Niche 905 Breaks Ground at 905 North Orleans
Nov20

Niche 905 Breaks Ground at 905 North Orleans

The sun cooperated. The wind, not so much. But the cold breeze wasn’t stopping Ascend Real Estate Group from breaking ground on Niche 905, the new FitzGerald Associates-designed 18-story luxury rental tower they’re erecting in a joint effort with Boston’s Intercontinental Real Estate Corp. Bill Wolk, president of Ascend, opened the festivities by thanking everyone involved in the 2-year process of getting Niche 905...

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111 South Peoria Gets Thumb’s Up; NIMBY Heads Explode Across West Town
Sep08

111 South Peoria Gets Thumb’s Up; NIMBY Heads Explode Across West Town

The *pop* *pop* *pop* noises heard across West Town over the Labor Day weekend weren’t people using up the last of summer’s illicit  fireworks.  It was the heads of local NIMBYs exploding as they heard the news that 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Junior has decided to greenlight the construction of the condo building known as 111 South Peoria. The project from LG Development has been the subject of an unprecedented...

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Unimpressed With Changes, West Loopers Still Vehemently Opposed to 111 South Peoria
Aug11

Unimpressed With Changes, West Loopers Still Vehemently Opposed to 111 South Peoria

For the second time in two months, Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. (27th) held a community meeting to discuss a proposed development for 111 South Peoria Street in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, currently a surface parking lot. And for the second time, West Loopers came out to the Merit School of Music loaded to the gills with ammo in an attempt to see to it the site remains undeveloped. Not that developers haven’t tried...

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Height. Density. Parking. Renters. West Loopers Play NIMBY Bingo With Mid-Rise Proposal
Jul08

Height. Density. Parking. Renters. West Loopers Play NIMBY Bingo With Mid-Rise Proposal

Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. (27th Ward) and the West Loop Community Organization hosted an introductory meeting at the Merit School of Music for a new apartment building proposed for the 900 block of West Lake Street. Patrick FitzGerald, CEO of FitzGerald Associates Architects, along with associate Richard Whitney, detailed what would be a 10-story building containing 168 rental units. The ground floor would include a lobby and garage...

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Brooklyn Bowl Rolls A Strike With the (Ordinarily Cranky) West Loop Crowd
Oct15

Brooklyn Bowl Rolls A Strike With the (Ordinarily Cranky) West Loop Crowd

A West Loop community meeting devoid of naysayers is about as rare as an 8 p.m. Saturday reservation at Girl & The Goat. But that was the case Tuesday evening when Convexity Properties asked West Loopers for their blessing on a rezoning proposal. The property in question is a musty old three-story building at 832-856 West Fulton Market. Convexity is pursing a zoning change to allow 18,000 square feet of retail at ground level...

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A Park Is Born: Plans Begin For Westhaven Park on Chicago’s Near West Side
Feb06

A Park Is Born: Plans Begin For Westhaven Park on Chicago’s Near West Side

Poison Ivy. Ketchup on hot dogs. Justin Bieber. Some stuff has a crummy reputation. Just say the word or phrase and it will elicit a frown, a cringe, a curse. For example, the three-letter acronym T.I.F. But one Chicago T.I.F. project just getting off the ground will not be lining the pockets of a rich developer or create a high-rise for affluent attorneys.  It will fund a modest little park in a Near West Side neighborhood that could...

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Proposed West Loop Skyscraper to Include Robotic Valet Parking
Nov27

Proposed West Loop Skyscraper to Include Robotic Valet Parking

In “4 Days Out” from the second season of “Breaking Bad,” Jesse Pinkman posed the question to Walter White: “What are we building . . . A robot?” Messrs. White and Pinkman were, of course, building a battery. Robots? They’ll be parking cars in the West Loop, if a proposed retail-residential skyscraper gets the go-ahead from community groups and the Department of Housing and Economic Development, and 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett...

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Latest Greektown Skyscraper Cut Down Again, Residents Finally Say Opa!
Aug28

Latest Greektown Skyscraper Cut Down Again, Residents Finally Say Opa!

The West Loop’s Gateway Phase II residential development (9 South Green Street) is finally moving ahead. Tuesday night, 130 residents gathered at the Merit School of Music and voiced their approval of the latest version of the residential development at the corner of South Green and West Madison. The meeting was hosted by the West Loop Community Organization and 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. Like many West Loop meetings where...

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