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4 Chicago Secrets You Didn’t Know About

A secret? Where?

Chicago – but don’t tell anyone!

Going to the same places can be boring and we get it but did you know that place you just drove past or visited might have a little secret?

Chicago has so many fun and exciting places that not many people know about. Below are a few places that you need to visit especially if you’re a Chicago native. The history behind each place is thrilling. You might already even know about these! If so, A+ for knowing your Chicago facts.

Check out 4 Chicago secrets below:

1. There’s a missing terminal at O’Hare airport
Have you ever flown out of Terminal 4? Probably not unless it was back in the late ’80s. The terminal was poorly constructed and it only existed between 1985-1993. For now, the terminal is referred to as “O’Hare’s ghost’ but may be used in the future.
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2. The famous barbershop at Renaissance Blackstone Hotel
The Barbershop at the hotel is gone now but you can still see the marble floors. Guess who would get a shave and trim at The Barbershop back in the day? Teddy Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter and Al Capone! Al Capone especially loved the place because it didn’t have any windows. He also had a secret room as a hiding place for his alcohol during police raids. Crazy!
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3. Woodlawn Cemetery holds a zoo underground
A zoo? Yes, you read that right! Woodlawn Cemetery in Forest Park holds the final resting place for the victims of the Hammond Circus Train Wreck in 1918. It’s guarded by elephant statues.
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4. Costco in Melrose Park used to be an amusement park
From an amusement park to a major wholesale store: The amusement park used to be called Kiddieland which offered pony rides and entertainment for families during the Great Depression. Now, we can stick to Six Flags Great America.
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How amazing are these facts? The history behind Chicago is truly fascinating. What are some other secrets you’ve heard about The Windy City?

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10 Most Expensive Zip Codes in Chicago

Ever wonder which neighborhoods in Chicago are the most expensive to live in? According to median sales data and average days on market, researchers from the Altos group investigated the priciest zip codes in the Windy City. Can you guess the #1 most expensive area in Chicago? Scroll below…

 

Here are the 10 most expensive zip codes in Chicago:

 

10.) 60622 – WEST TOWN

Median Price: $943,461

 

9.) 60607 – WEST LOOP

Median Price: $974,500

 

8.) 60640 – ANDERSONVILLE

Median Price: $1,092,296

 

7.) 60605 – SOUTH LOOP

Median Price: $1,153,263

 

6.) 60613 – NORTH CENTER

Median Price: $1,500,615

 

5.) 60657 – LAKEVIEW

Median Price: $1,503,346

 

4.) 60614 – LINCOLN PARK

Median Price: $1,917,258

 

3.) 60611 – STREETERVILLE/MAG MILE

Median Price: $2,562,115

 

2.) 60610 – RIVER WEST

Median Price: $2,764,423

 

1.) 60654 – RIVER NORTH ​

Median Price: $2,968,242

 

Do you agree with this list? Which neighborhood do you feel is most expensive now?

 

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Celebrity Homes, Cool Property

Original Chicago Playboy Mansion Asks $12.5M

Feast your eyes on this magnificent home, located at 1336 N. State Parkway.

Elegant and historic, this 9000 square foot Georgian home is a treasure of the Gold Coast and currently for sale. Originally built in 1897, the home was later purchased by Hugh Hefner in 1959 and became known as the “Playboy Mansion,” until the property was acquired by the School of the Art Institute in 1974 and bisected into residential units, college dormitories, and eventually luxury condos.

Now on the market, the 5-bedroom home at 1336 N. State has been lovingly renovated with the finest of materials and reimagined for the sophisticated buyer, who enjoys both beauty and functionality. “Experience the ease, grace, and grandeur of this spectacular home, saturated with light,” says the listing agent, Katherine Malkin. Scroll below for current-day photos, as well as a video tour from Hugh Hefner himself.

 

See this traditional Gold Coast beauty with a Playboy past…

 

For more information on 1336 N. State Pkwy, contact Katherine Malkin (312-981-2308)

 

 

 

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