What are the Current Market Conditions for Ukrainian Village, Wicker Park, and All of West Town?

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West Town refers to the large neighborhood northwest of the Loop, and is more commonly referenced by its sub-neighborhoods, which include Wicker Park, Ukrainian Village, River West, East Village, part of Bucktown, and Noble Square. Lively communities entrenched in diverse histories and languages, the homes in West Town reflect the hippest and most old-fashioned sides of Chicago, all at once.

Wicker Park, named for the beautiful park at its heart, welcomes artists, families, and foodies alike, and is home to trendy bars, galleries, theater spaces, and countless other quirky gems. You can get a cup of coffee from a number of different shops, most of which are independently owned and burst with eclectic charm.

Ukrainian Village is a more mellow choice. Lined with old trees and filled with classic brick architecture, “Uke Village,” as it's sometimes called, is home to lots of small family businesses, many of which have historically employed Ukrainian or Russian as a first language. Ukrainian Village was also named 2016's "Hottest Neighborhood in the Country" by our colleagues over at Redfin.

For more information on the rest of the neighborhoods that comprise West Town, we encourage you to check out some of these handy resources:

Ready to buy or sell a house or condo in one of these charming neighborhoods? Here are the current market statistics for all of West Town:

A group of students head to school at a CPS high school.

When it comes to finding the best Chicago high school for your family, where should you start?

Finding a Chicago public high school that fits the needs of your family, especially your young student, can be a complex and long process. But, fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there to help, so you won’t have to navigate this daunting prospect alone.

Let’s dive into some important topics that you and your family will want to explore as you move from elementary to high school in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system.

In this guide, we’ll discuss some of the types of high schools and program offerings that are out there, before listing some of the most well-regarded CPS high schools.

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For anyone looking to buy a piece of Chicago history, the Douglas community area is a great place to start searching.

One of 77 officially designated community areas in Chicago, Douglas stretches from 26th Street South to Pershing Road along the Lake. This area contains some or all of the Bronzeville, Prairie Shores, and Groveland Park neighborhoods.

Looking for things to do? Burnham Park runs along the shoreline of the Douglas area, including the 31st street beach, which is now named for the famous artist, educator and museum founder, Margaret Taylor-Burroughs.

Bronzeville is home to the Illinois Institute of Technology, and is one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in the city, having once been the home of Ida B. Wells, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sam Cooke, and Lou Rawls, among countless other luminaries.

Looking for more information? Here are some handy resources to help get you acquainted with the Douglas area:

Ready to call these great neighborhoods home? Here are the housing and condo market stats you need to know about the Douglas community, including Bronzeville and Prairie Shores:

We’re not going to sugarcoat it - selling a home is a major undertaking. There are many different moving parts and considerations that go into listing, marketing, and selling a home. In fact, sometimes it’s easy for the “to-do” list to become so long that you end up overlooking some of the most essential steps, including basics like prepping your home for sale. 

That’s right. Sometimes, in the rush of getting the ball rolling and moving the process forward, homesellers can overlook some simple questions: Is your home actually ready for buyers to come take a look? And if it’s not, what can you do to help get it ready, and showcase it in the best possible light? 

These are important questions to ask, and crucial topics to discuss with your broker! Your real estate team can help offer some personalized recommendations and ideas, suited to the unique variables of your sale. For instance? Buyers in your market may be looking for specific home features, or even up-to-the-minute design and home staging choices. Your broker can help you get a sense of what buyers are looking for, based on local market trends and the unique conditions of your property. 

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