Astrolab Condos Ready to Rock It
Jan23

Astrolab Condos Ready to Rock It

You can trade your pencils for pens on this one.  The modest Near North condominium block marked down for 61 West Erie Street is a “go.”  The Chicago Plan Commission recently gave it the green light. There were a few stumbling blocks along the way, but nothing that LG Development couldn’t be solve with a few more aggressive setbacks, and a fat sack of cash to help illuminate Erie Park and its riverwalk. We call it...

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West Town’s Hottest Potato About to Plant Roots on Peoria Street
Dec12

West Town’s Hottest Potato About to Plant Roots on Peoria Street

In the 14-year history of this publication, we’ve never seen a building so hated, so demonized, so despised as this one.  When 111 South Peoria was announced, you would have thought that it was announced that a pig farm was being built amid the low-rise brick condos of West Town, and everyone in the neighborhood would be required to take a turn slopping the sows. People’s heads figuratively exploded.  They were literally...

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The Plymouth Building: Printers Row’s Newest Landmark
Jun22

The Plymouth Building: Printers Row’s Newest Landmark

Chicago’s Printers Row neighborhood is a walk-though gallery of great architecture.  Even the ugly buildings have pretty details.  And the pretty buildings have historic pasts.  Recently one of those pretty buildings, The Plymouth Building at 417 South Dearborn Street, was recommended for city landmark status. The building is being converted into student housing by LG Development, so this seems like as good a time as any to give...

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Contentious 111 South Peoria Plan Passed by Plan Commission
Mar17

Contentious 111 South Peoria Plan Passed by Plan Commission

111 South Peoria, the condo building LG Development wants to build in the West Loop, was approved Thursday by the Chicago Plan Commission, despite ongoing resistance from some neighboring residents. Originally proposed as a 13-story apartment building on what is now a surface parking lot adjacent to Mary Bartelme Park, locals cried foul over most aspects of the development, forcing LG back to the drawing table to make alterations....

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Old Astrolab Building Lost In Space
Mar14

Old Astrolab Building Lost In Space

As much as people in Los Angeles hate to admit it, Chicago was once the movie capital of the world.  That was back before 3D.  Before THX.  Before color and sound.  Even though Hollywood is the undisputed leader in filmed entertainment these days, some bits of the industry still remain in the Windy City.  Except one. Last week, demolition began at 61 West Erie Street, the former Astrolab Building.  This was the location of a film...

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LG Development Pitches Micro-Units at South Loop Meeting
Mar01

LG Development Pitches Micro-Units at South Loop Meeting

What would you do if you had a tiny lot just begging for improvement? Why, you’d build tiny apartments on it, naturally. Which is just what Chicago’s LG Development Group wants to do with the empty lot at 776 South Dearborn Street in the South Loop. At Monday night’s community meeting, hosted by the Near South Planning Board Monday night at the Hilton Chicago, LG announced plans to erect a 14-story building (with a...

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New Near North Condo Building Should Be Named for its Movie History, But Probably Won’t
Feb08

New Near North Condo Building Should Be Named for its Movie History, But Probably Won’t

There’s a new plan afoot to build a condominium building at 61 West Erie Street.  You may know it as the square, yellow brick building next to Walgreens with more ivy than windows on its exterior. You may also remember that a while back a plan was floated by MCZ Development to tear down the existing building and build a mini condo block designed by HPA Architecture.  It would have had eight residences in its ten floors. Now...

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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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