Chicago Exports: bKL’s 2,424-Foot-Tall Tower Moves Forward [u]
Aug22

Chicago Exports: bKL’s 2,424-Foot-Tall Tower Moves Forward [u]

Today we continue our series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. A little over four...

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Neighbor News: Grand Rapids Tallest Proposal Gets Rendered
Aug22

Neighbor News: Grand Rapids Tallest Proposal Gets Rendered

There’s been a great deal of talk in the Grand Rapids area about a proposal to put up a new tallest building in the city’s downtown. Now we’re finally getting to see it. The building is called 10 Ionia, and is conveniently located at 10 Ionia Avenue Northwest. When completed, the $90 million tower will stand 420 feet tall, with 40 floors containing 140 hotel rooms and 255 apartments. The current tallest building in...

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9 West Walton Will Get To Reach New Heights
Aug19

9 West Walton Will Get To Reach New Heights

The ultra-luxe condominium building going up at 9 West Walton Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast will be able to continue going up, a little farther than originally planned. Back in June, we were the first to tell you that No. 9 Walton developer JDL Development petitioned the city for permission to add another two stories on to the already-under-construction skyscraper.  The result will be a 37-story building 456 feet tall, up from...

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More Lake Views Coming to Lake View East
Aug19

More Lake Views Coming to Lake View East

That proposal for a 17-story residential building on Belmont between Broadway and Lake Shore Drive that we told you about is another step closer to reality. The tower, designed by Antunovich Associates, at 450 West Belmont Avenue got its papers franked by the Chicago Plan Commission yesterday.  That means the developers can move forward with their plan for a new building with 80 residences and 48 parking spaces.  It’ll be 179...

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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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The Way They’re Building the New CNA Center Makes You Want to Cover Your Eyes
Aug17

The Way They’re Building the New CNA Center Makes You Want to Cover Your Eyes

Every once in a while life will throw you a curve ball.  You’ll see something that disturbs your mental sense of order.  Something that is perfectly logical and appropriate, but still makes you uncomfortable on a subconscious level.  Like when you run into your elementary school teacher at the movie theater.  Or when you see an enormous ship carrying another enormous ship. That’s what’s happening over at 151 North...

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Stalled 39-Story Loop Hotel Project May Be Ready to Restart
Aug15

Stalled 39-Story Loop Hotel Project May Be Ready to Restart

Two years after fixing up the joint with new curbs, lighting, and even trees, it looks like the future holds something different for the surface parking lot at 180 West Randolph Street. And that something could be a 39-story hotel and residential stack pack. Right now if you look up the property in the city’s records, you’ll see that it’s governed by something a little unusual — a Parking Planned Development. Number...

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The West Loop’s Newest Office Tower Gets Down and Dirty
Aug15

The West Loop’s Newest Office Tower Gets Down and Dirty

Demolition is a thing of the past, and construction is well underway at 625 West Adams Street, the office building sometimes known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower. Professional photographer Michael S. Lyons tripped our tip line with his latest batch of photos showing crews busy with the elevator core, foundation pour, and drilling machines that roar. When complete, 625 will rise 22 stories into the West Loop sky with 400 parking...

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Neighbor News: Oak Park’s Newest Skyscraper Now Open
Aug10

Neighbor News: Oak Park’s Newest Skyscraper Now Open

Promising the best of city life, without having to leave the suburbs, Vantage Oak Park is now open in the western suburb. The 21-story residential tower — designed by Gensler for Golub, Wood Partners and the village — is on Lake Street, Oak Park’s main drag, at Forest Avenue and features 270 residences above 588 parking spaces and 25,000 square feet of retail. If that seems like a lot of parking, you’re right. But only 288 are for the...

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