hits, it Hits Hard

I was reading the “Edge Glen Daily,” a new online rag about a peachy little part of the northside of Chicago that is growing and attracting more residents. Growth is good, right? For those who fall into a certain income bracket, it’s spectacular. For those trying to get by, not so much. The article below... Read more »

The Ugly Chicagoan

Like the “Ugly American” tourist, the “Ugly Chicagoan” exists. He/she has also come from afar (usually other Midwestern states, or an Illinois town with an area code of 847 or 815). Chicago is a fluid city – it has been attracting people since it’s start. It has had its share of “good” and “bad” residents.... Read more »

Musings on 90/94

“Why did you drive over? Why not just take the train?” asked Mike, the newest resident of West Town. “Because it only took me five minutes.” West Town, that neighborhood west of River North. Parts of it are accessible by the Blue Line; most of it is situated west of the I-90 bridge. I don’t... Read more »
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Last-Minute Holiday Shopping: Local Options

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping: Local Options
As much as we try, most consumers don’t have the time or money for “the perfect gift.” Western consumerism at a titanic scale, the Christmas season is a “make-or-break it” situation for retail merchants of all types. Most consumers, both urban and suburban, tend to flock to malls and big box stores. They make sense: everything... Read more »

Dining Out on the Northwest Side: Beyond the Golden Nuggets

Dining Out on the Northwest Side: Beyond the Golden Nuggets
Dining out is an art to be taken seriously. It’s essential for a restaurant to be gracious in service, tasteful both in food and decor, and provide fare that will attract increased amounts of customers. While many local restaurant patrons might suggest eateries that fit the aforementioned criteria in other parts of the city, Chicago’s... Read more »

Old Irving Park

Old Irving Park
The first feature of North by Northwest Side is on a neighborhood that is literally at the geographical center of Chicago’s northern regions (and it’s not the Realtor-coined NorthCenter): Old Irving Park. You’ve driven though it countless times if you’re a frequent Kennedy Parking Lot, err, Expressway commuter. Heading to or from O’Hare airport on... Read more »
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