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Buy & Build Beside the Obamas; Maryville Towers Redux

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And now the latest from Curbed Chicago, covering everything you need to know about the city's neighborhoods and real estate...

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KENWOOD— A city lot for sale in Kenwood is not your average development parcel. It's a 50' x 150' piece of land on the south side of the Obama home. Interested? The lot will cost you a whopping $899K and the vetting process is sure to cost you some sleep. The previous owner failed in erecting a custom-built mansion. No telling why.

UPTOWN— JDL Development has breathed new life into a plan for 776 rental units at the site of the old Maryville Academy. Unveiling their concept at a Wednesday meeting, Curbed was there to jot it all down. The plan concentrates apartments into two towers instead of three and only downsizes the overall unit count by 74. Yet somehow this version is winning praise while prior iterations were chased off by angry mobs.

EVERYWHERE— Renters Week 2012 is all over and done with. It was at least as much fun as last year's. Reckon you'd like to see what we were up to? Check out our collected posts, ranging from neighborhood guides to renter horror stories and our patented Craigslist Power Hour.

EDGEWATER— Another notable residential project is back from the development deadpool, this time Bluewater 5440 on Sheridan Avenue. The 190-unit rental tower has been redesigned in a crisp "Barcelona" style, with glassy modular elements. Pretty nifty, actually. And it all might happen very soon.

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