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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$6 Billion Plan Pitched For Former Reese Hospital Site
May11

$6 Billion Plan Pitched For Former Reese Hospital Site

A decade after the City of Chicago bought the Bronzeville space that  used to be Michael Reese Hospital, a plan has been put together to turn it into something useful. May 2020 rendering of the former Michael Reese Hospital site redevelopment. The last time someone took a serious whack at repopulating this fallow field was when Mayor Richard M. Daley thought it would make a swell location for the athlete’s village of the 2016...

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Chicago’s New Second-Tallest Building Gets Plan Commission Approval
May11

Chicago’s New Second-Tallest Building Gets Plan Commission Approval

The biggest thing to hit Michigan Avenue since Cap Streeter’s 35-ton steamboat has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission. Tribune Tower East is now passed the hardest parts of its approval process, and will soon be legally permitted to climb 1,442-feet into the Chicago skyline. November 2019 rendering of Tribune Tower East (via CIM Group) In spite of numerous tweaks over the last year, up top the CIM Group and Golub...

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Groundbreaking Imminent for What May Be the Safest Building in the Midwest
May10

Groundbreaking Imminent for What May Be the Safest Building in the Midwest

The first construction permits have been issued for 1400 Monroe, a new 42-unit residential building planned for — you guessed it — 1400 West Monroe Street on Chicago’s Near West Side. May 2020 rendering of 1400 Monroe (Courtesy of JK Equities) The building was designed by Booth Hansen for Long Island developer JK Equities.  The new homes run from $760,000 for 1,242 square feet with two bedrooms to $2,350,000 for over 3,100...

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Chicago Walking Tours Now Available Without the Aching Feet
May10

Chicago Walking Tours Now Available Without the Aching Feet

You know all those walking tours of Chicago you’ve wanted to take, but never did because it was raining, or you were too lazy, or you were ordered not to leave your home by Mayor Lightfoot?  Now you can forget about the Dr. Scholl’s inserts and sweaty underboobs, and see the city from the air conditioned comfort of your Barcalounger. Screenshot of chicagodetours.com Local tour org Chicago Detours is offering walking...

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Chicago Architecture Firm Happy to Not Be Needed Today
May06

Chicago Architecture Firm Happy to Not Be Needed Today

While you were sequestered in your micro apartment exchanging accusing stares with your cat (she totally ate the last Yoplait), the boffins down at bKL Architecture have been fighting the good fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. And now their part is done. The Loop designers of glassy things that scrape the sky have completed their mission of banging out protective face shields with a stable of 3D printers.  Face shield production at...

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BMO Tower Construction Update
Apr30

BMO Tower Construction Update

If your daily commute used to take you through Union Station, you might wonder what’s going on with the BMO Tower under construction across the street.  Well, wonder no more my home-bound friend.  We’ve got your virtual back. BMO Tower construction in April 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) YoChicago! sent in the photograph above showing construction progress on the skyscraper at 320 South Canal Street. OK, so there’s...

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Since You Can’t Go Out, Here’s Construction Photos From One Chicago
Apr23

Since You Can’t Go Out, Here’s Construction Photos From One Chicago

Remember back when you were searching for a new place in downtown Chicago, and you said to yourself, “I don’t need to pay extra for a nice view — I’ll hardly ever be home!”  Ah, good times. If all you can see from your compulsory COVID container is your fat neighbor swinging his frontal overhang to Dancing Queen, then avert your eyes and feast upon the photographic goodness below. One Chicago under construction...

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