With JCB’s On the Roof, 676 LaSalle Is Ready to Grow Up and Out
Mar07

With JCB’s On the Roof, 676 LaSalle Is Ready to Grow Up and Out

The newest residential block going up in River North has tiny dozers crawling it like fleas on a Carolina hound dog. River North Spy Mike sent in the photo above and below showing that work gutting Cedar Street’s existing building is well in hand.  That former office building will be expanded upward two stories, and a new companion building will go up in the parking lot now being used as a staging area next door. When complete,...

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The New Atrium Village’s First Tower Picks Up A Floor
Mar06

The New Atrium Village’s First Tower Picks Up A Floor

The transformation of a quiet, some might say bucolic, corner of downtown Chicago into a bustling planned community is about to kick into high gear. It’s been a little over a year since the foundation permit was issued for the first residential tower in the rebuilding of Atrium Village (1140 North Wells Street).  Now with the parking podium in hand, the City of Chicago has issued a permit for the tower portion of the building....

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Plans Come Together For Riverline’s Public Spaces
Feb28

Plans Come Together For Riverline’s Public Spaces

The massive Riverline development that’s going to bring thousands of new homes to Chicago’s South Loop is progressing noisily along South Wells Street, and more quietly behind-the-scenes. Since November of last year, various city departments have been chewing over a 550+ page document from Michigan Avenue architecture firm Perkins+Will and West Loop landscape architects Hoerr Schaudt outlining some of the features of the...

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Northwestern’s MRC2 is Hard Core
Feb23

Northwestern’s MRC2 is Hard Core

Streeterville’s new MRC2 building is slowly climbing into view at 320 East Huron Street.  In the photo supplied by Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, you can see a steel grid facing the street has already reached its second level and continues to climb.  But don’t look for the concrete core of the building to go much farther. The Perkins+Will-designed building, which has the given name of Northwestern University’s Louis A. Simpson...

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Just Out of the Ground and Already the Vista Tower is Bracing for Chicago Wind
Feb22

Just Out of the Ground and Already the Vista Tower is Bracing for Chicago Wind

One day way back in 2003 we wandered up on East Upper Randolph Street and gazed down at a lone bulldozer grading the warm brown earth that once was an urban golf course into the gentle slopes that would one day characterize Chicago’s Lakeshore East development.  The construction work hasn’t stopped since. Though we’re 14 years into this blog writing about Lakeshore East, and almost 48 years since it was first...

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No. 9 Walton Peeks Out, Says “Hai, Guyz!”
Feb22

No. 9 Walton Peeks Out, Says “Hai, Guyz!”

The recent warm weather reminds us that pretty soon everything from tulips to turtles across Chicago will soon be peeking out of their winter hibernation and stretching toward the sun. Not waiting for an invitation is No. 9 Walton, the über-swish condo block that will soon function as Astor Street-in-the-sky.  Joe Zekas from YoChicago! sent in these photos of ol’ 9 peeking out from behind the 39-story Walton on the Park. Number...

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A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors
Feb21

A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors

The second Chicago building in recent years to bridge the separation of church and real estate developer is making a dent in the River North skyline. 3Eleven is a 24-story skyscraper rising at 311 West Illinois Street. The location used to be the parking lot for Assumption Catholic Church: the vibrant, but dilapidated Italianate church that used to be the hub of River North back when it was Chicago’s original Little Italy.  A...

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Controversial Maryville Project Gets Greenlight Paperwork
Feb20

Controversial Maryville Project Gets Greenlight Paperwork

Chicago’s newest luxury lakefront high-rise is about to take off at the corner of Montrose and Clarendon.  It’s best known as the Maryville Project, which is replacing the demolished Columbus-Maryville children’s shelter that was originally erected as Cuneo Hospital in 1957.  Friday the City of Chicago issued the first construction permits for the huge breeze-blocking tower that’s using the address 811 West...

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Fifield and SCB’s Sinclair Over-Achieves in the Gold Coast
Feb20

Fifield and SCB’s Sinclair Over-Achieves in the Gold Coast

The most visible sign of the rejuvenation of the corner of Clark and Division Streets is the new Sinclair tower rising where a Jewel supermarket used to sprawl across half a city block.  The new SCB-designed tower includes a bigger, better Jewel in the parking podium.  Fifield’s building is also expected to have 390 apartments, ranging from modest 500-square-foot studios up to 2,400-square-foot, four-bedroom penthouses at the...

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Another Oak Street Retail Upgrade About to Start
Feb15

Another Oak Street Retail Upgrade About to Start

The not-so-gradual transformation of East Oak Street from a collection of upscale retailers tucked inside a genteel street of Grey Gardens-esque townhouses into a  collection of slightly-less-upscle retailers preening themselves inside a gilded allée of modern box-shaped bird cages continues. The latest transformation comes at number 46, which was torn down late last year, and then late last week given permits to start construction on...

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