Construction of South Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Officially Underway
Oct31

Construction of South Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Officially Underway

Another residential tower is rising in Chicago’s South Loop. Like so many other recent developments, its biggest asset is proximity to public transportation; and 1136 South Wabash hugs the CTA’s Roosevelt Road transit hub like ivy on an outfield wall. The 26-story building designed by SCB for CA Ventures and Keith Giles is the latest building in the neighborhood to cater to college students.  Almost next door, the old...

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bKL’s Renelle on the River Begins Residential Sales
Oct31

bKL’s Renelle on the River Begins Residential Sales

Belgravia Group has announced that it is eyeing spring of 2017 to begin construction of its newest residential tower, Renelle on the River, at 403 North Wabash Avenue. With that in mind, it recently started selling condominiums to the public. Prices in the 18-story bKL-designed building range from $1.5 million to $3.2 million. That kind of cash gets you a three-bedroom condo of around 2,200 square feet on the low end to four bedrooms...

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Here’s What the Epic Views From 113 East Roosevelt Will Look Like
Oct26

Here’s What the Epic Views From 113 East Roosevelt Will Look Like

A little over a week ago, the hard-working Xerox DocumentCenters at the Chicago City Clerk’s office ingested some bits of paper and spit out the best news the South Loop has heard since the Super Bowl Shuffle was playing on WLS-AM: A new 76-story skyscraper for the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt. The first phase of the Rafael Viñoly-designed building at 113 East Roosevelt Road will rise 829 feet over the southwest corner of...

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Don’t Rock the Boat in Streeterville
Oct26

Don’t Rock the Boat in Streeterville

There’s a lot going on at 320 East Huron Street. A lot of banging. A lot of hammering. The pounding of foundations, and the little earthquakes of trucks large and small. But all this shake, rattle, and roll is for one reason: to make things as quiet, and placid as possible. This is where the foundations are being put in for MRC2, also known as Northwestern University’s Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical...

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Permit Issued for 76-Story South Loop Skyscraper
Oct17

Permit Issued for 76-Story South Loop Skyscraper

This time last year, there were three super-tall skyscrapers proposed for downtown Chicago.  We asked several prominent local architects what they thought the chances were of any of them being built. The answer was universally skeptical.  Most thought that just one would be built.  The rest of the people we spoke with said none had a chance of getting off the ground. Today we’re delighted to report that the second of those three...

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West Loop Goes From Zero to Two Hotels Overnight
Oct17

West Loop Goes From Zero to Two Hotels Overnight

It’s kind of strange to think of it, but until just a few days ago, there was no hotel in theWest Loop.  The neighborhood smack in the middle of all things Chicago has seen tremendous development in the last ten years, but until the Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites hotel sandwich opened at 108 North Jefferson Street, you had to go to another neighborhood to lay your head. Now, to be clear, we’re talking about the actual West...

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Turning a West Loop Alley Into a Park
Oct17

Turning a West Loop Alley Into a Park

Unless you lived at the Randolph Place Lofts (165 North Canal Street), you probably didn’t have a need to use the strange, hanging alley that arced across the vacant space in the 100 block between Lake and Randolph Streets.  Aside from moving trucks engorging themselves, and trainspotters leering at the silver streaks below, it was a quiet place. But all that’s changed now that 150 North Riverside is under construction,...

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The Permit That Makes You Proud to be a Chicagoan
Oct13

The Permit That Makes You Proud to be a Chicagoan

If you’ve ever lived for a time in a city like Seattle, or Los Angeles, or Phoenix, you may have noticed that in spite of all the movies and TV shows showcasing Chicago, outlanders don’t get that our town has huge buildings that put their withered downtowns to shame. So it’s nice every once in a while to see confirmation of our superior status in print. And not just in some blog or hopelessly glossy magazine. But in...

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South Loop Mega Development Could Sport Wood
Oct12

South Loop Mega Development Could Sport Wood

(Nobody else would go there, so we had to.  Like you’re surprised.) Chicago’s newest planned community may attract attention for more than its fabulous views, or riparian delights.  It may become the home of the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper.  The building is being penciled in at Perkins+Will’s Riverline development just south of Harrison Street.  The news was broken by ArchDaily a week ago, but the content...

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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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