Riverline, Chicago’s Next Big Community Breaks Ground in the South Loop
Sep13

Riverline, Chicago’s Next Big Community Breaks Ground in the South Loop

The biggest thing to hit the South Loop since Museum Park is now under construction along South Wells Street. Riverline will eventually welcome 3,600 new families to the neighborhood in a combination of townhouses and apartment towers.  The Perkins+Will-designed neighborhood also includes 16,000 square feet of retail space, almost six acres of parkland and, yes, a riverwalk. In all, there will be ten large buildings erected on the...

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Chicago’s 93-Story Vista Tower Breaks Ground
Sep07

Chicago’s 93-Story Vista Tower Breaks Ground

With lucky red shovels in hand, friends, financiers, politicians, developers, and architects held a ceremonial groundbreaking today for the Vista Tower at 363 East Wacker Drive. Perched on the grassy bit behind The Tides, the gathered dignitaries and international press could see work already well underway in the dirt patches on either side of North Field Boulevard.  The 93-story building being developed by China’s Wanda Group...

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Near North LDS Chapel Ready to Rise
Sep06

Near North LDS Chapel Ready to Rise

Back in the spring we were the first to tell you that the long-delayed plans to build a new chapel for the Church of Later Day Saints in River North was finally moving forward. Now, with foundation work already underway, the city has given the Mormons permission to go full steam ahead at 822 North Clark Street. Permit issued for new construction New construction: Full building permit for proposed 6-story large assembly use church with...

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A Whiff of Construction No. 9
Sep01

A Whiff of Construction No. 9

It’s Thursday, and time to check in again with the progress being made at No. 9 Walton, the building that Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture designed for JDL Development at 9 West Walton Street. The Gold Coast tower is quietly rising next to its sister property and block-mate, Walton on the Park at 2 West Delaware Place. Though “quietly” may not be the word you would use if you live nearby, like Gold Coast Spy Tim who...

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8 East Huron in at the Ground Floor
Aug31

8 East Huron in at the Ground Floor

The latest high-rise to loom over Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago’s Gold Coast is getting its foundation these days. 8 East Huron is a Valerio Dewalt Train Associates design for CA Ventures and Harlem Irving Companies. When complete, it will be 26 stories tall, with 102 apartments, 2,700 square feet of retail space, and 31 parking spaces even though it’s, quite literally, on top of the CTA Red Line. But then again...

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It’s a Race to the Top on Wells Street
Aug30

It’s a Race to the Top on Wells Street

If you love a good construction site, then Wells Street is the place to be. We’ve shown you this area before, back when it was just foundations on either side of North Wells Street between Erie and Ontario. Now that 167 West Erie and its neighbor across the street, 640 North Wells are both well on their way toward completion, it makes for a much more compelling scene, captured by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!. 167 is a 39-story...

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Chestnut Place Cracks Retail on State Street
Aug30

Chestnut Place Cracks Retail on State Street

One of the most difficult balancing acts in urban planning is retail versus residential. More people means more retail can thrive. But too much retail means retail failure, and less of an incentive for people to arrive. It’s the cycle of life. Well, all those new residential developments in the Gold Coast and Near North neighborhoods must mean great things for the submarket’s retail desirability, because even old buildings...

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Michigan Avenue High Rise About to Lose Its Head
Aug29

Michigan Avenue High Rise About to Lose Its Head

The on-again, off-again renovation of 168 North Michigan Avenue into a boutique hotel is about to kick into high gear. A permit has been issued to lop off the top of the 1916 building so that construction crews can add more floors. Right now the former Federal Life Insurance Company building is a dozen stories tall, but it was originally designed by Marshall and Fox to be 16. Crews working for Oxford Capital Group and Quadrum have...

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Hudson and Huron: A River, A Lake, and Two Chicago Skyscrapers
Aug25

Hudson and Huron: A River, A Lake, and Two Chicago Skyscrapers

This skyscraper construction update is a two-fer: The Hudson, at 750 North Hudson Avenue; and 400 West Huron… at 400 West Huron Street. We have frequent tip line flyer Joe Zekas from YoChicago! to thank for the double-shot of construction goodness. It’s hard to tell who’s leading this River North race, as 400 West Huron appears to have just about reached its ultimate height of 15 stories. Meanwhile over at 750, it...

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Circle Interchange Making Concrete Progress This Week
Aug25

Circle Interchange Making Concrete Progress This Week

The process of detangling Chicago’s Jane Byrne Interchange moves into a new phase this week. McHugh Construction has announced that work on the structural steel portion of the project is complete, and now the concrete road deck will be poured. McHugh Construction shared the photo above showing one of the ramp decks ready for concrete. Several smaller portions of the project have already been completed, like new bridges for...

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