10 Years in the Making: Chicago's Notorious Housing Project Ending

Cabrini Green Demolition and Change in Downtown Chicago
Cabrini Green Demolition and Change in Downtown Chicago

The wrecking balls are demolishing the last of Chicago's Cabrini-Green tenement buildings. A couple weeks ago, there were four mid-rise buildings left in one of the nation's most notorious public housing projects. Now, there are three and soon all18 towers will be gone.

Almost 10 years after the City of Chicago announced its ambitious plan to transform Cabrini-Green and other citywide projects into mixed-income communities, real estate experts are lauding the drop in crime and improved appearance of the neighborhood -- a vital strip of prime real estate nestled close to Lincoln Park and the Gold Coast.