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20Jan/110

Chicago Lakefront Condos

Mention stylish living and it's a sure bet people will think of Chicago lakefront condos.

Chicago borders the beautiful Lake Michigan shore for almost 25 miles, from far south to downtown to far north. All along this stretch can be found Chicago lakefront condos in many different styles and price ranges. Examples of some of these popular communites include:

Hyde Park, located on the South Side of Chicago, is seven miles south of the Chicago Loop and home to the University of Chicago, the Hyde Park Art Center, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Oriental Institute and The Renaissance Society. As a neighborhood, Hyde Park is generally centered around 53rd Street and the lakefront. Its boundaries are commonly regarded as 51st Street (Hyde Park Boulevard) to the neighborhood around the Midway Plaisance or simply "The Midway" (between 59th and 60th). The neighborhood's eastern boundary is Lake Michigan and its western boundary is Washington Park.

Gold Coast is a historic district, part of Chicago's Near North Side community area, it is roughly bounded by North Avenue, Lake Shore Drive, Oak Street, and Clark Street. The neighborhood is a mixture of mansions, row houses,high-rise apartments and Chicago lakefront condos.

Lincoln Park, the community, is named after Lincoln Park, the vast stretch of park belonging to the Chicago Park District. The area is anchored by the Lincoln Park Zoo and DePaul University. Lincoln Park is bordered by the community areas of Lakeview and North Center to the north, Logan Square (Bucktown neighborhood) and West Town to the west, and Near North to the south. Lincoln Park, the neighborhood, is typically defined by the boundaries of Diversey Parkway on the north, Clybourn Avenue on the west, North Avenue on the south, and on the east by the public park of the same name. More than 900 condos sold in Lincoln Park in 2008!

Rogers Park is the northernmost of Chicago community areas on the far North Side of the city. It is bounded by the city of Evanston along Juneway Terrace and Howard Street to the north, Ridge Boulevard to the west, Devon Avenue and the Edgewater neighborhood to the south and Lake Michigan to the east. The neighborhood just to the west, West Ridge, was part of Rogers Park until the 1990's. Some Chicagoans use the phrase "East Rogers Park" to refer to any area east of Ridge, but usually East Rogers Park refers only to the portion of Rogers Park east of Clark Street.

And let's not forget Edgewater, which we highlighted in a previous posting.

Each of these communities are perfect choices for Chicago lakefront condos! Check with an OwnACondo.com condominium specialist. You can even find rent-to-own condos in these great communities. And of course, if you are looking to sell a condo in these or other areas, be sure to let us help.

6Mar/090

Chicago Development

Chicago DevelopmentChicago is one of the most incredible places to live in the country. It is located along the beautiful Lake Michigan coastline. The entire city is bordered on the east by miles and miles of beautiful lakefront lined with paths and dozens of attractions. Navy Pier is located along the shore and is a great place to enjoy.

The city has something to offer everyone. There are a number of theaters, museums, restaurants, and attractions. Residents of any age can find something new and exciting to do on any given day in the city.

The Art Institute of Chicago houses some of the most famous paintings in the world including works by Claude Monet, Salvador Dali, and Pablo Picasso. Numerous Broadway plays can be seen at one of the city’s three most popular theatres: The Cadillac Palace Theatre, Bank of America Theatre, and the Oriental Theatre. Chicago also proudly houses some of the most exquisite restaurants in the world, and the city happens to be home to the best hot-dogs in the world.

There is always a new Chicago development being built, most recently the Trump Tower, which should be completed sometime this year. This hotel and condominium skyscraper is located along the Chicago River and is accessible to Lake Michigan.

Millennium Park is another recent Chicago development that was completed in 2004 with some of the most impressive sculptures and architecture that the city has to offer. The park has an extraordinarily designed fountain, bridge, pavilion, and of course “The Bean” sculpture that has become a famous landmark.

Some of the more famously known Chicago landmarks are the Sears Tower, Hancock building and the Water Tower. The Sears Tower was a Chicago development built in 1973 and currently holds the title of America’s tallest building. The general public is allowed to ride the elevator up to the 103rd floor and visit the Skydeck which has expansive views of the city, Lake Michigan, and even our neighboring states.

Chicago is also a city where you can enjoy all four of the seasons. In the springtime get out and get some fresh air and visit the lakefront. Summer time is always a blast and you spend your time boating, bike-riding, and watching the fireworks every weekend at Navy Pier. In early fall go see the magnificent gardens in Millennium Park before the first frost sets in. And in the winter there is ice-skating available right on State Street and a wonderful Christmas light display on the magnificent Mile.

10Feb/090

Chicago Lakefront Condos

Chicago Lakefront Condos

From Rogers Park to Lincoln Park there are plenty of Chicago lakefront condos to choose from.

Rogers Park is the northernmost of Chicago community areas in the far North Side of Chicago, Illinois, and is also the name of the Chicago neighborhood that constitutes most of the community area. It is bounded by the city of Evanston along Juneway Terrace and Howard Street to the north, Ridge Boulevard to the west, Devon Avenue and the Edgewater neighborhood to the south, and Lake Michigan to the east.

Edgewater is a Chicago community area in the far North Side of the City of Chicago, seven miles north of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by the neighborhoods of Rogers Park to the north, Uptown to the south, Lincoln Square to the west and south and West Ridge to the west and north. Edgewater contains several beaches that residents enjoy in the warm months. Historically, Edgewater was once part of Lake View Township, an independent suburb, which was annexed by the city of Chicago in 1889.  Edgewater has the second highest population density of any of the neighborhoods in Chicago.  Edgewater was first developed around the 1890s as a summer home for Chicago's elite. With the exception of pockets acknowledged as historic districts (like the Bryn Mawr Historic District), Edgewater (actually, Edgewater Beach) boasts a skyline of apartment buildings, condominium complexes, mid-rise homes and Chicago lakefront condos.

Uptown is a diverse neighborhood located north of Chicago's downtown. Uptown borders three community areas and Lake Michigan. To the north is Edgewater, to the west is Lincoln Square, and to the south is Lake View. The historical, cultural, and commercial center of Uptown is Broadway, with Uptown Square at the center. In 1900, the Northwestern Elevated Railroad constructed its terminal near Montrose and Broadway (now part of the CTA Red Line). Uptown became a summer resort town for downtown dwellers, and derived its name from the Uptown Store, which was the commercial center for the community.  For a time, all northbound trains from downtown ended in Uptown. From here Uptown became known as an entertainment destination. Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson and other early film stars produced films at the Essanay Studios on Argyle Street. The Aragon Ballroom, Riviera Theater, Uptown Theatre, and Green Mill Jazz Club are all located within a half block of Lawrence and Broadway. Uptown is also home to one of Chicago's most celebrated final resting spots, Graceland Cemetery.

Lake View or Lakeview, as it is increasingly spelled, is a North Side neighborhood of Chicago. The Uptown community area is to Lake View's north, Lincoln Square to its northwest, North Center to its west and Lincoln Park to its south. The 2000 population of Lake View was 94,817 residents, making it the second largest of the Chicago community areas by population, following Austin, which has 117,527 residents. Lake View, though, has a higher population density than the larger (area-wise) Austin neighborhood. Lake View is most recognized nationwide as home to Wrigley Field and its Chicago Cubs.

Lincoln Park is one of the North side community areas of Chicago. Named after Lincoln Park, a vast stretch of park belonging to the Chicago Park District, the community area is anchored by the Lincoln Park Zoo and DePaul University. Lincoln Park is bordered by the community areas of Lakeview and North Center to the north, Logan Square (Bucktown neighborhood) and West Town to the west, and Near North to the south. The neighborhood population is primarily made up of young urban professionals, recent college graduates, and young families. The majority of Lincoln Park's families are extremely wealthy, making Lincoln Park the overall second wealthiest neighborhood in Chicago, after the Gold Coast.

If you are looking to buy or sell a condo in these areas, call OwnACondo.com.  We specialize in Chicago lakefront condos.

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