Status Update: Block37.5
Feb03

Status Update: Block37.5

The bits and pieces are coming together for the new residential tower rising above the Block37 mall in downtown Chicago (25 West Randolph Street).  The picture above was taken yesterday by Loop Spy Ryan, and shows that the massive weight-shifting truss that makes the new building work with the old building has been enclosed.  Meanwhile, concrete forms are in place so that the floors of the SCB-designed building can be poured. When...

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Coveted New Row Houses Coming to Downtown Chicago
Feb03

Coveted New Row Houses Coming to Downtown Chicago

You don’t have to be a real estate broker to know that townhouses and graystones in downtown Chicago are among the most highly-desired properties in the midwest.  Just watch a few of the seemingly hundreds of episodes of House Hunters on HGTV and you’ll see dozens of aspirational 20- and 30-something couples lusting after  historic-looking, small-scale urban dwellings in the heart of the city.  Of course, with scarcity...

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“O” No! Downtown Skyscraper Could Hit the Skids Because of Feds
Feb03

“O” No! Downtown Skyscraper Could Hit the Skids Because of Feds

Building O (195 North Columbus Drive), the Sybil of downtown Chicago skyscraper projects, may be delayed by a bit of intrigue playing out in our nation’s capital. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the building which consists of two hotels and a residential block, was going to be financed through the federal government’s EB-5 program.   But now that program is coming under fire from not only the General Accounting Office,...

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