List Price: $2.875 million
Sale Price: $2.830 million
The Property: Just 13 months ago, this house was a bank-owned mess. The bank, Countrywide, let it go as a short sale for $1.85 million—although in 2006 it had approved a mortgage on the place for $4.1 million. Read more
List Price: $989,000
The Property: When Gary and Marcia Myers first saw this 1902 Victorian in Oak Park 26 years ago, it was well past its prime. But the couple eagerly took it on—“I like to have a project,” Gary recalls—partly because of its excellent location on a street of impressive older homes only a short walk from Oak Park–River Forest High School and the town’s bustling central shopping district... Read more

Last May we ran a story about Buchanan, Michigan and if you haven’t had a chance to check out this hamlet yet, this Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. might be a good time to do so. Why? Because the town is having a holiday party. (Small towns can do that.) Sip some wine at Thomas Jolly Home & Garden (107 E. Front St.) while perusing vintage Christopher Radko ornaments (see above). Pick up some fun vintage books—and non-vintage snacks—at Alan Robandt’s antique shop (114 E. Front Street), and check out the contemporary selection (with brand names likes Alessi, Kartell, and Marimekko) at Front Gallery (they’ll also be serving refreshments at 207 E. Front Street). Come on—you know you need a getaway after all that quality family time.

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Chicago Guide is taking a break this week, replacing our usual diet of concerts and theatre with inappropriately large helpings of pumpkin pie and sweet potatoes. We'll be back December 2nd with our weekly roundup of things to do; in the meantime, check out The Chaser's picks for Black Wednesday bashes. Read more

I stopped into Divine Consign in Oak Park Sunday to check out the new annex they’ve opened to accommodate their booming business. I immediately spotted a fantastic couch: a showroom sample from Hughes N’Cho-Allépot Home. This sexy number, which features built-in end tables, is African padauk upholstered in antique silk velvet. It’s priced at an astonishingly low $1,760. Allepot happens to be an Oak Park resident; he’s got some chairs and ottomans in the store too. I’m not in the market for furniture, but I scored a Hable Construction pillow for just $15.

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