Elevated, Serpentine “Underbridge” Will Connect Two North Side Parks
Apr21

Elevated, Serpentine “Underbridge” Will Connect Two North Side Parks

It’s both instructive and fascinating to listen to a master designer talk about the creative process. A good example is Andrew L. Metter, Epstein’s principal designer. Metter described a number of recent projects last week during an AIA presentation. Epstein has a philosophy of creating a sustainable world, and Metter’s work illustrates that concept. He tries to find opportunities for regeneration in urban planning and design...

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River North to Sprout Chicago’s Newest Residential Skyscraper
Apr21

River North to Sprout Chicago’s Newest Residential Skyscraper

Another piece of the former Montgomery Ward complex in River North is going to be redeveloped. Over the Easter weekend, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly e-mailed his constituents letting them know about a residential tower called The Hudson proposed for 750 North Hudson Avenue. The message was a little short on details, but we did a little digging and know a few things. This is the northern half of the block just east of the former...

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Slice of Life: Reflecting on Chicago
Apr18

Slice of Life: Reflecting on Chicago

If you haven’t been up to the observatory at the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue) lately, you may not know that as part of recent renovations, the ceiling has been mirrored. It helps fill the deck with natural light, and also helps make it feel a little taller than it is.  But more importantly, you can take cool pictures with...

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Here We Grow Again! Big Curving Tower Coming to Halsted Corridor
Apr15

Here We Grow Again! Big Curving Tower Coming to Halsted Corridor

  How hot is the downtown Chicago residential market?  So hot it could have a physicist explain it on the television show Nova.  The P.B.S. version, not the weak Fox reboot. To wit, the new residential tower proposed for the corner of West Lake Street and North Halsted Street in West Town.  Crain’s Chicago Business has the scoopage on the building currently known as 171 North Halsted, and says it’s a joint project...

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McPier Is Still Trying To Sell Its “Elevate Chicago” Expansion to Neighbors
Apr14

McPier Is Still Trying To Sell Its “Elevate Chicago” Expansion to Neighbors

If this was a high school literature class, you might say that the snow falling outside Second Presbyterian Church tonight was foreshadowing the chilly reception developers would receive inside the church, like some lakeside Emily Bronte novel. Residents of the South Loop and nearby neighborhoods gathered at a Prairie District Neighborhood Association event outlining the latest version of the McCormick Place expansion plan. The plan...

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Water Tower Place Gets Two New Tourist Attractions
Apr14

Water Tower Place Gets Two New Tourist Attractions

Oprah may have left the building, but the late Harry Caray is only just moving in. The chain of eateries started by the late sportscaster will soon open a new outpost in Water Tower Place (835 North Michigan Avenue) along with a sports museum. Englewood Construction did the heavy lifting to make it happen, and sent along this press release about the project: Englewood Construction Food Service and Restaurant Group Completes Harry...

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Deconstructing Chicago: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down at 200 North Michigan
Apr13

Deconstructing Chicago: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down at 200 North Michigan

A couple of weeks ago, George Simkins with Vis-à-vis Creative shared a time-lapse video of the demolition of the office building at 200 North Michigan.  The process is still ongoing, and as you can see from the photo on the right, the building is down to just three stories, from the six it originally had. Last week, Mr. Simkins sent us a follow-up video (above) showing the little miniature construction vehicles pulling down one of the...

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Fifield Companies Celebrate A Bridge From K2 To Downtown
Apr11

Fifield Companies Celebrate A Bridge From K2 To Downtown

  Disneyworld is purported to be the happiest place on earth, but for number two on the list I’d like to nominate the West Loop apartment building K2 (365 North Halsted Street). On its one-year anniversary April 10th, I spoke with several residents who said they loved living there. Chelsey, a transplant from Baltimore, moved in shortly after K2 opened. She said her neighbors at K2 are very friendly and nearly everyone there moved to...

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Status Update: 1 East Chestnut plus Quinlan School of Business
Apr10

Status Update: 1 East Chestnut plus Quinlan School of Business

Even in a city as busily expanding as Chicago, it’s unusual to have two buildings going up at the same time on the same block.  But that’s what’s happening at Chestnut and State in the Gold Coast. That’s where Loyola University has two new buildings going up. One is an apartment building, the other a classroom building. Loyola hired Newmark to develop the residential tower at 1 East Chestnut Street.  It will...

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Pizzuti Officially Unveils West Van Buren Residential Tower To Decidedly Mixed Reviews
Apr09

Pizzuti Officially Unveils West Van Buren Residential Tower To Decidedly Mixed Reviews

The West Loop may get a new sleek, tall building. Size, of course, is relative. At 32 stories, the proposed 1061 West Van Buren Street residential apartment building might be considered puny in the South Loop or Streeterville. By West Loop standards, it qualifies as a bona fide skyscraper. The West Loop is a magnet for developers, with construction projects popping up like spring daisies. But West Loop folks like their buildings...

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