A Tower Crane Sprouts in River North
Feb04

A Tower Crane Sprouts in River North

It’s been a weird winter in Chicago. Our most recent weather event, as the Northeast dug out of double-digit snowfall, was a thunderstorm. And that sort of meteorological mayhem can wreak havoc in strange ways. Like tricking plant life into thinking spring has arrived. Which is exactly what appears to be happening in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. At 167 West Erie Street, general contractor Linn-Mathes has planted...

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1001 State Street, That 1001 Great Street
Jan27

1001 State Street, That 1001 Great Street

1001 South State, so named for its relative proximity to 1001 South State Street, continues to climb in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. It’s been a favorite to watch for the colorful lines and pretty yellow crane. Throw in some wicked awesome glass on the curvy southern exposure, and we challenge you to walk by on a sunny day without stopping for a photo opp. In case you’ve forgotten the deets, they follow here,...

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Union Station Transit Center Coming Together
Jan25

Union Station Transit Center Coming Together

Work continues in the West Loop on the Union Station Transit Center that will connect Amtrak and Metra passengers to CTA buses, while alleviating the traffic tie-ups long a part of everyday life on South Canal Street and West Jack Boulevard. It took awhile for progress to be visible here, beyond the digging up of the former surface parking lot, and foundation work. But now, the future bus shelters look a lot like, well, future bus...

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Prairie Court Not Yet Brought To Order In Prairie District
Jan22

Prairie Court Not Yet Brought To Order In Prairie District

We spent a good bit of time around the Prairie Avenue District over the past week or so. Once we finished gawking at the big equipment along Cermak Road, we headed back north a bit, to the intersection of Prairie Avenue and 18th Street, to see what, if anything, was happening with the new Prairie Court townhome development. It should come as no big surprise to find a rather large lot of nothing. Well, not exactly nothing. There are...

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Marriott Making its Marquis in Chicago
Jan21

Marriott Making its Marquis in Chicago

Work is progressing on the new Marriott Marquis Chicago hotel, at 2121 South Prairie Avenue in the Prairie Avenue District. Slated for completion in 2017, the 39-story tower will provide 1,209 guest rooms and over 90,000 square feet of meeting space. The McPier development will be directly connected to McCormick Place, and features the renovation of the American Book Company building at 330 East Cermak Road. When we last visited,...

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As 1345 South Wabash Fills Up, 1333 Builds Up
Jan21

As 1345 South Wabash Fills Up, 1333 Builds Up

If you build it, they will come. So as long as you’re at it, you might as well build two of them. Which is precisely what’s happening in the South Loop. At 1333 South Wabash Avenue, One Triple Three is the second, larger tower from Chicago’s CMK Companies on the same block of South Wabash. Destined to rise 28 stories high, the Brininstool + Lynch design will bring 307 rental units, to include one-, two-, and...

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American Book Company Building Begins A New Chapter
Jan20

American Book Company Building Begins A New Chapter

Seems like only yesterday we had to tell folks about the demise of another century-plus-old Chicago building. And we wouldn’t blame you if you’re getting tired of hearing about the demolition of the city’s built environment. So how about today, we turn our attention to one Chicago relic, which once seemed headed toward certain doom, now being rehabbed and reborn in Chicago’s Prairie Avenue District. At 330 East...

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Grand Opening of 1000 South Clark Just Around the Corner
Jan15

Grand Opening of 1000 South Clark Just Around the Corner

1000 South Clark, the brand-spankin’ new apartment tower at 1000 South Clark Street in the South Loop, looks more and more complete with each passing day. Long gone are the tower crane and construction elevators. Just a few finishers remain on site, getting everything ready for the big debut. The developers, a joint effort by Chicago’s JDL Development and New York’s iStar, are bringing 469 apartments to the...

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Ontario Street Tower Crane Makes its Smashing Debut
Jan14

Ontario Street Tower Crane Makes its Smashing Debut

“What’s that?” you say. “Don’t tower cranes generally erect things rather than smash them to pieces? You’re confusing a tower crane with a wrecking-ball crane.” You got us there. We were having some fun with our words. In actuality, what recently appeared in the sky above 228 East Ontario Street in Streeterville is the tower crane tasked with helping create the new SmasHotel. To wit,...

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Wait a Moment. Do You Know Sienna Flats?
Jan13

Wait a Moment. Do You Know Sienna Flats?

We’ve done our fair share of coverage at Moment, the 42-story, friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed apartment tower in Streeterville. Chicago-based Golub & Company is delivering 490 luxury rental units to the site at 545 North McClurg Court, along with 5,200 square feet of retail space along the corner of Grand and McClurg. But just a second; there’s more to Moment. At 423 East Ohio Street, Sienna Flats...

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