1611 West Division tower leads East Village news

The Polish Triangle's prototypal transit-oriented development has a long history. The 1611 West Division location was a YMCA, a Pizza Hut and (at least on the drawing boards) a Walgreens drugstore. Next month it opens with 99 apartments above a PNC bank and Intelligentsia coffee bar.

This site has posted more than 700 articles since 2007, not counting archived editions of the East Village Association newsletter. Names have changed for prominent sites: News about the 1611 West Division address is filed under Pizza Hut and lead anchor PNC Bank. Similarly, the several Fifield Cos. apartment proposals for 1822-50 W. Chicago Ave. are known for the vacant site's last building, the AAA Distributing news agency, and its onetime prospects for renovation as the Chicago Bowl nightclub.

Search engines and real-estate blogs such as Curbed cite this site for background on these developments. Some of our most often-viewed posts date from several years back, including stubbornly persistent topics like auto theft. The desktop version of this site includes a search box at the top and a "tag cloud" of popular topics at the right. This snowy day is a good time to reflect on East Village history through our growing collection of source material.

2013 top posts

  1. Pizza Hut no more: Division-Ashland's new order, March 14, 2012
  2. Yet another Chicago Avenue apartment plan, Dec. 8, 2013
  3. Ashland buses, Haddon apartments, Nov. 30, 2013
  4. Luring new crowd to Chicago Avenue, Oct. 16, 2013
  5. Chicago Bowl frames development plan, Sept. 20, 2010
  6. Pledge puts Wells ballfield on base, Feb. 20, 2013
  7. 1048 N. Honore demolition threatened, July 3, 2013
  8. Development's shadow over East Village: Your ideas? Nov. 3, 2013
  9. How to stop catalytic converter thefts, Dec. 5, 2011
  10. Chicago Avenue condos evolve; 4am liquor bid , Jan. 6, 2013

All-time top posts

  1. Pizza Hut no more: Division-Ashland's new order, March 14, 2012
  2. Meet Alderman Moreno, April 22, 2010
  3. No TIF dispute at ward forum, Jan. 6, 2011
  4. Chicago Bowl frames development plan, Sept. 20, 2010
  5. Business district takes stock, neighborhood watch organizes, Jan. 12, 2013
  6. Quigley new East Village congressman, Feb. 1, 2013
  7. Board clears deck for cafe vote, Dec 15, 2010
  8. 11-story plan at Pizza Hut site, Dec 20, 2011
  9. What's next for Chicago Bowl site? Dec 13, 2011
  10. Chopin Theatre to host water forum, April 15, 2010

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