Chicago River and Lakefront Time Lapse
Aug31

Chicago River and Lakefront Time Lapse

This video by Philip Bloom has been making the rounds on social media lately.  A friend in Ohio sent it to me, and I’m sharing with all of you.  If you haven’t seen it, here it is.  If you have seen it, here it is again. Speaking of social media, let me take this opportunity to plug our Facebook and Twitter feeds, which are just wonderful sources of breaking development news, since we’re the only organization that...

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Slice of Life: Are You An R KEY TCT?
Aug28

Slice of Life: Are You An R KEY TCT?

You know what architects love more than ice cream and puppies and slide rules?  Being an architect. And that enthusiasm for the profession has overflowed onto one Chicagoland architect’s license plate.  Our reporter Bill Motchan ended up behind this R KEY TCT’s Audi in the South Loop recently.  Perhaps you recognize him? Maybe he’s your boss?...

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Status Update: Hyatt Place in its Place
Aug28

Status Update: Hyatt Place in its Place

The new Hyatt Place hotel at 28 North Franklin Street is about half-way to its intended height of 18 stories.  It’s just the latest in a flurry of new hotels being built, or that have recently opened, in downtown Chicago.  Developers are taking advantage of Chicago’s notoriously high room rates, and the fact that there are virtually no low end options, or even “poor location” alternatives in the market. OTO...

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Status Update: Wrigley Growing Larger
Aug27

Status Update: Wrigley Growing Larger

The venerable ivy-festooned baseball park known as Wrigley Field is getting bigger.  You’ll remember that as part of the latest renovation plan, the Cubs are buying some city rights-of-way, since the stadium at 1060 West Addison Street has pretty much maxed out the block it sits on. Here’s the update from the ball club: Portions of Waveland and Sheffield avenues will be closed as part of a land transfer from the City of...

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Cops to Tots: Chicago Children’s Theater Details Plans to Move Into Abandoned Police Station
Aug27

Cops to Tots: Chicago Children’s Theater Details Plans to Move Into Abandoned Police Station

I witnessed a rare community meeting last evening, where residents overwhelmingly supported a development and rezoning. Which is not to say it was unanimous. But this is the West Loop, where any developer is viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism and suspicion. You’d have to be REALLY skeptical to cast any doubt on this project, though. It wasn’t a developer with visions of a 30-story residential tower. It was the Chicago Children’s...

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Status Update: What’s New at New City
Aug27

Status Update: What’s New at New City

The latest retail development in Chicago’s hot hot hot Clybourn Corridor district is taking shape. New City is a $260 million project from Structured Development and Bucksbaum Retail Properties at 1515 North Halsted Street in Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood.  When complete, it will have 360,000 square feet of retail space, a 19-story residential tower, and 40,000 square feet of office space when it opens in the Autumn...

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The Pullman District Could Become America’s Newest National Park
Aug27

The Pullman District Could Become America’s Newest National Park

Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer and a lazy afternoon devoted to the three B’s: barbecue, beer and beanbag toss. It’s also a holiday that grew directly out of events in Chicago. The year was 1894, and a nationwide railroad strike shut down most of the rail traffic west of Detroit. The origin of the strike was Chicago, where on May 11, 4,000 Pullman employees staged a wildcat strike. Things got ugly, military troops were...

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Status Update: Monitoring Mansueto’s Modern Morningstar Mansion
Aug26

Status Update: Monitoring Mansueto’s Modern Morningstar Mansion

There are dozens, maybe hundreds of web sites that ask questions like, “What can you get in Wrigleyville for $500K” or “Here’s what $1 million buys you in the Gold Coast.”  But you never hear, “What does $22 million build you these days?”  That question is being answered in Lincoln Park. The last time we checked in on local billionaire Joe Mansueto’s new mansion at 428 West Saint James...

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Status Update: JeffJack Hammering Away
Aug26

Status Update: JeffJack Hammering Away

The West Loop’s newest modestly-sized apartment building is approaching its maximum height.  JeffJack (601 West Jackson Boulevard) will reach 15 stories into the sky from the corner of, you guessed it, Jefferson Street and Jackson Boulevard.  Even though there’s still plenty of work to be done up top, the glazing is half way up the building, which will contain 190 residences.  The developers, JeffJack Investments, are...

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McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points
Aug25

McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points

  The scaled-back plan to build a new hotel, a data center, and an arena on the edge of the Prairie Avenue District is marching forward, with proposals for two of the three components already in McPier’s hands. This past Friday was the deadline for companies to submit their proposals to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (“McPier”) for the new Marriott Marquis hotel and the Events Center.  Earlier...

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