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Lincoln Park Real Estate

Lincoln Park is a neighborhood on the north side of Chicago. Lincoln Park is bordered on the north by Diversey, the west by Clybourn, the south by North Ave., and the east by the public park of the same name.

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Lakeview is a neighborhood on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. It is located along the shores of Lake Michigan and runs approximately from Diversey Parkway on the south to Irving Park Road on the north and from Lake Michigan on the east to Ravenswood Avenue on the west.

Lakeview is a mostly upscale neighborhood consisting of a mix of bungalows, high-rises, and modern condominium buildings. It is the home of the most visible of Chicago’s gay and lesbian communities, known colloquially as Boystown, and centered on Halsted Street, a major gay entertainment strip. Another area within Lakeview is Wrigleyville, which is centered around the famous Wrigley Field ballpark, home of the Chicago Cubs. Wrigleyville consists of homes, sports bars, restaurants, theaters, and souvenir shops.

The 2000 population of Lakeview was 94,817, making it the second largest community in Chicago.

 

Old Town (sometimes called Old Town Triangle) is a neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois, bounded by Eugenie Street on the north, Division Street on the south, Halsted on the west, and Clark Street on the east. It sits inside the larger neighborhood known as Lincoln Park.

Old Town is considered an affluent and historic neighborhood home to many of Chicago’s older, Victorian-era buildings. The neighborhood is also home to St. Michaels Church, one of few buildings to survive the great Chicago Fire.

 

Bucktown is a neighborhood located in the Logan Square community area in Chicago, Illinois northwest of the Loop. Its boundaries are the Chicago River to the east, North Western Avenue to the west, the above-grade Bloomingdale Line to the south and West Fullerton Avenue to the north. It is primarily residential, with a mix of older single family homes, new builds with edgy architecture, and converted industrial loft spaces. Bucktown is directly north from Wicker Park.

There are many bars and restaurants in the vicinity of Bucktown and there has been a large number of "teardowns" of the older housing stock – replacing them with new and large residential buildings.

There is a significant amount of shopping on Damen Avenue from North Avenue (in Wicker Park) going North until a few blocks north of Armitage Avenue. Bucktown is readily accessible on the Blue Line.

Bucktown gets its name from the large number of goats raised in the neighborhood during the 19th century. A male goat is a buck.

 

Naperville is a city located in DuPage County, Illinois and Will County, Illinois, USA. As of the 2000 census, Naperville had a total population of 128,358; a special census in 2003 estimated the population at 135,858. As of March 2006, Chicago magazine estimates the city’s population at "about 140,000" – fourth in the state, behind Chicago, neighboring Aurora, and Rockford. Approximately 95,000 Napervillians live in DuPage County, while about 40,000 reside in Will County.

In addition to recently being named as the #3 place in the country to live, Naperville was also named in 1997 and 2001, as a top city in the nation to raise children. Naperville is also home to one of the top library systems in the country, and is the only city worldwide to have an accredited museum, police, fire and emergency communications department.

 

River North is a neighborhood in the Near North Side community area of Chicago, Illinois. It is bounded by Clark street, Chicago Avenue, and the Chicago river. River North has the largest concentration of art galleries in the United States outside of Manhattan.

River North has recently experienced an exciting transformation from an older downtown neighborhood to a new exciting area featuring high-rise condos, offices, restaurants and specialty boutique type shops. The impressive skyline features an eclectic mix of modern condos, high-rise offices and hotels that soar over vintage loft buildings with the architectural richness of times past. River North now boasts the highest concentration of restaurants and entertainment venues in the city.

 

Streeterville is a neighborhood that is located north of the Chicago River. It is bounded by the river on the south, Michigan Avenue on the west, and Lake Michigan on the north and east. Some of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers (including John Hancock Center), most expensive stores, most luxurious hotels, most elegant restaurants and most entertaining theaters are located here. The Magnificent Mile portion of Michigan Avenue is part of Streeterville, as is the number one tourist attraction in Chicago, Navy Pier. Streeterville is located east of the Chicago and Grand stations of the Red Line. Streeterville is named after George Streeter.

 

Barrington is a village located 35 miles northwest of Chicago. As of the 2000 census, the village had a total population of 10,168. It is part of the greater Chicago metropolitan area.

The Village of Barrington serves as the geographic center of the 72 square mile Barrington Community Unit School District 220. There are large areas of wetlands, forest preserves, parks, and horse trails in the country-suburban setting.

Outside of New York City, the Barrington area zip code 60010 is the wealthiest zip code in the country with a population of 20,000 or more.

 

Roscoe Village refers to a neighborhood in the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. With no official boundaries, Chicago residents perceive the boundaries of the neighborhood to be Addison Avenue, Belmont Avenue, Western Avenue, and Ravenswood Avenue.

Residents of Roscoe Village enjoy and can take advantage of the lakes, parks, beaches, bike paths and playing fields which are just minutes away at Lake Michigan. One such recreation center is Hamlin Park which provides residents of Roscoe Village with playing fields, tennis courts, a field house and a huge outdoor pool with both adult and children’s swimming hours. Wrigley field, home of the Chicago Cubs is also only a mile away. Today the area is home to over 6200 residents.

The real estate market in Roscoe Village has soared since the mid 1980’s and today is becoming a prime place to buy a home and live in a relaxed and serene setting with downtown Chicago being only about 20 minutes away.

 

Albany Park Illinois Real Estate

Albany Park, Illinois
by Julie Farby

With a population that has grown more than 25 percent since 1980, Albany Park, Illinois has long been a choice destination for scores of hard-working newcomers to Chicago. Today, this city of *57, 655 residents is “one of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the country.” Albany Park also claims the highest percentage of foreign-born residents of any neighborhood in Chicago, with more than 24 languages regularly spoken in the area, and over 40 different languages spoken in its public schools.

Although perhaps most notable for being the home of the current governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, Albany Park’s extensive residential and commercial development and reconstruction over the last few decades has helped breathe new life into the city. The quiet, tree-lined community offers affordable rents and multi-family housing, with mostly bungalows, cottages, and small apartment buildings dotting its side streets. The main strip around Lawrence and Kedzie Avenues boast a large array of ethnic eateries, restaurants, and shops, and there are nine parks and playgrounds, along with two dozen churches positioned throughout the area.

Conveniently nestled midway between O’Hare International Airport and the Chicago Loop, the Albany Park community is located on the northwest side of Chicago (approximately 3400 west and 4800 north), with CTA Brown Line (Ravenswood) rapid transit services at Kedzie Avenue and the Kimball Station terminal. Albany Park is approximately bounded by Foster Avenue on the north, Montrose Avenue on the south, Elston Avenue on the southwest, and the North Branch of the Chicago River on the east.

*According to the 2000 census

 

Algonquin Illinois Real Estate

Algonquin, Illinois

Imagine, it’s 1945 and the end of World War Two. Soldiers are returning home to family members and loved ones. Many of these soldiers were stuffed away in their barracks during the war across the Atlantic Ocean in Europe reminiscing of their charmed, idyllic youth not unlike a Mark Twain novel.

To many who vacationed there as children, Algonquin seemed a fine place to raise families. These men and women were determined to avoid raising families in the crowded “Windy City” of Chicago. Instead, they wanted to make permanent for their own children what they had enjoyed during unflustered yet exploratory summers for themselves. Beginning in 1950 with 1,223 residents, Algonquin experienced a population increase of 60 percent or greater in each of the next three decades.

Algonquin lies in a steep valley where the Fox River cut through the Valparaiso Moraine left by the Wisconsin glacier. Located in McHenry County, 39 miles northwest of the ‘Loop’, Algonquin was a key point on the heavily traveled trail (now Illinois Highway 62) between Chicago and the Indian settlements at Lake Geneva.

Algonquin grew slowly as a trading point for the area’s numerous dairy farmers along the Fox River Valley Railroad (Chicago & North Western Railway), which entered the community in 1854. Chicago residents riding the line saw a community nestled in the valley with attractive scenery, cooling mineral springs, and numerous opportunities for boating and fishing. Algonquin became a natural destination for summer vacationers from Chicago.

As riverine holidays drew numerous vacationers, other activities like early automobile road and hill-climb races up the northbound highway once used by foot travelers brought many more. Algonquin’s population doubled during summer months through the 1920s as Chicago residents sought to escape the city’s summer heat. It wasn’t uncommon to witness dance pavilions and commercial picnic groves swarming dairy cattle pastures. During the Great Depression, many summer cottages became permanent homes as Chicago bungalow buyers faced foreclosure.

The soldiers from World War Two stimulated area growth. As more African-Americans were moving into the congested city of Chicago, more descendents of Europe such as Polish, German and Irish were moving to the valley of Algonquin. By the 1980s, the population more than doubled, reaching 11,663 by 1990, and grew to 23,276 by 2000.

Today, as many of Algonquin’s residents are able to experience the same idyllic holidays that were enjoyed by their ancestors, the difference is that the enjoyment can be accomplished all year round. Algonquin, also known as the “Gem of the Fox River Valley”, is a thriving, growing community in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago.

To Algonquin residents, maintaining a "friendly, community- oriented atmosphere" is of the uttermost importance. The picturesque village is nestled along the bluffs of the Fox River and has a fresh country appeal. It is the southern access point to the region’s lakes, making it the ideal location for water sports enthusiasts and nature lovers as well.

A number of new commercial, industrial and retail businesses have sprung up in recent years as a result of Algonquin’s convenient proximity to Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates and Elgin.

There is also easy access to the Algonquin Road and Randall Road corridors. And, there is more prime property available for development.

The Algonquin Economic Development Commission consists of a group of citizens who are charged with promoting and fostering business growth. They also assure that businesses "enhance the quality of life" in the community. The village has a public library and 18 public parks offering a swimming pool, tennis courts and a number of picnic areas. There are two private marinas as well.

Algonquin has its own police department and shares fire and ambulance services with Lake in the Hills.

The majority of Algonquin’s homes are often spacious, single-family homes. Styles vary from cottages to grand residences. Locations overlooking the river, or bordering an expanse of woods or farmland, heighten the appeal. Homes can range anywhere from $90,000 to more than $500,000.

Algonquin is served by the community unit with four elementary schools (one in Lake in the Hills), two middle schools and Jacobs High School. There are three private schools in the area as well. The 2004 average composite ACT score at Jacobs was 22.0.

The Northwest Toll way (I-90) is six miles south of Algonquin on Illinois 31 (Main Street in Algonquin). The Northwest Highway (U.S. 14) is four miles north on Illinois 31. A drive to the Loop can take 60 minutes. Midway and O’Hare airports are 75- and 35-minute trips by car, respectively. Rail commuters can catch the Metra in Cary, Crystal Lake and Barrington, or the Milwaukee Road in Elgin. Travel time to Chicago is about an hour.

One of the biggest events is the Algonquin Founders’ Day Festival. It has many activities within the Festival such as Carnival for Special Kids, Cardboard Boat Regatta,

Taste of Founders, “Once Upon A Time” parade and so much more.

The best way to experience the stimulating and memorable lifestyle of Algonquin is to make it a part of you.

Come to Algonquin, IL the “Gem of the Fox River Valley” and experience life away from the mundane.

 

Andersonville Illinois Real Estate

Comprised of Edgewater, Andersonville, Lakewood-Balmoral, Bowmanville

Andersonville, Illinois
by Julie Farby

Andersonville is a neighborhood (located in the Edgewater community area) on the North Side of Chicago, about five miles north-northwest of the city’s downtown. According to Wikipedia.org, the approximate street boundaries of Andersonville are Magnolia Avenue to the east, North Ravenswood Avenue to the west, Winnemac Avenue to the south, and Elmdale Avenue to the north. The main shopping street is North Clark Street, which runs roughly north-south. The stretch of North Clark Street south of West Foster Avenue is undergoing development and is sometimes called South Foster, or SoFo. Once a predominantly Swedish neighborhood, today Andersonville is a diverse ethnic community, and home to one of the largest gay and lesbian populations in Chicago. According to the city’s Chamber of Commerce, at the heart of the Andersonville community is the “renowned Swedish American Museum, which features a permanent exhibit about Swedish American history, rotating exhibits from prominent Swedish and Swedish American artists, and the new interactive Children’s Museum of Immigration,” where kids can get a glimpse of their ancestor’s long journey to America. In addition, some of Chicago’s finest dance, theater, film, visual arts, and music organizations make their home in Andersonville.

Andersonville is a historic community, with roots that extend well back into the 19th century, when immigrant Swedish farmers started moving north into the area. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, wooden homes were outlawed in Chicago. Consequently, Swedish immigrants, who could not afford to build homes of stone or brick, began to move outside of the city’s northern limits. The arrival of Swedish immigrants continued through the beginning of the 20th century, settling in the newly built homes surrounding Clark Street. According to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, “before long, the entire commercial strip was dominated by Swedish businesses, from delis to hardware stores, shoe stores to blacksmiths, and bakeries to realty companies. The local churches, such as Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Bethany Methodist Episcopal Church, and St. Gregory’s Roman Catholic Church, were also built by Swedes, and reflected the religious diversity of the new arrivals.”

After decades of decline during the Depression and post-war periods, Andersonville ushered in a period of revival in the late 1980’s, as professionals rediscovered the neighborhood’s lovely housing opportunities, and prime location near downtown Chicago and the lakefront. New gift shops and ethnic eateries opened up and gave the main drag of Clark Street a new commercial vitality and diversity. A large lesbian and gay population also developed, spurred by the opening of such businesses as “Women & Children First,” a bookstore focusing on feminist authors and topics. In addition to being one of the most concentrated areas of Swedish culture in the United States, today Andersonville claims home to a diverse assortment of devoted residents and businesses, including one of Chicago’s “largest gay and lesbian communities, a large collection of Middle Eastern restaurants and bakeries, and a thriving Hispanic commercial area north of Catalpa Avenue.” In fact, the annual Swedish tradition of celebrating the summer solstice has since blossomed into Midsommarfest, which has grown into one of the largest and most popular street festivals in Chicago.

Arlington Heights Illinois Real Estate


Arlington Heights, Illinois
By Julie Farby

Spanning about 17 square miles, with a population of 76,422 in 2003, Arlington Heights is the largest of any village in Illinois. Situated just 25 miles from downtown Chicago, Arlington Heights is a vibrant community tucked within the city’s attractive northwest suburban corridor. Despite its large population and ever-expanding business associations, residents of Arlington Heights often say that “the village retains many small time charms—people remain in their homes for decades, stay loyal to local merchants and display a strong spirit of community participation.”

According to the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce, apart from its “growing downtown skyline, expanding shopping areas, and new office parks,” Arlington Heights is perhaps best known for its Arlington Park Race Track, home of the world’s first million dollar horse race in 1981. The community is also home to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, which has one of the largest collections in the state, as well as the Metropolis Performing Arts Theatre: an eclectic central business district project, including a “300-seat performing arts theater, a 7,000-square-foot restaurant, 22,000 square feet of retail space, and 35,000 square feet of office space. In addition, the Performing Arts Centre houses Second City Northwest—the suburban branch of the famous comedy troupe.”

Though today Arlington Heights boasts a population of over 76,000, a thriving economic climate, and a diverse array of businesses and residences, the history of the town dates back about a century and a half ago. The village of Arlington Heights originally bore the eponymous name Dunton, in honor of its founding father, “Asa Dunton, a Yankee stonecutter, who first staked claim of the area in 1836. By the mid 19th century, the single biggest force shaping the fledgling Midwest was the railroad. So, in 1850, Asa’s son, William Dunton, persuaded the railroad builders to route the train through his town by selling 16 acres of his own land for railroad right of way for only $350.” It turned out to be an auspicious move. The improved transportation to Chicago spurred the industrial and farming growth of the community, and, in 1874, "Dunton" was changed first to West Wheeling and then, in 1887—when the village was incorporated—to its present day name of Arlington Heights.

Arlington Heights has undergone substantial changes over the last couple of years—most notably, an upgrading of infrastructure and development of new recreation areas.

In conjunction with a 10-year project to upgrade its storm sewer system, the village of Arlington Heights together with the Arlington Heights Park District spearheaded two monumental undertakings: Lake Arlington and Nickol Knoll Park. Touted by the Village Chamber of Commerce as a “5-acre man-made lake with a boathouse, boat rentals and a walking path around the entire perimeter,” Lake Arlington was completed in 1992. And finished in 1995, what was formerly a “landfill site at the extreme northwest corner of town” has been transformed into Nickol Knoll Park, a beautiful recreational area, complete with a “9-hole golf course, ballparks and walking path.”

 

 

Barrington Illinois Real Estate

Barrington, Illinois

32 miles northwest of the Loop, in Lake and Cook counties, lay the oak grove and prairie land that lay between Chicago and the Fox River better known as Barrington.

The first Mayor of Chicago, William Butler Ogden, became interested in connecting the developing northwest to Chicago’s growing port amenities. He gained control of the Chicago, St. Paul & Fond du Lac Railroad (later the Chicago & North Western Railway) in 1854 and pushed its tracks to the northwest corner of Cook County, where a station named Deer Grove was built.

Although it meant improved profits, many area farmers feared the railroad would bring too many saloons and Irish Catholics to the area. In response to the opposition, Robert Campbell, a civil engineer working for the Fond du Lac line, purchased a farm two miles northwest of Deer Grove and planted a community there in 1854. At Campbell’s request, the railroad moved the station building to his new community, which he called Barrington after Barrington, Massachusetts, the original home of a number of area farmers.

The prosperity of the Civil War era increased Barrington’s population to 300 in 1863. Because leaders believed the growing community needed tax-supported developments, an election to incorporate Barrington was held on February 16, 1865. The village prospered as many Chicago grain merchants whose homes were destroyed in the Fire of 1871 decided to construct opulent Queen Anne–style residences along Barrington’s tree-shaded streets.

The large estate acreage that tended to remain in family hands decade after decade protected Barrington from the densely packed residential developments that came to neighboring communities in the 1950s and 1960s. Barrington’s population grew from 3,213 in 1930 to only 5,435 in 1960. But with the construction of the Northwest Tollway five miles to the south in the early 1960s, development did come to Barrington’s south side. Population reached 10,168 in 2000.

Proud of its reputation as an estate community, Barrington’s leaders continue their opposition to jam-packed population developments replacing estate acreage as it comes up for sale. A proposal to turn the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern Railway into a suburb-to-suburb commuter line with Barrington as a major stop met strong disapproval based on the fear that, as happened with the towns along the Northwest Tollway, such a transportation development would crowd the city with clutter and noise.

The alluring city of Barrington, IL is located 35 miles outside of Chicago. Barrington is a small community of approximately 10,000 residents and is renowned for its relaxing atmosphere. Enclosed by ninety square miles of open green space and farms, the city is located in the heart of what locals call "The Countryside."

The city has also created an extensive system of commuter trains and major interstate highways, making Barrington easily accessible to the vast metropolitan workforce of Chicago. The median income for a household in Barrington is $79,628. The median home value is $365,299 within the Barrington community.

Downtown Barrington is a bustling, essential part of the city, with a distinct historic atmosphere. A charming gazebo plaza at the heart of the downtown is surrounded by a blend of quaint stores and restaurants. Lined with Victorian-style planters and lampposts, benches and brick-paved walkways, the charm of the city is undeniable.

Barrington may be very much an upscale community, but residents here benefit from an incredibly versatile real estate market. Prices of realty in town are flexible enough to accommodate almost every taste, budget, and lifestyle. Recent real estate reports specify that the lower end of Barrington’s housing market currently starts at approximately $145,000 for a unit in a multi-family complex, such as a condominium or town house.

A typical three-bedroom, two-bath single-family home in move-in condition can be found for around $300,000, with the median price currently around $380,000.

For those who prefer an executive style dwelling, the market currently tops out at just under $8,000,000 for an impeccable seven-bedroom, ten-bath home situated on around ten acres. Truly, there is something for everyone here.

A number of parks in the city are replete with recreational activities. One of the largest is Langendorf Park with a dance studio, aquatic center, fitness gym, small golf course, picnic sites, five baseball diamonds, two playgrounds and tennis, basketball and volleyball courts. Columbus Park has twelve beautifully landscaped acres complete with a tot lot. Ron Beese Park has softball fields, soccer fields, ski trails, football fields, hiking trails and a nature preserve. Richard E. Miller Park has a playground, a handicapped accessible playground, and a scout cabin. The park system in the city has been masterfully designed to meet any recreational need and provide endless enjoyment.

Rarely does a city in the United States have an impressive public school system. The district serves approximately 8,500 students from pre-school through grade 12. The Barrington school district is not only nationally recognized as being excellent, but its students score significantly above national and regional averages on standardized tests.

This is a city rich in history, culture and beauty. Residents of Barrington help this charming city move toward the future, while remembering the important legacies of the past. The Barrington Historical Society works diligently to preserve the quaint, small-town feel of the city. The location, recreational choices, and excellent school district make Barrington a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family.


Bartlett Illinois Real Estate

Bartlett, Illinois

Bartlett, located 30 miles west of the Loop, still retains much of its picturesque and historical “woodland” beauty. Victorian houses and farmhouses stand alongside ranches, bungalows, and the historical Sears mail-order houses.

In 1844, Luther Bartlett purchased a 320-acre farm in Wayne Township along with his brother Lyman. Although Lyman eventually left the community, Luther became a farmer and sheep breeder, remaining in Bartlett until his death in 1882.

Bartlett built the Bartlett Manufacturing Company, which produced patent neck yokes. Although this created job opportunities for many of the villagers, the company failed in 1878 during an economic depression. In 1873 Bartlett laid an economic cornerstone for the village: subdividing 40 acres of property, he donated half of the land to the Chicago & Pacific Railroad (which was succeeded in 1880 by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad) for a train station and switching yard. Because of his donations the town was named for him.

At the turn of the century nearly three-fourths of the residents were German-born or were of German heritage.

In 1915 attorney Charles Erbstein purchased a 210-acre estate along present-day Lake Street (Route 20), naming the estate Villa Olivia after his daughter. From this location Erbstein broadcast a radio program beginning in 1922. The station moved to larger quarters the following year and the broadcast went national. The Chicago Tribune later purchased the station.

Bartlett had just 716 residents in 1950, and defied residential growth until the mid-1970s when the Boise Cascade company planned to utilize 540 acres south of the village. Although the plan was finally approved, Boise Cascade backed out in the face of residents’ opposition and subsequently sold to other developers. By decade’s end approximately 3,500 residences had been built, including townhouses, condominiums, and single-family houses.

The 1980s and 1990s brought new population growth and annexations. Bartlett’s population soared from 19,373 in 1990 to 36,706 in 2000.

What does the average adult know about Bartlett’s history? Did you know that Bartlett is over 100 years old? Which building downtown was once a dairy? These questions and more can be answered by the average school-aged child in wonderful Bartlett. One of the city’s main attractions is the ‘Bartlett Historical Tour’. Along with Village Hall, the Huntley Dairy and Bartlett Park Gazebo, the tourist gets the exciting opportunity to visit at least twelve other locations, including the Bartlett Cemetery.

The Bartlett real estate market has remained strong in part due to its train access. As many residents use the train to get to the city for work and play. Bartlett offers a full range of housing options from condos up to semi-custom new construction homes. The Bartlett real estate market is made up of single family housing and a large selection of Condos and Townhouses. Single family homes range from $225,000 up to over $800,000.

One may say, “This all sounds great, but one problem. At heart, I’ll always be a city slicker and I can’t see myself cutting the lawn.” My friend, there’s nothing to worry about. Bartlett’s attached housing market may be right for you. With condos starting at around $100,000 and new construction townhouses topping off around $350,000 there are plenty of options.

Sand Ridge Nature Center is a 235-acre preserve with four well-marked trails offering easy hiking, from under a mile to 2 miles long. Each trail features different habitats, including prairies, oak savannas and woodlands, marshes, a pond, and ancient sand dunes. Sand Ridge is especially celebrated for its wonderful spring woodland wildflower display during April and early May, colorful summer prairie wildflowers, and autumn leaf color. Both spring and autumn bring many migrating birds that stop to rest and feed in the different locales. Fans of dragonflies and butterflies are treated to their aerial displays on warm days spring through fall. Winter is stunning too, with drifts of white snow highlighting the graceful shapes of trees and shrubs, punctuated with the cheery calls and colors of our resident winter birds and the tracks of more discreet animals.

Bartlett has grown from a forty acre town site to an area covering 14.6 square miles with over 100 miles of streets. The Village now lies in Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties.

Bartlett’s future is one of unrelenting and controlled, well-planned growth. This expansion includes an active program designed to attract businesses and industries to Bartlett, primarily along the western edge of the Village, and to increase the commercial and industrial tax base. The projected population for the year 2020 is estimated at 47,500.

Wouldn’t it be nice to be a part of a residential development with an economic boom? Visit Bartlett, get to know the city and immediately make those long-awaited into a short-term affordable reality.

  Chicago, Illinois

Chicago, Illinois has many nicknames, "Windy City," "City of Big Shoulders," and "Second City"

Chicago, Illinois is the financial and transportation center of the Midwest

The city’s importance as a transportation hub brought dramatic growth to Illinois. The population nearly tripled from 1850 to 1855.

Much of the city was destroyed in an 1871 fire traditionally blamed on Mrs. O’Leary’s cow. In 1893, Chicago, Illinois hosted the World’s Columbian Exposition, which gave rise to many of the city’s cultural institutions.

The city is known for its ethnic neighborhoods, arts scene and bustling downtown loop.

Some of the local attractions include, Lincoln Park Zoo, Adler Planetarium, boat tours on the Chicago River, Art Institute of Chicago, Field Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio, Museum of Science and Industry, and the Shedd Aquarium.

Median rent in Chicago, Illinois at the time of the 2000 Census, was $543. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,216.

 

North Barrington Illinois

North Barrington is a village in Lake County Illinois.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 3,166.

This Lake County community was incorporated in 1959, to enact zoning laws and prevent high-density development.
20% of North Barrington residents report German ancestry, and 17% report Irish.
At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in North Barrington was $81,243, compared with $45,787 in Illinois

63% of residents age 25+ have a bachelor’s or advanced college degree.

Median rent at the time of the 2000 Census, was $1,563. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $3,166.

 

Chicago Real Estate, Gold Coast Homes for Sale

The present day parameters of Chicago’s Gold Coast extend from North Avenue on the north; Chicago Avenue on the south; Clark Street on the west, and the Lake on the east.

The Gold Coast is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, mostly consisting of high-rise apartment buildings on Lake Shore Drive, facing Lake Michigan.

The Gold Coast was an unexceptional neighborhood until 1885, when Potter Palmer, former dry goods merchant and owner of the Palmer House hotel, built a fanciful castle on Lake Shore Drive. Over the next few decades, Chicago’s elite gradually migrated from Prairie Avenue to their new homes north of the Loop.

The "Gold Coast Historic District" was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 30, 1978.

The price tag of real estate property in the Gold Coast is presently in the range of $2 to $3 million for single family homes. Condominiums average $200,000 for a one bedroom, $350,000 for two bedrooms, and $450,000+ for three bedrooms.

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Chicago Real Estate

According to the Bucktown Community Organization, remains of the “good old days” of this Chicago neighborhood can still be found in Bucktown, “cobblestone alleys; streetcar tracks peeking through potholes, a water pump in a yard near Leavitt and McLean, old street numbers in stained glass on Oakley, privy rooms under vaulted sidewalks, and, of course, the beautiful, sturdy century-old buildings.” Clearly, Bucktown’s history is grand, but it is future is just as promising. Small neighborhood bars are found on every corner, and both North and Damen Avenues boast smoky late-night clubs and stylish bars, shops, and restaurants. Bucktown has no shortage of culture—“Gallery Point,” is the area’s central art colony, (bounded by Milwaukee, Damen, Wabansia and North Avenues), and the "Bucktown Arts Fest," continues to attract 30,000 plus art lovers to the area every August, a beloved Bucktown tradition for well over 20 years.

 

Popular theory has it that the Chicago neighborhood of Bucktown got its name in the early 1800’s as a result of its primarily Polish population’s penchant for raising goats, the male of which is called a buck.

Bucktown’s boundary’s are, North Ave. (south), Western (west), Fullerton (north) and the Chicago River on the east.

Bucktown is a slightly less expensive alternative to other, higher-priced Chicago neighborhoods, although prices are rising. The area has many trendy restaurants and upscale shops appealing to young professionals and real estate developers alike. But remnants of a historic and quainter Bucktown are evident in the hundred-year-old buildings and cobblestone paths.