Status Update: Hubbard Place
Aug14

Status Update: Hubbard Place

It’s been a while since we checked in on Hubbard Place (360 West Hubbard Street) in River North, and guess what… it’s pretty much done. People have been living in the building since October of last year, but as you can see from these pictures, there are still some finishing touches behind those orange barrels that have to be taken care of before the place won’t sound like a construction zone anymore. Hubbard...

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Status Update: Hubbard Place All Gussied Up
Nov25

Status Update: Hubbard Place All Gussied Up

The last time we checked in with Hubbard Place (360 East Hubbard Street), we took you on a hard-hat tour of the 43-story residential skyscraper from the concrete and exposed rebar of its bowels to its unfenestrated penthouse.  Now, as Hubbard Place approaches occupancy, you don’t have to imagine what it will look like when it’s done any longer. The public relations company for The Habitat Company sent over new photographs...

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Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does
Sep18

Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does

Last month we took you on a tour inside the skyscraper going up in River North known as Hubbard Place. Recently we sat down with John Lahey, C.E.O. of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the Chicago architecture firm that designed the building to learn more about its planning. Editor: Hubbard Place is the southern bookend of this development, which has been slowly coming together since the 70’s. Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street)...

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Status Update: Hubbard Place Tops Out
May10

Status Update: Hubbard Place Tops Out

Hubbard Place (360 West Hubbard Street) has finished punching its way into Chicago’s skyline, and now has a commanding presence on the edge of the Chicago River, across the street from the East Bank Club.  The River North apartment tower topped out this week, and also began leasing units for October occupancy.  Like nearby Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street), its taller sister a few blocks north, Hubbard Place’s...

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Status Update: Hubbard Place
Dec17

Status Update: Hubbard Place

The new residential tower going up across the street from the East Bank Club continues to grow, and it has a better name.  360 West Hubbard became the Habitat Tower, and now it’s officially Hubbard Place.  The building is really starting to take off, and you can see its northeast-facing curve, reminiscent of Kingsbury Plaza up the street at 520 North Kingsbury Street. A huge space at 351 West Hubbard will become the leasing...

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Status Update: Hubbard and Its Brother
Oct28

Status Update: Hubbard and Its Brother

Fulton River Spy Alex sent in this picture showing the nearly-complete exterior of Hubbard Place (360 East Hubbard Street), the new River North residential tower that we’ve explored in depth here several times.  You can also see its older sibling, Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street) to the left, and the East Bank Club filling in the space between the two towers. All three buildings and a tiny parking lot are part of the...

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Inside The New Habitat on Hubbard
Aug18

Inside The New Habitat on Hubbard

If you go anywhere near River North lately, you can’t help but notice the neighborhood’s newest skyscraper, Hubbard Place (360 East Hubbard Street). Rising behind the Merchandise Mart and across the street from the East Bank Club, it commands attention as it plays off its older sister to the north, Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street). On a recent sunny morning I had the chance to stop by Hubbard Place and get a...

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Briefly: Mooning Chicago, Grant Revoked, Hubbard Habitat

The Art Institute of Chicago has installed a giant fake moon to cast a glow over Millennium Park this winter.  All of you Loop-bound amateur astronomers who used to enjoy the darkness of Grant Park will have to go elsewhere. The latest plans for reconstructing the northern portion of Grant Park has construction beginning in Autumn, 2012 and the park remaining closed until Summer, 2015.  Look for a more detailed article on this from us...

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What is Hubbard’s Cave?
Sep23

What is Hubbard’s Cave?

Every day millions of people driving around Chicagoland listen to the local traffic reports on TV or the radio.  Hundreds of times a day, traffic reporters reference a place in Chicago called “Hubbard’s Cave.”  Travel times in and out of the Loop are calculated based on the location of this landmark.  But remarkably few people really know what it is, or what it looks like. (The entrance [or exit] of...

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353 West Grand Gussied Up and Ready for the Chicago Plan Commission
Sep24

353 West Grand Gussied Up and Ready for the Chicago Plan Commission

River North’s next de-luxe apartments in the sky-ay-ay may rise at 353 West Grand.  The project, which has been in the works since 2013, is finally ready to head to the Chicago Plan Commission for a vote. Canada’s Onni Group is trying to turn the space that used to be the Clark and Barlow hardware store into a 38-story residential tower with 356 new homes. The first version of the project, unveiled in 2015, was a 32-story...

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Something Round This Way Comes
Feb01

Something Round This Way Comes

Skyscraper nerds (myself included) across Greektown are shouting Opa! this week as word spreads like flaming saganaki  that the One South Halsted tower has been given a green light for construction by the city. FOUNDATIONS AND STRUCTURAL-ONLY TO UNDERSIDE OF 8TH FLOOR FOR PROPOSED 44-STORY MIXED USE TOWER WITH 375 PROPOSED PARKING SPACES. Though the building is going by the nom de plume of 727 West Madison, it’s unmistakably the...

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Chicago’s Largest Building Getting a Makeover
Oct13

Chicago’s Largest Building Getting a Makeover

The largest building in Chicago is getting a makeover.  The four-million square-foot Merchandise Mart sees tens of thousands of visitors each day to its offices, studios, food court, and train station.  The public spaces of the building are going to be rehabbed in a multi-million dollar renovation.  How many millions?  Well, that’s a secret.  And while we do know that big changes are coming to the food court, whether people will...

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Looking Ahead With Habitat President Matt Fiascone
Jan23

Looking Ahead With Habitat President Matt Fiascone

It’s been about 16 months since we checked in with The Habitat Company to see what’s going on with the River North developer.  The big news, obviously is that there’s a new name on the door of the big office.  Matt Fiascone is now running the show, and was nice enough to answer some questions for us via e-mail.   Editor: How was 2014 for Habitat? Matt Fiascone: 2014 saw us complete the lease up of Hubbard Place...

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Shoptalk: New Honcho at Habitat
Dec19

Shoptalk: New Honcho at Habitat

There’s a new leader over at The Habitat Company.  Matt Fiascone is taking the lead at the development company, known most recently for its Hubbard Place residential tower (360 West Hubbard Street) in River North. Check out the press release below for the deets: The Habitat Company, a leading property manager and developer, is pleased to announce that Matt Fiascone has been promoted to president of the organization. As...

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All About the New Skyscraper at 720 North LaSalle
Sep02

All About the New Skyscraper at 720 North LaSalle

  Last week, we were the first to tell you that the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a new residential tower at 720 North LaSalle Street, replacing downtown Chicago's venerable, googie-riffic Howard Johnson's motel. When the paperwork was originally filed with the city back in April, it was a 38-story tower.  What was approved last week was a slightly smaller building - 35 floors, and 382 feet tall.  The...

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Reader Questions For SCB. Spoiler Alert: New Chicago Supertall Coming Sooner Than You Think
Sep02

Reader Questions For SCB. Spoiler Alert: New Chicago Supertall Coming Sooner Than You Think

On those occasions when we have to introduce the Chicago Architecture Blog to an architecture firm or developer, we often describe the publication as a link between the architects and developers and the regular people who want to know more about the people and events shaping Chicago’s built environment. Today that link is even more deliberate, as we present actual blog reader questions for the prolific Chicago architecture firm...

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Mark Segal on The Habitat Company’s History, Philosophy and Why it’s Not Afraid of the Poor
Aug26

Mark Segal on The Habitat Company’s History, Philosophy and Why it’s Not Afraid of the Poor

Recently we went behind-the-scenes, up-the-construction-hoist, and through-the-dust to bring you an early preview of Hubbard Place (360 West Hubbard Street), The Habitat Company’s new residential skyscraper under construction in River North. I also sat down with Mark Segal, the president and C.E.O. of Habitat and talked to him about his company, and its work in Chicago. Editor: For those who aren’t familiar with The...

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Near North Firehouse Plan Returns as a 29-Story Office Tower
Jul23

Near North Firehouse Plan Returns as a 29-Story Office Tower

The 2017 plan to replace the Chicago Engine Company 42 fire station with a skyscraper is back in play.  At a public meeting last week, Friedman Properties unveiled its more fully-realized notion for the space — a 29-story office tower designed by Goettsch Partners. The fire station won’t go away.  Instead, a new 29,000 square-foot fire station will be incorporated into the new skyscraper, making the firefighters of 42 house...

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New Downtown Chicago Fire Station Comes With a Big Question Mark
Jul09

New Downtown Chicago Fire Station Comes With a Big Question Mark

Chicago has explored a number of public/private partnerships in recent years.  Things like putting libraries inside apartment buildings, and tea houses in parks.  Now one of the city’s downtown fire stations may be the next city facility hop on the bandwagon. In a remarkably detail-free e-mail to his constituents, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly announced that the Engine Company 42 building at 444 North Dearborn Street may be...

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It’s Not Built Yet, But Already 412 North Wells Looks Awesome
Mar03

It’s Not Built Yet, But Already 412 North Wells Looks Awesome

  A couple of days ago, our Daniel Schell had a chat with Howard Hirsch, the president of River North architecture firm Hirsch Associates.  In that conversation, Mr. Hirsch told Mr. Schell about a video that was made last month showcasing his firm’s new 412 North Wells building (above).  Word of the video got to me, and I couldn’t help but wonder, “What’s 412 North Wells?” Consulting the Handy Dandy...

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