The Wheel on the Pier Goes Round and Round
Mar02

The Wheel on the Pier Goes Round and Round

There’s snow on the ground, but construction crews at Navy Pier are giving us a taste of summer. You’ll remember that last year the 20-year-old Ferris wheel on Navy Pier was dismantled and shipped off to Branson, Missouri so that a newer, bigger, better, climate-controlled-ier wheel could be erected in its place.  The actual wheel portion was assembled a few weeks ago, and now the cabins are being hung with care....

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No. 9 Walton Digs Deep. Really Deep.
Mar02

No. 9 Walton Digs Deep. Really Deep.

No. 9 Walton, the Hartshorne Plunkard Architects-designed luxury condo tower JDL Development is constructing at 9 West Walton Street in the Gold Coast, is in the midst of a serious excavation undertaking, and we have the scoop. Actually, Lend Lease and Lindahl Brothers have the scoop. And they’re putting it to good use. We stopped by to check out progress on the 35-story, 67-condo tower, and found crews pulling truckloads of...

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830 North Milwaukee, Shot in the Dark
Mar02

830 North Milwaukee, Shot in the Dark

Anyone who’s been up and down Milwaukee Avenue lately knows there’s a lot — actually, lots of lots — going on, from West Town to Logan Square and beyond. One such happening is the Transportation Oriented Development at 830 North Milwaukee Avenue, affectionately known as 830 N Milwaukee. Developed by Akara Partners, and designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, this five-story building will house 47...

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Permit in Hand, Buck Wastes No Time on New CNA Center
Mar02

Permit in Hand, Buck Wastes No Time on New CNA Center

Well, that was fast. It was just this past Friday afternoon that the city bestowed upon the John Buck Company and its contractors permission to build the new CNA Center at 151 North Franklin Street.  Then, bright screaming early Monday morning, the northeast corner of Franklin and Randolph Streets started filling up with heavy equipment. I’ve got laundry sitting in the dryer longer than that. A fleet of flatbeds started...

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