100 West Huron Gains Height, Turns Into a Hotel
Mar28

100 West Huron Gains Height, Turns Into a Hotel

Cover the mirrors, put on your mourning band, and bake a casserole.  Another Near North parking lot is about to bite the dust. It’s been almost two years since we first told you about 100 West Huron, Akara Partners‘ project to replace the surface parking lot at the northwest corner of Clark and Huron with a miniature condominium block.  Since then, the economy has warmed, and the building has grown from a mere 14 stories...

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There’s a New Crane In Town
Dec18

There’s a New Crane In Town

Here’s a bit of news that isn’t really news anymore in Chicago: There’s a new crane in the sky in River North. Just two blocks south of the glorious Christmas Crane we showed you Wednesday, Smithfield Construction Group has erected a tower crane as work begins at 400 West Huron Street. It is there crews will be erecting a 15-story condominium tower, having received official go-ahead from the City of Chicago via...

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Another River North Lot Goes from Parking to People
Nov13

Another River North Lot Goes from Parking to People

River North continues to bubble with development, as builders set their sights on a surface parking lot at 300 West Huron Street.  42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has announced that JFJ Development Company wants to turn the asphalt patch into a 24-story residential building. The building’s modest 24-story height is accompanied by an equally modest number of residences: Just 71.  These will be atop a 71-space parking garage...

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400 West Huron Demolition Clearing the Way For… 400 West Huron
Sep28

400 West Huron Demolition Clearing the Way For… 400 West Huron

400 West Huron Street, and its next-door neighbor at 410 West Huron, will soon live only in the memories of those who dined at Scoozi restaurant, and those who cruised by with their cameras to document their destruction. And Heneghan Wrecking Company is making short work of it. Permitted for demolition by the City of Chicago August 27th, the two lots are being cleared to make way for a new 15-story residential building. Which, for the...

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Northwestern’s New Med Tower Back on the Books
Jan13

Northwestern’s New Med Tower Back on the Books

A month after swimming free of the city’s workflow for new skyscrapers, Northwestern’s proposed biomedical research tower (303 East Superior Street) has been thrown back into the bureaucratic flume to resume its downstream journey.  This little paper fishy is hoping to spawn a 37-story building designed by Perkins + Will on the site that until last year held Bertrand Goldberg’s bulbous and brutalist Prentice...

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Another Residential Tower Flowing Into River North
Dec22

Another Residential Tower Flowing Into River North

River North is going to get another new residential building. The Chicago Plan Commission greenlit 400 West Huron Street late last week.  Chicago Architecture Blog managing editor Mary Chmielewicz was there when the vote was taken, and if you follow our Twitter or Facebook feeds, then you got the alert instantly. 400 West Huron will be a 15-story building with 46 residences, designed by Berkelhamer Architects for developer Smithfield...

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The Cubist Godfrey Hotel Provides A Modern Lodging For River North Guests
Nov21

The Cubist Godfrey Hotel Provides A Modern Lodging For River North Guests

Look across the Chicago skyline and you often see century-old buildings sitting side-by-side with new structures. Architecturally, they couldn’t look farther apart. But that’s what makes the cityscape here so interesting. Every era and popular design leaves its mark. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago at 127 West Huron Street is a good example. The hotel, which opened in early 2014, exhibits a modern, cubist style. It was one of the newer...

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15-Story Condo Building Proves A Tough Sell In River North
Oct28

15-Story Condo Building Proves A Tough Sell In River North

“Are you a concerned citizen?” asked the gentleman seated next to me. “No,” I replied. “I’m a reporter.” Maybe that didn’t come out exactly right. It may also have inadvertently perpetuated a stereotype about the fourth estate. Nevertheless, there were plenty of bona fide concerned citizens in attendance Monday evening at 633 North Wells to hear details about a new River North planned development. They didn’t much like what they...

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Prentice Permanently Pulverized; Now a Non-Building
Aug18

Prentice Permanently Pulverized; Now a Non-Building

It’s pretty much the end of the end of the end for the former Prentice Women’s Hospital.  Preservationists couldn’t stop the proverbial wrecking ball from doing its duty over the last year, and now what’s left at 320 East Huron Street is a pile of broken concrete, twisted rebar, and memories. Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent in the photograph above which...

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Near North Parking Lot to Go Condo
May27

Near North Parking Lot to Go Condo

Another downtown Chicago surface parking lot is going to bite the dust. Akara Partners wants to put up a 14-story residential building on the site across the street from the Hotel Felix. The plan calls for just 28 residences on the top ten floors of the Near North Side building, which means that these are condominiums, not apartments. This is the second condo building announced for downtown Chicago in recent months. Though it remains...

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