Top 5 Chicago Real Estate Neighborhood News Stories – October 2016

Eat / Drink / Sleep

1)    West Town and Near Northwest Side Neighborhood Restaurants Well-Represented in List of 2017 Michelin Bib Gourmand Award Winners

West Town Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants

West Town Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants

The West Town and the Near Northwest Side Neighborhoods of Chicago have a stronghold on the city’s culinary scene. Out of 52 Chicago Michelin Bib Gourmand award winning restaurants, 26 of them are located in the West Town and Near Northwest Side neighborhoods. The Michelin Guide recognizes each Bib Gourmand award winner as restaurants that offer “quality food at a reasonable price”. 

Check out the list of West Town and Near Northwest Side Michelin Bib Gourmand award-winning restaurants below:

The Angry Crab (Wicker Park), Arami (West Town), Au Cheval (West Loop), Avec (West Loop), Belly Q (West Loop), Belly Shack (West Bucktown), The Bristol (Bucktown), Carriage House (Wicker Park / Now Buck’s), Cumin (Wicker Park), The Dawson (River West), Dos Urban Cantina (Logan Square), Dove’s Luncheonette (Wicker Park), Fat Rice (Logan Square), Girl and the Goat (West Loop), Green Zebra (West Town / Noble Square), Jaipur Indian (West Loop), Jam (Logan Square), Lula Café (Logan Square), Mana Food Bar (Wicker Park), Maude’s Liquor Bar (West Loop), Mott Street (Pulaski Park), The Publican (West Loop), Sushi Dokku (West Loop), Table, Donkey and Stick (Logan Square), Two (River West), Yusho (Logan Square)

2)    Chef Zoe Schor’s First Restaurant ‘Split-Rail’ Opening on Chicago Ave in West Town Soon

Former Executive Chef at Ada Street is set to open her first restaurant along West Town’s main drag – Chicago Avenue. The restaurant will be called Split-Rail and Chef Zoe Schor is expected to wow patrons with a menu that features small plates of American-fare favorites. 

Chef Schor attended the National Gourmet Institute in New York City and then later moved to Los Angeles where she cut her teeth in numerous Los Angeles restaurants including The Darkroom on Melrose and Bouchon in Beverly Hills.

The announcement of Split-Rail’s location gives West Town residents another reason to look forward to a tastier future in the neighborhood. 

New Development

3)    More BIG Real Estate Developments Announced for Fulton Market District and the West Loop

Fulton Market District Real Estate

Fulton Market District Real Estate

As the saying by a well-known Greek philosopher goes, “the only thing that is constant is change”, and this could not be more true in the Fulton Market District and West Loop. The list of redevelopment projects currently in the works in the neighborhood is long, and some of Chicago’s history will inevitably be lost in the process, but certainly, it will not be forgotten. From the development of new hotels and restaurants, to the demolition of Harpo Studios to make way for the new Mc Donald’s headquarters – there is no denying the West Loop and Fulton Market District are in a state of unprecedented change, and there is a lot to be excited about if you are a Chicagoan.

Most recently, the owners of El Cubano Wholesale Meats announced they have sold long-standing two-story 30,000 square-foot building for $14.5 million to Chicago-based venture capitalist company L3 Capital.

Another Fulton Market District icon, Isaacson & Stein Fish Company sold their building to R2 Companies for a reported $9 million. The old Isaacson & Stein Fish Company building is located right next to the recently-installed Fulton Market District gateway sign that welcomes residents and guests to the area. The building will be redeveloped into a multi-level retail space that is likely to attract hip retailers looking to cash-in on the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood.

If you want to get a full overview of all of the development projects taking place in the West Loop and Fulton Market District, check out the EXCELLENT story by Curbed Chicago – How Chicago’s Industrial Past May Fuel a High-Tech Future and Real Estate Boom.

4)    New Upgrades coming to Roberto Clemente Community Academy and Wells Community Academy Baseball, Softball and Soccer Fields

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Alderman Joe Moreno of the 1st Ward announced that new athletic fields will be constructed at two of the most important high schools in the West Town area – Roberto Clemente Community Academy located at 1147 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 on the border of Wicker Park and Humboldt Park in West Town and Wells Community Academy located at 936 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 on the border of East Village and Noble Square in West Town.

New Baseball Fields West Town Schools

New Baseball Fields West Town Schools

Roberto Clemente Community Academy has been experiencing big improvements over the past few years including: 100% graduation rates, an increase in attendance rates and creation of the Baccalaureate program under the leadership of Principal Marcey Sorensen.

Both of the projects will cost a total of $6.5 million dollars and the money will come from a CPS supplemental capital fund. Construction of the fields is slated to begin in 2017 and should be completed by 2018.

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