Top 5 West Town Neighborhood Real Estate News Stories - January 2019

1) Top Dining & Nightlife News Stories In West Town and Logan Square

Hot & Fresh Indie Restaurant Row in Chicago

Let’s get straight to it: commercial building rent has gone up 167% over the past 5 years in Fulton Market. As a result, only major restaurant groups can afford the spaces, leaving independent restaurants to choose more affordable areas like Logan Square. This can also affect how you buy real estate or your property’s value. The newly dubbed restaurant row with more indie restaurants can be found between California and Kimball Avenue on Diversey Avenue in Logan Square.

Think restaurants, bars, cafes, local shops and more flourishing. There’s a definite cool factor. A great example: Superkhana International 70 seat restaurant will serve Indian-ish food with sparkling wine and highball cocktails and every hipster’s favorite: craft beer taps. Other new restaurants and cafes include Four Letter Word Coffee, Diversey Wine shop, Son of A Butcher for pub food and drinks, Lost Lake tiki bar, Cellar Door Provisions seasonal menu, Fat Rice asian delights, and Masa Azul Mexican street food.

Wicker Park’s Hidden Alley Yokocho Bar

Yokocho’s cucumber cocktail on division street

Yokocho’s cucumber cocktail on division street

No, you don’t have to wander into a dark alley (although technically you can enter this way) to enjoy the delicious Japanese street food here. Yokocho is a great example of how to buy real estate space that can be transitioned into pop up restaurants. Expect small bites like prawns and miso chicken wings. Yokocho is tucked away behind Anaba Handroll Bar in the space where Mana’s Bib Gourmand rated space used to be. Sapporo, sake, Japanese late night bites, neon signs...what more could you ask for?

Located at 1742 W. Division St. and open late night weekdays until 11PM & weekends until 1AM

Brothers And Sisters West Town All-Day Restaurant Opens Strong

When you talk about how to buy real estate for great neighborhood joints, Brothers And Sisters really hits the spot. A centralized location and the big roast beef sandwich are gaining some traction in popularity along with the white fish salad specialty. A promising and quaint place you’ll be sure to return to again and again.

Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily 8AM-10PM.

The Big Lebowski West Town Pop-Up At The Rookery

Fun pop-up bar celebrating all things “dudeism”. The Rookery restaurant is hosting the experience in coordination with the 20th anniversary of the film. Expect to see plenty of white Russians flowing at the bar along with 6 other craft cocktail creations.

Open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Now through Mid February 2019

2) Wicker Park Winter Fresh Farmers Market  

Shop the Wicker park farmer’s market

Shop the Wicker park farmer’s market

Just because there’s snow on the ground, doesn’t mean Farmers Markets are dead for the season. Visit the very much alive winter’s farmers market in Wicker Park at Chop Shop, featuring winter squash, fresh eggs, carrots, honey, canned goods, and much more. The Bucktown farmers market offers both raw ingredients and ready to eat items like Beacon Donuts or hot falafel from LaShuk Street Food. Link/SNAP cards are accepted, making the market available to the whole community. The market also emphasizes eco friendly practices with vendors required to use compostable products for sampling.

  • Great for a weekly family day

  • Fresh produce and prepared items

  • Link cards accepted

  • Opportunity to eat local

Open weekly 10AM-3PM on Saturdays now through April 20, 2019.

3) Finally, A New Place For Kids To Play Indoors In Humboldt Park

Excellent indoor play place at be kids cafe in humboldt park for kids up to 12 years old

Excellent indoor play place at be kids cafe in humboldt park for kids up to 12 years old

Be Kids Cafe is an amazing family friendly play center set to open in Humboldt Park neighborhood. The space will feature a large indoor play space, birthday party area, play classes, and even a cafe for coffee sipping adults. Playgrounds are chilly in Chicago and this is a great alternative to keep your kids active. Open all year round, the play area features zip lines, ball pits, cushy tumble blocks to climb, slides, monkey bars, and a colorful backdrop with endless possibilities. The social cafe setting also features local snacks and treats.

  • For Kids 6-12 years old (main space)

  • Toddlers (separate play space)

  • Open year round

  • Open play or parties and classes

  • Socks required (available for purchase)

  • Conveniently located in Humboldt Park

4) Logan Square Former Mega Mall Gets New $20M Building Permit With A Mini Target


Logan Square is changing if you’re looking to buy real estate. The former mega mall at the 2500 block of N Milwaukee Ave will become a 7 story apartment building complete with a mini Target at street level with additional commercial space availability.

The $20 million building permit has been granted by the City of Chicago and will be called Logan’s Crossing located near the Logan Square blue line train. The brick yet modern design complete with a sky pedestrian walkway should fit snugly into the neighborhood. This could affect your real estate prices.

5) Humboldt Park’s ‘Paseo Boriqua’ Renamed ‘Puerto Rico Town’

symbolic flag marker for puerto rico town in humboldt park

symbolic flag marker for puerto rico town in humboldt park

If you’ve ever driven by the huge metal Puerto Rican flag in Humboldt Park, the neighborhood is clearly marked. Ald. Roberto Maldonado passed legislation to officially recognize the area as Puerto Rico Town and convert the area to special purpose district. The intention is to recognize and preserve Puerto Rican culture and how it shaped the area.

The original area was Division Street from Western to California but was extended with legislation to extend from Western to Grand Avenue. “Paseo Boriqua”, or loosely translated to Puerto Rican Walkway, was the unofficial name and it is now internationally recognized and official. There is some controversy over the long term effects and taxes for homeowners in the area and for future buyers looking to buy real estate in the neighborhood.

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