Alta Grand Central Tops Out, Glass Showing
May22

Alta Grand Central Tops Out, Glass Showing

Word on the street is that the South Loop has a new high-rise. Loop Spy Jody sent in the photo below showing that construction crews are working on the penthouse and rooftop decks at Alta Grand Central (207 West Harrison Street). You can also see that most of the lower half has gotten its windows in. Alta Grand Central under construction (Courtesy of Loop Spy Jody) AGC (its friends call it AGC) is two 14-story residential towers on...

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Zero Energy Rec Center Lands in Southwest Suburbs
May21

Zero Energy Rec Center Lands in Southwest Suburbs

It only makes sense that an organization dedicated to parks should try its hardest to be environmentally responsible. In southwest suburban Plainfield, the park district has opened a new Net Zero community building. PARC (Courtesy of Wight & Company) It’s called PARC, which stands for Prairie Activity and Recreation Center, and is located in a park: Gregory B. Bott Park. The facility sports an oversized gymnasium, a fitness...

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Planned Loop Tower Two Stories Shorter, and 40% Closer to Reality
May20

Planned Loop Tower Two Stories Shorter, and 40% Closer to Reality

It’s been a year and a half since Crain’s Chicago Business let the cat out of the bag about 50 East Randolph Street. Back then, the Thomas Roszak proposal was expected to replace a grungy parking garage with what was speculated to be a 27-story residential tower. Our guess was 35 to 40 stories, and we were totally wrong. May 2019 rendering of 50 East Randolph (Courtesy of the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) Forty-second...

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Refreshed Park May Sort of Honor One of Chicago’s Oddest People
May20

Refreshed Park May Sort of Honor One of Chicago’s Oddest People

There are lots of neighborhoods in Chicago that are short on parks. Streeterville is short two of them. First, there’s the long-promised, never-delivered, and no longer radioactive DuSable Park. City Hall has been promising that patch of greenery to its citizens since the Washington administration (Harold, not George). Bennett Park under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) Then there’s the park that’s...

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110 West Huron Now Home2 a New Hotel
May13

110 West Huron Now Home2 a New Hotel

If you left your car in the parking lot at 110 West Huron 14 months ago, don’t bother looking for it. There’s a hotel there now. The mouthful Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North was completed early this year at 110, moving another downtown Chicago surface parking lot into the trash bin of our minds. Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North (Courtesy of Mortenson) The owner and lead developer of this project was...

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While NY and SF Struggle, Chicago Readies for More Public Housing
May13

While NY and SF Struggle, Chicago Readies for More Public Housing

One of Chicago’s oldest public housing projects is about to become Chicago’s newest mixed-income housing project, and is getting ready to welcome thousands of new residents. Rendering of Lathrop Homes (via Related Midwest) The landmark Lathrop Homes property along the North Branch of the Chicago River is being redeveloped by River North’s Related Midwest, Bickerdike Redevelopment, and Heartland Housing into 1,116 new...

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2019 Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Winners Announced
May10

2019 Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Winners Announced

The Carling Hotel (Courtesy of LISC Chicago) There are thousands of people who work every day to make Chicago what it is today, and to shape its future.  Some of these individuals were honored last night at the annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards. Ten organizations were honored by LISC Chicago “for their achievements in community development and architectural design.” Here are the winners: Boxville (Courtesy of...

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New Residential Tower Targets a Different Loop Dweller
May09

New Residential Tower Targets a Different Loop Dweller

For much of The Loop’s recent renaissance, the people moving downtown were college students and young urban professionals in search of the excitement of the big city. Sure, there were pockets of older urban pioneers along Randolph Street and a few other crannies, but they were pretty much a statistical rounding error. May 2019 rendering of 424 South Wabash Now a Florida company wants to bring the older set to the neighborhood in...

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Chicago Places Join Giraffes on Endangered List
May08

Chicago Places Join Giraffes on Endangered List

Just days after the Fish and Wildlife Service started talking about adding giraffes to its endangered species list, Landmarks Illinois put out its annual list of the Prairie State’s most endangered places.  There are a dozen entries on the list, with three in Chicago, three in the surrounding area, and the remainder scattered across the state.  Here’s the endangered dozen: Chicago The Thompson Center James R. Thompson...

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The Terra Cotta Eagles Have Landed in Lake View
May06

The Terra Cotta Eagles Have Landed in Lake View

It’s hard to estimate the number of articles we wrote in the coffee shop that once squeeze out surprisingly judgment-free espresso on the corner of Sheridan and Broadway in Lake View East. But it was probably in the hundreds as we dawdled over liquid caffeine instead of hopping on the #80 bus across the street, waiting to take us to a world of soul-crushing responsibility. 3817 North Broadway under construction (Courtesy of Lake...

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