Top 5 Chicago Real Estate Neighborhood News Stories – August 2016


Eat / Drink / Sleep

1)    The Doorstep Parks in the Polish Triangle


A trio of ex-Alinea workers have opened a new food trailer in the heart of Pulaski Park’s famed Polish Triangle. Located right off of the Division Blue Line ‘L’ stop, The Doorstep serves breakfast and lunch and is open from 7AM – 5PM daily. Morning commuters now have one more excellent breakfast option next to the likes of long-time Polish Triangle restaurant Podhlanka. The founding owners of The Doorstep – Aaron Feinhandler, Marie Cinquino and Izaac Moran opened the food trailer with an aim to help improve the West Town community area and are working closely with Activate Chicago and the Polish Triangle Coalition.

2)    Harvest Moon Opens on Division Street in Wicker Park

Located at 1805 W Division Street in Wicker Park, the new restaurant from owner Martin Hogue – Harvest Moon, is now open in the former Bob San space. Using primarily farm-to-table ingredients in all of its dishes, Harvest Moon is sure to wow patrons with its throw-back to Eastern European cuisine. Start off with the Harvest Salad, followed by the Grilled Grass-Fed Flank Steak entrée. End your meal with the No-Bake Honey Cheesecake.

3)    The Robey and The Hollander Opening this Fall Brings Two New Hotels to Wicker Park


Two new boutique hotels are opening in Wicker Park this fall making the neighborhood one of the few destinations outside of downtown Chicago for travelers to rest their heads at night. Located at the bustling “6 Corners intersection” of Milwaukee Avenue, Damen Avenue and North Avenue, The Robey (at 2018 W North Ave) and The Hollander (at 2022 W North Ave) are legendary Chicago landmarks in their own right. 

The Northwest Tower (home to The Robey) was built in 1929 and is the first skyscraper to be built outside of Chicago’s downtown loop. The Robey has 69 rooms and rates will start at $175 per night. Robey Street was the former name of what is now Damen Avenue. Café Robey – a public restaurant, will occupy the ground floor of The Robey with Chef Bradley Stellings behind the wheel of the menu.

The old Hollander Fireproof Warehouse will house another 20 rooms that will be a combination of private rooms (starting at $165 per night) and rooms for “social stays” (starting at $45 per night). A public bar and restaurant will be on the ground floor of The Hollander.

New Development 

4)    Curbed and DNAinfo Chicago Release Maps Detailing the West Loop Development Boom


Curbed Chicago and DNAinfo Chicago recently published interactive maps detailing the development boom in the red-hot West Loop and Fulton Market District neighborhoods. With new proposals being announced on what seems like a daily basis, there is no hotter area in Chicago to buy real estate or sell real estate, than the West Loop. New residential buildings are being constructed in the West Loop bringing more housing inventory and thus, more West Loop home buyers and West Loop condo buyers. If you are looking to buy a condo in the West Loop or rent an apartment in the West Loop, contact us today.

Some of the most exciting projects under construction in the West Loop:

-    Ace Hotel (159 rooms and 30 underground parking stalls)
-    Brooklyn Bowl (music venue, bowling lanes, entertainment, retail)
-    Nobu Hotel (Robert DeNiro’s 11 story boutique hotel brand)
-    The Residences on Racine (20 condo units will be listed for sale)
-    McDonald’s Headquarters (in former Harpo Studios space)

Hot Listings

5)    2436 W Bloomingdale Avenue / 6BD / 4.5BA Listed for $2,850,000

One of Chicago’s coolest industrial buildings turned residential, the hot listing at 2436 W Bloomingdale Avenue along The 606 in Logan Square is the perfect blend of old meets new Chicago. Open spaces, tall ceilings, an abundance of natural sunlight and not to mention more than 7,600 square feet are just a few reasons to consider this listing if you are looking to buy a home in Logan Square. This former mechanic’s garage (originally built in 1955) was converted to a single family residential home in 2008. 

If you are looking to buy a home in Logan Square, Contact Us to schedule a showing today!

(listed by George Furla of the North Clybourn Group)