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New on the Market – McKinley Park loft

List price: $549,000 The Property: A converted coffee and tea showroom beneath an antique copper ceiling, this McKinley Park residence is that rarest of finds: a true industrial loft. “They’ve all disappeared,” says Mario Greco, the Rubloff agent representing the seller. With its great aged factory doors, original hardwood floors, and big storefront windows, the … Read more

Housing Bulletin – Affordable Housing

If all goes as expected at today’s Chicago City Council meeting, the city will enact legislation to better ensure that people with middle and modest incomes can afford to buy homes in the city. It’s the latest step-and a significant one-in a five-year campaign to stem the loss of affordable housing as the city welcomes … Read more

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

It’s a rite of passage: You get the guy, then the ring, and, in the weeks leading up to the main event, you get a night of revelry, usually including a stripper and a trolley. What, like guys should have the fun? Saturday night I attended a friend’s bachelorette party – a double, actually, for … Read more

Sale of the Week – Indian Hill Club

List price: $5 millionSale price: $4.45 million The Property: This 13-room mansion in a French Normandy style overlooks the fifth fairway of the Indian Hill Club golf course just outside Winnetka. Sequestered behind brick gates and surrounded by formal landscaping, the house has seven bedrooms, five fireplaces, a library, and a chauffeur’s apartment and other … Read more

Dating Disasters

About six years ago, my dad set me up with a lawyer who was a few years older than I. We met for drinks at Martini Ranch (311 W. Chicago Ave.); he paid. Since we were having such a good time, I suggested we grab dinner. I drove us to Fulton Lounge with our respective … Read more

New on the Market – Factory Conversion in Roscoe Village

List Price: $3.999 millionThe Property: Formerly a machine-parts factory, this 10,000-square-foot structure on a residential block in Roscoe Village is being converted into a lavish, contemporary home, complete with a rooftop deck the size of some suburban back yards. When finished this summer, it will have six bedrooms, four fireplaces, an elevator and some serious … Read more

Housing Bulletin – New v. Old in Des Plaines

In the past decade, formerly frumpy downtown Des Plaines has undergone a transformation into a lively place dotted with new restaurants and stores, a fantastic central library, and, most noticeable of all, thick clusters of new, mid-rise condo buildings. Standing at the center of town-at Metropolitan Square near the Metra station-you can look southeast along … Read more