Obama Library Says “Hey, Remember Us?”
Mar28

Obama Library Says “Hey, Remember Us?”

For months, the people of the city of Chicago have waited patiently for the people at the Obama Foundation to decide who’s going to design the new Obama Presidential Center.  What we know so far is that it will be somewhere on the South Side, quite likely in Jackson or Washington Parks, where no one will wail and complain and sue over the loss of public space like the Lucas Museum because… South Side. Today the Obama...

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100 West Huron Gains Height, Turns Into a Hotel
Mar28

100 West Huron Gains Height, Turns Into a Hotel

Cover the mirrors, put on your mourning band, and bake a casserole.  Another River North parking lot is about to bite the dust. It’s been almost two years since we first told you about 100 West Huron, Akara Partners‘ project to replace the surface parking lot at the northwest corner of Clark and Huron with a miniature condominium block.  Since then, the economy has warmed, and the building has grown from a mere 14 stories...

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Big Red’s Sale Another Step In CNA’s Cross-Loop Move
Mar28

Big Red’s Sale Another Step In CNA’s Cross-Loop Move

We don’t do a lot of real estate news here, preferring to focus on the architecture and development side of things.  But the recent sale of the big red skyscraper at 333 South Wabash is a little bit of both things.  That’s because its sale is an integral part of the do-si-do that is making the construction of a new skyscraper at 151 North Franklin possible. The red building is CNA Center.  And so is 151 North Franklin....

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Wilson Red Line Station Renovation On Track
Mar28

Wilson Red Line Station Renovation On Track

Work on the CTA Wilson Avenue Red Line station continues, where red and purple line trains are now using the new section of rail on the south-bound side of the platform. Renovation began in 2014 for the Wilson stop, long maligned as one of the least pleasant stations along the CTA elevated train routes. When completed in Fall of 2017, the Wilson station will be completely rebuilt, with wider stairways, new escalators, and improved...

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Viceroy Hotel Construction Looks Up
Mar28

Viceroy Hotel Construction Looks Up

It’s easy to be a crane enthusiast in Chicago these days. Gone are the days when the erection of a new crane was as rare as a Cubs win. These days construction cranes crowd the skyline like food trucks outside Chase Tower. The next one to go up is on the Gold Coast, where a permit has been issued for a “FREE STANDING LIEBHERR 316 EC-H 12 LITRONIC TOWER CRANE.” The specifications aren’t important to most people,...

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