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South Side Tenants Say Landlord Abandoned Them As Rodents Took Over, With Animals Screaming In Walls

"Somebody should be trying to get us out of this situation," one resident said. The building's owner "shouldn't be allowed to walk away with a profit, and we’re just left here stuck."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Deadly Fire In Kenwood High-Rise Was Caused By Someone Smoking In A Bedroom, Fire Officials Say

A smoke detector was not working in the 15th-floor apartment where the fire started Wednesday at the Harper Square Cooperative, officials said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

200 Kenwood Residents Displaced Since Christmas Eve After Landlord’s Unapproved Heaters Caused Power Outage, City Says

The electric units Mac Properties installed without permits at the Algonquin apartments blew a transformer during the recent winter storm, freezing the buildings and forcing them to close indefinitely, officials said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Fed Up With Long-Abandoned Homes, Ravenswood Manor Neighbors Urge City To Crack Down On Owners

Calls to public officials haven't saved the slumping homes, neighbors said. Ald. Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez's office is pushing for a meeting with city officials about the houses.


Pangea Real Estate Faces Lawsuit As Tenants Allege Rodent Infestations, Mold And Insufficient Heating

One of the city's largest real estate companies is being sued by a group of tenants who claim Pangea neglected serious maintenance issues to boost profits.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City, Feds Want South Side Landlord Out As Living Conditions At Kenwood Apartments Get ‘Much, Much Worse’

"It's not just that things have stopped, it's that they're going backwards," a city attorney said Tuesday about repairing the troubled affordable apartment building in Kenwood.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Neighbors Launch Fundraiser For Family Injured, Displaced By Fatal West Side Porch Collapse

The building, home to four generations, must be torn down because it's unstable. The collapse killed one man and injured two others. "This isn't a slum landlord. It's a family member grieving other family members," a neighbor said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Antioch Missionary Baptist Being Demolished Days After Fire, But Church Leaders Vow To Rebuild In Englewood

Officials with the city's buildings department said the Englewood church is not structurally sound and poses a potential danger to surrounding buildings and public safety.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Roseland Neighbors Complained About A Problem Building For Years. The City Only Tore It Down After A Man Was Fatally Shot

The house had numerous safety issues, attracted squatters and was an eyesore for neighbors. They complained for years, but it wasn't until this week that the city tore down the building.

Roseland, Pullman

Chatham’s Dat Donut Shut Down By City, But Owners Say Beloved Spot Will Reopen Next Week

City inspectors found electrical problems at the popular spot, prompting them to temporarily close the business. "We love the doughnuts, and we can’t wait for them to open back up," Ald. Michelle Harris said.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

City Postpones Hearing For Nipsey’s Restaurant After Owners Ask For More Time After Fire

Owners of the restaurant and lounge, which is being demolished, are facing 13 business citations before the city's department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Drug Dealing, But No Meth Lab, Found At West Ridge Social Club Raided By Police, Alderman Says

Ald. Debra Silverstein (50th) said law enforcement told her office the Western Avenue social club showed no indications of a meth lab on the site. 

Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park

Instead Of Getting Fired, City Official In Botched Implosion That Covered Little Village In Dust Gets Written Reprimand

The city's watchdog wanted the Department of Public Health official punished or fired because the official knew in advance the problems the implosion could cause, according to a report.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Residents In Fire-Damaged Avalon Park Apartments Say They’re Being Kicked Out Without Proper Notice

Water shutoffs, a lack of heat and demands for residents to "leave the building" are temporary, a representative for property owner 79th Accliviti said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Building On General Iron Owner’s Property Collapsed With Asbestos Inside — But The Company Didn’t Tell The City For Months

The asbestos doesn't pose an immediate health risk, officials said. The city will cite Reserve Management Group, which is suing to open a fifth scrapper on-site, for building and health code violations.

South Chicago, East Side

Feds Tell Ellis Lakeview Owners: Get A New Property Manager And Fix Filthy Conditions — Or Else

The Kenwood affordable apartment building has failed 15 city inspections during the pandemic, with issues including a broken elevator, mice, roaches and faulty plumbing.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Demolition Court Looms For Chicago’s Last Phyllis Wheatley Home, Which Sheltered Black Women During The Great Migration

Researchers and residents are calling for the preservation of "a tangible place that holds the heritage and spirit of Black women" as the building's owner — and its longtime resident — seeks funding to restore her crumbling home.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Despite Promises From Feds, Kenwood Apartment Residents Still Living With Faulty Plumbing, Insect Infestations, Rent Mixups

It took nearly a year and legal threats from the city to pressure Ellis Lakeview's owner to fix an elevator, tenants said — but there's still much work to be done.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Mice-Infested, Trash-Ridden Kenwood Apartment Building Is Falling Apart, Residents Say As They Beg Feds For Help

Residents of the Ellis Lakeview apartments live with mice and roaches, a broken elevator, a substance they believe to be mold and brown water, they said. The building has failed 12 city inspections during the pandemic.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Collapsed Wicker Park Home Will Be Rebuilt, Realtor Says

The initial plan was to preserve the exterior and rehab the interior, but now, the entire home will be rebuilt, a realtor told Block Club.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
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