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Hyde Park – Europe Meets Modern

When I first moved to Chicago I visited the Museum of Science and Industry  one day and took a walk around the University of Chicago campus. It looked and felt like I was somewhere in Europe! (Probably because it was founded  in  1890!)

From the first campus plan to the most recent contemporary tower, the architecture at the University of Chicago has been conceived by some of the most forward-thinking and well-respected designers in the world. Campus features the work of architects such as Frank Lloyd WrightHenry Ives CobbEero SaarinenLudwig Mies van der RoheWalter NetschRicardo LegorretaRafael ViñolyCésar PelliHelmut JahnTod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects, and Holabird, Root and Burgee

Hyde Park is a neighborhood and community area on the South Side of Chicago. It is located on the shore of Lake Michigan seven miles (11 km) south of the Chicago Loop.

Hyde Park’s official boundaries are 51st Street/Hyde Park Boulevard on the north, the Midway Plaisance (between 59th and 60th streets) on the south, Washington Park on the west, and Lake Michigan on the east. According to another definition, a section to the north between 47th Street and 51st Street/Hyde Park Boulevard is also included as part of Hyde Park, although this area is officially the southern part of the Kenwood community area. The area encompassing Hyde Park and the southern part of Kenwood is sometimes referred to as Hyde Park-Kenwood.

Hyde Park hosts the University of Chicago, the Museum of Science and Industry, and two of Chicago’s four historic sites listed in the original 1966 National Register of Historic Places (Chicago Pile-1, the world’s first artificial nuclear reactor, and Frank Lloyd Wright’s  Robie House). In the early 21st century, Hyde Park received national attention for its association with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Within Hyde Park’s mile-square boundary thrives an astonishingly rich and diverse cultural landscape. From museums to music, art to architecture, Hyde Park has it all. In addition to sponsoring a vast array of cultural events, myriad community and university organizations offer opportunities to participate in the arts as well.

From fast food to haute cuisine, Hyde Park packs an eclectic variety of restaurants into its small area.

Ethnic choices abound—Italian, Thai, Mediterranean, Chinese, Cajun, and Caribbean are just a few of the options. The Global Cuisine sensation Chant, for example, recently landed on Chicago Magazine’s list of hot restaurants. Other great choices include Piccolo MondoCedars Mediterranean Kitchen, Mellow YellowNoodles Etc.The Sit Down, Rajun Cajun and Shinju Sushi. For pizza and more, there are Giordano’s, Pizza Capri, and the perennial student favorite, Medici on 57th.

Hyde Park escaped the devastation of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, so the neighborhood boasts some of the oldest houses in the city. Of course, there’s plenty of brand-new building going on, too, and a special focus on luxe condo conversions.

Housing options in Hyde Park range from large single-family homes to townhouses, high-rise condominiums, three- and four-story walk-up co-ops, and rental apartments. Montgomery Place  offers seniors a continuing-care retirement community.

As of Nov. 2017,  Studio’s  were running  $800-$900,  1  bedrooms  $1000-$1400,  2  bedrooms  $1300-$1900,  on  average.  

Wicker Park and Logan Square – TOP NEIGHBORHOODS in Nation

(A mural at 1653 W. North Avenue in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Read more about the mural HERE.)

The two Chicago neighborhoods earned high marks in walkability, transportation, and affordability!

Source Chicago Curbed:

Two Chicago ‘hoods—Wicker Park and Logan Square—were recently singled-out in a list of the nation’s 25 coolest neighborhoods. Published by HotSpot Rentals, the rundown considered factors such as transit, affordability, restaurants, and weather while drawing its information from popular websites Yelp, Trip Advisor, TimeOut, Walk Score, and Apartment List.

Wicker Park and Logan Square respectively ranked 22nd and 19th and scored well with regards to walkability, transportation, and budget. Both Chicago neighborhoods suffered when it came to weather and came up on the lower end of the spectrum of entertainment offerings.

The Wicker Park/Bucktown Chamber of Commerce says, “We work to build a healthy marketplace and to improve the quality of life in the Wicker Park and Bucktown neighborhoods through entrepreneurial development and commercial success. The Chamber manages the WPB Special Service Area, produces annual summer festivalsand helps coordinate neighborhood fundraisers throughout the year.

Wicker Park is a neighborhood of about 26,000 residents within the West Town community area in Chicago, Illinois. Situated just west of the Kennedy Expressway, Wicker Park is known for its local hipster culture, art community, nightlife, and food scene.

Logan Square is an official community area, historical neighborhood, and public square located on the northwest side of the City of Chicago. The Logan Square community area is one of the 77 city-designated community areas established for planning purposes. The Logan Square neighborhood, located within the Logan Square community area, is centered on the public square that serves as its namesake, located at the three-way intersection of Milwaukee Avenue, Logan Boulevard and Kedzie Boulevard.

The community area of Logan Square is, in general, bounded by the Metra/Milwaukee District North Line railroad on the west, the North Branch of the Chicago River on the east, Diversey Parkway, on the north, and Bloomingdale Avenue on the south. The area is characterized by the prominent historical boulevards, stately greystones and large bungalow-style homes.


Learn more about the various neighborhoods  at  CHOOSE CHICAGO!

What $1350 Rent Gets You in Chicago

Curbed Comparisons, is a great regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. Is one person’s studio another person’s townhouse? Let’s find out. Today we are looking at apartments at or under $1,350 per month on Chicago’s northwest side.


Right now – you can get a  three-bedroom in a vintage Humboldt Park building  for  about $1,300.

$1,300 per month can also rent a two-bedroom apartment in Avondale. Located near the Kennedy Expressway and popular spots like Kuma’s Corner, this one is both transit and amenity rich.

If you’re a fan of the Lincoln Square area, you can rent a  two-bedroom  for $1,325. While it’s a garden unit, it appears to be quite spacious and has plenty of windows.

A two-bedroom apartment in Pilsen is renting for $1,350. It’s a fairly open floor plan with some newer finishes. There’s even views of the skyline from this one.

Up in Avondale, you’ll find that a two-bedroom apartment in a brick three-flat is also seeking the same $1,350 rent.

It’s all about location.  If  you want  to be near the lake, like  Lincoln Park or Lakeview, expect to get a LOT LESS  space.

Let me help you with your search! I have access to thousands of listings every month. You tell me your needs and your wants and the computer  gives me list of possibilities.  Using my knowledge of the city and its neighborhoods,  I can provide you with honest unbiased feedback.  YOU are my client.  Not  the apartment owners.

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Halloween in Chicago

Redfin rates Chicago #3 Best City for Halloween!

Spooky Score: 9 out of 13
City Walk Score: 78

Chicagoans love when autumn rolls in over Lake Michigan and relieves the city of the summer heat, and it celebrates by throwing a weeks-long Halloween celebration with all kinds of events. Chicagoween at Franken Plaza — known as Daley Plaza the rest of the year — hosts movie nights, live performances and costume contests, and parks across the city are home to pumpkin patches and haunted houses. Land lovers should check out the Northalsted Halloween Parade, and those who aren’t afraid of a haunted sea voyage will love one of Navy Pier’s haunted cruise options.

Things to Do / Places to See: Oriental Theatre, Bachelor’s Grove Cemetery and Pond, 2122 North Clark Street (location of the Valentine’s Day Massacre), Drake Hotel, Haunted Halloween Ball at Congress Plaza Hotel, Old Town Tatu, Halloween Parade on North Halsted, House of Torment, Six Flags Fright Fest, Chicago Hauntings Tour Company, Wateriders Ghosts and Gangsters Kayak Tour, Race of the Dead, Franken Plaza/Chicagoween, Pumpkin Patches and More

Extra Spooky: Few cities on our list have as many haunted locations as Chicago, so if you’re looking for the thrill of a lifetime with a good, old-fashioned ghost hunt, head over to Chi-Town. Explore the Oriental Theatre, where more than 600 victims were engulfed in flames in 1903; stay a night in the Drake Hotel, where the heartbroken spirit of a young woman wanders the halls; or work with the paranormal investigators of Chicago Ghost Investigations to communicate with the other side in a warehouse once occupied by Al Capone.

The Saturday night before Halloween is when all the big parties happen all over  Chicagoland.  Expect it to take longer to get an Uber, Lyft or Taxi!  PLAN  AHEAD!

The Northalsted Halloween Parade is ranked one of the 10 Best Halloweens in the US by Fodor’s Travel Guide. The  Annual event is free for spectators and participants. Enter the costume contest to win great prizes!

A one-of-a-kind event in Chicago, this parade features one of the most iconic costumed populations of all – drag queens! (All in Halloween attire, of course).

Once mainly  an  LGBT celebration, now joining them along the parade route are thousands of adults, as well as  kids and pets, also in costume, and tons of spectators. If you want to join the parade itself, be sure to register. Otherwise, spectating is free!

Getting In: Admission to the Northalsted Halloween Parade is free.

Check a Neighborhoods Walking and Crime Score

WALK SCORE is an extremely useful tool when checking out neighborhoods.

You want to know how far is closet train?

The closet bus?

The closet Sushi restaurant!

Location, Location, Location!

Drive less. Live more. Walk Score helps you enjoy a walkable lifestyle, one of the simplest and best solutions for our environment, health and economy.

Walk Score’s mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods. Walkable neighborhoods are one of the simplest and best solutions for the environment, our health, and our economy.

Their vision is for every property listing to read: Beds: 3 Baths: 2 Walk Score: 84.  They make it easy for people to evaluate walkability and transportation when choosing where to live.  AND  CRIME SCORES!

They show over 20 million scores every day and over 30,000 sites use Walk Score services. Walk Score has been featured in hundreds of newspaper articles and TV segments.

The Walk Score advisory board includes urban planning, environmental and technical experts from institutions such as The Sightline Institute and The Brookings Institution.

Walk Score is now a part of Redfin and was originally incubated atFront Seat.

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Average Apartment Prices in Chicago, By Neighborhood

As of SUMMER  2017,

 No longer residing in the top 10 markets, Chicago ranked as the 11th most expensive city to rent in the nation. Since last month, the price of one bedroom units grew 4.8% to a median of $1,760, while two bedrooms jumped 5.1% to $2,260.
(The map shows average 1 bedroom pricing).

Bridgeport and Beverly had some of the fastest growing rents since last quarter, both up over 12%.

While Greektown ($2,200) and River North ($2,050) continued to reign as the most expensive neighborhoods to rent this summer, LoopWest Loop, and Near South Side were other notably pricy areas, just under the $2,000 threshold. Mid-range priced rentals, for under $1,500, could be found in BoystownLakeview, and North Center.

On the other end of the cost spectrum, the most affordable areas were Fuller ParkWest PullmanEast Side, and Clearing.

If you want to see how the price of apartments for rent in Chicago compares with the rest of the United States’, view our National Rent Report for June, which analyzes over 1 million active listings available in the prior month.

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Dozens of New Projects Underway in Chicago

The rate of high-rise construction has increased over the last several years, and as of  this past April, Chicago had over 50 such projects underway.

Last November, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago had witnessed a post-recession record number of active tower cranes with 29 such cranes operating during the time of the announcement. The pace has continued well into 2017, and as of today, Chicago has 33 active tower cranes at various construction sites around the city.

Blogger Daniel Schell of Building Up Chicago has been keeping tabs on tower crane activity over the last several months and has cataloged where they have been erected and where they have been eventually removed. For much of May and June, Schell counted 32 active cranes. However, as of Monday, the number increased by one. The city’s most recent tower crane, which will be tasked with helping to build 1326 South Michigan, has become the 33rd active construction crane in Chicago.

Read the full article at Curbed Chicago

Neighborhoods of Chicago


There are more than 200 neighborhoods in Chicago, but there is no official list of the city’s neighborhoods or their boundaries. Neighborhood names and identities have evolved over time due to real estate development and changing demographics.

The City of Chicago is also divided into 77 community areas which were drawn by University of Chicago researchers in the late 1920s. Chicago’s community areas are well-defined, generally contain multiple neighborhoods, and are less commonly used by city residents. More historical images of Chicago neighborhoods can be found in Explore Chicago Collections, a digital repository made available by Chicago Collections archives, libraries and other cultural institutions in the city.

More detailed information can be found HERE  on the various neighborhoods and communities!

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