Up Next… The New Atrium Village
Feb29

Up Next… The New Atrium Village

Work is about to get underway building the largest mixed-use project downtown Chicago has seen in years. Atrium Village (1140 North Wells Street), once a quaint enclave of low-rise homes slightly off-the-beaten-path, is about to join the city’s skyscraper club. We outlined the entire redevelopment project back in November, but here’s a recap: Four residential skyscrapers 30-39 stories tall Dozens of townhomes A school...

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Second of Three Northwest Loop Towers About to Climb
Feb29

Second of Three Northwest Loop Towers About to Climb

When we first started this publication almost a decade-and-a-half ago, there wasn’t much to the northwest section of the Loop.  Aside from the towers lining West and North Wacker Drives, and a few oddballs like 181 West Madison, there wasn’t much tall, new, and shiny going on. That changed in the last few years when two new residential skyscrapers popped up and a few of the office tower gaps on Wacker filled in.  Now the...

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The Hudson May Now Proceed Upward
Feb29

The Hudson May Now Proceed Upward

If you notice The Hudson with a little extra swagger in its step this week, there’s good reason. This proclamation from the City of Chicago arrived Friday: WORK_DESCRIPTION New construction 25 story mixed use high rise consisting of retail at the first floor, parking at basement through the 3rd floor and dwelling units at floors 3 through 25 with amenity spaces at floors 3 and 4.750 NORTH HUDSON STREET And with those words, the...

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Madhouse on Madison Adding Off-Ice Offices
Feb26

Madhouse on Madison Adding Off-Ice Offices

If you’ve attended a Chicago Bulls or Chicago Blackhawks game this winter, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the edifice being constructed next to the United Center. If you’ve also noticed that said construction site has taken over the lot where you used to park for said sports events, and you wish to lodge a complaint with whoever kicked you out of that lot, look no further than the two home teams themselves. The brand...

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The Sinclair Lays Groundwork in the Gold Coast
Feb25

The Sinclair Lays Groundwork in the Gold Coast

Heavy machinery continues to batter the soil where the Gold Coast Jewel-Osco store once stood, making way for…the new Gold Coast Jewel-Osco, along with its attached 35-story tower, of course. The Sinclair will soon rise up from this very lot at 1201 North LaSalle Street. Fifield Companies is building a 390-unit apartment tower designed by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz. If you’re a resident of the area,...

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One Bennett Park Starts… Right Now
Feb25

One Bennett Park Starts… Right Now

If you’re anxiously awaiting the start of construction on One Bennett Park (formerly known as 451 East Grand), the new hybrid condominium and apartment tower planned for Streeterville, your wait is over. Permits haven’t been issued to do anything fun like push dirt around and erect a big freaking crane, but a tip from our very reliable Streeterville Spy Daniel tells us that later this morning we should see the first...

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Another Condo Block Headed to the Gold Coast
Feb24

Another Condo Block Headed to the Gold Coast

There are more and more ripples in Chicago’s downtown condominium pool.  Developers are lining up in bathing caps and floaties to dip their toes into the city’s condominium market — testing it to see if it’s warm enough to take a plunge. The latest toe in the market is 1010 North Dearborn.  Like other recent entries, it’s a condo block of modest height, and just one or two residences per floor — appealing to...

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Wabbit Season is Over and Streeterville’s Gone to the Dogs
Feb23

Wabbit Season is Over and Streeterville’s Gone to the Dogs

It’s been a week since rabbit hunting season ended in Illinois, but one of Streeterville’s newest residents hasn’t gotten the memo yet. Social media has been ablaze lately with videos of a coyote running around the empty field at the heart of the Chicago neighborhood more commonly associated with jackhammers than jackals. Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent us an...

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Sedgwick at Locust Gets Framed
Feb23

Sedgwick at Locust Gets Framed

You don’t need a tower crane to be cool, kids. Case in point: The Sedgwick at Locust, at 367 West Locust Street in the old Cabrini-Green neighborhood, is having some ironwork done with the help of a simple-yet-mighty rolling crane. Showing no signs of intimidation despite being wedged between tower cranes at NEXT and Niche 905, the big-wheeled Atlas machine is doing quite well setting beams upon beams. One of the joys in...

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Big Building Brings Architect vs. Architect Battle to Winnetka
Feb23

Big Building Brings Architect vs. Architect Battle to Winnetka

One of the biggest projects to land in a North Shore downtown in recent years is causing some friction in suburban Winnetka. The Daily North Shore reports on One Winnetka, a Lucien LaGrange-designed office building planned for the center of town.  The building’s French Revival design attempts to fit in with the genteel suburban Chicagoland aesthetic, with its mansard roof, arched display windows, and corner turret.  But the...

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