IIT’s Main Building to Become Student Housing
Feb15

IIT’s Main Building to Become Student Housing

One of the great architectural institutions that helped transform Chicagoland is undergoing a change, itself.  The Illinois Institute of Technology wants to renovate the Main Building at 3300 South Federal Street into residences.  Right now, according to I.I.T.’s web site, it is used for “student services.”  It was built in 1892, and named a city landmark in 2004. The plan is to completely re-do the inside of the...

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Children’s Memorial Hospital Redevelopment Clears Another Hurdle
Feb15

Children’s Memorial Hospital Redevelopment Clears Another Hurdle

The transformation of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital campus in Lincoln Park into a shiny new mixed-use development has cleared one of the fundamental steps required for any big project: The developers have gotten all of the land together that they need. Hines sent over a note the other day letting us know that it, and McCaffery Interests, have purchased the land, thanks to financing from the Middle East. You may know...

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Former Near North Church Returning to Dust for Mini Condo Block
Feb15

Former Near North Church Returning to Dust for Mini Condo Block

A former church-turned-hair salon will soon get all gussied up for its date with a wrecking ball.  Paperwork has been filed with the Chicago Plan Commission to raze 56 West Huron Street and turn it into a small condominium block. As downtown Chicago’s condominium market slowly comes back to life, developers who are jumping on board early are being cautious.  Instead of reaching 50, 60, 70, 80 stories into the sky like they did...

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New Studio Gang Building Up For Approval This Week
Feb15

New Studio Gang Building Up For Approval This Week

This Thursday, the Chicago Plan Commission will be asked to give its approval to another new Studio Gang building in the greater Hyde Park area. Studio Gang has been very active in the neighborhood over the last few years, starting with the renovation of the old Shoreland Hotel for Antheus Capital in 2014, then the recently opened 14-story mixed use building called City Hyde Park at 5105 South Harper Avenue, and the still under...

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The Biggest Thing in Small is Coming to a New Old Building on Chicago Avenue
Feb15

The Biggest Thing in Small is Coming to a New Old Building on Chicago Avenue

The Bush Temple of Music (800 North Clark Street) is the latest Chicago building to experiment with the biggest trend in small living: the micro apartment. Cedar Street has been issued a permit to transform the former piano superstore into dozens of tiny residences to be known as Flats No. 800.  This is happening just blocks away from where Walton No. 9 is being built on State Street, and where two blocks further on, you can buy...

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1000 South Clark Opens Its Door to Tenants
Feb15

1000 South Clark Opens Its Door to Tenants

Today’s the day. Townhomes? Duplexes? Not to mention  studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. If you need it, 1000 South Clark has it. And today marks the first chance Chicagoans have to move their stuff in and make themselves at home. JDL Development and iStar broke ground on the Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture design back in 2014, transforming the space immediately north of the South Loop Target store into 469...

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Wrecking Ball Flays Rush University Medical Center’s Jones Building
Feb15

Wrecking Ball Flays Rush University Medical Center’s Jones Building

The countdown began in September, when the City of Chicago issued four demolition permits for Rush University Medical Center to tear down four buildings on their west side campus. The oldest of those structures, the Jones Building, is the first to meet the wrecking ball. Built in 1888 as the Daniel A. Jones Hospital, the Jones Building at 1753 West Congress Parkway became obsolete when Rush completed its state-of-the-art, $575-million...

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