Status Update: 73 East Lake Street
May27

Status Update: 73 East Lake Street

This will likely be our last status update for 73 East Lake Street.  We’ve watched over the last few years as the property went from an Enterprise Rent-a-Car garage to an idea on paper called “The Summit on the Lake” to a sandy lot to a shiny new residential skyscraper.  Now we get word via the press release below that the first people are moving in to 73, so we can pretty much stick a fork in this one, because...

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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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Point’s Public Park Positively Progressing
Apr08

Point’s Public Park Positively Progressing

The public park portion of the River Point development (444 West Lake Street) is really coming together. Walking by the other day, it’s easy to imagine how it will integrate into the rest of the city, with the elevators, ramps and staircases already mostly built.  One of our spies was over there recently and sent in these great pictures that not only show the park’s progress, but also the interior of the completed rail...

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The Story Behind 150 North Riverside, the West Loop’s Newest Skyscraper [u]
Jan13

The Story Behind 150 North Riverside, the West Loop’s Newest Skyscraper [u]

Most of the i’s are dotted, and many of the t’s are crossed, and by this time next year, we should see a shiny new skyscraper and lush new park rising along the banks of the Chicago River in the West Loop. The building is 150 North Riverside, designed by friends of the blog, Goettsch Partners, and being developed by O’Donnell Investments.  It will rise 53 stories on a chunk of land that has been mostly railroad tracks for...

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Baby Steps Toward the New 200 North Michigan Skyscraper
Jan05

Baby Steps Toward the New 200 North Michigan Skyscraper

One thing is slowly leading to another at 200 North Michigan, the five-story office building soon to be replaced with a 40-story residential tower called… 200 North Michigan. Between snowstorms this past weekend, Loop Spy Ryan caught a JCDecaux crew removing the street furniture from in front of 200 North Michigan, a sign that concrete barriers could soon go up so that the existing building can come down.  He sent in pictures of...

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Countdown to Teardown: 200 North Michigan About to Go Bye Bye
Dec22

Countdown to Teardown: 200 North Michigan About to Go Bye Bye

A century ago, someone was very proud when they put up the five-story building commercial at 200 North Michigan Avenue.  Soon, someone else will be proudly watching as it comes down. This past Thursday, the Chicago Plan Commission gave the green light to a plan to replace the five-story concrete office building with a shiny new glass residential skyscraper.  Designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture, the new tower will rise 42...

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150 North Riverside Approved, Now Let’s Move Some Dirt!
Dec20

150 North Riverside Approved, Now Let’s Move Some Dirt!

  Set your watch for July, 2014.  That’s when O’Donnell Investments and U.S. Equities plan to break ground on 150 North Riverside, now that Chicago’s city council has given final approval for the new 53-story, 747-foot-tall skyscraper and public park to be built on the edge of the Chicago River in the West Loop. The people over at O’Donnell are so excited, they sent out the following press release:  ...

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Another Hurdle Cleared for West Loop’s Newest Riverside Skyscraper
Nov21

Another Hurdle Cleared for West Loop’s Newest Riverside Skyscraper

The West Loop is getting yet another skyscraper.  Chicago’s Plan Commission has given the green light to 150 North Riverside, the precarious-looking tower that will be wedged between the Amtrak tracks leading into Union Station.  All that’s left now is city council approval, which is traditionally a rubber stamp affair. The tower is designed by friends-of-the-blog, Goettsch Partners, and developed by John O’Donnell and...

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Status Update: Tunnel Vision in the West Loop
Nov19

Status Update: Tunnel Vision in the West Loop

The train tunnel that is an integral part of the River Point development (444 West Lake Street) is chugging toward completion. We got to see the inside of the tunnel a few days ago, and the thing that struck us most was how clean and well lit it is.  But with hundreds of massive diesel engines lumbering through each day, don’t expect it to stay that way. Our Fulton River Spy sent in this picture yesterday, showing progress on...

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Status Update: River Point’s Rail Tunnel
Oct25

Status Update: River Point’s Rail Tunnel

Fulton Rive r Spy Alex sent over this great picture of the construction of River Point (444 East Lake Street).  You can really see how wide the Amtrak tunnel beneath the future River Point Park is.  You may remember that Amtrak required the tunnel be a little extra wide so there will be room for a future high speed rail line into Union Station. The entirety of that deck will be park space.  Then on the left you can see an area...

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