Two River North Skyscrapers Get Positive Reception At Coming-Out Party
May19

Two River North Skyscrapers Get Positive Reception At Coming-Out Party

A pair of River North residential high-rise developments received positive feedback from locals at the official coming-out party on Monday evening. Magellan Development presented plans for both buildings—a 39-story tower at 167 West Erie Street and a 38-story tower at 720 North LaSalle Street. The height would have thrown my West Loop neighbors into a state of apoplexy, but for River North folks, a 400-foot-tall building is probably...

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Status Update: JeffJack Building in the West Loop
May19

Status Update: JeffJack Building in the West Loop

A long time reader, and new tipster, sent in these great pictures of 601 West Jackson under construction in the West Loop. When we drove by a few weeks ago, nothing could be seen from the street because of the construction barriers. But since then the building has grown, and our tipster was able to provide an elevated view for us just before the concrete for the fourth floor. When complete, 601 West Jackson will offer 198 apartments...

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Is Chicago About To Lose Its Title of The Drawbridge Capital Of The World?
May19

Is Chicago About To Lose Its Title of The Drawbridge Capital Of The World?

Chicago has many drawbridges; the most of any city in North America. And in classic Second City form, is surpassed only by Amsterdam as the city with the most drawbridges in the world. Chicago has the greatest variety of drawbridge designs of any city on earth. Chicago’s historic bridges embody significant engineering and cultural heritage. It is the world’s greatest working drawbridge museum. Yet, the last drawbridge to be...

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Lincoln Park’s Coolest New Homes Are For Real Animals
May19

Lincoln Park’s Coolest New Homes Are For Real Animals

The newest residences being built in Lincoln Park are going to have butt-clenchingly strong air conditioning. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the construction of new habitats for the Lincoln Park Zoo’s polar bears, and a new flock of endangered African penguins. The zoo will spend $22 million on “new, expansive digs” designed by The Portico Group in Seattle and Chicago’s Interactive Design...

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