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Photos: Chi's Hidden Spaces; John Hughes' Home; More

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And now the latest from Curbed Chicago, covering everything you need to know about the city's neighborhoods and real estate.

THE LOOP— Part one of our three-part photographic voyage through seldom- mined architectural treats. Here, we visit the Motor Club Building to capture details of an Art Deco space about to undergo major restoration.

LAKE FOREST— John Hughes' mansion listed Monday for $5.89M. Ground zero for his "brat pack" films of the 80s, Lake Forest supplied the setting and mood. See the sprawling home of the late celebrated filmmaker.

SOUTH LOOP— East-West University is jumping on the vertical-dorm bandwagon with the announcement of a new 17-story building at 825 S Wabash. Construction revs up soon with delivery by fall 2013.

BACK-OF-THE-YARDS— All the small ranches are crowded out by this ridiculously out-of-scale South Side mansion. On and off the market for three-and-a-half years, this albatross is best seen from space.