Near North Parking Lot to Go Condo
May27

Near North Parking Lot to Go Condo

Another downtown Chicago surface parking lot is going to bite the dust. Akara Partners wants to put up a 14-story residential building on the site across the street from the Hotel Felix. The plan calls for just 28 residences on the top ten floors of the Near North Side building, which means that these are condominiums, not apartments. This is the second condo building announced for downtown Chicago in recent months. Though it remains...

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Third New Building Announced for Two Blocks of River North
May27

Third New Building Announced for Two Blocks of River North

The River North side of LaSalle Street is where it’s at these days. Less than a week after a public meeting was held for two new residential towers proposed for 720 North LaSalle Street and 167 East Erie, another residential building is on offer. Word about the 11-story building being developed by Akara Partners became public in an e-mail from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office. 707 North Wells will have 51 residences over two...

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Status Update: 73 East Lake Street
May27

Status Update: 73 East Lake Street

This will likely be our last status update for 73 East Lake Street.  We’ve watched over the last few years as the property went from an Enterprise Rent-a-Car garage to an idea on paper called “The Summit on the Lake” to a sandy lot to a shiny new residential skyscraper.  Now we get word via the press release below that the first people are moving in to 73, so we can pretty much stick a fork in this one, because...

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Wright Next Door: Inside an Architectural Treasure Open to the Public for the First Time
May27

Wright Next Door: Inside an Architectural Treasure Open to the Public for the First Time

When someone makes it big  in Chicagoland, the people of Chicagoland tend to think of that person as a native son, even if he’s an import. Studs Terkel was from New York. Louis Sullivan, from Boston. And our own beloved Frank Lloyd Wright, who loved Oak Park as much as Ernest Hemingway hated it, was actually born next door in Wisconsin. Starting this month, one of Wright’s most celebrated treasures is open to the public....

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