It’s Been a While, But Downtown Lake Shore Drive Reconfig Still “Has a Chance”
May31

It’s Been a While, But Downtown Lake Shore Drive Reconfig Still “Has a Chance”

It’s been over five years since we first heard about city plans to re-configure Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago.  A lot of work has been done on the Drive in other parts of the city, but the downtown portion remains congested, dangerous, and falling apart.  But according to 2nd Ward Adlerman Brian Hopkins, “This is a bold, visionary project that has a chance to come to fruition.”  It’s been a long time...

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New Downtown Chicago Apple Store Construction Gets Serious
May31

New Downtown Chicago Apple Store Construction Gets Serious

There are people who love Apple Stores.  There are people who love cranes.  Expect the two groups to squee in unison very soon, as a permit has been issued for a tower crane to help build the new Apple Store at Pioneer Court (401 North Michigan Avenue). Permit issued for new construction TOWER CRANE INSTALLATION AT PLAZA FOR PROPOSED 1-STORY RETAIL ADDITION. You’re right — it is a little unusual for a tower crane to be erected...

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Residential Tower Coming to Wabash and Roosevelt in Chicago’s South Loop
May23

Residential Tower Coming to Wabash and Roosevelt in Chicago’s South Loop

The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the construction of a new 26-story residential tower at 1136 South Wabash Avenue.  The property actually wraps around the Roosevelt Hotel building on this corner, and has both Wabash and Roosevelt Road frontage.  The Roosevelt Hotel is no longer a hotel, it is student housing, going by the name of Roosevelt Student Apartments.  The new building is also expected to be student housing. It was...

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Two Downtown Chicago Hotel Developments Up For Approval This Week
May16

Two Downtown Chicago Hotel Developments Up For Approval This Week

You can’t spell “hotel” without the word “hot,” and that describes downtown Chicago’s hospitality market.  From office building conversions to new construction, it seems like every developer with a dollar and a dream is eager to put a mint on your pillow. Two downtown hotel projects go before the Chicago Plan Commission this Thursday morning.  One highly anticipated.  The other… flying under...

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Work to Resume at Stalled Michigan Avenue Hotel Conversion
May09

Work to Resume at Stalled Michigan Avenue Hotel Conversion

The transformation of the North Michigan Avenue corridor between the Chicago River and Millennium Park is about to get kicked up a notch.  Long-stalled work on the building at 168 North Michigan Avenue is expected to resume soon. A trio of dead permits have been reinstated allowing construction crews to fix the exterior terra cotta on the 12 (should be 16) story building.  Right now the building’s exterior is a pockmarked mess...

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Addition by Subtraction: Flats No. 800 Clears Some Space.
Apr25

Addition by Subtraction: Flats No. 800 Clears Some Space.

WRECK AND REMOVE A 3 STORY MASONRY MIXED USE BUILDING And it was with those words — actually, it was with two sets of those exact same words, because we’re speaking of two individual buildings here — that 810 and 812 North Clark Street were issued their demolition permits by the City of Chicago, thereby clearing the way for the new project filling the 800 block of North Clark Street. Flats No. 800 is one portion of a...

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Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago To Be Repaired
Apr25

Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago To Be Repaired

The historic Second Presbyterian Church of Chicago in the city’s South Loop neighborhood received a renovation permit for much-needed repairs on April 20th. The church, at 1936 South Michigan Avenue, has been covered in varying degrees of scaffold after a tragic accident back in September of 2014 killed a passerby as she walked past. Now, permission is in place to repair the facade of the bell tower and restore the windows, as...

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West Loop’s Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Reaches The Top
Apr22

West Loop’s Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Reaches The Top

The combination Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn at 108 North Jefferson Street has risen as high as it will go in the West Loop. Jupiter Realty broke ground on the project back in April of 2015, in a neighborhood between the Chicago River and Kennedy Expressway short on hotel rooms. When Power Construction is finished, the Homewood Suites ledger will include 128 rooms, while Hampton Inn will house 210 rooms. (That’s 338 rooms total,...

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Throwback Thursday, Revisited: North Morgan Mystery Lot Loses Acreage
Apr21

Throwback Thursday, Revisited: North Morgan Mystery Lot Loses Acreage

Last month, we shared a story about a plot of land in Chicago’s Meat Packing District with a bizarre and sordid history. Summed up, the gist is that there’s a 15-year-old permit still posted at 373 North Morgan Street, for a project that almost started, then sorta did, then was torn down, and then sat idle. At the time, we had noticed some work being done on the site, but couldn’t figure out what it might have been,...

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Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street
Apr20

Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street

Over the past three weeks, you’ve told you here and here about the new residential project happening at what is now 156 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop, and what will become 165 North Des Plaines Street. Thanks to a couple visits from friends and readers to our Tip Line, we knew to be on the lookout for some demolition work to the rear portions of the North Jefferson address. And pay attention is what we did. Crews from...

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