North Branch Redevelopment Plan Gets a Wary Welcome from Local Aldermen
May10

North Branch Redevelopment Plan Gets a Wary Welcome from Local Aldermen

Neighborhood groups are starting to weigh in on Chicago’s largest urban renewal project in a generation. The North Branch Industrial Framework will transform 760 acres of industrial land along the Chicago River on the city’s north side into homes, low-impact businesses, parks, schools, and new neighborhoods. While it is officially in “draft” status, it is believed to be substantially complete. Mayor Rahm...

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City’s North Branch Crystal Ball Getting Clearer
May08

City’s North Branch Crystal Ball Getting Clearer

The future of Chicago is today, now that the city has released its draft North Branch Industrial Plan, outlining the expansion of high-density downtown Chicago northwest along the Chicago River. The plan is a blueprint for knitting together 760 acres of current and former industrial properties, brownfields, and assorted other spaces into a cohesive string of neighborhoods along the much coveted Chicago River. It’s as much a...

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Goose Island Lumber Yard May Sport Wood Once Again
Feb07

Goose Island Lumber Yard May Sport Wood Once Again

The root of Chicago’s industrial past could soon be the home of the city’s largest — or at least heaviest — green building endeavor. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Hines is thinking about putting up an office building on Goose Island that would be made of wood. The Houston developer isn’t barking up the wrong tree here.  There have been dozens of commercial buildings erected over the last few years...

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North Avenue Strip Mall to Become Hundreds of Homes
Dec19

North Avenue Strip Mall to Become Hundreds of Homes

It’s a story as old as Chicago, itself: You build a bunch of stores, and people want to live near them. That’s what’s happening once again down the street from the retail nexus known as North and Clybourn. The strip mall at 609 West North Avenue (known as Father & Son Plaza) is going to be plowed under to make room for a huge new residential block. This has happened before. It’s the reason we have the SoNo,...

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bKL’s 830 Cuts Its Big Yellow Teeth on Milwaukee Avenue
Aug16

bKL’s 830 Cuts Its Big Yellow Teeth on Milwaukee Avenue

The last time we checked in on 830 North Milwaukee, the construction equipment and materials were under a fresh blanket of snow.  The snow is long gone, so it’s time to take another peek at what’s going up along the very busy Milwaukee corridor. Previously this was the location of a low-slung one-story office building, so thoroughly clad in rocks and bricks that it didn’t have any windows.  It was like a visual...

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The Demolished New City YMCA Lives On at the New NEWCITY
Aug11

The Demolished New City YMCA Lives On at the New NEWCITY

For a couple of years we’ve been updating you on the progress of NewCity (now “NEWCITY”), the mixed-use development at the corner of North Halsted Street and North Clybourn Avenue in Goose Island. The New City development replaced the old New City YMCA, which was sold in 2007 for $54 million. It was known for its bright paint job both by the 8,000 families who went there, and by people in the neighborhood who simply passed by. The Y...

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You Can Reshape the Clybourn Industrial Corridor Without Getting Off Your Butt
Jun21

You Can Reshape the Clybourn Industrial Corridor Without Getting Off Your Butt

Thousands of people are interested in what’s going to become of PMD1 — The Clybourn industrial corridor on the north side of Chicago that will soon be redeveloped.  Tens of thousands of people will be affected by the decisions made, including people who live nearby, commute through the area, or are drawn to its shops and the Chicago River. The city is currently holding a series of public meetings about the future of PMD1. But...

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Clybourn Corridor Citizens Cry: Toss Bathwater, Save Baby
May04

Clybourn Corridor Citizens Cry: Toss Bathwater, Save Baby

Last night the first public meeting was held to discuss the future of the Clybourn Corridor  — the former industrial zone along the Chicago River that in recent years has been encroached upon by upscale residential development.  It was hosted by Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith at DePaul University. The specific target of the discussion was Planned Manufacturing District 1, the area running a...

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830 North Milwaukee, Shot in the Dark
Mar02

830 North Milwaukee, Shot in the Dark

Anyone who’s been up and down Milwaukee Avenue lately knows there’s a lot — actually, lots of lots — going on, from West Town to Logan Square and beyond. One such happening is the Transportation Oriented Development at 830 North Milwaukee Avenue, affectionately known as 830 N Milwaukee. Developed by Akara Partners, and designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, this five-story building will house 47...

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New People are What’s New at New City
Oct21

New People are What’s New at New City

People who live in the Goose Island neighborhood are getting New neighbors.  That’s because New City, the new development at 1515 North Halsted Street, is now taking new residents.  The project features a 19-story residential tower, plus 40,000 square feet of office space, and nine times that much retail space. RMK Management sent over a picture of what further new residents can expect of their kitchens should they decide to...

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