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Uptown Chicago is getting a Facelift!

Uptown is one of Chicago, Illinois’ 77 community areas.  This is  a comprehensive look  about  all that is happening in Uptown!

Uptown’s boundaries are Foster Avenue on the north; Lake Michigan on the east; Montrose (Ravenswood to Clark), and Irving Park (Clark Street to Lake Michigan) on the south; Ravenswood (Foster to Montrose), and Clark (Montrose to Irving Park) on the west. To the north is Edgewater, to the west is Lincoln Square, and to the south is Lake View.

Inside  Uptown you will find mini neighborhoods;  Buena  park, Sheridan park, Margate park, Argyle Park and   Little Vietnam.

The historical, cultural, and commercial center of Uptown is Broadway, with Uptown Square at the center. In 1900, the Northwestern Elevated Railroad constructed its terminal at Wilson and Broadway (now part of the CTA Red Line). Uptown became a summer resort town for downtown dwellers, and derived its name from the Uptown Store, which was the commercial center for the community.

For a time, all northbound elevated trains from downtown ended in Uptown. Uptown became known as an entertainment destination. Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson and other early film stars produced films at the Essanay Studios on Argyle Street. The Aragon Ballroom, Riviera Theater, Uptown Theatre, and Green Mill Jazz Club are all located within a half block of Lawrence and Broadway. It has been said that there are underground tunnels  so that Al Capone could slip in and out of Green Mill! Uptown is also home to one of Chicago’s most celebrated final resting spots, Graceland Cemetery, An Oasis of Art, Architecture, and Landscape Design since 1860.

I have lived here  since 2003 and have seen a lot of small changes. It has always been a diverse melting pot of cultures and economic backgrounds. And I have always said, Uptown is the like the neglected red-headed step child, between  Lakeview and Andersonville!  But fasten your seat belts, because it is all about the change!

When Target  opened in Uptown around 2010  as part of the Wilson Yards redevelopment. people began to see hope and change for Uptown! In the last 3 years, I have witnessed a large number of LGBTQ people moving…which means,  change  is  coming!

The massive  renovation  of  the Wilson L  Stop in 2017-2018 put a huge exclamation point  on the area! All of a sudden,  numerous announcements  were  made  about  new  developments  around  Uptown! Several thousands of new apartments  plus many  gut-rehabs  are going on.

 

Perhaps the BIGGEST  NEWS  of the renovation  of the Wilson stop is the Chicago Market!  Chicago Market will be coming to the Wilson CTA Station in Uptown. The 13,000 square foot, immaculately restored historic Gerber Building will become the home of Chicago’s newest local, sustainable grocery store, and the home of one of the nation’s largest start-up food co-ops!

Starting with just a handful of people meeting in a living room, Chicago Market has grown to a community of more than 1000 Owners, all dedicated to the idea that grocery shopping can be awesome, delicious and fun.

Chicago Market will be a big, bright, beautiful community-owned grocery store featuring local, sustainably farmed, organic produce, meat and dairy products, as well as all of the other staples you’d expect from your market — dry goods, bulk foods, frozen foods, wine, beer and liquor. We’ll have a butcher shop, delicious prepared foods and fresh-baked goods. Chicago Market will be a community hub where shoppers can enjoy the juice and coffee bar while attending workshops, classes, meetings and performances.

Chicago Market will provide farm-to-table transparency about food, its origins and its processes. It will educate its community about nutrition, ingredient sourcing and methods of food production. The Market will support sustainability and integrity in all areas, including environmental stewardship, fair labor practices and cooperative principles. It will be devoted to the triple bottom line: People, Planet and Profit.

MORE APARTMENTS!

811 Uptown   will be the biggest  high-rise  in Uptown.  27 stories  with  373 Luxury Apartments plus  a  Treasure  Island  grocery store.

 

Stewart School Lofts  are inside  an old school  originally  built  in 1905.  These luxury apartments are extremely unique and no two are alike! While most apartments were formerly classrooms, some were home to the school principal’s office, gymnasium and 2-story auditorium, making every floor plan unique. Each unit has a different blend of restored original historic details such as wood trim, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, chalkboards, and original doors.

975 West Wilson The 12-story development at the southeast corner of Wilson and Sheridan will feature 150 dwelling units, new ground floor retail space, and a 29-car parking lot.

4601 N. Broadway A couple of blocks to the west at the corner of Broadway and Wilson, a second mixed-use transit-oriented development is expected to begin construction in the first quarter of this year. Known by its address of 4601 N. Broadway, the nine-story project from Praedium Development Corporation and MX3 Architects will replace a single-story retail complex with 197 rental units, 11,500 square feet of retail space, and 41 parking stalls.

 

1050 W. Wilson  The alderman also revealed that a long-discussed but slow-moving development at 1050 W. Wilson is too targeting a 2018 start. Approved by the Chicago Plan Commission way back in May of 2015, the project from Cedar Street’s FLATS brand calls for a new seven-story, 110-unit building from architect Booth Hansen. According to Cappleman’s email, the developer is in the process securing financing for the project and “hopes” to be in the ground by the end of the year.

 

The delipidated 5050 Broadway  will  soon be new and improved! 700  apartments!  A long-discussed, block-long redevelopment in Uptown is ready to move forward, starting with the gut rehab and conversion of the former Combined Insurance Company office building into hundreds of rental apartments.

With density rivaling that of the under construction Eight Eleven Uptown high-rise, 5050 N. Broadway will be one Uptown’s largest new developments. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Booth Hansen and developed by Cedar Street Companies, the project has taken a little time to get going since it was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission and City Council in 2016.

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Uptown has always had a handful of  hidden gems, retail/food/bars,  and  with  more  than 2000 new apartments  being built, Uptown is sure to draw even more.

Some of my favorite  spots include;

Everybody’s Coffee 935 W. Wilson “We sell all Fair and Direct Trade coffee because we want to support the farmer and work with them on sponsoring local projects.” and now serving Baker Miller’s awesome baked goods, lunch, and brunch concepts. “filter coffee…not people!”

Spoil Me Salon 4668 N. Broadway  10 years in business,  7  years  at this Uptown location. Full Service Salon and Spa specializing in the latest trends and techniques for hair, skin, nails and massage therapy.

Sadly, we lost the most  innovative (and expensive) restaurant in Uptown last year. (One of the most expensive in the city!)  Located next door to Spoil Me Salon. 42 grams 4662 N Broadway. This High-end BYO eatery with New American tasting menus served at a communal table & a chef’s counter had won 2 Michelin Stars!  $390  per person  for the experience.

“A truly unique experience” awaits at this “impressive” Uptown New American where chef Jake Bickelhaupt’s “spectacularly creative” tasting menus feature “exciting”, “delectable” dishes that come “beautifully presented” and served “in the style of a friend’s dinner party (right down to the BYOB)”; co-owner/manager Alexa Welsh “makes you feel at home” in the “tiny” space, and while it’s not cheap, most maintain it’s “worth the splurge” for a “memorable” meal. 

HOWEVER,  a new tenant with Michelin-star history is taking over the kitchen at 4662 N. Broadway Street. Ex-Longman & Eagle chef Matt Kerney is assembling a team that will open a new restaurant in the space. Hoping to open July  or  August. 2018. Look  for news  from  BRASS  HEART!

 

Tweet Restaurant / Big Chicks  Bar 5020 N. Sheridan  Nestled within a vintage art deco building, Tweet serves you a wide range of both classic and non-traditional dishes made from fresh, organic-when-possible ingredients. The bar opened in 1986!

This welcoming gay bar regularly plays host to dance parties and other special events, but it remains a cozy neighborhood place first and foremost—there’s even a free buffet on Sunday evenings. Many people from the neighborhood  stop by  as well as  MANY people who come down after a  day at the gay beach.

Loving Heart Vegan Café  838 W. Montrose  Housed in a rather unassuming space, this efficient and friendly vegan cafe impresses with its fresh wraps, bowls, burgers and desserts. Roughly 80 percent of the cafe’s offerings are made with organic ingredients.

Green Mill Lounge 4802 N Broadway  It sits  on what was once the  site of a much bigger Green Mill Gardens complex, which was an outdoor music gardens fashioned after The Moulin Rouge Gardens in Paris. It was a sunken gardens area, surrounded by a wall and featured nightly entertainment during the summer months. It also featured a dining room which was later converted to the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge during construction of the Uptown Theatre on the former site of the outdoor music gardens.

The club was once owned by “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, a right-hand man of Al Capone, who was a regular patron at The Green Mill. The 1957 movie The Joker Is Wild is based on the life of a regular performer at the Green Mill, Joe E. Lewis. Starring Frank Sinatra, the movie is the story about how Lewis tried to leave his gig at the Green Mill and was attacked and left for dead in his apartment. Lewis survived and continued his successful career in California. The Green Mill still hosts top jazz performers. Patricia Barber, internationally acclaimed jazz performer, plays there most Monday nights, as she has for the past 15 + years. In 2008, Kurt Elling was a regularly featured performer with his current band.

Uptown Underground  Descend the stairs below 4707 N Broadway to the speakeasy cabaret that specializes in Top Shelf Retrotainment!Featuring performances from Chicago’s best in cabaret, burlesque, magic and variety entertainers.

Sun Wah BBQ 5039 N. Broadway  Hong Kong style Chinese Barbecue!  One of Chicago’s favorite restaurants to feast on Beijing Duck (order in advance!), Sun Wah BBQ, has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation. Sun Wah, the popular Chinese restaurant in Uptown, is one of five recipients of the 2018 America’s Classic award. The honor recognizes restaurants “that have timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food that reflects the character of their community.” More than 100 restaurants have won the award since its inception in 1998.

The original Sun Wah opened in 1986 as owners Eric and Lynda Cheng brought Hong Kong-style barbecue to Argyle. Their children — Michael, Kelly, and Laura — took over the business and moved the restaurant into a larger space in 2008. – Plentiful portions! Sun Wah has lots great dishes  to share. If you have a big group  of 6 or more, get a table with a lazy susan!

Argyle Street Asian restaurants and shops
Argyle Street, from Sheridan to Broadway and spilling onto Broadway, features Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian, French Vietnamese and Cambodian ethnic restaurants and bakeries. There are also many Asian groceries, shops and trading companies that sell unique Asian merchandise. This area is locally called by many different names, including New Chinatown, North Chinatown, Little Chinatown, Little Saigon, New Saigon, Little Cambodia, Vietnamese Town, Little Vietnam, or by many in the Asian community simply as “Argyle”. The surrounding neighborhood, which has attracted Asian immigrants and refugees for the past several decades, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the West Argyle Street Historic District. It is easily reached by the Argyle stop on the Red Line ‘L.’

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Entertainment  District-

BREAKING NEWS –  The Uptown Theatre has  secured  funding!!!

Uptown Theatre will be restored: $75 million plan unveiled for grand palace on North Side

After 35 years of stuttering starts, empty promises, a court-ordered sale and oft-reckless neglect, the 4,381-seat, 46,000-square-foot Uptown Theatre is finally to be restored to its 1925 glory!!!!  FINALLY!

Located at 4816 N. Broadway
The Uptown Theatre is a large, ornate movie palace with almost 4,500 seats. The largest in Chicago, this architectural gem is on several Landmark Registers. the largest theatre , by volume, in the country! The Theatre was designed by famous movie palace architects, Rapp and Rapp, who also designed the Chicago Theatre in the Chicago Loop. It was managed by the Balaban and Katz Company.

Historically a very popular tourist destination, the Uptown Entertainment District is home to various music venues, nightclubs, restaurants and shops. The Uptown Entertainment District is now experiencing a revival, with new restaurants and shops opening every year. Uptown Square, at the center of the Uptown Entertainment District, was designated as a National Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Uptown is also a stop for Chicago Gangster tours, with many locations tied to infamous gangsters such as John Dillinger, Al Capone, Machine Gun Jack McGurn, Roger Touhy (“Terrible Touhy”) and others.

 

The Aragon Ballroom  1106 W. Lawrence, is still a very popular music venue. During the 1920s and 1930s, most of the nation’s well-known jazz groups played the Aragon. Live radio broadcasts from the Aragon helped promote the Aragon’s entertainers throughout the Midwest and beyond. Hotels quickly sprang up in the Uptown area, and it became a mecca for young adults who visited Chicago to dance to the Big Bands of the 1940s and 1950s. Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Lawrence Welk, Guy Lombardo, Wayne King and other famous bandleaders often played there. In decades to follow, a very diverse selection of “big name” groups have performed, including The Rolling Stones, U2, The Smiths, The Doors, Snoop Dogg, Green Day, The Kinks, The Smashing Pumpkins, Dr. John, B.B. King, Uriah Heep, Metallica, Tommy Bolin, Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age, The Clash, Tangerine Dream, Slayer, Motörhead, Nirvana, The Ramones and many others.

 

The Riviera Theater, 4746 Racine,  also a popular music venue, was once a Jazz Age movie palace which featured live jazz performances with the movies. In the 1980s, the seats were removed on the main floor and it was converted to a concert venue.

 

Green Mill Lounge 4802 N Broadway  It sits  on what was once the  site of a much bigger Green Mill Gardens complex, which was an outdoor music gardens fashioned after The Moulin Rouge Gardens in Paris. It was a sunken gardens area, surrounded by a wall and featured nightly entertainment during the summer months. It also featured a dining room which was later converted to the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge during construction of the Uptown Theatre on the former site of the outdoor music gardens.

The club was once owned by “Machine Gun” Jack McGurn, a right-hand man of Al Capone, who was a regular patron at The Green Mill. The 1957 movie The Joker Is Wild is based on the life of a regular performer at the Green Mill, Joe E. Lewis. Starring Frank Sinatra, the movie is the story about how Lewis tried to leave his gig at the Green Mill and was attacked and left for dead in his apartment. Lewis survived and continued his successful career in California. The Green Mill still hosts top jazz performers. Patricia Barber, internationally acclaimed jazz performer, plays there most Monday nights, as she has for the past 15 + years. In 2008, Kurt Elling was a regularly featured performer with his current band.

Uptown Underground  Descend the stairs below 4707 N Broadway to the speakeasy cabaret that specializes in Top Shelf Retrotainment!Featuring performances from Chicago’s best in cabaret, burlesque, magic and variety entertainers.

Uptown is blossoming  into something  special!

It is sure to be the next hot neighborhood!

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Don’t  waste  hours hunting online for an apartment, booking  appointments,  finding old ads where the apartment has already been  rented  🙁

Use ME, a  “renter’s agent” who will work for YOU!
And there is NO COST  to  YOU!

At SPACES Real Estate we work with over 100  landlords and property management companies.  We have over 2000  apartments listed PLUS  another  2000+   high rise listings.  We have  access to the biggest database of apartments in the city!

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

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.

What Does An Apartment Leasing Agent Do?

AND HOW CAN AN APARTMENT LEASING AGENT HELP YOU

Do  I need  an Apartment Leasing Agent to help me find my perfect space? Absolutely.

Apartment Leasing agents work with property owners to find good tenants for their buildings.   Apartment Leasing Agents match apartments and people  after determining  their specific, individual wants and needs for the property and their desired location. It’s like a matchmaker!

It’s my job as an  Apartment Leasing Agent to help  you find the perfect apartment to call home. Using my  knowledge of available apartment inventories, markets and neighborhood locations, I help match prospective tenants with available units. It’s FREE expert advice and service to the renter. 

Believe it or not,  there are plenty of people  who love to go out and compare apartments and have no desire to rent  an apartment. They just want to go look and see what’s out there.  These people should call  the building  or call the landlord  directly to see a property. No one likes to work for FREE.   We do not get paid anything to  show apartments.

I love to travel. Someone called me  recently asking for advice about traveling from the US to  Budapest.  While I have been there once, I am certainly no expert. Right away, I told them to call my travel agent. The caller was shocked. He asked, “You don’t book your own trips online?” – “Absolutely not!  I said!  My agent knows how to find me deals and saves me money!” I replied.

Many people think booking their own trips can save them money. Possibly. But probably not. Also if  you are visiting a place for the first time, wouldn’t you want some advice and guidance? The same can be true for apartment hunting.

When the internet exploded (1998-2001), many travelers went out on their own, searching, looking for deals and bargains, booking things themselves – I never understood that. Why would I want to spend HOURS doing all the work – when a travel professional probably knows most of the answers! TO THIS DAY, Googlers think they can do best, searching on their own.

The same holds true  for apartment  or house hunting. Why wouldn’t you use an expert for FREE?

 

                I AM NOT A PUSHY SALESPERSON!

On the contrary; I am not selling anything!   My job is to work with you to find  you an apartment. If I do my job right, I get a commission from the landlord.

When someone calls me about  an apartment  for  rent,  they no doubt  have  called  SEVERAL  agents  about  several  apartments. I get it. It’s the age we live in.   I meet clients all the time, that are working  with 3-4  or more!  different agents  and  independent landlords! WHY?  Work with ONE AGENT, who can show you everything! (or at least almost everything). Then after you have exhausted all the possible  apartments with an agent and  you want to switch agents  or look on your own, do so.

SPACES Real Estate has a huge inventory of properties we represent. One of the BIGGEST in the city. I have access to any unit that you see advertised with the SPACES logo on it.  We have 2000-3000+  units at any given moment, all over the city. If you find anything online with our SPACES logo, let me know and we can schedule an appointment to see that as well. And if it does NOT have our logo, there is a good chance  I can still get us into see it!

 

 I DO NOT GET PAID  TO SHOW  APARTMENTS!

Some people think we get fee’s for every unit we show them. Not true. We  get paid a finders fee,  a commission, when we correctly match a renter with a landlord, and they sign a lease and move in.

I am here to represent and work with YOU! I am a consultant. I am a researcher. I am a renters agent. I work for you. I am not trying to sell you anything. I am here to help. My goal is to find you an apartment that meets your needs. My process is transparent and I am honest.

Why wouldn’t I be honest? I want to make you happy – and ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS! I want you to tell EVERYONE how great  I am and  how great SPACES Real Estate is!  It is to my benefit to make you happy,  to find you the perfect SPACE, and you TELL ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS how great I am and we are!  I want to exceed your expectations and find you a great space to live!

There was an awesome show called  NIP/TUCK, 2003-2010 on FX. The show was about plastic surgeons in Los Angeles, and they would ask clients, “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself.”

I tell all of my clients right off the back, “tell me what you like or dislike about this place, you will not hurt my feelings!”  I need to understand what you LIKE and don’t LIKE  about  a place we  are seeing.

 

Ask  10 people, what is the best pizza in Chicago?

You will probably get 10 different  answers!

“Best”, “Favorite” ……  are very subjective and vary person  to person. What one person likes, another person may not like.

It helps me to better understand a clients needs  when they are open and honest  about what I am showing them.  So I always ask them, “tell me what you think, on a scale from 1-10…..how would you rate this apartment?” That gives me a gauge on what works for them. You are not going to hurt my feelings if you hate it. Remember, I am here to help you wade through the market and find you a great space!

SPACES REAL ESTATE is a whole package. We work FOR YOU. 

We have  a support staff to help  get you through the process.

I am a “renter’s  agent”. I do not work for the landlord or management companies.

 

                          I work for YOU! To find YOU a perfect space to call “home”.

                                  Michael “Love” Snell   – LOVE YOUR SPACE!   773-206-8359

 

 

 

How SPACES is  Changing The Game Of Real Estate

At Spaces, we measure our performance by a single metric: service.

Fueled by our shared quest for excellence, Spaces’ team of experienced, engaged brokers work alongside top-notch real estate professionals to provide you with a full package of services and products to ensure that all of your property needs are met. Our customer-first approach is backed by the very latest in industry-leading tech, innovative marketing solutions, and data-driven, real-time metrics that provide with all of the tools and resources you’ll need to be successful in a frequently shifting real estate market.

 

Since 2010, our commitment to remaining locally-owned and fiercely independent to better meet our clients’ needs has been the cornerstone of our success—and with our brand new 2,300 square foot office space now open in the heart of Lakeview… we’re just getting started.

 

 

EXPLORE LISTINGS HERE http://102040.speedhatch.com

 

IMPORTANT  INFORMATION –

The landlords  we were work with are looking for tenants that have 650+ credit scores and bring in a combined gross monthly income that’s  at least 3 times the rent amount for the apartment you might be considering. Do you meet those requirements? If not, will you be able to provide a co-signer? They will also run a background check on the potential renter(s).  Everyone living in the unit over 18 years old needs to be on the lease.  Please discuss all of this with your agent, BEFORE you begin looking at apartments. 

 

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.

Building a New Uptown Chicago – A Renaissance!

Uptown Theater
816 North Broadway

From Cinema Treasures: One of the last great movie palaces in Chicago, this fabulous theater built in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago was built in 1925 and was the destination for moviegoers until the theater closed in 1981.

Changing times and the shift in population have not helped the Uptown. Or the Uptown neighborhoods,  but that seems to all be changing!  Millions of dollars  are coming to Uptown for big improvements and expansion!

 

FINALLY   a new and improved Wilson stop!

The $203 million Wilson Station Reconstruction Project reached another major milestone on October 23, 2017 with the completion of construction work on the main stationhouse.

Located in the Uptown neighborhood, the wheelchair accessible Wilson station now offers:

  • Seamless transfers between Red Line and Purple Line Express service for the first time
  • A second new platform, providing riders dedicated platforms for boarding and alighting northbound and southbound trains
  • A new second station entrance located on the north side of Wilson Avenue
  • Stunning, Art Deco inspired artwork created especially for the main stationhouse by world-renowned artist Cecil Balmond.

 

  •  One-of-a-kind artwork
    Suspended from the ceiling of the new main entrance is the stunning new multi-faceted sculpture “Arpeggio”, which was created especially for the Wilson station by world-renowned artist, designer and engineer Cecil Balmond.

Over the next several weeks, crews will continue to be on-site completing work the auxiliary entrance at Sunnyside Ave., as well as restoration of the former 1923 stationhouse façade and clock tower (at the northwest corner of Wilson/Broadway) to make it a viable commercial/retail space, thus creating an anchor for revitalization and economic development in the Uptown neighborhood.

HOPEFULLY,  the  Wilson  UnderLine will become a reality…

Imagine an entirely new Uptown public space. A space that reclaims the once forgotten landscape below the Wilson ‘L’ tracks and transforms an ordinary parking lot and station entrance into a vibrant, safe, lively and welcoming public amenity. Imagine a space that can bring people together, provide public programming, seating, food truck dining and creative public art.

The WILSON UNDERLINE seeks to provide the newly renovated CTA Wilson Station with a dynamic public space dedicated to the Uptown neighborhood by providing opportunities for collaborative community programming and creative public engagement; a space that draws the community together and enriches the Wilson Station project from the ground up.

The WILSON UNDERLINE draws inspiration from efforts such as NYC’s High LineChicago’s 606 and the Low-Line Vision in neighboring Lakeview – to reimagine how transit infrastructure might be creatively utilized on a day to day basis by the local community.

Property values are on the rise in Uptown!

HOMES – As of Summer 2017, The median sales price for homes in Uptown for May 24 to Aug 23 was $248,500 based on 148 home sales.

RENT – The median rent per month for apartments in Uptown for Jul 24 to Aug 24, 2017 was $1,425. You can find a Studio  for  about  $850-$1000.  One bedrooms  run on average  $1100-1400. And  two bedrooms  $1400+

CRIME – Uptown has average crime relative to the rest of Cook County.

Knowing more about crime activity in and around Uptown can help keep you aware of crime in the area. Crime activity is most helpful when comparing two locations to understand the relative safety of each location. * Use  WALK SCORE  to see the crime  numbers  for  a  specific  address or street.

A new and exciting lakefront high-rise was cleared this summer and has started climbing towards its 27-story final height. Known as Eight Eleven Uptown, the development landed a full, $45 million construction permit yesterday. In the works for many years to replace the 3.4-acre vacant site of the old Cuneo Hospital—later home to Maryville Academy—at the corner of Montrose and Clarendon, the project received its first foundation permit back in February of this year.

Eight Eleven Uptown is being developed by JDL and was drawn up by the designers at Chicago-based Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA). When complete, the mixed-use high-rise complex will contain 373 luxury rental apartments, nearly 30,000 square feet of ground floor retail space (rumored to be anchored by a new grocery store), and parking for 278 vehicles. More new residents moving to Uptown is a great thing!

STEWART School Lofts

in another cool project in the neighborhood that will be completed Spring 2018. Located across from Target on Broadway and Sunnyside. One of Chicago’s most beautiful historic buildings, the Graeme Stewart Elementary School was named after prominent Chicagoan businessman Graeme Stewart, an important figurehead in Chicago at the turn-of-the-century. The school was home to students for more than 100 years, before closing in 2013 due to enrollment declines.

Morningside Group, a builder, developer, and property manager, purchased the school in early 2016 through the Chicago Public School’s Building Repurposing and Sale Program, with plans to revitalize the school to its former splendor and convert the interior space into modern apartments with historic details. Apartment move-ins are expected to commence in early 2018.

What is a Convertible Apartment?

A “convertible” is the same as a “junior one bedroom” – it’s a small condo/apartment, generally a little larger than the studio’s 400-550 s/f, with some means of separating one area from the rest of the space to create a more private sleeping space.

Many are “L” shaped, and anything from a free-standing screen to a curtain to a moveable wall may be used to separate the sleeping space from the living area. Neither a convertible nor a junior one bedroom has an actual separate bedroom with a door, usually, and they should be marked as having 0 bedrooms in the MLS or listing.

 

In Uptown,  on Lakeside  off Clarendon, is a great gut rehab project being built  with  80 units.  Convertibles come with Stainless Steel kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, Granite counters,  Hardwood throughout,  Modern bathroom,  A/C Wall-Unit,  Laundry in unit!!!  And  Large closet space! Cats are  welcome too! They are priced at $1150!

 

This is a great deal!

More pics  available.

Let me know if you are interested in seeing one of the units!

 

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111 Places in Chicago not to Miss

When ever I travel anywhere,  I see a  few of the big tourist  things  but then  I ask  around, talk to locals,  about  what they like  to do.  So I love books like this!

111 Places in Chicago That You Must Not Miss (111 Places in …. That You Must Not Miss)

    • 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!

This book is great  for locals and tourists!

Chicago. City of the Big Shoulders. What started off as a small fur-trading settlement is today a bustling metropolis. Once considered the “hog butcher of the world, stacker of wheat, player with railroads and the nation’s freight handler”, Chicago’s colorful past remains hidden in the nooks and crannies of this wonderful windy city.

Adventures await, from the glamorous to the gritty. Sip dirty martinis in an elegant, underground, 1920’s bank vault. Paddle a kayak down the infamous Bubbly Creek of Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle. While away an afternoon in a salt cave, or smoke a classic cigar in the oldest family-run tobacco shop in the U.S. Snorkel a 32-acre, limestone sheet shoal, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the Midwest. Dine outdoors in a 23rd floor Beaux-Arts cupola overlooking the Chicago River.

Whether you’re an out-of-towner or a diehard Chicago dweller who thinks you’ve seen it all, these 111 hidden places are waiting for you to discover them.

Author: Amy Bizzarri

Amy Bizzarri is a freelance writer specializing in family fun and travel, a Chicago public schools world language teacher, and an avid reader. She lives with her two kids – a tween boy and a toddler girl – in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Follow Amy and her adventures in Chicago and beyond on her personal blog, AmyWrites312.com.

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.  

Cost of Living in Chicago

I often tell visitors to Chicago, go up to the 96th floor of the Hancock on Michigan Avenue or take in a summer night on the rooftop of the London Hotel.  It is the BEST VIEWS, but you have pay $17 for a cocktail. Nothing is free. But you get a cocktail AND  a view. You don’t get that at the Willis Tower Skydeck or the Observatory of the Hancock.

I moved here from the Detroit suburbs. So Chicago was not “sticker shock”. Sure you pay a little more,  but look at ALL THAT GET! Nothing is free.

Chicago: The Windy City. Famous for its architecture and its deep-dish pizza, Chicago has a lot to offer. The third-largest city in the US is known as a city of neighborhoods. But before you make a move to the “Jewel of the Midwest” you should understand the true cost of living in Chicago. We’ve got you covered with our guide to the ins and outs of paying for life in America’s “Second City.”

Renting Costs in Chicago

Chicago may rival New York in terms of architectural splendor but the Windy City falls behind when it comes to rent prices. And that’s a good thing for the cost of living in Chicago.

According to myapartmentmap.com, the average rent for a Chicago apartment stands at $1,078 for a studio and $1,341 for a one-bedroom place. Upgrade to a two-bedroom and you can expect to pay around $1,744. A three-bedroom will run you $2,158.

These aren’t exactly bargains, but they’re well below the prices in New York. Take a look at how Chicago rental prices compare to the rest of America’s 10 largest cities.

Utilities

Whether you rent or buy you’ll have to pay utilities. According to numbeo.com, a basic utilities package of electricity, heating, water and garbage costs $121.16 in Chicago. If you add internet you’ll pay around $40.14. That’s below the national average of $47.83 and cheaper than internet in the rest of the country’s 10 largest cities.

Chicago Transportation Costs

Chicagoans who don’t have cars rely on a combination of bus and subway service. An unlimited monthly pass from the Chicago Transit Authority costs $100. That’s on par with LA and $16.50 less than in New York.

If you decide you can’t get by without a car you’ll have to pay for one of Chicago’s City Vehicle Stickers. This annual expense ensures your compliance with the city’s Wheel Tax. For a regular-sized passenger car the sticker will cost you $85.97.  GAS PRICES might make you faint!  30% above the national average!  Thanks to ALL OF THE TAXES!

Taxes

What about taxes? Groceries in Chicago are subject to a 2.25% sales tax on food. That’s rare in the US. Then there’s the restaurant tax to worry about.  And sales tax in Cook County is  10.25%.

Plus, Illinois has the second-highest property taxes in the nation. The statewide average effective property tax rate is 2.13%. That’s almost twice the national average. When it comes to income taxes, Chicago keeps things simple, though. Illinois has a flat income tax of 5%.

Entertainment

Chicago isn’t lacking in entertainment options.  This does not make the city more expensive. Maybe it’s your lifestyle. You can live in Indiana cheap and have NOTHING to do.  OR live in Chicago.

Bottom Line

Chicago has plenty of free attractions to recommend it. How about a walk along the shore of Lake Michigan, a picnic in Millennium Park or a visit to the Lincoln Park Zoo? When you get tired you can check out the campus of the University of Chicago or take a stroll through Wicker Park. Just make sure you bring a warm coat if you visit in winter. Although the origin of the nickname “Windy City” has nothing to do with the weather, Chicago is in fact a windy city.

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