Crane Shots on South Wacker
May31

Crane Shots on South Wacker

The people over at LaGrange Crane are at it again.  Not just lifting impossibly heavy things to improbably heights — but filming it, too. The southwest suburban company was recently involved in lifting what appear to be pipes into the 15th floor of 200 South Wacker Drive.  The result is the mesmerizing video...

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Lincoln Common Filling in Abandoned Tunnel
May31

Lincoln Common Filling in Abandoned Tunnel

People with an interest in Chicago’s history and urban fabric are often captivated by the number of tunnels – abandoned and otherwise – beneath the city. While it is often safely assumed that the majority of these subterranean fascinations are in the greater Loop area, tunnels do pop up in other places. One recent discovery is that of a tunnel beneath the former Nellie Black building, now known as Belmont Village as it’s...

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First of Two New Medical District Towers Detailed
May30

First of Two New Medical District Towers Detailed

The first of two new buildings planned for Ashland Avenue in the Illinois Medical District has made it onto paper. The new 19-story residential tower at 801 South Ashland has been anticipated for about a year, since KIG issued a press release stating that it formed a partnership with Guggenheim Real Estate, Atlantic Realty Partners and Focus Development for a $111 million expansion of the existing two-tower property. The plan now is...

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SCB’s Froman Tower To Rise on Chicago’s West Side
May30

SCB’s Froman Tower To Rise on Chicago’s West Side

At this time there’s no evidence that Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago, ever worked at the Fabbri Sausage factory just north of Restaurant Row.  But there’s also no evidence that he didn’t.  And because MCZ’s new residential tower that will soon replace the low-slung brick factory in West Town doesn’t have a name, we’re officially declaring 166 North Aberdeen Street the Froman Tower. The...

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Chicago Union Station Finally Gets Its Towers, Plus a Hotel and More
May25

Chicago Union Station Finally Gets Its Towers, Plus a Hotel and More

Riverside Investment and Development has been selected by Amtrak to redevelop its property in Chicago’s West Loop, including the historic Chicago Union Station. In the decade-and-a-half that this blog has been chronicling Chicago’s built environment, Amtrak has put forward a series of increasingly ambitious plans for maximizing its real estate assets in downtown Chicago, which include the station’s...

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Historic Former Lawson YMCA Finally Gets a Rehab Plan
May25

Historic Former Lawson YMCA Finally Gets a Rehab Plan

One of the Gold Coasts oldest, and most loved, Art Deco skyscrapers is going to get a little love, without diverting from its mission. Paperwork has been filed with the city to renovate the building now known as Lawson House.  For decades its stood alone as a landmark in the neighborhood skyline, and its neon YMCA sign perched on the roof guided many a resident through the night. The Y moved its headquarters from Lawson to the Near...

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Gold Coast’s Last Lake Shore Drive In-Fill Gets Filled In
May25

Gold Coast’s Last Lake Shore Drive In-Fill Gets Filled In

Sixteen months after we told you that the last non-park undeveloped space along North Lake Shore Drive between the Chicago River and Diversey Harbor is finally going to be filled in, we have achieved paperwork. Plans for a new building to be erected at 59 East Banks Street were filed with the city yesterday.  The Booth Hansen design is an eight story building with 58 homes and 42 parking spaces.  It’s hard to tell from the...

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Draft North Branch Framework Breezes Through Approval Process
May22

Draft North Branch Framework Breezes Through Approval Process

If it seems like it took just ten days for the city’s North Branch Industrial Corridor Framework to go from “draft” status to “approved” by the Chicago Plan Commission, that’s because it did. Most interested citizens barely had time to put their kids to bed, step on a few Legos and pour themselves a Bacardi and Coke before settling down to read the city’s 126-page outline of their...

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New Hotel Tower Planned for Milwaukee
May18

New Hotel Tower Planned for Milwaukee

The Potawatome indian tribe has announced plans to add another tower to its hotel and casino complex in Milwaukee. The new tower will have 119 keys, but focus mainly on suites. When construction is complete, it will bring the total number of rooms to 500. More details in the press release below. POTAWATOMI TO EXPAND HOTEL WITH SECOND TOWER PROJECT REPRESENTS ADDITIONAL $80 MILLION INVESTMENT IN MILWAUKEE’S MENOMONEE VALLEY MILWAUKEE –...

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3Eleven Rising Above River North
May16

3Eleven Rising Above River North

“Three Eleven” is more than just a 90’s band from Omaha.  More than the city’s non-emergency hotline.  Soon it will be the newest residential tower in River North. Joe Zekas at YoChicago! sent in the photo above showing the impressive progress The John Buck Company’s 3Eleven is making, snug between the CTA’s elevated Brown/Purple line tracks and Assumption Catholic Church. When it opens in January...

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