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(Above) As seen from an apartment balcony above, Chicago police officers and an ambulance in River North on May 2, 2021.

7-Jan-22 – Loop North offered a variety of topics to its readers in 2021, but it was stories about real estate and crime and safety that were read the most.

The top ten most-read stories of 2021 included three about a shortage of single-family homes and near-record low mortgage rates that were creating a volatile resale housing market on Chicago’s North Side.

Two crime and safety stories were about incidents at the condominium located at John Hancock Center. One was about a $125,000 settlement at a Gold Coast condo that ended a dispute over a $500 fine.

Loop North’s most-read news stories of 2021...

1. Don’t pay too much for homes on Chicago’s North Side
2. Spybar owner faces drug distribution charges after feds, sheriff raid his home
3. Single-family homes scarce in Chicago’s red-hot market
4. Inventory shortage sets North Side housing market on fire
5. Red Line ridership low but violent crime through the roof
6. Large groups of teens disrupt Loop for third time
7. A perfectly marvelous 48 hours in Victoria, B.C.
8. $125,000 settlement to Gold Coast unit owner ends dispute over $500 fine
9. Gunshot incident just latest safety concern at Hancock Center, say unit owners
10. Hancock unit owners hear harrowing details of gunshot on 57th floor

According to Google Analytics, 215,277 people visited LoopNorth.com in 2021, a 15 percent increase from the previous year.