Wednesday, February 25, 2015

DePaul Whole Foods finally open...TODAY

Students and residents of the DePaul/ Sheffield neighborhood rejoice!  The Lincoln Park Whole Foods Market at 959 W Fullerton Avenue, Chicago IL 60614 is officially open today.

Bob passes by the new Whole Foods Market in the DePaul neighborhood earlier today. He didn't test the crowds. 
The location replaces the Dominick's store that was closed over a year ago leaving this dense area with longer commutes for groceries. 

Curious future of North Center's former "Lincoln Lodge" restaurant

4008 N Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60618
The former Lincoln Restaurant building has sat vacant for over a year now.  The restaurant/ lounge closed at the end of 2013 and was best known the last several years for a long running comedy night called Lincoln Lodge .  The zoning is B1-1, Business (September 2014) from public record culled by

There was/ is a Loopnet listing for leasing the space that also references the building and parking lot could be sold for $3.4M. I don't see the property offered for lease or sale by any broker.  The property was in foreclosure as early as 2009. There is a cancelled MLS listing for the entire property as late as 2011 for $1,750,000. 

The busy Lincoln/Damen/Irving Park intersection is the hub of desirable North Center where single family homes prices are through the roof.  The location is close to the CTA Irving Park Brown Line, condos, lots of services, restaurants and bars.  Commercial and residential development in Lincoln Park, Lakeview, North Center and Lincoln Square along commercial streets has been really hot over the past couple years.

It's not clear what the status of this property is at the moment.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

North Center, Lincoln Square Lou Malnati's looking for real!

Just drove by the new Lou Malnati's location under construction on Lincoln Avenue near West Montrose in North Center. Walls are up!

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Great weather for showings in North Center and Lincoln Park

My car thermostat says 31 degrees but it feels like summer showing our properties in North Center and Lincoln Park. Our phones exploded once the forecast was in the 30s.

I remember walking the kids to school on a sunny 1 degree day (no wind!) last year after the worst of the polar vortex. It feels great to be outside.

Views from the western tip of North Center

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Chicago Auto Show still a hit!

Bob and I made our mandatory stop at the Chicago Auto Show yesterday (Photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
We had a few showings in South Loop yesterday morning than headed several blocks south to the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.  The show has simply been a part of my life growing up in Chicago and nearby suburbs.  I like it now more than ever!

Bob and I wasted no time getting in and out of dozens of cars.  It's also pretty comfortable shooting out texts and emails from the back of the 2015 Cadillac Escalade.  We picked out our "realistic" favorites and our "fantasy" favorite.  So, keep calling us to work on your real estate transactions!

On a side note, there is some interesting construction going on South Prairie Avenue just north of McCormick Place Some larger lots are cleared for construction and a few historic properties had some interesting work going on.  Cool area to check out if you are looking to get near downtown.

A lot of demo and construction activity just north of McCormick Place in the South Loop.  Image Google Maps

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Big crane makes debut at 4 East Elm in Gold Goast

One of the more exciting luxury residential projects in Near North is underway.  I spotted the giant construction crane Monday at the new condo development at 4 East Elm, Chicago IL 60611. It made a striking juxtaposition among the more mid-rise and boutique buildings of this prime Gold Coast location.  How can those guys sit up in those things?

I had met with some clients at the Starbucks flagship at 1003 N Rush Street, Chicago IL 60611 for an early morning meeting.  The store is gorgeous and the staff wonderful. One of my favorite spots to meet and work in the city.

4 East Elm is near all the staple Gold Coast haunts.

The former Hunt Club new construction concept is coming along in the background.  Viewed from Mariano Park near the 4 East Elm location.

Rare modern new construction house on traditional Lincoln Square block

I noticed this new build going up on the 4800 block of North Seeley in Lincoln Square 60625. The boxy frame reveals a modern style... making it the only outwardly modern/ contemporary home on this two blocks of Seeley leading to the park. All photos Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty
Most new construction single family homes in Lincoln Square mimic the traditional style frame homes that line the blocks... only built larger with high-end finishes. This is especially true north of West Lawrence Avenue and east of North Western Avenue where truly contemporary modern homes are basically non-exisitant.

These modern/ contemporary builds tend to be private custom projects... meaning it is not a speculation home for sale. It's a bold choice considering the more vocal neighbors want to maintain a particular character when it comes to new construction and renovations.  I enjoy seeing modern new construction and contemporary renovations and look forward to the finished house.

Typical style of new construction in Lincoln Square
The owners are taking advantage of the revitalizing West Lawrence (a couple houses to the south) and North Damen Avenues where the nearby Mariano's grocery and LA Fitness are being followed by hip restaurants and bars. There are a lot of amenities nearby before even crossing to the popular North Lincoln Avenue dining and shopping district at Giddings Plaza.  The location is close to the CTA Damen Brown Line and Ravenswood Metra station as well at 4800 N Ravenswood, Chicago IL 60640

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

This Week! Chappell Elementary Art Auction at Mariano's Ravenswood

Community members are invited to Chappell Elementary School's first Art Auction Fundraiser! Beautiful paintings, weavings, printmaking and multi-media works created by kindergartners through 8th graders will be featured and auctioned off to raise money for the school.

The auction will be held in Vero Cafe on the first floor of Mariano's at Lawrence and Ravenswood  
1800 West Lawrence Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
6-8 pm on Thursday, Feb. 19

Come learn about the great things that are happening at Chappell and see the beautiful pieces created by our talented students!

Chappell Elementary School
2135 West Foster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 534-2390

Under Contract: Sunny Lakeview town house commands multiple offers asking $649,000, watch video!

Under contract!
3053 N Lakewood, Chicago IL 60657
Asking $649,000  
We met with and began advising our clients on the sale of 3053 N Lakeview  over a year ago.  We helped them make important decisions on where to invest in the home prior to selling.  The planning and investment has paid off in multiple offers on the first days of showing.

Panoramic of the living room via
3053 N lakeview is a sophisticated corner FEE SIMPLE town home with an extra-wide floor-plan.  Three bedrooms, three and one-half baths, family room, top floor office, large private patio, roof level deck, back deck and more! The home gets fantastic east, south and west light. The outstanding layout allows for both formal and open rooms, privacy and flexibility to fit your living needs.  It has a private flagstone patio, roof deck and garage parking with access right into your patio area.

Both the kitchen and master bath are newly renovated and look outstanding.  I love the attractive bright, center staircase and access to the outdoor deck and patio from both the dining area and the awesome family room.  This is a unique low traffic Lakeview location just steps from the action on Southport Corridor and close to both the Brown and Red Line (with Purple Line access to Evanston and downtown).
Stores, bars, restaurants and services pack Southport Corridor

New luxury master bath with heated floor, towel warmer, air tub, 8 plus ft walk-in shower and dual vanity.
The home is FEE SIMPLE with no condo association or assessment. It's really like owning a house!  The purchase contract is now in attorney review and inspection. We look forward to a smooth transaction with the lucky buyer!

Check out more photos HERE

Offered by
Eric Rojas and Robert DePalma, Brokers
Kale Realty
542 W Roosevelt Road
Chicago IL 60607

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Monday, February 16, 2015

Three new construction homes on 2200 block of West Wellington in Hamlin Park, North Center

Looks like two "speculation" homes being developed on the 2200 block of West Wellington just east of North Oakley and near Hamlin Park.  There is no listing up on the MLS as of yet for the houses.
Developers and home buyers continue to redevelop the landscape in the hottest neighborhoods.  These new construction homes show here are situated in a small "out of the way" block west of Hamlin Park in North Center.  The block is a handful of new and original single family homes"one way" headed east.  Each end of the block has a commercial building.

The immediate area is a mix of a few remaining commercial buildings and residential blocks.  The block is tucked away making it very quiet yet close to Roscoe Village dining and the big box shopping of Cylbourn Ave.

Another new house just a few doors down to the east. No MLS listing up yet.

Almost half this side of the block is now under construction.
The new construction boom continues into 2015.  We've noticed the impact of commercial construction on major arterial streets over the past two years. We see no let up in new house construction around the city as well. You can save money buying and building on the "fringe" of the hottest areas. These houses will cost less than homes built just east of North Damen Avenue in the same neighborhood.

Image of Hamlin Park area, Google maps and

58 homes closed in the last 12 months in the Hamlin Park sub neighborhood of North Center. These houses include the Picardy Place development of small single family homes.  The highest priced closed home in Hamlin Park last year was 1909 West Fletcher, Chicago IL 60657 for $1.7 million.  The new construction home is built on a 31.5 foot wide lot (wider than a standard Chicago lot).

The lowest sold home of 2014 was 3044 N Clybourn for $325,000.  The converted two-flat was a foreclosure in need of gut renovation after sitting vacant.

The median price of a house in the last 12 months in Hamlin Park neighborhood is about $624,000.