On four days in late June, 134 single-family homes, townhouses, and condos in six developments scattered around Chicago and the suburbs will go up for auction. These are not foreclosures but developer closeouts—meaning that the developers have unsold units they want to move... Read more

The girls from Kelly & Olive were at it again last week, making major improvements to our home in preparation for the South Oak Park house walk June 20. I wish we’d taken “before” shots, but suffice it to say our spaces did not look anything like this. Design lesson #1: group like objects for maximum effect. We had three sad little pieces of art hung randomly around the doorframe on our enclosed front porch; Lauren and Courtney gathered more (all from our home) and arranged it in a cute cottagey way. The final touch? An old hat they found in a closet. Three antique wood crates that were spread around the porch willy-nilly were stacked together to make a place for shoes and boots. In our front office, the decorators moved our desk against the window, closed the shutters, and placed art against them. (Lesson #2: think like a designer!) The room seems so much bigger now (we have room for a bookcase), and it’s a space I actually want to work in. House walk, we’re (almost) ready for you!

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This Snaidero display kitchen, which includes all cabinets, gourmet appliances, and granite countertop, can be yours for $30,000—some 60 percent off regular retail. For an extra free, Snaidero’s designers can help customize it for your space.

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Of all the dead celebrities in all the bars in the world, Chicagoans seem to have a penchant for blondes. Our photographer—who pedaled along on Saturday's costumed pub crawl, which stopped at at The Long Room, Ravenswood Pub, and the Leadway (5233 N. Damen Ave.), among other local watering holes—points out the preponderance of platinum, from Anna Nicole to Di to Marilyn... Read more
Friday's gray forecast didn't keep curious locals from flocking to Roof, the new indoor/outdoor bar on the 27th floor of The Wit Hotel with spectacular views of the Loop. Come happy hour, the place was all smiles—at least as long as the glasses were half full. Our photographer snapped the afterwork crowd living the high life... Read more
List Price: $1,000,000
Sale Price: $910,000
The Property: Situated on a double lot and with an in-ground pool, this new brick house is one of at least three homes with those same specifications in Bridgeport. Of the three houses, only one—the house featured today—has been sold; the other two are still for sale, and one of them has a sign on the front that says it is now in the hands of a bank. All three residences were built by the developer... Read more
In June’s letters: Reactions on charter schools and Arne Duncan Read more
A roundup of June’s sales, store openings, and shopping news Read more
June 2009: Christopher Benson, Andrew Huff, Kate Schwartz Seamons, David Bernstein, Roberto Parada Read more