Category: Neighborhood News

Chicago City Council Chops Up Neighborhoods In New Ward Map

Chicago City Council Chops Up Neighborhoods In New Ward Map
On Monday the Chicago city council finally approved a new Ward map as required in the wake of the latest census. If you’ve been following this story you’ll know that it was a knock down drag out fight in true Chicago fashion with lots of back room dealings and back stabbing – otherwise known as... Read more »

The East Ukrainian Village Home Bought High And Sold Low

The East Ukrainian Village Home Bought High And Sold Low
In the interest of full disclosure I’m going to be selling my East Ukrainian Village home in the spring so I have a vested interest in the neighborhood having high home prices. But that’s how I stumbled across this very odd home sale at 1951 W Huron. My wife and I watch all the comparable... Read more »

West Town Mansion On Armour St Did Not Sell At Auction

West Town Mansion On Armour St Did Not Sell At Auction
Remember that mansion at 516 N Armour St in West Town that was supposed to auction off on November 10 without a reserve price? At one time it had been listed as high as $7.78 MM but then in July of this year it was relisted at $4 MM, which failed to produce a buyer... Read more »
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Maybe You Can Get A Bargain On This West Town Mansion

Maybe You Can Get A Bargain On This West Town Mansion
A little more than 4 years ago I wrote about this really fascinating 10,000 sq ft mansion that was briefly listed for $7.78 MM. I subsequently learned that was some kind of unauthorized listing, which is against all kinds of MLS and Realtor rules. Not sure exactly how or why the real estate agent put... Read more »

Chicago Carjackings Hit Record High

Chicago Carjackings Hit Record High
After reading about all the carjackings in Chicago and seeing people complain about them on the Wicker Park Neighborhood Watch Facebook page I got curious. Could it really be that bad? And where were the hotspots? Every year I review the statistics on aggravated assault and battery in Chicago (one type of violent crime) but... Read more »

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods 2021: Assault & Battery

Chicago's Safest And Most Dangerous Neighborhoods 2021: Assault & Battery
A couple of weeks ago I posted on where murders occur in Chicago. That’s one very crude measure that people use to determine which are Chicago’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods. However, there is a lot of other violent crime in the city that occurs with much greater frequency and it gives us a more... Read more »
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Chicago Murder Map And Neighborhood Totals - 2021 Update

Chicago Murder Map And Neighborhood Totals - 2021 Update
There’s been a lot of media coverage of all the shootings and murders in Chicago lately but all too often these claims are made without presenting much in the way of data. So I always base my annual review of crime in Chicago on the numbers from the Chicago crime data portal so that we... Read more »

Massive Oak Brook Mansion Built By Frank Thomas Sells For 4th Time

Massive Oak Brook Mansion Built By Frank Thomas Sells For 4th Time
It’s been 4 1/2 years since I told The Sad But Colorful Story Of Frank Thomas’ Massive Oak Brook Mansion. In case, like me 4 1/2 years ago, you haven’t heard of Frank Thomas before…he was a baseball player for the White Sox. At that time it had just sold for the 3rd time to... Read more »

Chicago Neighborhoods With The Highest Home Price Gains In 2020

Chicago Neighborhoods With The Highest Home Price Gains In 2020
On Tuesday I posted the monthly update of the Case Shiller home price index from S&P Dow Jones CoreLogic which showed a dramatic rise in Chicago area home prices during the last year. Unfortunately, that index only tells us how home prices are doing across the entire metro area when, in reality, home prices could... Read more »
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That Cook County Covid Adjusted Property Tax Value Won't Save You Much

That Cook County Covid Adjusted Property Tax Value Won't Save You Much
Maybe a week or so ago I received a notice in the mail from the Cook County Assessor’s office explaining that they had lowered my home’s assessed tax value in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. I got about a 9% reduction. My first question was “Why are they doing this?” because I’ve seen no evidence... Read more »