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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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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