CTA Unveils Shiny New Clark/Division Subway Station
Sep30

CTA Unveils Shiny New Clark/Division Subway Station

The first, and perhaps largest, part of the de-cruftification of the intersection of Clark and Division Streets is now officially complete.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CTA president Dorval Carter and a gaggle of other people in suits and safety yellow vests cut the ribbon today on the newly rebuilt Clark and Division Red Line subway station. The new station features new tile work, brighter lights, and 90% less urine smell.  For all the...

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Conrad Shown the Door; Gwen Is Here to Serve
Sep30

Conrad Shown the Door; Gwen Is Here to Serve

You know the Conrad Chicago Hotel in the old McGraw Hill building at 520 North Michigan Avenue?  Yeah, that doesn’t exist anymore.  Instead, say “hello” to Gwen. Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago is the new and unnecessarily cumbersome name for the hotel that used to be the Conrad, which used to be the Le Meridian, and the Hotel 21 before that. The name “Gwen” is at least a nod to the...

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New Place to Hang Out in Avondale
Sep30

New Place to Hang Out in Avondale

Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood has a new place to hang out.  Construction recently finished on First Ascent, a climbing gym at 3516 North Spaulding Avenue.  The project was designed by FitzGerald Associates and executed by The Missner Group.  For more information, see Missner’s press release after the photo.   THE MISSNER GROUP COMPLETES NEW FITNESS FACILITY IN CHICAGO (Skokie, Illinois) – The Missner Group, LLC is...

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Baby Bulldozer Signals the Start of 151 North Franklin
Sep30

Baby Bulldozer Signals the Start of 151 North Franklin

Work has begun transforming a dead Walgreens and a surface parking lot into a shiny squircle of a skyscraper called 151 North Franklin. Loop Spy Dan hit the tip line yesterday to let us know about a fence that went up around the property at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Franklin Street, and by the time our Daniel Schell was able to Divvy his way over there, a skid-steer loader had broken through the back door of the...

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North/Clybourn Area Getting Another Residential Tower
Sep30

North/Clybourn Area Getting Another Residential Tower

While some parts of Chicago are adding residential towers which attract retailers to serve them, over the last decade the North/Clybourn area has done the opposite — experienced explosive retail growth that’s attracted residential projects.  We can now add another one to the list. 901 Weed Street is proposed to be a 29-story, 407-unit residential building with ground floor retail and restaurant space.  It’s situated across...

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Is Polk Street in Line For a New 40-Story Skyscraper?
Sep30

Is Polk Street in Line For a New 40-Story Skyscraper?

Some days we put one and one together and get two.  Other days we get eleven.  Today feels like an “eleven” day. Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! has a thing for photographing Chicago from altitude.  Sometimes it’s a plane.  Sometimes it’s a helicopter.  Often it’s just from the roofs of many of downtown’s buildings.  So it wasn’t all that surprising when a couple of days ago he sent us a picture...

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Status Update: 1000 South Clark Street Nears Home Stretch
Sep29

Status Update: 1000 South Clark Street Nears Home Stretch

Now that 1000 South Clark Street has topped out, construction crews have set about the task of making it hospitable for residents before the spring thaw is upon us. Just over a year after work began, the Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture design has reached its ultimate height of 29 stories. Now the work begins on turning those floors into the 469 units JDL Development plans to deliver to the South Loop starting in February, 2016. Those...

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University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out
Sep29

University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out

From NEIU to Northwestern to the University of Chicago, local colleges are getting on board with the trend in academia to embrace leading-edge architecture.  The University of Chicago was one of the Chicagoland pioneers in this arena with Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library, and the West Campus Combined Utility Plant before that. Another starchitect is putting her mark on the U.C. campus.  Jeanne Gang’s North Residential Hall...

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New Design, Specs for Hampton Inn in Park West
Sep29

New Design, Specs for Hampton Inn in Park West

The proposal to build a Hampton Inn at 601 West Diversey Parkway, just off Clark Street, has been revived and revised. The previous plan for what is also called The Inn at Lincoln Park was going to be a 16-story hotel with a height of 152 feet and 52 parking spaces.  It was approved back in 2004, and well, we all know what happened to pretty much every project before 2008.  Its planning approval expired in 2010. This current proposal...

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Party on the Roof: MiLa Tops Out Again
Sep28

Party on the Roof: MiLa Tops Out Again

It’s not every day you see a card table sporting hard hats and balloons on Michigan Avenue. Or people in yellow safety vests pouring champagne instead of concrete. But Thursday wasn’t just any day at 200 North Michigan Avenue, the residential tower called MiLa. That’s because it was the ceremonial topping out of the skyscraper across the street from Michigan Plaza and next to the Carbide and Carbon Building (230...

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