Chicago River Getting a New Bridge
Oct13

Chicago River Getting a New Bridge

Whatever number of bridges you think hang over the Chicago River, add one to the tally, because a new span is on the way. In blue. The $35 million Dominick Street Bridge will arch over the North Branch of the river, linking West Webster Avenue with North Throop Street in the Greater Goose Island Metroplex Area. Dominick Street Bridge (Via the Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins) It’s one of the big infrastructure projects being...

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In Pictures: The Latest Version of the Former Michael Reese Hospital Site
Oct13

In Pictures: The Latest Version of the Former Michael Reese Hospital Site

Tomorrow there will be a public meeting to reveal the latest vision for the Michael Reese Hospital site on the Bronzeville lakefront. The hospital was torn down a decade ago, and has been the object of many desires over the years, from an Olympic village to an urban casino. The current plan is to put up a several billion dollar medical research village, and has the backing of a big name Israeli medical concern. October 2020 rendering...

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All About E: The New 34-Story Skyscraper Coming to the South Loop
Oct12

All About E: The New 34-Story Skyscraper Coming to the South Loop

Remember that tip from South Loop Spy J. that found its way into our tip line last week about the next phase of Southbank starting to peek over the horizon?  It turns out, it was spot on.  And we can now tell you which new building is going up next. Southbank Building E highlighted in this rendering from Lendlease According to the mouthpiece for Lendlease, “The next phase is going to be along the river on the southern end of the...

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Shocking Developments at Navy Pier. If You’re a CTA Bus.
Oct12

Shocking Developments at Navy Pier. If You’re a CTA Bus.

Some people are content to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic working from home in their sweatpants.  Others crave returning to the office.  Sometimes because this much family time is too much family time, or as a co-worker recently confided in a Teams meeting — paying for his own coffee is getting really expensive. If you’re among those who plan to resume shaving and bathing soon, you may return to work on a Chicago Transit Authority...

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Lagrange Points to Stellar Development in Chicago’s Gold Coast Orbit
Oct12

Lagrange Points to Stellar Development in Chicago’s Gold Coast Orbit

In a city awash in value-engineered rectangles on squares, a new project from O.G. Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange is a welcome change.  Nahla Capital has filed paperwork with the city to build 40 West Oak, a new 35-story residential tower on Oak between Clark and Dearborn Streets. October 2019 rendering of 40 West Oak Street It was almost exactly a year ago that we told you the Warren Barr Pavilion’s parking garage was going to...

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South Loop’s Southbank Getting Southbankier
Oct08

South Loop’s Southbank Getting Southbankier

It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that Australian builder Lendlease is thinking about phase two of Southbank. It’s already opened The Cooper, a residential building at 720 South Wells Street, and has plenty more land to fill. Rendering of The Cooper (Courtesy of Lendlease) But The Coop’ was flown two years ago, and we haven’t heard a peep out of this riverfront nest since. Until now. South Loop Spy...

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This is the Optima Time to Build in Lakeview
Oct06

This is the Optima Time to Build in Lakeview

Construction is underway at Optima Lakeview, the new apartment building slotting in to the space where the Treasure Island supermarket used to be on Broadway in Lake View. Optima Lakeview will bring 198 new homes to the neighborhood in a seven-story building from — you guessed it — Optima, up in Glencoe. Rendering of Optima Lakeview. (Courtesy of Optima) The supermarket closed in 2018. Optima Lakeview is scheduled to open in 2022....

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Roof of 50 East Huron to be Socially Distant from Pool of 30 East Huron
Oct05

Roof of 50 East Huron to be Socially Distant from Pool of 30 East Huron

A few weeks ago we told you about the project to increase the height of the former American Library Association Building.  The plan is to strip the building at 50 East Huron Street in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood to its bones, and then re-build it three stories taller. 50 East Huron (Via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) We received a few e-mail messages about this along the lines of, “Why only eight stories?” The answer...

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Cirrus, Cascade Construction Continues
Oct05

Cirrus, Cascade Construction Continues

Since nobody except the employees of WBEZ have been to Navy Pier lately, chances are you’re not up to date on the construction progress of Cirrus and Cascade. Cirrus and Cascade under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) Fortunately, the lens crafters at YoChicago! are, and sent in these photographs taken from the roof of North Harbor Tower showing the progress on the two new skyscrapers at Lakeshore East. We hear that the ‘rona is...

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Sit Back, Breathe Deep, and Enjoy The Vista
Oct05

Sit Back, Breathe Deep, and Enjoy The Vista

What’s up with Chicago TV stations?  They spend heaps of money beaming beauty shots of the city’s skyline all over the place. So you’d think that we might occasionally see the Vista Tower make an appearance.  In the words of Jim Belushi, “But nooooo!” Vista Tower. (Courtesy of YoChicago!) We keep seeing the shuttered Pioneer Court Apple Store, the vacant wastes of State Street, and WGN’s interview set backdrop that’s so crusty, it...

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