Status Update: 353 North LaSalle

The last few panes of glass are being put in the top of 353 North Clark, the new office tower filling in what once was a surface parking lot across from Harry Caray’s.  The design looks good, the glass is very transparent, and the base of the thing actually resembles the pre-construction sketches.  Miracle of miracles! Can’t wait to see what retail and restaurant opportunities develop in the podium of this...

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Fighting Parking Vultures

Last week, 42nd ward alderman Brendan Reilly sent out an e-mail explaining the latest on his crackdown against rogue valet parking companies.  I was going to digest it and give a summary, but it’s been sitting in my in box too long for that, so I’m printing the entire thing verbatim here.  It’s just easier that way. The City Council today unanimously approved Alderman Reilly’s legislation that...

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Another parking lot bites the dust (we hope)

If there’s one thing that doesn’t belong in downtown Chicago it’s surface parking lots.  They contribute virtually nothing to the economic, social, and visual vitality of the area.  And fortunately, there may be one fewer soon. According to the Fulton River District e-mail bulletin, the parking lot at 108 North Jefferson could soon make way for a multi-use building. View Larger MapThat’s the...

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