Housing Bulletin

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Chicago Turning into FarmVille

Long known as a city of neighborhoods, Chicago is rapidly becoming a city of neighborhood farms. On top of the countless backyard and community gardens that dot the city, several larger-scale agricultural ventures are underway…

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A September to Remember?

It’s been a nice summer, hasn’t it? We’ve had three good, hot months—and I’m not talking about the weather. The new Case-Shiller information that came out Tuesday showed that home prices in the Chicago area rose for the third month in a row…

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The Return of the Richelieu

Tucked between two much taller buildings, the eight-story structure at 318 South Michigan Avenue looks like a small child flanked by its parents. In fact, the building is older than either of its neighbors…

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Upgrades to Chicago Website Help Homeowners Tout Green Savings

Thanks to upgrades scheduled to be introduced today to the Chicago-based website Energy Results, people who have boosted their homes’ green profile will find it easier to tout those improvements when it comes time to sell those residences. Launched in 2010, Energy Results offers recommendations on how to make a home greener…

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City Rentals: Big Losses, Small Gains

Two pieces of recent news from the housing front reveal just how deep a hole the city’s supply of moderately priced rental apartments is in. Last week the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing reported that nearly 17,000 Chicago apartment buildings went into foreclosure from 2009 through 2011. That adds up to 51,792 apartments…