SCB’s Froman Tower To Rise on Chicago’s West Side
May30

SCB’s Froman Tower To Rise on Chicago’s West Side

At this time there’s no evidence that Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago, ever worked at the Fabbri Sausage factory just north of Restaurant Row.  But there’s also no evidence that he didn’t.  And because MCZ’s new residential tower that will soon replace the low-slung brick factory in West Town doesn’t have a name, we’re officially declaring 166 North Aberdeen Street the Froman Tower. The...

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With a New Owner, Proposed North & Clark High Rise Being Revised by SCB
May04

With a New Owner, Proposed North & Clark High Rise Being Revised by SCB

The southwest corner of North Clark Street and West North Avenue is one of those places in Chicago with so much potential, and so little accomplished.  But that is expected to change in the near future. Los Angeles-based CIM Group, Chicago’s Golub and Company, and Avoda Group have bought the project, most recently the site of a diner, to build a high-rise luxury residential tower currently known as 1550 North Clark. You may...

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Crate and Barrel-Shaped C&B Building to Become Verismo-Shaped Starbucks Building
Apr26

Crate and Barrel-Shaped C&B Building to Become Verismo-Shaped Starbucks Building

The transformation of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile from a string of exclusive boutiques and unique shopping experiences into a suburban mall continues with the arrival of a mega Starbucks. The Seattle caffeinator is the latest international homogenized brand to bigfoot its way onto the Boul Mich with a flagship store. This one taking over the Crate and Barrel building. As is often the case on Michigan Avenue,...

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SCB’s Chamfers on Michigan Ready to Tuck In
Apr10

SCB’s Chamfers on Michigan Ready to Tuck In

One of the more interesting skyscraper designs proposed for the South Loop in recent years is about to become reality. The City of Chicago has issued the first construction permits for 1326 South Michigan. DIRECT DEVELOPER SERVICES. ERECT 47-STORY, 500 UNIT, MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING–FOUNDATIONS ONLY You’ll remember this is the Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed tower that combines a setback near the top of the...

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Time To Get A Slice of The Sinclair
Apr03

Time To Get A Slice of The Sinclair

If our story three years ago showing The Sinclair residential tower represented as a layer cake had you salivating, there’s good news.  You can soon live inside the confection of your dreams. Pre-leasing has begun at The Sinclair, the 35-story residential tower Fifield is putting up at 1201 North LaSalle Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  This coincides with the topping-out (topping-off?) of the SCB design that...

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Fifield and SCB’s Sinclair Over-Achieves in the Gold Coast
Feb20

Fifield and SCB’s Sinclair Over-Achieves in the Gold Coast

The most visible sign of the rejuvenation of the corner of Clark and Division Streets is the new Sinclair tower rising where a Jewel supermarket used to sprawl across half a city block.  The new SCB-designed tower includes a bigger, better Jewel in the parking podium.  Fifield’s building is also expected to have 390 apartments, ranging from modest 500-square-foot studios up to 2,400-square-foot, four-bedroom penthouses at the...

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Paperwork in Place for New Hyde Park Residential Tower
Feb14

Paperwork in Place for New Hyde Park Residential Tower

Paperwork has been filed for the latest residential tower proposed for Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood, which is undergoing something of an apartment-building boomlet. The nameless project at 1600 East 53rd Street is being developed by Mac Properties, with Solomon Cordwell Buenz as architect.  It’s intended to be a 27-story tower with 250 apartments, and also includes the renovation or replacement of the co-owned retail...

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Permits Come Through For Addison and Clark at Addison and Clark
Jan02

Permits Come Through For Addison and Clark at Addison and Clark

Wrigleyville has long been held up as an example of an urban neighborhood that lives and thrives in tandem with its Major League Baseball park.  It’s pretty much the opposite of the scene on the South Side at The Rate, where the stadium is an island in a sea of parking lots and gritty infrastructure.  And still Wrigleyville continues to evolve and grow, especially on the blocks adjacent to Wrigley Field. We’ve told you...

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Construction of South Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Officially Underway
Oct31

Construction of South Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Officially Underway

Another residential tower is rising in Chicago’s South Loop. Like so many other recent developments, its biggest asset is proximity to public transportation; and 1136 South Wabash hugs the CTA’s Roosevelt Road transit hub like ivy on an outfield wall. The 26-story building designed by SCB for CA Ventures and Keith Giles is the latest building in the neighborhood to cater to college students.  Almost next door, the old...

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South Loop’s Latest Student Housing Block Tops Out
Oct06

South Loop’s Latest Student Housing Block Tops Out

“And that’s all she wrote,” a construction foreman may or may not have said recently, as the apartment block at 30 East Balbo Avenue in the South Loop topped out. Officially called the 30 East Apartments by the developer, Gilbane Development Company, the building mid-rises 16 stories into the air over the greater Printer’s Row district.  It was designed by friends-of-the-blog, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and the...

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