.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24

Skokie’s Big Idea

Trying to wake its sleepy town center, Skokie has bypassed upscale retail in favor of luring science and technology companies. But will the suburb’s $750-million plan pay off?

Opening on a Crescendo

There comes a time in every party girl’s life when getting all dolled up for restaurant and bar openings, charity fundraisers, and B-list-celeb-studded parties gets a little, well, stale. Some nights I’d rather watch the Grey’s Anatomy finale (tonight!) than attend another overcrowded, over-Botoxed event, where the weightiest conversation topic is Paris Hilton’s jail time. … Read more

New on the Market – Playful Bronzeville Restoration

List Price: $899,000 The Property: This 19th-century red brick house has been extensively-and, in some places, zanily-restored. The boldly painted cornice and entry only hint at the quirky details that William Lavicka, a longtime rehabber on Chicago’s West and South Sides, has included in his latest project.Inside, there is a mix of restored objects-four of … Read more

Housing Bulletin – Downtown Condo Sales: Slowed, Not Stalled

At first glance, the news was disturbing-reports earlier this week that downtown condo sales had nose-dived by 46 percent in the first quarter of 2007. But contrary to those early reports, the downtown condo market has not stalled, only slowed. According to Gail Lissner of the Appraisal Research Counselors-the local real-estate consultants that provided the … Read more

Double Booking

River East Arts Center. I repeat: 25 hot bachelors – well, except for a few no-shows, like the Bulls’ Chris Duhon, who was too busy losing to the Pistons to attend the party. How could that be bad? (If you missed the bash, don’t fret. Summer Lovin’, Chicago’s annual singles event co-sponsored by The Auxiliary … Read more

Friends and Exes

It started with my college beau: Before we began our tumultuousfive-year relationship, we were friends first. It made dating easy,because we shared a group of friends, but it also made breaking up(like, 29 times) brutal, because we shared a group of friends. Once therelationship was finally, finally over, he became my ghost ofrelationships past. I … Read more