Status Update: The Godfrey Hotel
Oct25

Status Update: The Godfrey Hotel

  The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (127 West Huron Street),is barreling towards completion, with most of its facade in place and the interior build-out long underway. You may remember that it started life as a Staybridge Suites designed by Valerio Dewalt Train that was stalled in mid-construction by the recession.  It has since been revived by Oxford Capital Group and Cube Capital, and is expected to start receiving guests in February,...

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Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does
Sep18

Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does

Last month we took you on a tour inside the skyscraper going up in River North known as Hubbard Place. Recently we sat down with John Lahey, C.E.O. of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the Chicago architecture firm that designed the building to learn more about its planning. Editor: Hubbard Place is the southern bookend of this development, which has been slowly coming together since the 70′s. Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street)...

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Mark Segal on The Habitat Company’s History, Philosophy and Why it’s Not Afraid of the Poor
Aug26

Mark Segal on The Habitat Company’s History, Philosophy and Why it’s Not Afraid of the Poor

Recently we went behind-the-scenes, up-the-construction-hoist, and through-the-dust to bring you an early preview of Hubbard Place (360 West Hubbard Street), The Habitat Company’s new residential skyscraper under construction in River North. I also sat down with Mark Segal, the president and C.E.O. of Habitat and talked to him about his company, and its work in Chicago. Editor: For those who aren’t familiar with The...

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Inside The New Habitat on Hubbard
Aug18

Inside The New Habitat on Hubbard

If you go anywhere near River North lately, you can’t help but notice the neighborhood’s newest skyscraper, Hubbard Place (360 East Hubbard Street). Rising behind the Merchandise Mart and across the street from the East Bank Club, it commands attention as it plays off its older sister to the north, Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street). On a recent sunny morning I had the chance to stop by Hubbard Place and get a...

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What’s Going on at 212 West Illinois? *crickets* *crickets* *crickets*
Aug06

What’s Going on at 212 West Illinois? *crickets* *crickets* *crickets*

One thing has ceased leading to another at 212 West Illinois, the on-again off-again residential skyscraper in River North.  It was originally planned in 2007, then mothballed for years, then resurrected along with a deal to be the custodian of the old Engine Company 42 building, then nothing happened for a while, then a few weeks ago what appeared to be site preparations began. Since then… nothing. What was once a surface...

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Status Update: The Wells Street Bridge – Stay Away From Those Cans
Jul17

Status Update: The Wells Street Bridge – Stay Away From Those Cans

The Wells Street Bridge is the Navin R. Johnson of the Chicago River bridges — Shiny, new, and much paler than its brothers. Unlike Navin, however, Wells isn’t doomed to stay that color. The new Wells Street Bridge, all million pounds of it, is now in place and being re-woven into the fabric of Chicago’s transportation system. CTA Brown and Purple Line trains are moving freely over its upper deck, and the outrigger...

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Mark Your Calendar – Wolf Point About to Become a Reality
May11

Mark Your Calendar – Wolf Point About to Become a Reality

After decades of on-again, off-again plans both big and small, the latest grand plan for Chicago’s Wolf Point is about to go from pixels to pilings. Friends-of-the-Blog,  bKL Architecture , tell us that construction will start Wednesday, July 31st, 2013. Wolf Point (350 North Orleans Street) is a massive $1 billion project from Hines and the Kennedy family that will turn the surface parking lot jutting out into the confluence of...

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A Historic Look at the Changing Leaves on the Wells Street Bridge
Apr26

A Historic Look at the Changing Leaves on the Wells Street Bridge

The year-long project of replacing the Wells Street Bridge over the main branch of the Chicago River reaches another critical phase this weekend. The north leaf of the the double-decker bascule bridge will be replaced with a brand new 2,100-ton leaf, constructed off-site and floated into place a couple of weeks ago. The removal of the northern half of the span means that CTA trains won’t be able to cross it from 10pm tonight...

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Status Update: The Godfrey Chicago Hotel
Apr17

Status Update: The Godfrey Chicago Hotel

What once was an abandoned, half-finished Staybridge Suites hotel in River North is rapidly becoming The Godfrey (127 West Huron Street), an upscale hotel with ultralounge on the roof. We stopped by a couple of days ago and heard the music of construction equipment as 150 workers busy themselves at the site. You may remember this Valerio Dewalt Train-designed building as one of downtown Chicago’s victims of the economic...

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Getting the Wolf Point: How the West Tower was Born
Feb18

Getting the Wolf Point: How the West Tower was Born

Last month in a much larger article about the fracas over Wolf Point, we published the following paragraph: The architect for the now-approved west tower is bKL. You can see a model of the west tower through the window of their office on the ground floor of the Aqua building in The Loop. Then you can turn to your left and notice… it’s pretty much The Coast that they built a few dozen feet away with a couple of minor tweaks....

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