Status Update: Pan’s Aerie Labyrinth
Sep02

Status Update: Pan’s Aerie Labyrinth

In Greek mythology, Arkadia is the home of the god Pan.  If Pan lived at our Arkadia at 765 West Adams Street in Greektown, he was most certainly have his labyrinth at the very top.  And that’s what this photo by our own Bill Motchan shows—the top of Arkadia, topped off, but still very much under construction. The 33-story tower was designed by FitzGerald Associates, and is being developed by White Oak Realty Partners, which...

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Status Update: A Crane in its Place
Sep02

Status Update: A Crane in its Place

A new crane has gone up on the tiny block-and-a-half-long street known as East Wacker Place, and until just a few years ago known as East South Water Street. For those of you abnormally into cranes (you know who you are), it’s a Palfinger PSM 200-8.  The tower is Linden Comansa. Loop Spy Ryan sent in this photo of the crane rising at number 66, where GDS Companies is putting up a 26-atorty Hilton Garden Inn.  This will be a...

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Status Update: Wrigley Growing Larger
Aug27

Status Update: Wrigley Growing Larger

The venerable ivy-festooned baseball park known as Wrigley Field is getting bigger.  You’ll remember that as part of the latest renovation plan, the Cubs are buying some city rights-of-way, since the stadium at 1060 West Addison Street has pretty much maxed out the block it sits on. Here’s the update from the ball club: Portions of Waveland and Sheffield avenues will be closed as part of a land transfer from the City of...

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Cops to Tots: Chicago Children’s Theater Details Plans to Move Into Abandoned Police Station
Aug27

Cops to Tots: Chicago Children’s Theater Details Plans to Move Into Abandoned Police Station

I witnessed a rare community meeting last evening, where residents overwhelmingly supported a development and rezoning. Which is not to say it was unanimous. But this is the West Loop, where any developer is viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism and suspicion. You’d have to be REALLY skeptical to cast any doubt on this project, though. It wasn’t a developer with visions of a 30-story residential tower. It was the Chicago Children’s...

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Status Update: What’s New at New City
Aug27

Status Update: What’s New at New City

The latest retail development in Chicago’s hot hot hot Clybourn Corridor district is taking shape. New City is a $260 million project from Structured Development and Bucksbaum Retail Properties at 1515 North Halsted Street in Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood.  When complete, it will have 360,000 square feet of retail space, a 19-story residential tower, and 40,000 square feet of office space when it opens in the Autumn...

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Status Update: Monitoring Mansueto’s Modern Morningstar Mansion
Aug26

Status Update: Monitoring Mansueto’s Modern Morningstar Mansion

There are dozens, maybe hundreds of web sites that ask questions like, “What can you get in Wrigleyville for $500K” or “Here’s what $1 million buys you in the Gold Coast.”  But you never hear, “What does $22 million build you these days?”  That question is being answered in Lincoln Park. The last time we checked in on local billionaire Joe Mansueto’s new mansion at 428 West Saint James...

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McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points
Aug25

McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points

  The scaled-back plan to build a new hotel, a data center, and an arena on the edge of the Prairie Avenue District is marching forward, with proposals for two of the three components already in McPier’s hands. This past Friday was the deadline for companies to submit their proposals to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (“McPier”) for the new Marriott Marquis hotel and the Events Center.  Earlier...

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Status Update: Stadia Arkadia
Aug25

Status Update: Stadia Arkadia

Everybody loves SkyBridge, the pioneering slightly deconstructionist residential tower recently featured in an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters program.  If Greektown didn’t have so many Greek icons, SkyBridge would be the symbol of the neighborhood.  But now SkyBridge isn’t the only tower on the block. Arkadia topped out a couple of weeks ago, and it has one heck of a commanding presence along the Kennedy Expressway....

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A Half-Dozen Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Roosevelt University’s Vertical Campus
Aug23

A Half-Dozen Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Roosevelt University’s Vertical Campus

I don’t recall much about the view from the window of my dorm room in college. It was the fourth floor of the blocky, plain vanilla Hudson Hall at the University of Missouri-Columbia. What I can definitely say is there wasn’t much comparison to what I saw last week during a tour of Roosevelt University’s “vertical campus” at 425 South Wabash Avenue. It was a stunning view of Lake Michigan to the east from somewhere north of 20 stories...

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Here Comes 151 North Franklin
Aug22

Here Comes 151 North Franklin

John Buck Company’s new office tower at 151 North Franklin Street is about to become reality. The Walgreen’s store that currently occupies the lot at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Franklin closes for good at 5:00pm today.  Employees confirm it is being torn down to make way for the new skyscraper. Loop Spy Dan went by there yesterday and talked to some construction-looking workers who also confirmed that...

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