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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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Glitter Gulch
Sep15

Slice of Life: Chicago’s Glitter Gulch

The number of skyscrapers lining the confluence of the Chicago River recently increased by three.  You might think that would have a serious impact on the brightness of the area, but as always — Nature finds a way. Such is demonstrated in this photograph by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!.  You can see sunlight reflecting off the towers, scattering sunbeams all across the river in a dazzling display. You can also see the intense progress...

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Hubbard Street Skyscraper Asking For More Headroom, More Residents
Sep14

Hubbard Street Skyscraper Asking For More Headroom, More Residents

Construction has only been underway for a few months at the corner of Hubbard and Wells, just behind the Merchandise Mart in River North, and Centrum Partners is asking the city to let it build higher. You’ll remember that Centrum is working on a glassy duo of buildings right up against the CTA Brown/Purple Line curve that jogs the north/south elevated train line from Wells Street to Franklin Street.  The smaller of the two...

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It’s a Race to the Top on Wells Street
Aug30

It’s a Race to the Top on Wells Street

If you love a good construction site, then Wells Street is the place to be. We’ve shown you this area before, back when it was just foundations on either side of North Wells Street between Erie and Ontario. Now that 167 West Erie and its neighbor across the street, 640 North Wells are both well on their way toward completion, it makes for a much more compelling scene, captured by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!. 167 is a 39-story...

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