‘Unusual’ is the New Norm in Bucktown

“Last month didn’t feel like February, but unusual has become the norm in this market,” explains Greg Whelan, Redfin Agent in Bucktown. The lack of quality inventory and the soaring demand made it seem more like a typical May or June. “Specifically, within Bucktown, where there were 25% fewer homes on the market last month… Read More

Wrigleyville after the Fall

It has happened so many times in the past that it really could not have been too unexpected. The pain of yet another crushing playoff loss still lingers, however. Perhaps it was the symbolism and equanimity of 100 years or the thrilling way they played for much of the regular season. There truly seemed to… Read More


Okay, first an apology. In a post on August 30th, I referred to the p-e-n-n-a-n-t and inferred the Cubs actually had a chance of winning it. I am SO sorry, oh Wild Gods of Baseball Fate and Fanaticism, please forgive me. In mentioning the P-word, I did not mean to send them on a losing… Read More

TIF-ed Off?

Just north of Wrigleyville is an exciting urban neighborhood called Buena Park. Squashed between Wrigleyville, Uptown and the lake, it is something of a secret that has terrific potential. Unfortunately, alderman Helen Shiller, for years has ignored cries of neighborhood residents to provide an atmosphere for more retail businesses, that is, until recently. A few… Read More

Not SoHo…SoNo

The development taking shape near the model units–1454 N. Dayton–at the western edge of Old Town/Lincoln Park called SoNo is a play on the location (South of North Avenue). The 28-story condominium tower designed by Laurence Booth with Smithfield Properties will feature 275 one-, two- and three-bedroom units and 15,000 square feet of retail space…. Read More