Slice of Life: Skyscrapers and Clouds
Jul22

Slice of Life: Skyscrapers and Clouds

  A time-lapse video of summer afternoon clouds boiling across the Chicago skyline.  Taken from Aqua, visible (left to right) are: 303 East Wacker 680 North Lake Shore Drive Streeter Place River East Center 401 East Ontario Onterie Center Swissôtel Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West
Jul18

Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West

  One of Chicago’s most anticipated building projects of the last 50 years is now officially underway. Formal groundbreaking ceremonies were held today for Wolf Point West, the first of three skyscrapers in the billion-dollar Wolf Point development at the confluence of the Chicago River’s main channel and North Branch. As we’ve documented here over the last few months, construction is already well underway.  But...

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Piecing Together Streeterville’s Newest Skyscraper
Jul16

Piecing Together Streeterville’s Newest Skyscraper

Chicago is not New York.  It can’t be said enough. Chicagoans wear black because we’re modest.  New Yorkers wear black because it’s fashionable.  Chicagoans wring their hands and worry about being a “global city.”  New Yorkers didn’t even know there was a contest. And when a New York real estate developer decides to build a new skyscraper, there’s a big announcement with balloons and dancing...

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10 Crazy Things You Don’t Know About the Wrigley Field Expansion Deal
Jul12

10 Crazy Things You Don’t Know About the Wrigley Field Expansion Deal

  This week the local media went nuts with word that a final deal on the Wrigley Field expansion plan had been approved by the city. That’s almost true. What happened is that the city’s Landmarks Commission voted seven to nothing in favor of the renovation. There’s still lots more paperwork to do before anyone can start moving dirt. On WTTW television Friday night one of the Chicago Tonight panelists astutely...

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City Farm Will Sprout Again
Jul10

City Farm Will Sprout Again

Earlier this week we told you that this fall will be the last harvest for the City Farm located at 1204 North Clybourn Avenue in Cabrini Green.  But while the farm will be plowed under in a few months, it will grow again in a new location. According to paperwork filed with the city of Chicago last week, the current farm, at the intersection of West Division Street and North Clybourn will soon become the home of an eight-story-tall...

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New West Town Tower Liked by Neighbors, the Savior of a Beloved Bank
Jul09

New West Town Tower Liked by Neighbors, the Savior of a Beloved Bank

Last night, residents of Greektown, West Town, and the West Loop gave a collective thumb’s up to the new residential tower proposed for the intersection of Lake and Halsted Streets. The skyscraper, which is currently using the name 171 North Halsted, will replace a dilapidated hardware store and provide much-needed apartments in an area where the residents have traditionally been wary of  those of us with transient lifestyles....

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Supertall Skyscraper Planned Along Chicago River at Lakeshore East
Jul08

Supertall Skyscraper Planned Along Chicago River at Lakeshore East

Prolific Chinese real estate developer and investment company Wanda Group has announced that it will build a new 1,150-foot-tall skyscraper in Chicago. Wanda Group isn’t a household name in Chicago… yet. But it has big plans to move into the American real estate development sector very aggressively in the near future. It already has 55 five-star hotels and 78 department stores in China. In America, you may know it as the...

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Returning Chicago’s Most Famous Community Organizer to His Community
Jul07

Returning Chicago’s Most Famous Community Organizer to His Community

There are more than a dozen cities, institutions, schools, and private organizations currently engaged in a bungee-cord tug-of-war, with the winner landing the Barack Obama Presidential Library.  No matter where it ends up, it will have a huge economic, social, and tourism impact for the winner, which is why places from New York to Hawaii are trying to get in on the action. Not surprisingly, several sites are here in Mr. Obama’s...

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Cabrini Getting Less Green: Urban Farm Chopped for Residential Building
Jul07

Cabrini Getting Less Green: Urban Farm Chopped for Residential Building

One of Chicago’s summer blessings are the tiny little urban farms that spring up year after year on disused plots of land across the city. I’m a big fan of urban gardening. When I lived in Cincinnati, I grew corn in long plastic troughs on my balcony, and pumpkins that I was never able to harvest because the vines carried the fruit far into a neighboring tree. When I lived in Houston, my apartment balcony was filled with fruiting lime...

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Ukrainian Village Church One Step Closer to Going Condo

A Chicagoland developer is expected to get a thumb’s up on his plan to turn a Ukrainian Village church building with an attached school into 20 condominiums. Alex Troyanovsky bought the former Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church (913 North Hoyne Street) in February of last year. A month later, the city named the Henry Worthmann & John Steinbach-designed buildings a city landmark. Worthmann & Steinbach designed at least 30...

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