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Chicago's most expensive home sales of 2017: Single family homes

...MM vs. $8.35 MM the previous year. That distinction belonged to the home at 52 E Bellevue PL which weighed in at more than 10,000 square feet spread across 5 levels...

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...second highest priced sale of 2017 was the super cool 9200 square foot home at 542 W Grant Pl that I first wrote about in April 2015 when it hit the market priced at...

...third highest sale of last year was a 6900 square foot new construction home at 1922 N Howe with 6 bedrooms, 6 full baths, and 3 half baths that sold in September for...

    Chicago's Most Expensive Home Sales Of 2017: Single Family Homes
    At the beginning of each year I look back at Chicago's most expensive home sales from the previous year to provide a sense of the high end housing market, starting with the sale of single family homes. Somewhat surprisingly, despite a booming economy and stock market, it doesn't look like the high end was really...

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We deserve more from Commissioner Bridget Gainer

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/4-cook-county-board-members-missed-25-or-more-meetings-in-past-5-years-survey/ + she's been SILENT on Joe Berrios and on advocating for property tax equity -- all while dreaming of higher office.

    4 Cook County Board members missed 25% or more meetings in past 5 years: survey
    Cook County Board members have missed hundreds of meetings in the past five years, an investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times and ABC7 Chicago's I-Team has found - with four county commissioners absent at least a quarter of the time. Commissioner Bridget Gainer had the worst attendance record, records show.

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Elvis jukebox musical 'Heartbreak Hotel' coming to Chicago in June

“Heartbreak Hotel” will bow at the Broadway Playhouse, 175 E. Chestnut St., on June 30, initially playing through Sept. 9, Broadway in Chicago said Monday.

    Elvis jukebox musical 'Heartbreak Hotel' coming to Chicago in June
    "Heartbreak Hotel" is coming to the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago in June, about Elvis and his rise to fame.

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Luxury Garage Sale Slashes Prices on High-End Fashion

Luxury Garage Sale (900 N. Michigan Ave., luxurygaragesale.com) hosts its New with Tags sale January 26 to 29, offering designer merchandise...

Alice + Olivia (919 N. Michigan Ave., aliceandolivia.com) is hosting a Winter Season Sale that slashes prices on select items by...

Aritzia (923 N. Rush St., us.aritzia.com) has taken 40 to 60 percent off select fall and winter items...

Ikram (15 E. Huron St., ikram.com) is offering 60 percent off select items in an in-store-only sale that began January 17.

Exhale (945 N. State St., exhalespa.com) has winter spa services including a Tahitian Body Scrub. The treatment uses Tahitian oils and lemongrass-and-coconut sugar scrub to hydrate skin and lock in moisture. The Gold Coast spa also offers facials, couples’ massages, and reiki.

360 Sky Yoga (875 N. Michigan Ave., 360chicago.com) takes place at the 360 Chicago Observation Deck in the Hancock Building, 1...

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Cynthia Rowley (1648 N. Damen Ave., cynthiarowley.com) has taken up to 70 percent off a selection of feminine, whimsical pieces...

    Luxury Garage Sale Slashes Prices on High-End Fashion
    Ikram (15 E. Huron St., ikram.com) is offering 60 percent off select items in an in-store-only sale that began January 17. Exhale (945 N. State St., exhalespa.com) has winter spa services including a Tahitian Body Scrub. The treatment uses Tahitian oils and lemongrass-and-coconut sugar scrub to hydrate skin and lock in moisture.

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  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    remodel # 14D kitchen & baths including replacing plumbing fixtures in same location in bathroom also replace all galvanized piping with new type m copper same as existing. remove non loading bear wall between living room & study room. (no structural work) SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS.

    100 E. Bellevue Pl. Issued January 18, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for easy permit process

    work in unit # 24N: vanity. add extra sink in master bathroom using existing piping. relocation plumbing in kitchen move sink 2 ft using existing piping. removing non loading bearing wall between kitchen & living. electrical permit # 100743669; replacement of plumbing fixtures also kitchen and baths ((NO fire rated doors to be replaced under this permit) subject to field inspections

    1110 N. Lake Shore Dr. Issued January 18, 2018 Comment

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Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets

Marisol, 205 E. Pearson St. The restaurant inside Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has a lunch menu that includes the signature Marisol salad, porchetta sandwich and a veggie cheeseburger. And when you’re finished, you can wander around the museum for a while.

Booth One, 1301 N. State Parkway. Classic glamour is back at the former Pump Room, which is offering a four-course...

Margeaux Brasserie, 11 E. Walton St. Michael Mina’s gorgeous Parisian brasserie comes with Gold Coast prices, which makes the three-course ($33) dinner option (including smoked-salmon tartine, blanquette de veau and dark-chocolate pot de creme) especially attractive.

Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave. Martial Noguier always rises to the CRW occasion. This year’s brunch menu is especially intriguing. The three-course menu is $22, or $39 with bottomless mimosas. (There’s an hour-and-a-half time limit on the elbow-bending.) Lunch and dinner menus also available.

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Beacon Tavern, 405 N. Wabash Ave. I really like the blackened-redfish sandwich here, and it’s part of Beacon Tavern’s three-course lunch menu. Other dishes include an eggplant-parmigiana sandwich, Brussels sprouts-kale salad and clam chowder. Dinner and brunch menus also available.

Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St. Four-star dining for $22; that’s the lure at Blackbird. Skimming through the menu...

Chez Joel, 1119 W. Taylor St. The three-course lunch menu is loaded with bistro classics, including moules frites, boeuf aux champignons, profiterole and creme brulee. Dinner menu also available.

Cindy’s, 12 S. Michigan Ave. Assuming it isn’t blizzarding, the glass-enclosed rooftop restaurant should offer beautiful Millennium Park views along with its lunch menu, which includes gnocchi parisienne and chocolate quesillo with maple-pecan ice cream.

Gene & Georgetti, 500 N. Franklin St. and 9421 W. Higgins Road, Rosemont. G&G’s city and suburban locations are part of CRW this year. The lunch menu includes a sirloin-steak sandwich, along with beet-orange salad, pistachio-crusted whitefish and tuxedo mousse cheesecake.

The Kitchen, 316 N. Clark St. Part of me wonders what “seasonal bruschetta” means in late January, but the rest of the lunch menu (turkey burger with Sriracha aioli, pasta bolognese, creme fraiche panna cotta) has me sold. Dinner menu also available.

Pearl Brasserie, 180 N. Wacker Drive. The newest casual-French restaurant in the Loop makes its CRW debut with a three-course menu that includes tomato soup with mini grilled cheese, chicken milanese, prime burger and apple tart.

Portsmith, 660 N. State St. Decisions, decisions. The $22 lunch and $33 dinner both appeal (the latter has that upscale “fish and chips” dish I like), but the lunch menu offers “fried fish and waffle” with Dark Matter (local coffee) maple syrup, and that tips the scales for me. Eat early.

City Mouse, 311 N. Morgan St. Plenty of options for guests who try the three-course ($44) dinner menu: at least four choices per course (five entree options). Bring friends.

HaiSous, 1800 S. Carpenter St. A first-time participant, HaiSous was one of the best restaurants to open in 2017...

Lena Brava, 900 W. Randolph St. Rick Bayless’ open-fire restaurant joins the CRW club with a four-course ($44) menu that includes a vegetarian option in every course. In fact, the vegetarian dishes — including the superb grill-roasted pineapple with hazelnut salsa macha — all sound terrific.

The Loyalist, 177 N. Ada St. Last month, Bon Appetit ranked the Loyalist’s cheeseburger as one of the three best burgers in the nation. Said burger, along with the tempura-fried chicken sandwich and other treats, is part of the restaurant’s three-course ($33) dinner menu.

Mercat a la Planxa, 638 S. Michigan Ave. For a taste of Barcelona and other Spanish-inspired dishes, check out Mercat’s three-course ($44) menu of savory choices, including cannelloni stuffed with short rib and chicken, with a creamy foie gras and truffle bechamel.

Naha, 500 N. Clark St. Lunch is so popular during CRW that chef/owner Carrie Nahabedian routinely adds extra tables to the dining room. I prefer the relative quiet of the three-course dinner menu ($44), with dishes such as “popcorn” polenta with goat cheese and mushrooms.

Split-Rail, 2500 W. Chicago Ave. Dueling five-course ($44) menus at Split-Rail invite you to choose between menus inspired by “Seinfeld” (yes, there’s soup for you) and “Friends.” Each dish is listed with the episode that inspired it. A binge-watcher’s dream.

Tanta, 118 W. Grand Ave. The three-course ($44) menu includes Peruvian favorites, such as cebiche, lomo saltado and chihoakay marino.

Bad Hunter, 802 W. Randolph St. Not surprisingly, the lunch and brunch menus are heavily veggie-focused, though there is a...

Bar Siena, 832 W. Randolph St. Bar Siena offers lunch, dinner and brunch CRW menus, but I’m especially intrigued by...

Ella Elli, 1349 W. Cornelia Ave. A CRW newbie, the flashy Ella Elli offers dinner and brunch menus, the latter including poached-egg avocado toast, mushroom-artichoke quiche and stuffed brioche French toast.

Mon Ami Gabi, 2300 N. Lincoln Park West and 260 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook. MAG’s city and suburban locations are part of...

Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division St. Like Remington, a 4 Star Restaurant Group property, also offering a “cocktail course” (bloody mary or mimosa) as part of its three-course brunch menu. Dishes include blueberry cornbread and pulled-pork Benedict. Lunch and dinner menus also available.

    Chicago Restaurant Week guide: Phil Vettel's list of best bets
    In 2008, Chicago's very first Restaurant Week featured 35 restaurants. The 11th annual Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins Jan. 26 and runs through Feb. 8 (yes, it lasts two weeks) boasts more than 370 city and suburban participants. I'd call that a success story.

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Small change purse found at Lakeshore and Division bus stop on 1/18

Just email sbk616@yahoo.com and identify it.

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  • Permit issued for electric wiring


    875 N. Michigan Ave. Issued January 17, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for elevator equipment

    2017 Fire Service Upgrade Mandate.On Four (4) Elevators; Two (2) 1500lb.cap, 18-Floor Gearless Traction Passengers E & W. One (1) 2000lb.cap, 19-Floor Geared Traction Freight Elevator. And One (1) 1500lb.cap, 3-Floor Geared Traction Passenger Elevator "Medical". Spftware Upgrade. Pursuant To The Scope Of Work Submitted. EV001860

    10 W. Elm St. Issued January 17, 2018 Comment
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    875 N. Michigan Ave. Issued January 16, 2018 Comment
  • Permit issued for electric wiring


    1110 N. Lake Shore Dr. Issued January 17, 2018 Comment
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    132 E. Delaware Pl. Issued January 17, 2018 Comment

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Review: Somerset Is Worthy of Its (Considerable) Buzz

1112 N. State St.

    Review: Somerset Is Worthy of Its (Considerable) Buzz
    "I'm going to throw the patriot in front of the Maserati, OK?" I overheard one valet say to another on a recent Tuesday night outside Somerset, the "all-American club" adjacent to the Gold Coast's shiny new hotel Viceroy.

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Warm up with these 16 winter brunches in Chicago

205 E. Pearson St. 312-799-3599

1112 N. State St. 312-586-2150

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3634 W. Belmont Ave. 773-754-8341

605 N. Wells St. 312-929-0065

65 W. Kinzie St. 312-940-9900

3647 N. Clark St. 773-377-4770

1745 W. North Ave. 773-360-1793

1800 S. Carpenter St. 312-702-1303

1655 W. Cortland St. 773-904-7433

113 W. Hubbard St. 312-644-0113

326 N. Morgan St. 312-763-6564

2118 N. Damen Ave. 773-904-7805

60 E. Ontario St. 312-313-1007

116 W. Hubbard St. 312-464-0466

2500 W. Chicago Ave. 773-697-4413

    Warm up with these 16 winter brunches in Chicago
    It takes a lot of motivation to leave the house when temperatures are in the negatives. Luckily, these 16 bars and restaurants provide just that, serving up hot plates of French toast and biscuits and gravy to warm you up.

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Best Chicago happy hour deals: Jan. 18-24

Petit Margeaux (11 E. Walton St. 312-625-1324) offers a $5 old fashioned on tap from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Learn how to make mezcal and tea-infused cocktails and drink your work for $14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Staytion Market & Bar (1 W. Wacker Drive 312-372-7200).

Fizz Eatery & Soda Fountain (7958 W. Belmont Ave. 773-839-3499) offers mozzarella sticks, potato skins and jalapeño poppers for $5, and chicken tenders or a cheeseburger with fries for $7 from 2 to 5 p.m. All dishes come with a soda.

Heritage Restaurant & Caviar Bar (2700 W. Chicago Ave. 773-661-9577) offers $3 Heritage vodka shots, $5 glasses of prosecco, $6 bloody marys, $4 Pilsner Urquell and $13 relish trays from 4 to 6 p.m.

Sociale (800 S. Clark St. 312-588-1100) offers $4 draft beers, $5 red and white sangria, and $6 signature cocktails from 4 to 6 p.m.

Nia (803 W. Randolph St. 312-226-3110) offers $5 glasses of house wine and $4 bottles of Estrella Damm lager in the bar area from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Seven Lions (130 S. Michigan Ave. 312-880-0130) offers $8 bites and glasses of wine and half-price select beers from 3 to 6 p.m.

    Best Chicago happy hour deals: Jan. 18-24
    Here's where to drink on a budget this week in Chicago.


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