Firmly in Pivot Mode, Trib Wows Again With Another Massive Development Proposal
Oct09

Firmly in Pivot Mode, Trib Wows Again With Another Massive Development Proposal

For the second time in two months, Tribune Media is making headlines in the real estate industry. The company, which is in the process of being bought by suburban Baltimore’s Sinclair Broadcast Group, is best known for WGN-TV, KTLA in Los Angeles, and WPIX in New York.  It’s half of what’s left after the Tribune Company imploded like a supernova, leaving behind a pair of dwarf stars.  Consult the Adler Planetarium if...

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The Sinclair is Now Officially Open for Business
Sep28

The Sinclair is Now Officially Open for Business

One of the most dramatic transformations in recent Gold Coast history has been pulled off by Fifield Companies, Jewel-Osco, and SCB. The Sinclair (1201 North LaSalle Street) had its grand opening this week, welcoming an estimated 1,201 guests to the new residential tower that now stands where a vaguely scary, certainly run-down Jewel-Osco glowered just a few years ago. Even the Gold Coast has gritty corners, and this was one of the...

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Residential Tower May Be On Tap For Former Mandarin Oriental Space
Sep26

Residential Tower May Be On Tap For Former Mandarin Oriental Space

Eleven years after the Chicago architecture world was dazzled by SBC’s design for a Mandarin Oriental hotel tower just behind Michigan Plaza, there are signs once again that something might be happening there. It was 2006 that plans were revealed for a 74-story, 900-foot-tall building that would house 250 hotel rooms, 150 luxury condominiums, and 100 über-luxe palaces in the sky branded as The Mandarin Oriental Residences. When...

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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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