River North Office Building Ditching Cars for Cubicles
Feb13

River North Office Building Ditching Cars for Cubicles

All over Chicago real estate developers are taking advantage of the city’s recently revised zoning regulations that allow them to jettison parking spaces from their plans in favor of lucrative residential space, as long as they’re within a certain distance of a mass transit hub. But what if your office building is already built?  And it isn’t near a transit hub?  And its parking garage is almost always 40% empty?...

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Centrum Hubbard Gets Ready To Put On Its Big Boy Pants
Jan02

Centrum Hubbard Gets Ready To Put On Its Big Boy Pants

For months, construction crews have been doing the delicate work of erecting a skyscraper at 221 West Hubbard Street while Purple, Brown, and the occasional Red Line CTA trains squeal by on the transit authority’s “Hubbard Curve.” To date, workers have been largely shielded from the tracks, and vice versa, by a wall of yellow panels.  Now the city has given its permission for construction crews at Centrum Hubbard to...

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Milwaukee Dev Ready to Replace Carson’s Ribs in River North With Condo Block
Dec05

Milwaukee Dev Ready to Replace Carson’s Ribs in River North With Condo Block

It’s been 19 months since Milwaukee development company Barrett Lo Visionary Development announced The Blanc Chicago (612 North Wells Street) on its Facebook page.  Now the company’s owner tells a business newspaper up north that next year is the year work will commence. BizTimes reports that Rick Barrett plans to launch three projects next year; Blanc among them.  It’s his first project in Chicago. The building is a...

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River North Hotel Has the Moxy to Fly Under the Radar
Nov21

River North Hotel Has the Moxy to Fly Under the Radar

How do you build a hotel in downtown Chicago without anyone noticing? Don’t ask nobody for nothin’. That’s the case at 530 North LaSalle Street, a former gas station that’s been sitting vacant for years. The city recently issued a permit for the construction of new hotel, but there’s almost no paperwork to go with it. How is that possible? Because the property is zoned DX-7, and the planned hotel is only...

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100 West Huron is Back and Better Than Ever
Oct10

100 West Huron is Back and Better Than Ever

If you’ve been eager to see the surface parking lot at 100 West Huron Street turned into something better, but you’ve been holding out for a new design, well there’s good news. The proposed hotel for the corner of Huron and Clark is back again with a brand new look! 100 West Huron started as an Akara Partners condominium project in the heady days of 2014, way back when people were still dumping buckets of ice on one another and...

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More Tidbits Trickle Out About Wolf Point East (And a few about Wolf Point South)
Oct04

More Tidbits Trickle Out About Wolf Point East (And a few about Wolf Point South)

  With Wolf Point West all wrapped up with a bow, we’re just weeks away from the start of Wolf Point East, the middle child of the Wolf Point siblings; and what a child it’s shaping up to be. New documents released by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office show us more about the East tower than we’ve ever known before.  You can cruise through them at your leisure here, or just read below where...

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New Video Shows Off Wolf Point West
Oct04

New Video Shows Off Wolf Point West

  The money people behind all the construction going on at Wolf Point have decided to puff their chests out a little bit and show off what they’ve accomplished so far.  And so far, they’ve accomplished Wolf Point West. You’ll remember that the West tower is one of three planned for the Wolf Point property at the confluence of the Chicago River and the North Branch of the Chicago River.  It’s a...

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Two Crumbs of Stale Information Set Off Wolf Point Feeding Frenzy
Sep22

Two Crumbs of Stale Information Set Off Wolf Point Feeding Frenzy

Skyscraper nerds are known for being an excitable bunch.  Whether it’s haranguing developers at Plan Commission meetings, or lecturing old ladies about density at neighborhood teas, they always seem to know everything about everything.  Until they see something new.  Or at least, new to them. That’s what happened late yesterday when a Canadian web site posted a link to an article in the blog maintained by Epstein...

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River North Building Rehab Heads Toward Expansion Phase
Sep19

River North Building Rehab Heads Toward Expansion Phase

It’s been a little over a year since prolific north side Chicago developer Cedar Street slapped down a cool $12 million for the mediocre office building at 676 North LaSalle with an eye towards eviscerating it and turning it into apartments. Now plans are advancing for the hard part of the project — expanding the building upward two stories, and eastward into the neighboring surface parking lot. Paperwork filed with the city...

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351 West Huron Ready to Go
Sep19

351 West Huron Ready to Go

It looks like work is ready to begin on the mid-rise infill building planned for 351 West Huron Street. Joe Zekas of YoChicago! took the photo above from the Yo One helicopter a couple of days ago. We can see that a big yellow excavator has arrived behind the green construction barriers, and it’s just itching to get to work. How do we know that? Because that’s what excavators do. Bees gotta buzz. Fish gotta swim....

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