Slice of Life: Skating with the Skyline
Jan29

Slice of Life: Skating with the Skyline

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: while Chicago has had some dang cold days in January, it’s been a mild Winter of 2016 so far. And while you’ll never see the elbow-to-elbow crowds like North Avenue Beach draws during the summer months, there are still those in Chicago who insist on venturing outdoors for fun, even as wind chills dip below freezing. Chicago has two ice skating venues perfectly located for tourists...

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Another Hotel Planned for What’s Left of Chicago’s Meatpacking District
Jan28

Another Hotel Planned for What’s Left of Chicago’s Meatpacking District

If you set foot in the Fulton Market area, you’re in Jeff Shapack’s domain. Jeff is the founder of Shapack Partners, and possibly the neighborhood’s biggest advocate, both in the scene and behind the scene. For a “behind the scene” example, it’s rumored that Jeff personally is financing the powering of the recently completed Fulton Market gateway sign until the city can work through some financial issues. His most recent “in the...

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1001 State Street, That 1001 Great Street
Jan27

1001 State Street, That 1001 Great Street

1001 South State, so named for its relative proximity to 1001 South State Street, continues to climb in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. It’s been a favorite to watch for the colorful lines and pretty yellow crane. Throw in some wicked awesome glass on the curvy southern exposure, and we challenge you to walk by on a sunny day without stopping for a photo opp. In case you’ve forgotten the deets, they follow here,...

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Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 11: The 31 Story Nope
Jan26

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 11: The 31 Story Nope

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. Today we feature the pie in the sky known as 301 West Van Buren and also 401 South Wacker Drive.  The 31-story office building was first announced way way way way back in 2001.  Over the years, its plan was refined and by 2007 was supposed to be ready for...

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A Look at Legat — The Architecture Firm Making a Splash in Horizontal Space
Jan25

A Look at Legat — The Architecture Firm Making a Splash in Horizontal Space

Over the years we’ve been lucky enough to sit down with a number of architecture firms and development companies in Chicago and introduce them to our readers.  For some, it’s become an annual affair.  For others, this is their first time at this rodeo. Today we welcome Legat Architects to the table for the first time. Chief Design Officer Ted Haug, Principal Jeff Sronkoski, and President/CEO Patrick Brosnan took some time...

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Union Station Transit Center Coming Together
Jan25

Union Station Transit Center Coming Together

Work continues in the West Loop on the Union Station Transit Center that will connect Amtrak and Metra passengers to CTA buses, while alleviating the traffic tie-ups long a part of everyday life on South Canal Street and West Jack Boulevard. It took awhile for progress to be visible here, beyond the digging up of the former surface parking lot, and foundation work. But now, the future bus shelters look a lot like, well, future bus...

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Prairie Court Not Yet Brought To Order In Prairie District
Jan22

Prairie Court Not Yet Brought To Order In Prairie District

We spent a good bit of time around the Prairie Avenue District over the past week or so. Once we finished gawking at the big equipment along Cermak Road, we headed back north a bit, to the intersection of Prairie Avenue and 18th Street, to see what, if anything, was happening with the new Prairie Court townhome development. It should come as no big surprise to find a rather large lot of nothing. Well, not exactly nothing. There are...

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Game On at McCormick Place Event Center
Jan22

Game On at McCormick Place Event Center

Please, don’t call it DePaul Arena. Granted, the new McCormick Place Event Center *will* be the new home for DePaul University’s men’s and women’s basketball beginning with the 2017-18 season, and DePaul has contributed some $70 million to the project, but expect the versatile new facility to be much more than a home-court hoops venue. Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the 300,000-square-foot Event...

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Charting Downtown Chicago’s Residential Potential and Predicting an Upcoming Supply/Demand Problem (Don’t Say “Bubble”)
Jan21

Charting Downtown Chicago’s Residential Potential and Predicting an Upcoming Supply/Demand Problem (Don’t Say “Bubble”)

  If you live in downtown Chicago, you’ve likely noticed the abundance of cranes around you. Cranes signal new construction, and new construction can signal a healthy, booming economy. At the same time, even the dumbest economist in the room knows that too much construction can lead to bad things. The question for Chicago is: are we building too much? KIG Analytics Officer Marc Rutzen recently created a video signaling that...

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Marriott Making its Marquis in Chicago
Jan21

Marriott Making its Marquis in Chicago

Work is progressing on the new Marriott Marquis Chicago hotel, at 2121 South Prairie Avenue in the Prairie Avenue District. Slated for completion in 2017, the 39-story tower will provide 1,209 guest rooms and over 90,000 square feet of meeting space. The McPier development will be directly connected to McCormick Place, and features the renovation of the American Book Company building at 330 East Cermak Road. When we last visited,...

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