Will The Circle Leave Us Broken?
Aug21

Will The Circle Leave Us Broken?

Chicago’s famous Circle Interchange, or the Jane Byrne Interchange, as it was recently dubbed, is about to give drivers major fits. Granted, they’ll be weekend fits, but there will be chaos just the same. As part of the flyover structure work, ramps and lanes will be shut down to provide crews with a safe work envoronment for placement of curved steel beams that will connect I-90/94 (The Dan Ryan Expressway) to I-290 (the...

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Another Familiar Name Being Erased from Michigan Avenue
Aug21

Another Familiar Name Being Erased from Michigan Avenue

Many a preservationist feather was ruffled when the “Santa Fe” sign was taken off the top of the Railway Exchange Building and replaced with a big Motorola sign when Motorola Solutions moved into 224 South Michigan Avenue.  Now the building two doors down is losing its heritage sign.  The “BorgWarner” is coming off the former BorgWarner building.  The permit says it all: INSPECT EXISTING BORG WARNER SIGN...

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After a Decade of Lumbering Progress, Cedar Gets Axed by Viceroy
Aug21

After a Decade of Lumbering Progress, Cedar Gets Axed by Viceroy

The Cedar Hotel (or Hotel Cedar, depending on how you read its sign) is finally going to be brought into the 21st century. The red brick building at 1118 North State Street has served mostly as a bar for the greater part of a decade. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a proposal to turn it into a Viceroy Hotel. Until recently, Chicago already had a Viceroy Hotel — the S.R.O. on Union Park that was recently renovated at a cost of...

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Residents Begin Entering West Loop Through The Gateway
Aug21

Residents Begin Entering West Loop Through The Gateway

We’ve been watching rooftop construction at the new Gateway West Loop (11 South Green Street) with great interest for the last couple weeks. Normally, roofs don’t catch the eye, especially in an unfinished state. But from high atop our West Loop bureau, we’ve been able to observe first-hand as Gateway’s amenities floor takes shape. Curious, we wandered across the Kennedy Expressway for a closer look....

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Status Update: Xavier Moving Toward Completion at 625 West Division
Aug21

Status Update: Xavier Moving Toward Completion at 625 West Division

The 18-story residential high rise now known as Xavier continues to hurtle towards its Fall opening. The design by GREC Architects is bringing 240 homes to 625 West Division Street, an area rich with urban renewal following the tear-downs in the Cabrini Green neighborhood. A prime piece of real estate situated directly across the street from the new Target store, the 244,000-square-foot building will include ground-floor retail space...

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