‘North Center’

1466 W. Warner, #3E

Vintage Charm in Graceland West

1466 Warner Ext 001 (Medium)2 beds, 2 baths, 1,400 s.f.

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Rented until April 30, 2012

Taxes: $4,465     Assessments: $315

Garage Parking: $135/month


Old world charm meets modern living in Graceland West. Gracious layout with separate kitchen, living & dining rooms. Large windows, high ceilings, tree top views!
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Update to seen around St. Ben’s

In December, I posted about the transformation of a six-unit apartment building into a large limestone-clad single family home in St. Ben’s along with a few before and after photos.  Our friends at Curbed Chicago noticed that the house went on the market on Friday.

Yesterday, the newly-minted single-family hit the market for $2,995,000, making it the second most expensive home on the market in that neighborhood (right ahead of architect Brad Lynch’s home, which is located right around the corner).

For your $2,995,000 you get four bedrooms, nine full baths, three half baths, and a master bath which features a wall mounted urinal.  Talk about being the “master of your domain.”  Truly a man’s home.

· Before and after. Seen in St. Ben’s [Your Windy City Guide]
· North Center Six-Flat Transmogrified Into a Single-Family [Curbed Chicago]
· Listing: 2216 W. Grace St. [Coldwell Banker]


Before and after. Seen in St. Ben’s

Your Guide has been watching the transformation of this modest six-unit apartment building located on the corner of Grace and Bell into what I think is a very tall, but very shallow, single family home.


Lakeview Seen 12-2-10 006


Lakeview Seen 12-2-10 012

This is quite interesting, as above I described the house as “shallow.”  What is now a magnificent “Front” is actually what was the side of the apartment building.  As the structure sits on a lot that was 30 feet wide, the renovated house is only approximately 25 feet “deep.”  That’s about one room deep so every room in the house has to be “next to” the next room.  There’s no going “back” in this house.

I’m intrigued and would love to see the floor plan inside!

Lakeview Seen 12-2-10 010

Caveat: the “Before” photo is actually a picture of a different apartment building across the street. However the original was a dead ringer for it.


Local Starbucks Closing. Thank God I’m Covered!

Much ado has been made about the closing of several Local Starbucks stores. Some community activists have even suggested that Starbucks is discriminatory as there are more closings in Cities than in Suburbs or in the Country.

In any case, I am losing TWO of my local stores. Thank God I’m still covered…

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Diversions – things to to this weekend in Chicago

Some of my favorite suggestions for things to do in and around Chicago this weekend. A bit offbeat…

TRAN – The Atari Musical

Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays : 8 p.m. (ends March 22) Price $15

The Spot in Uptown, 4437 N. Broadway

A gender-bending, multimedia musical satire of the 1982 Disney film “Tron” (one of the first movies to extensively use computer generated images) features ’80s music, video game intrigue and characters who attempt to discover where the sexual freedom of the ’70s went. Yeah, I know, this only really works for children of the ’80′s.

The Purr-fect martini contest at the Kitt Katt Club

3700 N. Halsted St.

Think you mix the best ‘tini? Prove it by sending us your own “purrfect” recipe now for the chance to win a trip for two to Las Vegas, and see your martini grace Kit Kat’s menu for one year.

53rd Annual Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday at Noon, starting at Balbo (7th) and Columbus (east of Michigan Ave.)

Not as rowdy as last week’s South Side Irish Parade, the St. Pat’s celebration kicks off with the traditional dyeing of the Chicago River at its junction with Michigan Avenue (10:45 a.m.) and continues with this hugely popular parade. See floats, Irish step dancers, bands, clowns, Clydesdale horses and more.


‘Tis the Season: Dining Al Fresco on the North Side

One of my favorite things to do – anywhere in the world, including here at home – is eat outside. Perhaps it’s a response to how long the winter’s seem here in Chicago, but when the weather is nice, I want to spend every moment outside. Check out a couple of my favorite outdoor cafe’s.

This neighborhood joint is called Chicago Joe’s and is located at the corner of Irving Park Road and Oakley (just east of Western.) Joe’s is in St. Ben’s – which is a bit outside of the West Lakeview neighborhood, but reasonably close. Residents that look like they’ve been part of the landscape for centuries can be found here on warm days at lunchtime and the lack of a crowd allows them to hang out for hours. Joe’s is not too noisy for being located on busy Irving Park Road and has a great old-neighborhood atmosphere.

The Daily Grill, located in Lincoln Square, has a slightly larger outdoor space located off the sidewalk in a contemporary garden atmosphere. This location along Lincoln Avenue is in a more high pedestrian traffic area and is superior for people watching. Beware of the long island iced teas here – you’ll need to walk home if you indulge.

From the photo, you can see the prep for the summer outdoor season is not yet finished. These guys need to GET WITH THE PROGRAM! The food here is upscale-cafe-style with standard burgers and fries plus wraps and other more original menu choices. All are fantastic. This popular hang out can have wait times of over a half-hour on weekend evenings but there’s always space available at lunchtime.


Legacy of Chicago’s Film Industry found at St. Ben’s Lofts

We have a cool listing (old link removed) in the St. Ben’s lofts and recently discovered the interesting past of this Chicago Film Studio landmark.

This building was part of a silent film production company owned by William Nicholas Selig know as the “Colonel” and Andrew Schustek who was a machinist and model maker. The Colonel found his calling in the world of vaudeville and sideshows and Schustek created a set of plans for building a motion picture recording and projections machine. Serendipity ensued and the two found a film studio called The Selig Plyscope Company.

You will notice the “S” for Selig above the entryway door. The Selig Western Avenue studios opened in 1907 and included both indoor and outdoor facilities, encompassing the area surrounded by Western Avenue, Irving Park Road, Claremont Avenue and Byron Street. Selig developed into a genuine movie mogul. Our location billed itself as “the biggest motion picture plant in the country… with the largest skylight of any west of the Hudson River.”

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Robert Darrow

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