Get the Crowbar: New Hotel Skyscraper to be Wedged into River North
Sep18

Get the Crowbar: New Hotel Skyscraper to be Wedged into River North

The River North skyscraper frenzy of a few years ago has cooled off a bit, but there’s still some spicy meatballs in the development pipeline. Diagram of 808 North Cleveland (September 2019) A developer wants to put up a new 25-story tower at 808 North Cleveland Avenue.  If you’re not sure exactly where that is, it’s on Chicago Avenue across the street from The Montgomery. Intriguingly, this isn’t another condo...

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Groundbreaking Leaves Lakeshore East With Just Two Skyscrapers to Go
Sep18

Groundbreaking Leaves Lakeshore East With Just Two Skyscrapers to Go

With skyscraper nerds across the Midwest still giddy from yesterday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the Cirrus and Cascade towers in Lakeshore East, it’s worth tallying what’s left to build there.  The answer is: not much. There are just two more large buildings left to build at the complex that started its journey from wharf-side rail yard to model urban community over half a century ago.   August 2018 rendering...

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Restoration of the Village Theater Facade in Old Town Looks Pretty Spiffy
Sep17

Restoration of the Village Theater Facade in Old Town Looks Pretty Spiffy

It’s been a very long time since Old Town’s Village Theater stopped entertaining people and became a hulking presence lurking a Starbucks’ throw from the lovely and historic Germania Club next door.  Now we’re getting a look at the results of a project to restore that facade to its former splendor. September 2019 construction of Fifteen Fifty on the Park (provided) In the photograph above you can see that...

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Here They Grow Again: Lakeshore East Breaks Ground on Two New Skyscrapers
Sep17

Here They Grow Again: Lakeshore East Breaks Ground on Two New Skyscrapers

Hands will be shaken, smiles will be flashed, and ground will be broken today on Cirrus and Cascade, the latest skyscrapers to rise at Lakeshore East.  They’re the newest towers to go up at the lake-adjacent former rail yard that Magellan Development has been turning into a rather nice residential community over the last couple of decades.  This time, Aussie Lendlease is lending a hand.  So to speak. Rendering of Cirrus...

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No More Condos, New North Building Has a New Plan: Airbnb-Style Hotel
Sep16

No More Condos, New North Building Has a New Plan: Airbnb-Style Hotel

If you were worried that you wouldn’t be able to afford to lay your head in the swishy new luxury condominium building planned for 61 West Erie Street, there’s good news.  You may be able to pay by the day. September 2019 rendering of 61 West Erie. (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) According to 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, LG Development has ditched its plan to put up a 12-story residential block, and is...

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Art Institute of Chicago Buildings Getting a Makeover
Sep12

Art Institute of Chicago Buildings Getting a Makeover

One of the city’s most important buildings is in for a change.  Spanish architecture powerhouse Barozzi/Veiga plans to transform the Art Institute of Chicago’s multi-building campus which sprawls across the Metra tracks in Grant Park. The Art Institute’s good side (file) The company is named for its founders, Fabrizio Barozzi and Alberto Veiga. We wanted to assess their museum chops, but unfortunately, there’s...

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Another Chicago Place of Worship Goes Residential
Sep09

Another Chicago Place of Worship Goes Residential

While other parts of the nation (even the Midwest) can’t build houses of worship fast enough to meet demand, the de-consecration of Chicago continues. The latest building slated to make the transition from holy place to housing is in Logan Square. 3228 West Palmer Street (via Apple Maps) That’s where work is underway to transform the former Temple Beth-El into 14 new apartments, according to Crain’s Chicago Business....

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Apartment Tower at North/Clybourn Tops Off
Sep09

Apartment Tower at North/Clybourn Tops Off

If you miss the days of gliding into the old Father and Son’s restaurant on North Avenue on a Friday night for an old school tomato pie and some wings, pretty soon you can re-live those memories while you actually-live in the same place. September 2019 rendering of 633 West North Avenue (via FitzGerald Associates) 633 West North Avenue has officially topped off, according to West Town’s FitzGerald Associates, which...

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Lincoln Common Ribbon Cutting Today
Sep05

Lincoln Common Ribbon Cutting Today

The official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Lincoln Common is scheduled for today.  It’s the biggest project to hit Lincoln Park since the 1800’s, when the city decided that a couple of dozen thousand dead people could rest more peacefully on land a little farther from the living.  Lincoln Common (Courtesy of Hines) Until a decade ago, this was the location of Children’s Memorial Hospital. Its relocation to...

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A Close Look at the Demolition of the Tribune Tower
Sep04

A Close Look at the Demolition of the Tribune Tower

We really don’t know how to feel about this. Streeterville Spy Joel sent in the photographs on this page showing the demolition happening at the once and future Tribune Tower. September 2019 Tribune Tower renovation (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel.) You can see all kinds of work being done.  Walls are being torn down, balconies are being put up, and there’s a tailings pile from some presumably tracked machine...

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