Industrial Heart of Chicago Becoming More Residential
Jan03

Industrial Heart of Chicago Becoming More Residential

When you hear about new large-scale residential developments in the city off Chicago, usually it’s a new tower downtown, or a strip of rowhouses in a hipster enclave.  But the newest multi-family opportunity in town is right in the heart of Chciago.  And by “heart of Chicago” we mean the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, a block west of the Heart of Italy neighborhood, north of an industrial area in the 2500 block of...

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New Construction Freezes Heart of Chicago
Oct05

New Construction Freezes Heart of Chicago

We don’t do enough industrial construction updates here.  That’s mostly because industrial facilities are notoriously difficult to photograph.  Unless you have a helicopter.  Which our friend Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! sometimes does.  And so he sent us the photograph above showing the work being done in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, just south of Blue Island Avenue. What used to be an ordinary-looking container...

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New Zoning Rules Give a Historic Chicago Bathhouse Another Second Chance
May03

New Zoning Rules Give a Historic Chicago Bathhouse Another Second Chance

A derelict piece of Chicago’s architectural and social heritage is getting a second chance.  Again.  The Simon Baruch Bathhouse, tucked away on a residential stretch at 1911 West Cullerton Street in the Heart of Chicago neighborhood, may finally be converted into residences. “Finally” because back in 2015 an application was filed with the city to change the zoning for the bathhouse from C1-2 Neighborhood Commercial...

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Chicago’s Least Official Landmark Can be Yours for a Cool $4mil
Oct24

Chicago’s Least Official Landmark Can be Yours for a Cool $4mil

A Chicago building that has trained generations of graffiti artists, nurtured generations of vandals, and been cold harbor to generations of squatters will soon face the auction block, and possibly the wrecking ball shortly thereafter. The Santa Fe silos at 2600 South Damen Avenue were built after another set of nearby grain silos exploded in the early 1900’s.  It was a horrific scene, and one man died not from the flames, but...

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Slice of Life: Seeking Sailors

A crowd of sad sailboats wait at 2561 South Paulina Street on the shoreline for some sailor to love them.  This photo was taken in late July, so chances are they’re not going to see any wave action this...

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Slice of Life: Shameful Skyline

The famous Chicago skyline in the background is eclipsed by a skyline of refuse in the foreground at 2542 South Wood...

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