Wrigley Field Hotel Getting Ready to Play Ball
Dec20

Wrigley Field Hotel Getting Ready to Play Ball

With the first day of winter knocking on our door, it seems strange to think about the first day of baseball.  But that’s what they’re preparing for next to Wrigley Field. Wrigleyville Spy Greg sent in these photographs showing that the new Hotel Zachary is really coming along.  The new hotel building is six-stories tall, and will eventually have 179 guest rooms over ground floor retail. The Ricketts Family named the hotel...

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Mixed Messages at the New GEMS School in Lakeshore East
Dec18

Mixed Messages at the New GEMS School in Lakeshore East

What’s going on at the GEMS World Academy in Lakeshore East? It was just last week that the school held a dedication for its “Upper School.”  The Upper School, to be located at 355 East Wacker Drive, is the second of two buildings in the complex.  It is designed to serve students in fifth through 12th grades. You’ll remember the bKL-designed GEMS “Lower School” building opened amid much hoopla in...

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Digging Dirt in the Future DuSable Park
Nov28

Digging Dirt in the Future DuSable Park

Thirty years after Chicago Mayor Harold Washington named the spit of land along the Chicago River east of Lake Shore Drive DuSable Park, dirt is once again moving to make the vision a reality. There have been dozens and dozens of ideas floated for the grassy, radioactive nub officially designated Jean Baptiste Pointe.  But the only real action there in the last 15 years was when it was used for construction staging for the failed...

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Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60
Nov14

Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60

The city of Chicago reached a milestone today.  With the erection of the tower crane at Belgravia Group’s Renelle on the River, that makes 60 tower cranes in the Chicago sky. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a noted fan of tower cranes, visited the site of the bKL-designed building person to mark the occasion. While Census Bureau numbers show Chicago’s population dwindling, downtown’s residential, hotel, and office development...

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Broadway and Sheridan Block Progressing Nicely
Nov14

Broadway and Sheridan Block Progressing Nicely

The gas station is long gone, and the glazing is almost complete on 3901 North Broadway, the residential block going up on the northeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway. We spent many a windy winter’s afternoon standing on that corner waiting for the #80 Irving Park bus to provide us with shelter, safety, and transportation.  It would have been nice to have this nine-story building there to hide from the elements. In the...

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Checking In On 168 North Michigan
Nov13

Checking In On 168 North Michigan

Today we’re checking in on 168 North Michigan, because it looks like it will be a long time before anyone else checks in at the hotel that’s supposed to be going in this space. 168 has been the subject of many big plans, and a metric ton of pigeon droppings, ever since Greece’s Atlantic Bank left the building close to a decade ago.  It’s currently being converted into a 200+ room “independent lifestyle...

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Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point
Nov09

Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point

There’s something to be said for a rainy autumn day in Chicago.  Something about the drizzle pattering off the pale yellow leaves of the few remaining ash trees in the city’s medians.  And the low-hanging clouds that turn the city of skyscrapers into a busy village.  And then there’s the mud. The people at Wolf Point know about mud.  You may remember last month the hole being dug for Pelli Clarke Pelli’s East...

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River North Building Appeals to Bulldogs, Comfy Footwear
Oct23

River North Building Appeals to Bulldogs, Comfy Footwear

Do you like bulldogs?  How about comfortable shoes?  If these sound like your kind of things, then you’ll be happy to know that progress is being made on the new residential block called The Ardus at 676 North LaSalle Street. The Ardus is a project by Cedar Street and the Harlem Irving Companies.  It will bring another 149 new apartments to River North, on the corner of LaSalle Street and Huron.  As you can see in the photograph...

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Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder
Oct16

Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder

‘Tis the season for skyscrapers in Chicago, and not surprisingly, the greater Greektown/West Town area isn’t being left behind.  The latest project in the works for the corner of Lake and Halsted is an enormous 58-story tower designed by Perkins Eastman Architects. The project is the latest effort by the Related empire to shoulder in to the area west of the Loop.  Since coming to town a few years ago, Related Midwest...

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West Clearing Getting Ready For  New Dore School
Oct11

West Clearing Getting Ready For New Dore School

The next public school to go up in Chicago will be the replacement for Dore Elementary School.  The new school building will go up at 7134 West 65th Street, in the West Clearing Neighborhood.    The City issued the construction permit late last week: NEW 3-STORY 112,543 SF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS TO SERVE 1,170 STUDENTS.  SITE IS CURRENTLY UNIMPROVED AND VACANT.  PROPOSED USE/OCCUPANCY IS C-3 ASSEMBLY UNIT, TYPE 1A...

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