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Rent Oprah's Almost Lived-In Home; Big Project Loans; 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...

GOLD COAST— What to make of a palatial lakefront co-op owned by Oprah but never up to her standards? Well, when privacy is its main deficit and you have another duplex a few blocks away, we can see where it might lose its luster. Then for those with greater anonymity and a lust for Oprah-quality digs, this 4600 sf unit is for you. Renting for $15,000/mo.

KENWOOD— What does $500K get you in Kenwood these days? That's what Curbed sets out to answer with a tour of diverse active listings. Lots of character, lots of value... There's not much compromised by choosing this South Side 'hood by the lake.

STREETERVILLE/RIVER NORTH— Two major rental towers have locked down early financing, one at St. Clair and Illinois, the other at 360 W Hubbard. We've known about the plans for Hubbard for a while, but the Streeterville design by architect David Hovey has only recently been rendered into existence. Taken together, the towers will deliver another 775 units to the apartment boomlet.

UPTOWN— Readers agree the location of this brawny prairie home is rather "cuspy". However, its architectural merits are undeniable, and with $90K recently trimmed off the top, the ask is inching towards attractiveness-currently $895,000.