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Old Town: The Best Parts About the Neighborhood


Known as Old Town Triangle with connected streets of North, Clark, and Ogden, this friendly neighborhood used to be called North Town, because it is just north of the bustling downtown. The Old Town Triangle Association was a group formed by residents in 1948 that wanted to improve the conditions of buildings that had physical deterioration. The streets are mostly diagonal due to the neighborhood being around before the Chicago grid system. The theater scene is rich in Old town, as Jim Belushi, Tina Fey, and Bill Murray all attended The Second City Theater.


Many young professionals go out in Old Town on Wells Street where some of the best restaurants and bars are located.

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Streeterville: The Best Parts About The Neighborhood

Lake Michigan:

Streeterville rests on Lake Michigan, offering many lake views, as well as Chicago River views. Ohio Street Beach is the main beach here, right near the Navy Pier.

Navy Pier:

A 3,330-foot long pier on the shoreline of Lake Michigan offering dining, shopping, theater, and boat tours. This tourist attraction is the most-visited attraction in the Midwest. Enjoy summer fireworks every Wednesday and Saturday night!


Streeterville is part of the Magnificent Mile neighborhood, where famous shops lie upon a mile of Michigan Avenue. This includes 3 enormous malls, as well as multi-level stores. Hop in a horse and carriage if your feet get tired.


If you

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Downtown Chicago Neighborhoods – Which one is the best? Descriptions and Locations!


Chicago Loop:

The heart of downtown Chicago where all the hustle and bustle takes place is known as the Chicago Loop. Home of the financial district and some of the tallest towers in the city, the Loop has the most connected train stations and office buildings. Aside from office buildings, it has many residential towers. It is located just south-east of the Chicago river and east of the popular Millennium park.


Streeterville has many tourist spots being located to the right off the Magnificent Mile with all the shops and restaurants on Michigan Avenue. It is west of Lake Michigan and north of the Chicago River, making it easy to obtain water

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Top 10 Tallest Buildings in Chicago


Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper, is the third-largest city in the U.S. It is home to a crazy amount of high-rises. It is known for its gorgeous and tall architecture. It holds many different records regarding the buildings it has. This article explores the top 10 tallest buildings including their height, history, and location.

1. The Willis Tower

The Willis Tower is 1,450 feet high with 110 floors. Built in 1974, it was the tallest building in the world until 1998, but remains the 2nd tallest building in the U.S. after the World Trade Center in N.Y.C.  It is located in Chicago’s downtown Loop neighborhood.

2. Trump International Hotel & Tower

Just behind the Willis Tower is the Trump

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Top 10 Chicago Neighborhoods to Live in 2019


10. Lincoln Square

Founded by German immigrants in the 1840s, Lincoln Square is a small 2.5 square mile neighborhood that offers German restaurants, bars, trendy cafes, bakeries, and fantastic local shops. It’s a nestled neighborhood between Ravenswood and Andersonville, however, there is over 1,000 small businesses in this cute neighborhood. The Apple Fest is a popular annual fall activity where various vendors participate selling autumn themed crafts and treats. The real estate market in this neighborhood is hard to come by, as it features charming private homes and low-rise apartment buildings.

9. Lakeview

Lakeview, also spelled Lake View, rests in between the south of Irving Park Road,

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Current as of January 14, 2018. All data from Midwest Real Estate Data reflecting activity within the 77 officially defined Chicago community areas. Report © 2018 ShowingTime. + 3.1% - 9.4% + 2.8% 1-Year Change in Closed Sales All Properties 1-Year Change in Homes for Sale All Properties 1-Year Change in Median Sales Price All Properties The number of homes for sale, days on market and months of supply were all down in year-over-year comparisons in a majority of the country for the entirety of 2017, as was housing affordability. And although total sales volumes were

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*The City of Chicago Market Snapshot represents the residential real estate activity within the 77 officially defined Chicago community areas as provided by the Chicago Association of REALTORS®.

  • In October 2017, 2,084 homes sold in the City of Chicago. This is a 1.9 percent increase from October 2016.
  • The median sales price in the City of Chicago for October 2017 was $262,500, a 0.9 percent increase from this time last year.
  • The City of Chicago saw listings average 74 days on the market until contract, a 1.3 percent decrease from 75 days in October 2016.
  • Check out the October 2017 FastStats.

Information in this article has been provided by Chicago Association of REALTORS®


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Here in Chicago, we all look forward to those warm summer days and soaking in every second of the sunny weather. However, after several scorching hot days, by the time September rolls around, many look forward to cool nights and fall favorites: chunky sweaters, deep colors, boots and of course PUMPKIN SPICE EVERYTHING! At Smash Properties, we want you to trust us, not only to find you your perfect Chicago Condo or Apartment, but also to give you the insider deets on everything pumpkin spice in Chicago.

Since this fall drink favorite is what everyone craves at this time of year, I jotted down a list of a few places you can indulge in this toasty treat.

Au Bon Pain- On a crisp fall day you can enjoy a cup of the limited release Pumpkin Latte and

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