215 West Lake Tower Won’t Intrude on Monk’s
Jul30

215 West Lake Tower Won’t Intrude on Monk’s

Beloved neighborhood tavern Monk’s Pub won’t see a wrecking ball anytime soon.  In a telephone call with developer Mike Moceri, he confirmed to The Chicago Architecture Blog that the footprint for his planned 215 West Lake Street tower will not step on the historic drinkery.  215 West Lake is currently a low-slung parking garage. 215 West Lake, you’ll remember, is being designed by architect Thomas Roszak for a plot...

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Fulton-Randolph Market Area Is Now An Official Landmark District
Jul30

Fulton-Randolph Market Area Is Now An Official Landmark District

The City of Chicago this week made it official: 142 properties in the Fulton-Randolph Market District now have landmark status. For years, this chunk of the West Loop was home to meatpackers, food processors and warehouses. Those businesses still exist, but they now share the neighborhood with tech giant Google, rehabbed residential developments and pricey restaurants. Landmark status now impacts the 74-acre district that include the...

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Streeterville Skyscraper Goes Supermodel: Taller, Thinner
Jul30

Streeterville Skyscraper Goes Supermodel: Taller, Thinner

The new residential tower planned for 465 North Park Drive in Streeterville has been revised. It is now slightly thinner than before, and 535 feet tall. Earlier versions of the plan made public had the building clinking just 513 feet tall. The 22-foot difference on the outside was caused by changes in the inside, where the number of three bedroom residences has been increased. Putting the previous Pappageorge Haymes rendering and the...

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Tying up the Loose Ends at Maggie Daley Park
Jul30

Tying up the Loose Ends at Maggie Daley Park

  The lakeside park that started with a bang of controversy is wrapping up with the whimper of compromise as the Chicago Park District ties up the loose ends at Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street). Named for the former Mayor’s late wife, the park’s pre-construction phase was dogged by controversy as various local interest groups sought to have the existing park changed, or sometimes not changed, to suit their...

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