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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Hudson and Huron: A River, A Lake, and Two Chicago Skyscrapers
Aug25

Hudson and Huron: A River, A Lake, and Two Chicago Skyscrapers

This skyscraper construction update is a two-fer: The Hudson, at 750 North Hudson Avenue; and 400 West Huron… at 400 West Huron Street. We have frequent tip line flyer Joe Zekas from YoChicago! to thank for the double-shot of construction goodness. It’s hard to tell who’s leading this River North race, as 400 West Huron appears to have just about reached its ultimate height of 15 stories. Meanwhile over at 750, it...

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City OK’s Wedging Another Hotel In Along the Chicago River
Aug19

City OK’s Wedging Another Hotel In Along the Chicago River

The Chicago River has always been a popular place to be.  It’s where the city was born, commerce commenced, and unlike another major Midwestern city’s downtown river, it’s never spontaneously combusted. So with all the new riverwalk construction, and talk about making the river safer to be in and around (not that it’s ever lacked for boaters, fishermen, and involuntary swimmers), it’s not surprising that...

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Hotel on Hubbard Gets Green Light from City
Aug19

Hotel on Hubbard Gets Green Light from City

The Chicago Plan Commission has given developers the green light to move forward with their plan to build a new hotel at 430 North LaSalle Street. The proposal from Porritt Group, out of Troy, is for an 18-story building with up to 199 hotel rooms.  There will also be ground floor retail space, and a roof top pool and bar.  It’s designed by Victor Saroki of Saroki Architecture in Birmingham, Michigan.  The Saroki design shows a...

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Skyscraper at Former Pizza Joint More Than Pie in the Sky
Jun20

Skyscraper at Former Pizza Joint More Than Pie in the Sky

The skyscraper at 167 West Erie that is in the process of replacing the flagship Gino’s East pizzaria, which replaced the Planet Hollywood restaurant, is making rapid progress in River North. Construction crews are busy as bees, as you can see in the photo above sent in by Joe Zekas over at YoChicago!.  The building’s central core is starting to peek out over its immediate neighbors, even as it competes for sky with...

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New Hubbard Street Hotel’s Coming-Out Party Next Week
Jun13

New Hubbard Street Hotel’s Coming-Out Party Next Week

Two months ago we first told you about plans for a new hotel at 430 North LaSalle Street, on the edge of the Near North nightlife district.  Now that hotel is going to have a coming-out party. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly sent out the news to his constituents on Friday afternoon, stating that PG Development will present its plans to the public on Monday, June 20th. Reilly lists the hotel as 18 stories with 199 rooms, just as we...

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Merchandise Mart Unveils Tech-Friendly Makeover
Jun10

Merchandise Mart Unveils Tech-Friendly Makeover

It’s been a decade of change over at the Merchandise Mart (222 West Merchandise Mart Plaza).  From bustling hub for the creative classes to even more bustling hub for the new tech class.  It’s 85-year-old bones have seen Chicago make and re-make itself over and over, and now it’s The Mart’s turn. We don’t call it “The Mart” because we’re best friends.  We call it that because...

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First Paw Prints of Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Wolf Point South
Apr08

First Paw Prints of Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Wolf Point South

Hardly a fortnight goes by when we don’t receive an e-mail from someone seeking information on when we might see some activity on the skyscraper known as Wolf Point South. Apparently, having River Point and 150 North Riverside being built across the river isn’t enough for them. Since that little leftover bit of umbilical cord dried up and fell off of Wolf Point West, things just haven’t been the same around the...

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Hubbard Street Scene Getting More People, Less Parking
Apr04

Hubbard Street Scene Getting More People, Less Parking

The party scene on Hubbard Street is getting a few hundred more visitors. A new hotel has been proposed for the parking lot at the northwest corner of Hubbard and LsSalle. 430 North LaSalle will rise 17 stories into the River North sky, directly across the street from the 45-story 400 North LaSalle condominium tower. The architecture firm is a new one to our ears: Saroki Architecture, out of Birmingham, Michigan.  If you’re...

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There’s Action at 808 Wells in River North [u]
Apr02

There’s Action at 808 Wells in River North [u]

It’s only the makings of a sales office, but the structural work happening on the lot at 808 North Wells Street in River North is a definite sign 808 Wells is more than just a figment of someone’s imagination. River North Spy Liz sent us the above photo, showing the one-story temporary sales center Smithfield Properties is setting up in anticipation of the 24-story Berkelhamer Architects design they’re...

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