It’s the End of the Beginning at Ogden Commons
May27

It’s the End of the Beginning at Ogden Commons

The $200,000,000 mixed-use project that is replacing two public housing projects reached a milestone recently.  Construction has topped out at the building which represents phase one. Construction of Ogden Commons in Spring 2020 Ogden Commons replaces the Chicago Housing Authority’s Ogden Courts and Lawndale Complex in North Lawndale.  SCB designed the project for The Habitat Company.  It’s being built by McHugh...

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Navy Pier Plan Has CTA Buses Feeling All Tingly
May26

Navy Pier Plan Has CTA Buses Feeling All Tingly

If this was a certain recently-defunct real estate blog, we would use the headline “REVEALED: CTA’S SHOCKING PLAN FOR NAVY PIER!”  But we’re not.  We’re a certain been-reporting-on-Chicago-for-17-years-and-don’t-engage-in-clickbait publication.  So that’s why we’ll just tell you that the Chicago Transit Authority has a cool idea for an electric bus charging station at Navy Pier. May 2020...

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Riverside Dining Coming to Under-Construction Wacker Drive Skyscraper
May26

Riverside Dining Coming to Under-Construction Wacker Drive Skyscraper

The skyscraper at 110 North Wacker isn’t done yet, but when it is, you’ll be able to sup al fresco.  Lightfoot willing. The Chicago Department of Planning and Development has given the go-ahead for the developers to tweak the plans for this building to include an outdoor dining patio its north side.  This will provide views of the Chicago River, the park across the waves beneath its Goettsch cousin 150 North Riverside, and...

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Skyscraper Poised to Erase Familiar Chicago Warehouse
May26

Skyscraper Poised to Erase Familiar Chicago Warehouse

If you spent Memorial Day Weekend in quarantine fretting about people in the park executing their God-given right to spread a deadly virus to strangers (“I’m fine...*hack*hack*hack*“), or wondering about the phlegm warriors hocking loogies onto the CTA Brown Line platform (Is there no Zyrtec in Ravenswood?), then you might have missed the news that the Chicago Plan Commission turned its thumb up to the plan to build...

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Related Midwest Closer to Sewing Skyscraper Seeds in Streeterville
May26

Related Midwest Closer to Sewing Skyscraper Seeds in Streeterville

If you just moved to Chicago from Fargo, or Omaha, or Berwyn, you might not know that the word “Chicago” is descended from an indian word describing the wild onions that used to grow in the marshes of what is now Streeterville. Today, Related Midwest is ramping up* to plant its own wild onions in Streeterville –— a pair of residential towers at the intersection of the river and the lake that, if you take out your contact...

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McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever
May18

McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever

Way back in April (this one fell through the cracks, sorry, we’re terrible people), Chicagoan Sawyer Morgenthaler turned seven years old.  Having a birthday during the COVID-19 lockdown is bad enough.  But since Master Morgenthaler lives in the South Loop, he couldn’t be treated to the celebratory suburban drive-by birthday parades that we see on the local TV news all the time.  Still, young Sawyer...

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New South Loop Residential Tower Coming Online + Notes About Moving During COVID
May18

New South Loop Residential Tower Coming Online + Notes About Moving During COVID

If you’ve been looking for a transit-friendly apartment in the South Loop, a new option is about to open up. Draper and Kramer is now pre-leasing homes at Apire Residences, just a block from the CTA Green Line Cermak-McCormick Place stop, and a very short walk away from the Red Line Cermak-Chinatown station. May 2020 rendering of the Aspire Residences (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) When the building at 2111 South Wabash opens...

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West Loop Upgrading From Walmart To Porsche
May17

West Loop Upgrading From Walmart To Porsche

Not too many years ago, there used to be a Walmart Neighborhood Market in the West Loop.  It was on the corner of Jefferson and Monroe, attached to Presidential Towers. The Walmart Neighborhood Market at Presidential Towers in 2011 When we lived at the Towers, we used the mini grocery store for its convenience.  And with its secret residents-only entrance, we were able to get the full Walmart experience by buy cat food and milk...

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Fulton River District Skyscraper Proposal Moves For Approval
May17

Fulton River District Skyscraper Proposal Moves For Approval

A blow-out proposal for a residential skyscraper to replace the Cassidy Tire warehouse in Chicago’s Fulton River District is ready to roll into the Chicago Plan Commission. December 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal While many skyscraper development plans get deflated in high-pressure negotiations with retread politicians, shock — 344 North Canal is groovy, and  has strutted from its December mounting to Thursday’s...

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Two Tower Project To Replace the Chicago Spire Goes to Plan Commission With An Unusual Condition
May17

Two Tower Project To Replace the Chicago Spire Goes to Plan Commission With An Unusual Condition

The 35-year saga of 400 North Lake Shore Drive may finally come to a conclusion soon, as this week the Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to consider the latest proposal for the property on the northwest corner of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. March 2020 rendering of 400 North Lake Shore Drive (Courtesy of Related Midwest) The location is perfect for a prominent, eye-catching trophy tower, and even in the mid-1980’s...

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