New River North Skyscraper Takes a Bow at the Paris Club
Apr01

New River North Skyscraper Takes a Bow at the Paris Club

Tuesday night, on the dance floor of the Studio Paris Night Club in River North, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly hosted a community meeting to introduce the public to 205 West Hubbard — the tower project proposed for the intersection of Wells and Hubbard Streets. Once a sizable crowd settled into the posh benches beneath an unlit disco ball, Howard Hirsch, president of Hirsch Associates Architecture, filled everyone in on his...

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Like Trains? You’ll Love Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper [updated]
Mar19

Like Trains? You’ll Love Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper [updated]

Another new residential tower is coming to River North and this one has an interesting, albeit noisy, view. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly sent out a notice last night inviting neighbors to a public meeting for a new tower at 205 West Hubbard Street. That’s the surface parking lot bifurcated by the CTA’s Brown and Purple Line elevated trains. The project actually includes two buildings so, presumably, it will also...

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Status Update: Wolf Point West
Feb17

Status Update: Wolf Point West

The latest skyscraper getting ready to punctuate Chicago’s skyline is rapidly growing in River North. Loop Spy Ryan took this photo from someone’s home with a much better view than ours showing Wolf Point West (350 North Orleans Street) rising into the sky, right on the edge of the confluence of the North and Main branches of the Chicago River. You can see how the below-grade parking garage yields to the residential...

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Slice of Life: Ghosts of the Other Little Italy
Jan29

Slice of Life: Ghosts of the Other Little Italy

Chicago is a city of neighborhoods.  And while some neighborhoods resist change, others are swept away into the dustbin of history.  Though real estate agents love to fudge with its boundaries, Lincoln Park remains Lincoln Park.  Little Hell is now Cabrini Green.    Chinatown moved from the Loop to the South Side.  And in spite of being eviscerated twice in the name of progress, Little Italy still hangs on. But just as there once was...

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Status Update: Old River North Firehouse
Jan27

Status Update: Old River North Firehouse

If you’ve live, work, or wander around River North long enough, you will eventually run across the old firehouse at 228 West Illinois Street. For years it was something of a sad building.  Businesses came and went, but none seemed to be able to breathe permanent life into the former home of Chicago’s Bravest. Then along came Mr. Jones. The Jones is the name of the skyscraper designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and...

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Status Update: 707 North Wells
Jan26

Status Update: 707 North Wells

Eight months after we saw the drawings of 707 North Wells Street, the mid-rise residential building is well underway. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s own Daniel Schell popped by the other day and took these photographs of the construction progress.  As you can see, the tower crane is up, and the concrete core has risen from the ground. When complete, the building will rise 11-stories over the eastern edge of Chicago’s...

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Looking Ahead With Habitat President Matt Fiascone
Jan23

Looking Ahead With Habitat President Matt Fiascone

It’s been about 16 months since we checked in with The Habitat Company to see what’s going on with the River North developer.  The big news, obviously is that there’s a new name on the door of the big office.  Matt Fiascone is now running the show, and was nice enough to answer some questions for us via e-mail.   Editor: How was 2014 for Habitat? Matt Fiascone: 2014 saw us complete the lease up of Hubbard Place...

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Smoking Hot Model: 720 North LaSalle
Jan14

Smoking Hot Model: 720 North LaSalle

Before you know it, the Howard Johnson motel in downtown Chicago will be gone, replaced by a new residential tower.  For those of you who can’t wait to see what the finished product will look like, here is a model of the tower known as 720 North LaSalle.  The model inside the offices of friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture shows both the private greenspace on the roof of the parking/retail podium as well as the new quasi-public...

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Smoking Hot Model: Wolf Point West
Jan07

Smoking Hot Model: Wolf Point West

The first of three skyscrapers is rising at Wolf Point, the über-visible promontory intruding upon the confluence of the Main and North branches of the Chicago River. As Wolf Point West (350 North Orleans Street) takes shape on the city’s riverfront,  it’s getting easier and easier to imagine how the tower will look when it’s done.  But if you can’t wait until it’s done, step with us into the studios of...

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Another Residential Tower Flowing Into River North
Dec22

Another Residential Tower Flowing Into River North

River North is going to get another new residential building. The Chicago Plan Commission greenlit 400 West Huron Street late last week.  Chicago Architecture Blog managing editor Mary Chmielewicz was there when the vote was taken, and if you follow our Twitter or Facebook feeds, then you got the alert instantly. 400 West Huron will be a 15-story building with 46 residences, designed by Berkelhamer Architects for developer Smithfield...

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