Briefly: New Towers, Restaurants For Chicago and Burbs

  • The on-again off-again plans for 400 West Randolph are on once again.  The Chicago Sun-Times reports that John O’Donnell has bought the patch of land between the Randolph Place Lofts (165 North Canal Street) and the Chicago River.  He wants to put up a 40-50 story office tower, which will have to partially hang over the Amtrak tracks that connect Union Station with Milwaukee, Saint Paul, and the West Coast. The architect for the tower will be James Goettsch of Goettsch Partners.  Unfortunately, the developer doesn’t expect completion until 2016-2017, so don’t look for any dirt to turn anytime soon.
  • Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the company behind Mariano’s Fresh Markets wants to open a new Mariano’s at 16th and Clark in the South Loop.
  • 55 West Monroe

    55 West Monroe

    55 West Monroe has been sold for $136 million.

  • The spiffy new Poetry Society building in River North has won a national award.
  • What rich people do: Billy Corgan is opening a Chinese teahouse in the old Highland Park post office.
  • Crain’s also reports that what’s left of Chicago’s meatpacking district is going to be invaded by a new boutique hotel at 113 North Green Street.
  • More retail for the Tribune Tower (435 North Michigan Avenue): The Chicago Tribune reports that a huge (300 seats!) new restaurant will go in to the current WGN office space on the first floor of the building.  You may have seen the lights on if you’ve ever traversed Pioneer Court.  WGN will keep its showcase studio, but move everything else upstairs.
  • After years of wrangling, TribLocal has the skinny on Oak Park finally approving a new downtown skyscraper.  The 20-story apartment tower will go up at Lake Street and Forest Avenue, right in the center of downtown.  It will be Oak Park’s tallest building.
  • You may or may not be aware of the urban beekeeping movement, and the urban bicycling movement.  Grid Chicago has an extensive article about how beekeeping is being combined with bicycling in Chicago.

Author: Editor

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