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Old Posted Mar 2, 2012, 10:48 PM
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Beautiful set, beautiful day, excellent people photos.
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Old Posted Mar 3, 2012, 3:08 AM
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Excellent shots of where I've chosen to call home for the last 10 years.
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Old Posted Mar 3, 2012, 9:41 PM
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Great set.

I'm not sure how I feel about Lincoln Park. It's almost...too gentrified.

Lakeview isn't far behind.

Lately my favorite hoods in Chicago have been the heavily ethnic ones: Pilsen, Little Village, Devon St, Chinatown, etc
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I really need to revisit Chicago. Love the pics.
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I'm young (24) so please forgive me, but isn't this sort of stretching the concept of gentrification? I'm legitimately curious. I mean, how "ungentrified" did Lincoln Park ever really become?
Depends on where you draw the boundaries. The blocks along Clark, like the Gold Coast, have always been pretty wealthy. The west part of the neighborhood around Sheffield, Halsted, and Clybourn was once a working-class Puerto Rican neighborhood, even if that area now plays host to the Pritzker mansion and Alinea. But the gentrification happened 40 years ago in the hippie era, and now the idea of blight and serious street crime is literally laughable. Back then, the idea that the neighborhood would one day be wall-to-wall Trixies was equally laughable.

Clybourn was heavily industrial, which is fairly obvious considering the 10% of industry that still remains, but most people don't understand how sleepy it would have been. It was probably pretty similar to the way Elston is today, minus the kids in their Mercedes heading to Best Buy.
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What makes Chicago so special and so unique? Well, part of it comes from neighborhoods like Lincoln Park, Chicago being the ultimate neighborhood city.

What amazes about Chicago is what it does with scale. Look at Lincoln Park: high-rises dominate its eastern fringe facing out to park, beach, and lake along streets like Clark and Lincoln Park West. But go inland a block or two and the scale shifts to where homes, townhouses, condos, and apartments dominate with a relatively low rise setting which still comes off as totally inviting urban. In Lincoln Park, as in LakeView, Old Town, Hyde Park and other such lakefront neighborhoods, Chicago confidently shows the best of urbanism: the city that invented the skyscraper and took it to an art form shows no fear in maintaining an urban landscape that is beautifully scaled, without the need for total and oppressive density (short of, IMHO, the stretch of Sheridan Road from Hollywood to Devon).
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I know this thread is a little vintage, but I stumbled upon it and loved your photos. That architecture is amazing! I wonder how much those rowhomes go for these days.
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Absolutely lovely! Thanks for the post!
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Ahh.. beautiful Chicago

Not to start a 'VS' type convo but this is why I simply love Chicago and find its urban fabric and outlying neighborhoods to be superior to NYC. When you leave the city center - The Loop - I find Chicago to have a better build, housing stock and so forth than NYC.

I love Chicago!.. and I'm a New Yorker!
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