Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West
Jul18

Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West

  One of Chicago’s most anticipated building projects of the last 50 years is now officially underway. Formal groundbreaking ceremonies were held today for Wolf Point West, the first of three skyscrapers in the billion-dollar Wolf Point development at the confluence of the Chicago River’s main channel and North Branch. As we’ve documented here over the last few months, construction is already well underway.  But...

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Wolf Point Becomes One With the Chicago River
Jul01

Wolf Point Becomes One With the Chicago River

  Winter was rough, and summer isn’t starting out all that nice, either, for Chicago. Last night’s wild storms dumped huge amounts of rain on the city and its primary means of drainage: The Chicago River. One of our downtown spies sent in this photo taken this morning (July 1, 2014).  You can see the construction pits at Wolf Point are flooded, the Chicago River has risen all the way up to the construction fencing,...

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Park Kingsbury Lofts are Back From the Dead
Jun05

Park Kingsbury Lofts are Back From the Dead

All across the city it seems like projects that were mothballed in 2008 and 2009 are coming back from the dead.  Whether it’s a sign of economic recovery, or simply the fact that city development permission expires after six years is academic.  The point is that Chicago’s zombie projects are thrusting their tattered, bony arms through the topsoil and reaching for sunlight once again. The latest is in the River North...

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Third New Building Announced for Two Blocks of River North
May27

Third New Building Announced for Two Blocks of River North

The River North side of LaSalle Street is where it’s at these days. Less than a week after a public meeting was held for two new residential towers proposed for 720 North LaSalle Street and 167 East Erie, another residential building is on offer. Word about the 11-story building being developed by Akara Partners became public in an e-mail from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office. 707 North Wells will have 51 residences over two...

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Two River North Skyscrapers Get Positive Reception At Coming-Out Party
May19

Two River North Skyscrapers Get Positive Reception At Coming-Out Party

A pair of River North residential high-rise developments received positive feedback from locals at the official coming-out party on Monday evening. Magellan Development presented plans for both buildings—a 39-story tower at 167 West Erie Street and a 38-story tower at 720 North LaSalle Street. The height would have thrown my West Loop neighbors into a state of apoplexy, but for River North folks, a 400-foot-tall building is probably...

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Status Update: Wolf Point Ready To Rise
May14

Status Update: Wolf Point Ready To Rise

There are special milestones you look for in a child’s development: Baby’s first word.  Baby’s first steps.  Baby’s first car wreck after taking the keys out of daddy’s pants without permission.  Wolf Point is about to reach one of those milestones. That’s because the first bits of the crane for the west tower are now being installed.  It’s the equivalent of a baby learning to sit up on its...

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Another River North Tower to Replace Another River North Landmark
May12

Another River North Tower to Replace Another River North Landmark

Another crane may rise along the LaSalle Street corridor soon, and River North may lose another unofficial landmark. Just two blocks south of where Magellan Development wants to put up a 38-story residential tower to replace the Howard Johnson’s, it wants to put up a 39-story residential tower to replace the former Gino’s East pizzeria and Mitchell’s soda shop. Early this year, Gino’s moved down the street to...

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A Face For the Name: Downtown Chicago’s HoJo Tower Gets Rendered
May11

A Face For the Name: Downtown Chicago’s HoJo Tower Gets Rendered

It’s always good to put a face with a name.  Over a month ago, when we first told you about the skyscraper proposed to replace the Googie-riffic Howard Johnson’s motor lodge at 720 North LaSalle in downtown Chicago, we showed you an isometric diagram, lots of drawings, and a passel of statistics.  Now we have a rendering to go with the sketches.  Behold: The design by friends-of-the-blue, bKL Architecture, shows clean...

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River North to Sprout Chicago’s Newest Residential Skyscraper
Apr21

River North to Sprout Chicago’s Newest Residential Skyscraper

Another piece of the former Montgomery Ward complex in River North is going to be redeveloped. Over the Easter weekend, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly e-mailed his constituents letting them know about a residential tower called The Hudson proposed for 750 North Hudson Avenue. The message was a little short on details, but we did a little digging and know a few things. This is the northern half of the block just east of the former...

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Dishing Up River North’s HoJo Tower
Apr02

Dishing Up River North’s HoJo Tower

If you read any of our three, count’em—three, social media channels earlier today, then you were promised more information on the new residential skyscraper proposed for 720 North LaSalle Street.  Or as we’re going to call it for now— The HoJo Tower. We call it that because it doesn’t currently have a better public name, and because if built, it will replace the Howard Johnson motor lodge in the heart of downtown...

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