West Town Development Frenzy Jumps the Tracks
Dec28

West Town Development Frenzy Jumps the Tracks

Earlier this month we told you about Sterling Bay’s plan for a new office building at 360 North Green Street.  Now the paperwork has officially been submitted to the City of Chicago. In one way, the location makes perfect sense, as it is an extension of the massive land rush transforming West Town into Chicagoland’s leading tech hub.  (Would the last meat packer in the neighborhood please turn out the lights before going...

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West Town’s SPECTRE Lands on Paper
Dec28

West Town’s SPECTRE Lands on Paper

The latest vision for a building to replace the surface parking lot at 801 West Lake Street has been filed with the City of Chicago.  SPECTRE is a project of neighborhood outfit Shapack Partners, with San Francisco’s Gensler at the virtual drafting table.  It’s worth mentioning that on some maps, this property is marked “The Green,” but we’re going with SPECTRE because that’s the name in city...

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Plans for 170 North Green Get Tweaked Again
Dec27

Plans for 170 North Green Get Tweaked Again

Bridgford Foods‘ project to redevelop the northern part of the Fulton Market block bounded by Lake, Green, Randolph, and Peoria Streets has been modified once again. Previous refinements of this building have seen it swell from 13 stories to 17 stories tall, and end up with 322 residences and 250 parking spaces. The latest paperwork filed with the city a few days ago shows the current plan is to keep the main building’s...

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23-Story Tower Will Squeeze in Between the Kennedy and the Milwaukee Corridor
Dec27

23-Story Tower Will Squeeze in Between the Kennedy and the Milwaukee Corridor

The “sizable” River West residential development we told you about back in October that will introduce a 23-story residential tower to the edge of Milwaukee Avenue and the banks of the Kennedy Expressway is a go. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the project at 734 North Milwaukee Avenue which may or may not be going by the name “The Mill.”  Commuters will see 226 new homes rise in a 266-foot-tall...

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Historic Old Town Triangle Church Has a Future in Dance
Dec26

Historic Old Town Triangle Church Has a Future in Dance

A historic church across the street from Lincoln Park will be saved from demolition, and find new life as a dance studio. Herman Baptist Church was founded in 1888 by Gold Coast domestics so they wouldn’t have to slog all the way to the South Side to go to church (part of the city’s history of segregating certain Christian denominations by race, ethnicity, and nationality).  Two years ago, the building at 1754 North Clark...

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Half a Billion in Pocket, Devs Ready to Rock Old Post Office
Dec26

Half a Billion in Pocket, Devs Ready to Rock Old Post Office

The Building That Wouldn’t Die is poised to start its second life. A couple of days before Christmas, the developers trying to resuscitate Chicago’s massive, menacing, moldy Old Main Post Office were given a half a billion dollars to start construction on their proposal to turn the lumbering landmark into a thriving mixed-use complex. This is the second loan the 601W Companies has been given by JPMorgan Chase.  The...

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Wrigley Field Hotel Getting Ready to Play Ball
Dec20

Wrigley Field Hotel Getting Ready to Play Ball

With the first day of winter knocking on our door, it seems strange to think about the first day of baseball.  But that’s what they’re preparing for next to Wrigley Field. Wrigleyville Spy Greg sent in these photographs showing that the new Hotel Zachary is really coming along.  The new hotel building is six-stories tall, and will eventually have 179 guest rooms over ground floor retail. The Ricketts Family named the hotel...

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Multi-Entertainment Complex Coming to Jackson Park Highlands
Dec19

Multi-Entertainment Complex Coming to Jackson Park Highlands

An old neighborhood commercial building will make way for a new entertainment complex coming to Chicago’s Jackson Park Highlands neighborhood. South Shore Commercial Properties filed paperwork with the City of Chicago recently to begin work at 7054 South Jeffrey Boulevard on what it describes as, “an approximately 46,000 SF commercial, retail development including cinema, bowling, restaurant, and event space.” The...

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Saint Boniface Church About to be Transubstantiated Into Condos
Dec19

Saint Boniface Church About to be Transubstantiated Into Condos

It’s with no small tug of sadness that we watch so many of Chicago’s historic churches shut down, their buildings transformed from cornerstones of the community into abandoned objects of fascination. Some like Saint Dominic’s in Cabrini Green meet with a wrecking ball and are erased from the cityscape.  But others are luckier, in some measure.  They get repurposed. Such is the case for Saint Boniface Church at 1358...

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Mixed Messages at the New GEMS School in Lakeshore East
Dec18

Mixed Messages at the New GEMS School in Lakeshore East

What’s going on at the GEMS World Academy in Lakeshore East? It was just last week that the school held a dedication for its “Upper School.”  The Upper School, to be located at 355 East Wacker Drive, is the second of two buildings in the complex.  It is designed to serve students in fifth through 12th grades. You’ll remember the bKL-designed GEMS “Lower School” building opened amid much hoopla in...

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