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Tech Turns Chicago Skid Row Into Top Market: Real Estate

Chicago’s River North, a district once notorious for its prostitutes and dilapidated warehouses, has become one of the hottest office markets in the U.S.

The neighborhood has transformed from a wasteland in the 1970s to a trendy spot for living, dining and entertainment that’s also attracting technology tenants. Yelp Inc., the San Francisco-based business-review website, is one of the latest to lease space in the area, located across the Chicago River from the central business district known as the Loop.