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Luxury Apartments Come to Uptown

1500  new  apartments,  some of them luxury,  are coming to Uptown!   Bringing hundreds  of new residents   to the area!

Located at 4337 N. Hazel St. and originally built in 1901, the three-story brick building is being renovated by Chicago-based Arbor Investment Management LLC, which has retained Spaces as the exclusive leasing brokerage. A decorated model is now available for tour, with first move-ins scheduled for May.

“When this property was built in 1901, it was one of the first luxury apartment buildings in Buena Park, so it’s a landmark within the neighborhood that has been reimagined for a new generation of renters,” said Bentley Phillips, founder Spaces Real Estate. “The building’s vintage charm, modern floor plans and amenities, and walkable location near the lakefront make Hazel Place a true standout in the North Side rental market.”

Hazel Place offers two- and three-bedroom floor plans – each with two or 2½ baths – ranging in size from 924 to 1,358 square feet and priced from $2,625 per month. Finishes include red oak hardwood flooring; modern kitchens with two-tone cabinetry, quartz countertops, tile backsplashes and stainless steel appliances; baths with sleek subway tile tub/shower surrounds; and bedrooms with spacious walk-in closets. Every residence also includes keyless smartphone-ready entry, smart lighting
controls, Nest thermostats and full Amazon Echo integration, as well as in-unit laundry.

Other big projects  in the neighborhood  include  811 Montrose  with  373  apartments.

Stewart School Lofts  with  64  apartments.

5050 Broadway  will  bring over 700 apartments!

975 Wilson  and  Sheridan  will build about  140 more apartments!

A total of 4 new buildings  are breaking this year!

 

 

Let’s find YOU a Space you LOVE!

Call Michael “LOVE” Snell
773-206-8359
Apartment Leasing Specialist / Renter’s Agent

Spaces Real Estate
3223 N Sheffield, Suite C, Chicago 60657

The Alley on Clark = Clarkview Apartments

The Alley: Over 40 Years of Counter Culture-Leather, Footwear, Jewelry, Belt Buckles Tshirts, & More! Goth, Punk, Alt, Metal, Motorcycle & Chicago Superstore! The legendary Alley Chicago store has become an infamous “landmark” destination for generations of counter-culture.  Ahhhh,  the good  old  days  on Clark Street!

The Alley Chicago through years of dedication and determination has become the Midwest’s premier one stop shop for bikers, punks, goths, rockers, and all other alternative lifestyles. The Owner, Mark Thomas, often states, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” This holds true for our core customer base and our store philosophy. Faces change, trends change, but who we are and who our core customer is will always remain the same.

The owner to this day, still travels all over the world to bring unique items to you, our customer! He literally travels over 100,000 miles a year between visiting vendors, trade-shows, and just staying on top of the competition worldwide. His concept has always been, “If I can’t find it, I’ll make it!” The Alley Chicago is open 365 days a year to serve your rock n’ roll needs!!!

These days the Alley  is at  3221 N Clark St.

Now,  in its old space will be  Clarkview Apartments.

The developers are a group of local Chicagoans whose projects span diverse asset types, including apartments, condos, retail, commercial, parking garages & mixed-use.

Our goal is to add value to urban infill locations by delivering creative design solutions, environmentally friendly materials and exceptional execution.

The developers have solicited and incorporated input from the neighborhood association and the Alderman to balance the needs of the local residents while respecting the site and its surroundings. We hope to create a building that will honor its past and position it for the future growth of the neighborhood and housing needs of current and future residents. The plans for 3228 N Clark include the following:

 

  •      Preservation and restoration of the original 1911 terra cotta façade
  •      2600 square foot ground floor commercial space with partial basement
  •      6 parking spots accessed from the alley in the rear of the building
  •      24 apartments
  • Pricing will be available    late March, 2018.
  • More  info  call  Michael  at  773-206-8359

OZ PARK Lincoln Park Chicago

Located in the Lincoln Park community, parents gather with their preschoolers at Oz Park to enjoy the park which celebrates “The Wizard of Oz” theme. “Dorothy’s Playlot” is filled with play equipment for the little ones to climb, swing, and run.

In the “Emerald Garden”, families can enjoy a leisurely afternoon among the beautiful flowers. Take a stroll through the park and you’ll be greeted by statues of the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, and everyone’s favorite, Dorothy & Toto. Organized activities for children include soccer, day camp, and t-ball.

The park features Dorothy’s Playground, a community garden, tennis courts, ball fields, basketball courts, and soccer/football fields.

 Programs are offered year-round!

 

Although the area surrounding Oz Park is considered prime real estate today, in the late 1950s it was in sub-standard condition. In the 1960s, the Lincoln Park Conservation Association approached the City of Chicago in efforts to improve the community, and the neighborhood was soon designated as the Lincoln Park Urban Renewal Area. The urban renewal plan identified a 13 acre-site for a new park, and in 1974, the Chicago Park District acquired the land.

In 1976, the park was officially named Oz Park in honor of Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919), the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Baum settled in Chicago in 1891 several miles west of what is now the park. Having begun writing children’s books at age 41, Baum wrote more than 60 books, including 14 Oz books, by the end of his life. In 1939, the production of an MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz, immortalized Baum’s classic work of fiction. In the early 1990s, the Oz Park Advisory Council and the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce commissioned artist John Kearney to create a Tin Man sculpture, installed in October 1995, the Cowardly Lion, installed in May 2001 and the7 ft./800 lb. cast bronze Scarecrow, installed June 2005.

In Spring 2007 Dorothy & Toto joined their friends in the park. Other elements which celebrate Oz Park’s theme, include the “Emerald Garden” and “Dorothy’s Playlot.” The playlot not only relates to the park’s name, but also to that of its donor, Dorothy Melamerson, a retired local school teacher whose savings have paid for a number of park improvements in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The Oz Park Advisory Council raised more than $250,000 to support enhancements to Oz Park.

Andersonville 2 Bedroom Rehabbed Units $1800

 

6  AWESOME 2 Bedroom  apartments, to be available  APRIL 1!  Parking included!

$1800  – Call me  for  a  showing!  Michael  @  773-206-8359

Anchored by the Swedish American Museum and home to one of the city’s largest gay and lesbian communities, Andersonville is recognized for its diversity. With a quirky atmosphere and distinctive flavor, the area has quickly become one of the North Side’s most popular neighborhoods.

Distinctive to Andersonville is a lack of national chains. In fact, the neighborhood’s commercial district is made up almost entirely of independent, locally-owned businesses. Between its specialty bakeries, dynamic bar scene and incredible array of stylish boutiques, Andersonville is a thriving example of colorful urban living.

Along Clark Street’s fabled “restaurant strip,” you will find craft brew emporium Hopleaf Bar, epic brunch spot m. henry and some of the city’s best comfort food at Big Jones. Hamburger Mary’s is famous for its lively dining atmosphere and outstanding ground chuck. In addition, Hamburger Mary’s hosts award-winning stage shows at an in-house theater, which is precisely the kind of eccentric charm that you can expect in Andersonville.

 

Re:   Choose Chicago / Neighborhoods

(There is a typo  in the print below – HEAT  is  NOT  included.  But  parking is!)

Chicago’s Wonderful Architecture and Hidden Surprises

Did you ever notice, most people walk looking  straight ahead, or worse yet, down at the ground!  YOU ARE MISSING  EVERYTHING!  LOOK  UP!  You will discover breathtaking architectural details you never saw before!

I was driving one day near Division and California,  I can’t remember the side street, I should have made a note of it,  and discovered  2  cool  horse sculptures up on the garage roof!

Chicago is full  of  gorgeous architecture and neat art, if you just look.  Chicago Detours  offers great guided walking and bus tours of architecture, history and culture to public and private groups.

Founder Amanda Scotese launched Chicago Detours, a tour company for the curious, in July 2010 after spending close to a decade in Italy as a Tour Guide and Guidebook Researcher with Rick Steves’ Europe. She decided to bring her travel expertise back home to Chicago with tour experiences that are fun, educational, and truly make us feel connected with our grand city.

Bobbys Bike Hike  offer’s another way to see the city. Walking tours, Bike tours and Food tours!

Did you know that the Second City is actually first when it comes to bike riding? Chicago consistently ranks at the top for both walking and biking because it’s flat and easy to access (take that NYC!). Plus, all the neighborhoods, parks, and attractions are connected through a network of sidewalks and trails. So it makes sense that the best way to experience life in the Windy City is on two wheels (or two feet) alongside fun folks just like yourself.

And while it’s true that anyone can whizz from place to place in a car, bus, or boat, you miss out on soooo much. With a bicycle and walking tour, or even renting a bike, you can actually hear the roar of Buckingham Fountain, touch the iconic lion statues at the Art Institute, and smell the Chicago-style pizza wafting through the air.

The other great way to see Chicago’s top attractions, try a Chicago Segway® PT tour! Sightseeing on a Segway is fun, unique, and exhilarating. Segways are safe and very easy to learn. If you can stand, you can ride! These self-balancing machines do the work for you. Explore Chicago by day or night with our friendly tour guides and your very own Chicago chariot on two wheels.

You’ll glide effortlessly as you enjoy views of Chicago’s beautiful lakefront, parks, and skyline. Capture your memories with great photographs on our Chicago Segway sightseeing tours. Options include our Museum and Lakefront Tour, Art & Architecture Tour, Fireworks Tour, Gangster Tour, Haunted Tour, and private tours. Join us on one of our unique, picturesque tours of Chicago. You’ll Absolutely love it!

111 Places in Chicago Not to Miss!

Very cool book – for locals and tourists!  Amy Bizzarri is an extreme Chicago history buff, and a freelance writer. She lives with her two children in a vintage 1910 home in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. When she’s not writing, you’ll most likely find her swimming laps at Holstein Park pool, riding her bicycle around Humboldt Park or sharing an atomic sundae at Margie’s Candies.

  • The ultimate insider’s guide to Chicago, fully illustrated with 111 full-page color photographs
  • Features interesting and unusual places not found in traditional travel guides
  • Part of the international 111 Places/111 Shops series with over 170 titles and 1 million copies in print worldwide
  • Appeals to both the local market (9,5 million people call Chicago home) and the tourist market (over 60 million people visit Chicago every year!)

West Loop is EXPLODING with 50 New Projects

The West Loop just keeps getting HOTTER  &  HOTTER!  A  1 bedroom apartment can easily cost $2,000.  Now,  with more than  50 NEW PROJECTS underway and/or waiting for the green light, the West Loop  will be EXPLODING!

This week,  CURBER  CHICAGO  said, A longtime domain of family-owned meatpackers and loft condo conversions, the once quiet West Loop and Fulton Market District have undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years. While a handful of food wholesalers still hang on, there’s clearly no looking back as the pace of development surges forward.

See all the renderings  and  info   HERE!

Best Holiday Light Displays in Chicago Area

 

The Logan Square home above might be the only seasonal wonder of the world. Every winter, dating back to 1983, owner Frank Lopez has put up a Christmas light display—complete with a miniature, moving Ferris wheel with stuffed animal riders—that casts a glow over the whole 2500 block of West Logan Boulevard.

“The reason I do it is because I see so many people, so many kids, they pass by over here… and I have music on, and I see all their smiles,” Lopez told Chicagoist. “I enjoy that.”

His home electric bill for a holiday season, he added, can reach a little over $1,000.    Read  More here. 

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Butch McGuire’s

Each year, this Division Street bar gets COMPLETELY  decked out in holiday decor. Complete with model trains and thousands of shiny LED lights, Butch McGuire’s is a great spot to pop in for a festive drink. Even when it gets packed with the typical Division Street crowd, this Irish pub has an old soul. Antique beer paraphernalia and model ships hang from the ceiling, framed paintings of Chicagoans past dot the walls and beers are served in frosted glass mugs. Well worth a stop by and have a drink!

Winter WonderFest

Navy Pier’s annual indoor winter carnival returns with activities that include a toboggan tunnel, winter mini golf and a 15-foot “snow tubing” hill. Returning attractions include the Blackhawks ice-skating rink and various carnival rides. Bring your family for a nice and toasty winter wonderland. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

ZooLights at the Lincoln Park Zoo: Free light display nightly plus festive activities like photos with Santa, 3D displays, holiday gift shopping, live ice-sculpture carving and free crafts for kids on certain nights at the Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St. Presented by ComEd and PowerShares QQQ By Invesco. Hours: 4:30 to 9 p.m. every night through Saturday, Dec. 23, and again from Dec. 26 to Jan. 7. Check the website for a full list of ZooLights events.

Elsewhere  from Aurora to Naperville to Wheaton – all have light displays worth checking out!

 

Barn Angels and Dog Poop

The first time I was driving thru Ukrainian Village,  I was headed  East on Augusta, and this caged Angel caught my eye on Wolcott!  WHAT THE HECK???

 

I did some research  and  TIME OUT  said, ” The building belongs to well-known Polish-born wood sculpturist Jerzy Kenar, who runs the Wooden Gallery (1007 N Wolcott Ave, 773-342-2550), located a few doors down.

In the mid-’90s, Kenar rehabbed the premises with the intention of making Angels Barn a sort of cabaret—part bar, part performance and exhibition space. “The idea was that the bar would finance the art,” Kenar says.

During the construction, the Sun-Times called Kenar’s idea “a mixed vision of the sacred and profane: An ornate pulpit will serve as a roost for a DJ; the bathroom stalls have peep-show holes with nude photos.”

Using his wife, Dorota, as a model, Kenar took three weeks to carve the angel (pictured) out of a hunk of linden wood and installed it in a fenced grotto at the front of the building. But all his work was for naught; Kenar was denied a liquor license, due, in part, to protests from the East Village Association, which didn’t want to attract potentially raucous nightlife to the densely residential area. Deeply disappointed, Kenar hosted several private parties in the space before converting it into apartments in 2001.”

 

Also on Wolcott  nearby the Angel is a unique fountain.

It’s a water fountain with a blue-tiled base surrounded by bright, leafy trees and is meant for all the community … to remember to pick up after their dogs.

Atop that tiled base is a bronze coil of dog doo-doo, spouting a gentle stream of water, and displays the straightforward, “S— Fountain” name on all four sides.

The fountain was created and installed in 2005 by famous Polish Chicago artist Jerzy S. Kenar, who also created the neighboring angel statue at the corner of Wolcott and Augusta Avenues.

It’s since become famous among locals, and appears on travel blogs for visitors.

Kenar’s other works can be found throughout O’Hare Airport and the Harold Washington Library, as well as churches and galleries around the city and world.

Cartoon Bear Art Around Chicago

People  are always  asking  WHAT IS  THIS?   WHAT’S  UP  WITH THAT?

If you live in Chicago, I’m sure you have passed by a mural at some point that involves a bear eating pizza or  wearing boxing gloves. If you haven’t, then you most likely never leave your neighborhood (and in that case you might as well live in LA). Regardless of where you reside or what you see in your ‘hood, we can all learn a little something from the Bear Champ today.

Chicago-based artist JC Riverais behind them. What I found the most fascinating about JC is that he’s not trying to hide his identity (unlike many street artists) as all of his work is commissioned. No illegal wall tagging for this guy!

Few images in Chicago’s street art scene are as instantly recognizable as JC Rivera’s “Bear Champ.” This enormous bright yellow bear appears in a variety of street murals throughout the city.

 

The bear seems cute and cuddly at first, but also projects a bit of a rugged, streetwise vibe — the perfect representation for life in Chicago.  Rivera has been painting in and around Chicago for a decade. His work is most known for its bright, colorful and uncluttered look.

JC says, “The character is about the everyday struggle. Keep rolling with the punches. Fight for what you believe in.”