Chicago Real Estate Search Chicago Real Estate Chicago Real Estate Chicago Neighborhoods Downtown Chicago Condos Weekly Email Subscription
Welcome to Chicago Homes for Sale by Dean's Team Sign in | Help

BlogChicagoHomes.com

Most Complete Chicago Real Estate Blog! Daily Updates on Chicago Homes for Sale and Real Estate . . . Great Chicago Neighborhoods . . . Living in Chicagoland . . . Your Comments Welcome!

Tags

News

  • Real Estate Blog

Archives

LIL' BUDDY'S BLOG - MY FAVORITE CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOODS - LINCOLN PARK!

THE CHICAGO IL REAL ESTATE MARKET, AND OTHER THINGS CHICAGO, FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF A LITTLE WHITE DOG!

Buddy With Grandma Felice - July 4, 2007How do you like this picture of me with Grandma Felice - Team Leader Dean's Mom?  She was over to visit, and to work, as we distributed flags to all of the houses in our South Edgebrook Neighborhood of Chicago last Fourth of July.  As the weather gets a bit cooler, we dogs get a bit nostalgic for those "Lazy, Crazy, Hazy Days of Summer," you know!

Did you have a great, yet scary, Halloween, 2007?  I dressed up as a human!  The neighborhood was stunned, however, when I asked to eat my supper out of a little blue bowl on the floor.  Isn't that the way everybody eats?

If you don't live here in Chicago, and you begin to research top city neighborhoods here, which neighborhood do out-of-towners most often investigate?  For many, that most popular Chicago Neighborhood, aside from the famous Chicago Loop, is Lincoln Park.

With it's southern boundary at North Avenue, running up to Diversey Parkway on the north, Ashland Avenue on the west, and Lake Michigan on the east (the lake is ALWAYS to the EAST in Chicago), Lincoln Park is home to many hundred-plus-year old vintage residences and row houses, classy condos, and some of the chicest dining and shopping in the City of Chicago.

Even few locals know that before Lincoln Park was a Park, or a North Side Chicago Neighborhood, it was the Chicago City Cemetery!  It was converted into a beautiful lakefront park back in 1864.  At the time descendants of all those buried here gave permission for the relocation of their ancestors - with the exception of one prominent Chicago family.  To this day, the tomb of Ira Couch, one of Chicago's first innkeepers, still exists behind The Chicago History Museum (formerly The Chicago Historical Society), on North Avenue and La Salle Street.  Look closely, behind the trees on the east side of the museum, and you'll find it.  (You dogs, please be very respectful of the late Mr. Couch, if you know what I mean).

The Lincoln Park Zoo is the largest FREE CITY ZOO in the United States!  Hundreds of exotic animals, from all over the world, call The Zoo home.  (Sorry, folks, no dogs allowed - they think we Lil' White Dogs will scare the big, bad, Lions, Tigers, and Chicago Bears - oh my!)  The Lincoln Park Zoo offers a great African Ape exhibit, incredible Lion House, fantastic Children's Zoo, where petting of baby animals is encouraged, and even the Farm in the Zoo, at the south end - where we urbanites first experienced what an actual cow is, many years ago!  You'll also find a large pond here at The Zoo, where kayakers and paddle boat captains can have a field day on a lazy summer afternoon in Chicago.

Lincoln Park is also a great City Park as well!  Miles of jogging and walking trails, picnic groves, several softball diamonds (16-inch, please, and NO GLOVES - remember, this is Chicago!)  The beautiful Lincoln Park Conservatory and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum well worth a stop - and a great place to oooh and aahh at the flowers, especially when the weather outside is less than perfect, as it is many days here in Chicago.  Also here are several classic statues, including one of President Abraham Lincoln, of course.

Restaurants and clubs?  There are dozens of them here in Lincoln Park!

Experiencing Deja Vu?  Visit the World-Famous R.J. Grunts, 2056 N. Lincoln Park West, just east of Clark Street, and west of The Zoo.   The first restaurant opened by the since-gone-national Lettuce Entertain You Chain, and local restaurant legend (and famous 16" softball player) Rich Melman, this tribute to the 1970's was first opened in 1971.  Their famous "All You Can Eat" Salad Bar remains, as well as the original dark-wood motif, although floor to ceiling windows on the east side of the eatery add some light, and a great street view, to the original darkened place.  You old folks bring those reading glasses to read the very-detailed menu.  Several years ago, the restaurant chain wanted to close this local haunt, but many protested, and R.J.'s is still here.

Are you HUNGRY?  Check out the Pizza Pot Pie and Fabulous Sandwiches and Salads at The Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company, in an old brownstone at 2121 N. Clark Street.  Directly across from the former location of the SMC Cartage Company, at 2122 N. Clark, where the St. Valentine's Day Massacre occurred on February 14, 1929, this building may have actually been the lookout location for Al Capone's murderous thugs.  Today, however, only good food is served here, and a lot of it!  Leave your Calorie Counter at home, and stop in for some great Chicago comfort food.  Expect a long line here, especially on nights and every weekend.

While here, consider staying at a beautifully-restored local hotel - The Belden Stratford, at 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, just across the street from The Lincoln Park Conservatory, and The Zoo.   This early-1920's Chicago Landmark has been restored into overnight guest rooms, and short-term apartment rentals.  Well priced, believe it or not, to live in old-world luxury!  Reserve early.  Another Lettuce Entertain You Restaurant - Mon Ami Gabi - awaits you in the lobby, for lunch or dinner.

Check the Chicago Tribune Metromix section for dozens of other Lincoln Park restaurants, clubs, and shops - too many for a Little White Dog to count here.

Looking for a place in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood of Chicago?  You can find a studio apartment for rent here for about $750, up to several thousand for a larger, more deluxe, dog-friendly place.    Home buyers can find a smaller condominium, in a low-rise or walk-up building, starting from the mid-$250's, depending on condition.  The swankier restored single family homes and rowhouses can run up to $5,000,000 or more - although, with the somewhat-depressed real estate market here in the Chicago area, some bargains can be had, compared to a couple of years ago.

Here's a summary of recent real estate trends in the Lincoln Park Neighborhood of Chicago -

LINCOLN PARK COMMUNITY, CHICAGO, IL (SOURCE: MLSNI AREA MARKET SURVEY DATA)

PROP TYPE     # AVAIL      AVG PRICE    SOLD*      AVG SALE        AVG MKT TIME 

CONDOS              707              $571,682     1,491           $441,071          97 DAYS

SF HOMES           169           $2,326,117        185         $1,686,836       172 DAYS

2-4 UNIT BLDGS    49            $1,061,746         50          $1,011,403      138 DAYS 

*WITHIN LAST 12 MONTHS, ENDING 10/31/2007

Hey folks, when you come to Chicago to visit Lincoln Park, please give me a call to let me know!  I love to walk down here, in the shadow of the Lincoln Park Zoo!

YOUR ACE REPORTER ON FOUR PAWS,

BUDDY HOLLY MOSS

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2007 7:47 PM by Dean's Team
Filed under:

Comments

boat lil buddy said:

# June 13, 2008 6:28 AM
Anonymous comments are disabled