Out With The Old, In With The New at 676 North LaSalle
Mar14

Out With The Old, In With The New at 676 North LaSalle

Last week we gave you an update on the demolition happening at 676 North LaSalle Street.  That’s where a non-descript office building is being turned into apartments, getting a townhouse hat, and expanding laterally.  Well, the demolition phase must be nearing completion because the City of Chicago has issued construction permits for a foundation for the expansion portion of the project. FOUNDATIONS PERMIT FOR NEW 149 APARTMENTS...

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River North, Meet Marlowe, Your New 15-Story Neighbor
Mar13

River North, Meet Marlowe, Your New 15-Story Neighbor

Last week we gave you an update on the office building at 676 North LaSalle that’s being converted to apartments, and getting a new addition, doubling its size.  Now its next door neighbor, 675 North Wells Street, has decided it no longer wants to be a surface parking lot and is going to try to make more of itself. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly spilled the beans about 675 in a letter to constituents he sent out on Friday....

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With JCB’s On the Roof, 676 LaSalle Is Ready to Grow Up and Out
Mar07

With JCB’s On the Roof, 676 LaSalle Is Ready to Grow Up and Out

The newest residential block going up in River North has tiny dozers crawling it like fleas on a Carolina hound dog. River North Spy Mike sent in the photo above and below showing that work gutting Cedar Street’s existing building is well in hand.  That former office building will be expanded upward two stories, and a new companion building will go up in the parking lot now being used as a staging area next door. When complete,...

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A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors
Feb21

A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors

The second Chicago building in recent years to bridge the separation of church and real estate developer is making a dent in the River North skyline. 3Eleven is a 24-story skyscraper rising at 311 West Illinois Street. The location used to be the parking lot for Assumption Catholic Church: the vibrant, but dilapidated Italianate church that used to be the hub of River North back when it was Chicago’s original Little Italy.  A...

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River North Building Wants to Skip Ground Floor Retail
Feb15

River North Building Wants to Skip Ground Floor Retail

The thing that makes a city a city is its people.  And the number one goal of responsible urban planning is to get those people out of their homes and offices and onto the streets.  People walking around is good for public safety, good for commerce, good for the tax base, and is the number one thing that contributes to a vibrant urban fabric.  It’s something that the City of Chicago figured out a long time ago, and cities like...

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River North Office Building Ditching Cars for Cubicles
Feb13

River North Office Building Ditching Cars for Cubicles

All over Chicago real estate developers are taking advantage of the city’s recently revised zoning regulations that allow them to jettison parking spaces from their plans in favor of lucrative residential space, as long as they’re within a certain distance of a mass transit hub. But what if your office building is already built?  And it isn’t near a transit hub?  And its parking garage is almost always 40% empty?...

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Centrum Hubbard Gets Ready To Put On Its Big Boy Pants
Jan02

Centrum Hubbard Gets Ready To Put On Its Big Boy Pants

For months, construction crews have been doing the delicate work of erecting a skyscraper at 221 West Hubbard Street while Purple, Brown, and the occasional Red Line CTA trains squeal by on the transit authority’s “Hubbard Curve.” To date, workers have been largely shielded from the tracks, and vice versa, by a wall of yellow panels.  Now the city has given its permission for construction crews at Centrum Hubbard to...

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Milwaukee Dev Ready to Replace Carson’s Ribs in River North With Condo Block
Dec05

Milwaukee Dev Ready to Replace Carson’s Ribs in River North With Condo Block

It’s been 19 months since Milwaukee development company Barrett Lo Visionary Development announced The Blanc Chicago (612 North Wells Street) on its Facebook page.  Now the company’s owner tells a business newspaper up north that next year is the year work will commence. BizTimes reports that Rick Barrett plans to launch three projects next year; Blanc among them.  It’s his first project in Chicago. The building is a...

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River North Hotel Has the Moxy to Fly Under the Radar
Nov21

River North Hotel Has the Moxy to Fly Under the Radar

How do you build a hotel in downtown Chicago without anyone noticing? Don’t ask nobody for nothin’. That’s the case at 530 North LaSalle Street, a former gas station that’s been sitting vacant for years. The city recently issued a permit for the construction of new hotel, but there’s almost no paperwork to go with it. How is that possible? Because the property is zoned DX-7, and the planned hotel is only...

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100 West Huron is Back and Better Than Ever
Oct10

100 West Huron is Back and Better Than Ever

If you’ve been eager to see the surface parking lot at 100 West Huron Street turned into something better, but you’ve been holding out for a new design, well there’s good news. The proposed hotel for the corner of Huron and Clark is back again with a brand new look! 100 West Huron started as an Akara Partners condominium project in the heady days of 2014, way back when people were still dumping buckets of ice on one another and...

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