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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Ho Jo No Mo, 165 West Superior Continues To Rise
Apr02

Ho Jo No Mo, 165 West Superior Continues To Rise

The old Howard Johnson motel in River North is but a distant memory at 720 North LaSalle Street. That’s because it was smashed to smithereens to make way for the 34-story high rise officially designated as 165 West Superior. Designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, the 298-unit apartment tower will sit atop a 4-story podium that will house the building’s 109 parking spaces. Atop the podium will be an outdoor lap...

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Unofficial Wells Street Crane Race Officially Over
Mar21

Unofficial Wells Street Crane Race Officially Over

And the clear winner, by unanimous decision, is 167 West Erie, also known as The Construction Site on The East Side of Wells Street, or The Site Formerly Known as Gino’s East, if you prefer. Earlier this month, we showed you the two tower-crane stumps on opposing sides of the street in River North. The crew from Linn-Mathes Construction set their crane stump in the ground back at 167 West Erie Street at the beginning of...

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New Office Building Sets Feet in River North
Mar18

New Office Building Sets Feet in River North

If you’re anything like those of us at Chicago Architecture, you’re sick and tired of hearing about skyscrapers. Okay, that’s not like us at all. But shouldn’t there be more to life than height, density, and the pursuit of a zoning change? Of course there should. Which is why we decided to turn our attention to a project not making many headlines in Chicago lately. If it’s even gotten any attention at...

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The 4OneOne on 3Eleven
Mar16

The 4OneOne on 3Eleven

Earlier this year, the city of Chicago approved the construction of a new residential tower at 311 West Illinois in River North (though you’d never know it since Alderman Reilly hasn’t updated his web site yet in 2016).  It’s a partnership between the John Buck Company and the Order of Friars Servants of Mary, USA Province.  Buck gets to build a shiny new skyscraper called 3Eleven in the parking lot of Assumption...

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8 East Huron Minus 4 East Huron Equals 2 East Huron
Mar16

8 East Huron Minus 4 East Huron Equals 2 East Huron

A month ago, we told you demolition crews were on their way to tear down the a couple Huron Street buildings constructed back in the 1800s. We weren’t lying. 4 East Huron is already a flat, empty lot. 8 East Huron has what appears to be only minor damage along the roof line. Until you look in the back. Then it’s clear: This building won’t be gone in days. It will be gone in hours. Why? A 26-story residential building...

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