Mayor Promises Billion-Dollar Wanda Vista Tower Coming Very Soon
May02

Mayor Promises Billion-Dollar Wanda Vista Tower Coming Very Soon

The most anticipated skyscraper in Chicago, since the ill-fated Fordham Spire failed to achieve orbit, is about to take off.  Or so promises Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In a statement today, Hizzonor told the world that the start of construction is just around the corner on the 95-story, 1,186-foot-tall supertower to be located at 375 East Wacker Drive in Lakeshore East.  The building’s designer is local starchitect Jeanne Gang, with...

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The Wait is Over — Old Saint Pat’s Tower Going Up on Spec
May02

The Wait is Over — Old Saint Pat’s Tower Going Up on Spec

It’s been four years since the city gave its blessing to White Oak Realty Partners and CA Ventures to start construction on 625 West Adams Street, colloquially known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower.  Now there’s a report that dirt may finally move next month. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the developers have decided not to wait any longer to fill the building with leases before beginning construction....

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It’s Full Steam Ahead for 215 West Lake
May02

It’s Full Steam Ahead for 215 West Lake

After a bit of light demolition, some foundation work, a tower crane, and a few levels of core poured, construction crews have been given the green light to build the bulk of the new residential skyscraper being slotted in at 215 West Lake Street.  The permit came in a couple of days ago: Permit issued for new construction FULL BUILDING PHASE: ERECT 33 STORY (132 EFFICIENCY UNITS, 133 DWELLING UNITS) 152 PARKING SPACES. (FOUNDATION...

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Addition by Subtraction: Flats No. 800 Clears Some Space.
Apr25

Addition by Subtraction: Flats No. 800 Clears Some Space.

WRECK AND REMOVE A 3 STORY MASONRY MIXED USE BUILDING And it was with those words — actually, it was with two sets of those exact same words, because we’re speaking of two individual buildings here — that 810 and 812 North Clark Street were issued their demolition permits by the City of Chicago, thereby clearing the way for the new project filling the 800 block of North Clark Street. Flats No. 800 is one portion of a...

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West Loop’s Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Reaches The Top
Apr22

West Loop’s Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Reaches The Top

The combination Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn at 108 North Jefferson Street has risen as high as it will go in the West Loop. Jupiter Realty broke ground on the project back in April of 2015, in a neighborhood between the Chicago River and Kennedy Expressway short on hotel rooms. When Power Construction is finished, the Homewood Suites ledger will include 128 rooms, while Hampton Inn will house 210 rooms. (That’s 338 rooms total,...

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215 West Lake Gets a Core Workout
Apr21

215 West Lake Gets a Core Workout

As one might expect from a construction site, things are happening at 215 West Lake Street in The Loop. Clark Construction is doing yeoman’s work turning the former site of one of Chicago’s ugliest parking garages into a new 33-story apartment tower. Designed by Thomas Roszak Architecture, 215 West Lake will include 265 dwelling units right in the heart of the city’s business district. Work started here shortly after...

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Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street
Apr20

Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street

Over the past three weeks, you’ve told you here and here about the new residential project happening at what is now 156 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop, and what will become 165 North Des Plaines Street. Thanks to a couple visits from friends and readers to our Tip Line, we knew to be on the lookout for some demolition work to the rear portions of the North Jefferson address. And pay attention is what we did. Crews from...

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Blue Plate Catering Serving Up New West Town Digs
Apr20

Blue Plate Catering Serving Up New West Town Digs

It’s been two years since we’ve submitted concrete evidence (not literally, of course) of a new development coming to the West Loop neighborhood at 1061 West Van Buren Street. That’s the current home of Blue Plate Catering, a nationally recognized caterer in Chicago since 1983. Blue Plate’s success had led them to seek out larger facilities, and they’ve deciding a combination of renovating old space and...

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Lincoln Park Loses Its Edge
Apr19

Lincoln Park Loses Its Edge

It only took a matter of hours for demolition crews to clear the corner of Clark Street and Schubert Avenue in Lincoln Park, then only a few more hours for the City of Chicago to issue a permit for the new AltSchool project to be constructed at 2720 North Clark Street. Hirsch Associates has designed a two-story, 20,000-square-foot building for the site, with retail space slated for the ground floor, while AltSchool occupies the second...

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A New Red Monster To Rule Over Clybourn 1200
Apr19

A New Red Monster To Rule Over Clybourn 1200

When we last visited the Clybourn 1200 (1200 North Clybourn Avenue) site back in early March, we had to get up close and peek over the fences to get a good look at construction progress. Crews got started on caisson work at the former City Farm site back in January, and had been doing some digging on the foundations as spring approached. But there wasn’t much to see if you were just passing through on Division Street. But...

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