Crews Plugging Away at the Future Wanda Vista Tower
May23

Crews Plugging Away at the Future Wanda Vista Tower

Usually planting skyscraper seeds is a pretty quick affair.  The soil sampling truck shows up, and by the time we hear about it and get a photographer to the scene, it’s already gone.  That’s not the case at Lakeshore East, where crews poking holes in the dirt for the Wanda Vista Tower (375 East Wacker Drive) are still on the job.  Joe Zekas at YoChicago! took the photo above of soil sampling crews working on May 19th —...

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City Gives its OK to a Third Huge South Loop Skyscraper
May23

City Gives its OK to a Third Huge South Loop Skyscraper

The south side of Grant Park is going to add another strikingly tall skyscraper to its border and help balance out the north-south heigh discrepancy. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the vertical expansion of the Essex Inn at 800 South Michigan Avenue.  The plan designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture for Oxford Capitol and Quadrum Global calls for adding a 57-story, 575-foot-tall apartment tower just south of the main...

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Residential Tower Coming to Wabash and Roosevelt in Chicago’s South Loop
May23

Residential Tower Coming to Wabash and Roosevelt in Chicago’s South Loop

The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the construction of a new 26-story residential tower at 1136 South Wabash Avenue.  The property actually wraps around the Roosevelt Hotel building on this corner, and has both Wabash and Roosevelt Road frontage.  The Roosevelt Hotel is no longer a hotel, it is student housing, going by the name of Roosevelt Student Apartments.  The new building is also expected to be student housing. It was...

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Lucas Museum Now a 3-Way Fight between Park Pals, Protesters, and sf.citi();
May21

Lucas Museum Now a 3-Way Fight between Park Pals, Protesters, and sf.citi();

  Protests in favor of the endangered Lucas Museum and against the Friends of the Parks organization seem to be increasing in number and size.  The first protest on May 4 may or may not have even happened, for all the media attention it got.  But the one this past Friday was well attended by local radio, television, online, and print media. In the video above shot by Rebel Force Radio, you can see the protest on the 19th outside...

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Crews Caught Planting Skyscraper Seeds at 1 South Halsted
May19

Crews Caught Planting Skyscraper Seeds at 1 South Halsted

Downstate farmers finished planting their crops months ago.  But in downtown Chicago, every season is skyscraper season.  And it was Greektown Spy Ryan who dropped a dime on our Tip Line when he saw the special crews required to plant skyscraper seeds were busy at work at 1 South Halsted yesterday. Of course, there are no such thing as skyscraper seeds.  And what Ryan shared with us is a picture of soil sampling crews getting an idea...

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Another New Residential Building for Old Town
May19

Another New Residential Building for Old Town

It’s been 120 years since Joe Hayden put pencil to paper and wrote “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight.”  He wasn’t writing about Chicago real estate, but might as well have, considering all the new development spilling into the area north of Cabrini Green and southwest of Lincoln Park. The latest building to break ground is at 301 West North Avenue, better known as “that parking lot you walk past going...

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Another Chicago Church Parking Lot to Become a Skyscraper
May19

Another Chicago Church Parking Lot to Become a Skyscraper

The Archdiocese of Chicago has long maintained a list of properties it is trying to dispose of.  For reasons financial, demographic  and cultural it finds itself in possession of churches, schools and other buildings that are no longer needed.  Over the last few years we’ve seen a number of small churches, Catholic and otherwise, turned into apartments and condos.  Now at long last, one of the biggest prizes the Archdiocese owns...

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Throwback Thursday: Chicago Never Looked So Bad
May19

Throwback Thursday: Chicago Never Looked So Bad

  Lots of TV shows use the cities they’re set in as a kind of supporting actor that adds color and depth to the production.  If it’s a situation comedy, the cities are celebrated for being wonderful places for fun and family (Full House, Laverne & Shirley).  If it’s a cop drama, the city can be moody and interesting (Dragnet, Hill Street Blues). And then there’s Lady Blue. It’s a cop drama.  But...

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1000 South Clark Ready to be Occupied
May19

1000 South Clark Ready to be Occupied

It’s been a little over two years since we broke the news that a new residential tower would rise at 1000 South Clark Street.   Back then we got a lot of blow-back from angry NIMNYs who said it wouldn’t happen.  Tell that to the people who started moving in to the Hartshorne Plunkard-designed building this past February. Yesterday we got a note from Lendlease (It’s one word now, apparently) that the building is about...

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What’s Will Happen to Trib Tower? It’s Anyone’s Guess
May18

What’s Will Happen to Trib Tower? It’s Anyone’s Guess

You don’t need to take a Magic 8 Ball upside the head to know that the future is hazy for Tribune Tower.  What will become of the landmark of Chicago landmarks is uncertain as its former media powerhouse owner turns over every last couch cushion looking for money. For the last few years the local commercial real estate industry has been abuzz about the potential of the storied tower changing hands, and along with it development...

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