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Chicago borrowers are riding a rocket as rates head for the stars

Comparing a 14-month period in 2022-2023 to the previous 35 years, an analysis of recent Federal Reserve actions shows that interest rates have skyrocketed 4.88 percent. That’s faster than at any other time in recent history.

North Side homeowners get hosed by inflated water bills

Hundreds of North Side Chicago homeowners are drowning in thousands of dollars of water bill debt.

Bright spots in gloomy North Side market

There may be a few bright spots in the generally gloomy outlook for home buying on Chicago’s North Side in 2023, according to a new market analysis.

On the Rocks (Little and North) in Arkansas

Sister cities Little Rock and North Little Rock have settled their differences, like many siblings, and today are a united front, rich in historic and cultural significance, artistic innovation, and culinary delights.

New report shows improvements in Loop hotel occupancy, Metra ridership

Hotels in the Loop were much fuller in January and February than in the same months last year and the year before, according to a new report by Chicago Loop Alliance.

Interest rate creep makes affordable home buying tough

If you are a prospective home buyer in Chicago, the outlook for locking in an affordable mortgage this spring is fading into the horizon.

Curtain falling on Robert Falls’ three-decade run as Goodman Artistic Director

The Tony award-winning Falls, who announced in 2021 that he would step down last year, reflects on his career at Goodman Theatre and the legacy he leaves for Chicago theatre.

North Side home sales inching back to pre-pandemic levels

Chicago’s North Side housing market – on a respirator gasping for air since late 2020 – is breathing again.

Alderman urges police to monitor social media for warnings of group violence

‘Mass gatherings of youths,’ resulting in assaults and property damage, are organized over social media, the alderman points out, and the incoming police superintendent and mayor need to utilize social media to discourage the gatherings.

Navy Pier Inc. joins lawsuit over denied permit for short-term marina

It was the final permit needed to start building the marina on the north side of Navy Pier. CDOT denied the permit, saying the marina would be too close to a water filtration plant serving Chicago and many surrounding suburbs.