Category Archives: Local News

What You Need to Know About the Property Tax Increase

Last week, Chicago aldermen approved a $589 million increase in property taxes. This record hike, which will be phased in over the next four years, will help fund public┬ásafety pensions….

Chicago Ranks Top City for Expansion and Relocation Again

For the second year in a row, Chicago has ranked at the top of the list of U.S. cities for corporate expansion and relocation. This is great news because companies…

Donut Cities: Is Chicago’s shape shifting back to the historical center?

Donut Cities: the┬ámigratory flow of businesses, offices, and homes out of historic downtowns for the new suburbs, might finally be ending. This phenomenon began in the 1960s as urban blight…

Olivia Carlson Joins At Properties

At Properties is pleased to announce the addition of Olivia Carlson to its brokerage firm. Olivia brings over 10 years of sales experience and was the recipient of the Rising…

Neighborhood Battles: The Reader Dubs Wicker Park As Best Overall Neighborhood

By AJ LaTrace [photo via Flickr user Jason Martini] It’s finally summer in Chicago, which means music festivals, movies in the parks, and The Chicago Reader’s annual “Best of Chicago”…

Parks & Rec: The 606 Trail Will Be Even Greener Than Originally Planned

By Curbed Staff [Map courtesy CDOT] Although the delayed opening of the 606 may have been a bummer for many, the upshot is that the spring opening will allow all…

Adventures In Placemaking: Food Trucks & Live Music Coming Soon To Pritzker Park

By AJ LaTrace The Chicago Loop Alliance is looking to turn the underutilized Pritzker Park at the south end of the State Street corridor into a popular destination by introducing…

Development du Jour: Development Initiative Seeks To Makeover Uptown Corridor

By AJ LaTrace Uptown’s shuttered Stewart Elementary School and a vacant stretch of CTA-owned land near the Wilson Red Line station could soon receive an extreme makeover. The Metropolitan Planning…

Parks & Rec: The 12 Essential Movies To See In The Parks This Summer

By AJ LaTrace [photos by Don Harder, Marco_Polo and Bob Segal ] It’s finally summer in Chicago, and we all know what that means: fireworks, festivals and movies in the…

Train Spotting: The CTA has announced that…

By AJ LaTrace The CTA has announced that its planned $492 million overhaul of the Blue Line will beginning earlier than expected. The California station will be temporarily closed starting…

Ch-ch-ch-changes: Goose Island Becomes Chicago’s Emerging High Tech Hub

By AJ LaTrace Goose Island is about to experience a radical change from a location known for its brewery to one that will feature a tremendously important digital research and…

Development du Jour: Developer Wants To Turn Old Auto Parts Store Into Apartments

By AJ LaTrace [renderings courtesy Windy City RE] Decades ago, the Blue Star Auto Parts store replaced one of Al Capone’s favorite hotel hangouts in the South Loop, the Cullerton…