The Hudson Begins Flowing Along Chicago Avenue
Dec04

The Hudson Begins Flowing Along Chicago Avenue

The Hudson (750 North Hudson Avenue) is scratching and clawing its way up from the dirt at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Hudson Avenue in the city’s River North neighborhood. Weeks after Case Foundation could be heard boring holes into the earth, crews have been streaming into the site to continue the work. The Hudson, designed by Chicago firm Pappageorge Haymes, will deliver 240 apartments across its 25 stories. Shunning the...

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New River North Skyscraper Bucks Trend, Goes Condo Out of the Gate
Dec01

New River North Skyscraper Bucks Trend, Goes Condo Out of the Gate

Another River North surface parking lot is slated to be replaced by a new 24-story residential tower. But guess what: This one is NOT for rent. Last night, JFJ Development unveiled its proposal to build a 283-foot-tall condo tower at 300 West Huron Street. While the developer mentioned that the site’s zoning made a rental tower economically unfeasible, this proposal certainly signals that times are changing, and developers are willing...

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It’s All Aboard For River North’s Railfan Residences
Nov30

It’s All Aboard For River North’s Railfan Residences

In all the hullabaloo earlier this month about the Chicago Plan Commission approving the construction of both the 95-story Wanda Vista Tower and the 76-story 113 East Roosevelt tower, some smaller — yet not unworthy — projects didn’t get the press they deserved. One of those projects is 205 West Hubbard.  It’s a two-building combo residential and office project that we’re going to call the Railfan Residences until it...

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805 N. Lasalle Offers Amenities Inside And A Great Rooftop View
Nov23

805 N. Lasalle Offers Amenities Inside And A Great Rooftop View

Throw a stick at new construction in River North and the Gold Coast and you’re likely to hit a residential tower designed by Palo Alto, CA-based architect Adam Berkelhamer. One of the latest Berkelhamer-designed developments, a 15-story, 46-unit condo building, is starting to take shape at 400 West Huron. If you want to check out a finished Berkelhamer structure, Eight O Five (at 805 N. Lasalle Drive) is a fine example of luxury...

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Niche 905 Breaks Ground at 905 North Orleans
Nov20

Niche 905 Breaks Ground at 905 North Orleans

The sun cooperated. The wind, not so much. But the cold breeze wasn’t stopping Ascend Real Estate Group from breaking ground on Niche 905, the new FitzGerald Associates-designed 18-story luxury rental tower they’re erecting in a joint effort with Boston’s Intercontinental Real Estate Corp. Bill Wolk, president of Ascend, opened the festivities by thanking everyone involved in the 2-year process of getting Niche 905...

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Another River North Lot Goes from Parking to People
Nov13

Another River North Lot Goes from Parking to People

River North continues to bubble with development, as builders set their sights on a surface parking lot at 300 West Huron Street.  42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has announced that JFJ Development Company wants to turn the asphalt patch into a 24-story residential building. The building’s modest 24-story height is accompanied by an equally modest number of residences: Just 71.  These will be atop a 71-space parking garage...

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Nifty, Thrifty Freehand Reinvented As A Trendy New Hotel And Hostel
Nov12

Nifty, Thrifty Freehand Reinvented As A Trendy New Hotel And Hostel

Anyone who books a hotel room in downtown Chicago during the prime tourist season will likely encounter sticker shock. But a stylish and affordable alternative awaits in a prime location. The Freehand Hotel at 19 E. Ohio is now open for business. The Freehand (formerly the Tokyo Hotel) was just one of the many fascinating specimens featured during the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s 2015 Open House Chicago weekend last month. Built...

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Inside Architecture: Bottle Blonde Pizzeria
Nov09

Inside Architecture: Bottle Blonde Pizzeria

Just as there’s more to Chicago architecture than skyscrapers, there’s more to Chicago’s buildings than their facades.  Even the biggest Chicago firms do interior work, usually with fantastic results. The people at developer The Missner Group way way out in Skokie sent over some pictures of the new interior work for the Bottle Blonde Pizzeria and Beer Garden, opening at 540 North Wells Street in River North.  The...

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Slice of Life: Former Gino’s East Site Gets Foundation Permit
Oct26

Slice of Life: Former Gino’s East Site Gets Foundation Permit

See what we did there? Seriously though, the Planet-Hollywood-turned-pizza-emporium (those slices? How about eye-sore-ium) Gino’s East site is one step closer to becoming a residential tower, now that the City of Chicago has issued a foundation permit for 167 West Erie Street. Foundation and Podium Superstructure (Levels LL1-9) permit to include parking (131 spaces), 1st floor retail and associated site work. A demolition permit...

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Chicago’s Largest Building Getting a Makeover
Oct13

Chicago’s Largest Building Getting a Makeover

The largest building in Chicago is getting a makeover.  The four-million square-foot Merchandise Mart sees tens of thousands of visitors each day to its offices, studios, food court, and train station.  The public spaces of the building are going to be rehabbed in a multi-million dollar renovation.  How many millions?  Well, that’s a secret.  And while we do know that big changes are coming to the food court, whether people will...

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