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What to plant in Chicago for a thriving garden this spring

From native landscaping to container gardens and plants with Midwestern sensibilities.

How can Uptown hold on to its affordability?

A luxury developer sets its sights on renovating the neighborhood’s historic buildings.

What Chicago renters need to know during the coronavirus pandemic

We’ve compiled resources and answers for renters and homeowners most urgent concerns.

As a protective measure, Chicago shelters homeless people in hotels with plans for more

"Stopping the outbreak in Chicago’s homeless population has been one of the most challenging aspects of this response," said Dr. Allison Arwady.

Home sellers in Chicago are ‘hesitant’: New listings are down 19 percent since March

Normally, the spring season brings a flood of new homes for sale with inventory spiking 62 percent.

83,000 Chicagoans applied for emergency housing assistance in five days. Only 2,000 will get help.

The program offered payments of $1,000 to help residents pay rents and mortgages. That money will start going out this week.

How coronavirus is changing home closings in Chicago

Deals are still going through, but it’s forcing real estate pros to get creative.

What homeowners and landlords need to know about mortgages now

Find out if you should refinance now, what emergency assistance is available, and what to do if you’re a landlord.

Chicago told landlords to ‘show grace.’ Organizers say that’s not enough.

The Autonomous Tenants Union and 45 other groups are demanding local leaders enact a rent freeze.

11 new developments will bring more than a thousand affordable units to Chicago

Using federal tax credits, the upcoming projects will add 1,083 units to Chicago’s affordable housing supply.

How to find the right homebuying assistance program in Chicago

Buying a house is expensive—these state and city programs could help.

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Chicago’s essential hardware stores, mapped

These are essential businesses still open where you can get cleaning supplies, housewares, and maybe even a roll of toilet paper.

Puzzled by home valuations and property taxes? Chicago’s assessor explains the system.

Chicago’s tax assessor Fritz Kaegi set out to reform a corrupt system—here’s how that’s going.

How can Chicago protect its homeless population from coronavirus?

The city is expanding shelter capacity, giving out hygiene kits, and encouraging social distancing at shelters.

Chicago rents thousands of empty hotel rooms for people who can’t isolate at home

Those diagnosed with COVID-19 or are awaiting test results will be housed in hotels to alleviate strain on hospitals.

As coronavirus spreads in Chicago, how will it impact the real estate market?

The effects of COVID-19 on homebuying and selling are uncertain. "Time will tell," says one Chicago realtor.

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Coronavirus and shelter-in-place impact in Chicago

How the novel coronavirus is affecting housing, transit, and more. Plus, tips on how manage at home.

What it’s like to live in a dorm-like coliving building amid coronavirus

How does shared-space living work in the middle of a pandemic? That’s what coliving tenants are figuring out now.

Abandoned properties to dream homes: Buying a house through Cook County’s land bank

The land bank makes long-time vacant properties accessible for individual homebuyers, too.

Rent a River West studio with a futuristic robotic furniture system

Avenir is the first building to have the MIT-created technology

Chicagoans dependent on rental assistance live far away from most jobs, report says

Are rental assistance programs helping Chicagoans at all?

How ADUs could transform Chicago into a more affordable, accessible place to live

Here’s what you need to know about the return of coach houses, granny flats, and other accessory units.

How city officials propose to preserve Woodlawn’s affordable housing

A new ordinance aims to protect homeowners and renters

Chicago may be more affordable, but still leaves many residents cost-burdened

A report looks at how many hours Chicagoans have to work each month to afford rent.

How Chicago’s tool library is helping people love where they live

Embrace the power of DIY

Illinois is the least tax-friendly state, especially for homeowners, report says

Property taxes in Chicago really add up.

How to easily make your home plastic-free in Chicago

Tips from Chicago’s first zero-waste store

Massive rental project at Broadway Treasure Island site clears key vote

Plus, three more Fulton Market towers are on the way.

The debate over how Chicago should build affordable housing, explained

It’s a balancing act between progressive city officials and developers.

It’s still cheaper to rent than buy in Chicago

But rents are increasing faster than wages.

Curbed Chicago’s top stories of 2019

How neighborhoods got named. A guide to Chicago architecture styles. Transformational megadevelopments.

Will new legislation fix Chicago’s affordable housing crisis, or stymie development?

The "Development for All Ordinance" aims to increase affordable requirements and close developer loopholes.

Where is Chicago’s affordable housing? A new city tool details data from the last decade

Datasets show where the city needs to improve the Affordable Housing Ordinance.

Illinois marijuana legalization doesn’t apply to public housing in Chicago

Chicago Housing Authority tenants are ruled by federal law and could face eviction

Affordable Logan Square rental project clears key zoning vote

The 100-unit transit-oriented development earned the backing of the Chicago Plan Commission.

New affordable housing task force will develop policies to address shortage

The members will examine legislation aimed at developers.

Chicago streamlines process that ‘hampered’ developers ability to build affordable housing

Obtaining affordable housing tax credit will be clearer for developers

After a decade, Housing Department returns to address affordability, segregation

Mayor Lightfoot has tapped housing policy expert Marisa Novara to lead the City Hall department.

Is there hope for the disappearing Chicago two-flat?

Here’s what the city is really losing as multi-unit, two- to four-flats continue to disappear.