Lake View’s Newest Apartment Building Tops Off
Mar28

Lake View’s Newest Apartment Building Tops Off

People looking for a place to live in Lake View are getting another choice.  Optima, the nameplate behind residential developments from Streeterville to Wilmette, has topped off its newest building: Optima Lakeview. March, 2021 rendering of Optima Lakeview (Courtesy of Optima) The apartment building replaces the neighborhood’s Treasure Island grocery store, which expired in 2018.  The seeds for this new building were...

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Cabs Move For South Loop-Area E-sports Arena
Mar22

Cabs Move For South Loop-Area E-sports Arena

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about plans for a new e-sports arena just off State Street near McCormick Place. Now our tip line has scored with pictures of the site sent in by South Loop Spy Alex. March, 2021 photograph of 2500 South Wabash Avenue. (Courtesy of South Loop Spy Alex.) The location, 2500 South Wabash Avenue, is the former home of the Chicago Carriage Cab company. Today it sports a public notice about Smash...

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Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes
Mar21

Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes

A large, underutilized slice of downtown Chicago is about to get utilized out the wazoo.  Detailed paperwork has hit City Hall for North Union, the hefty plan to turn a five block slab of Near North Side property into the city’s latest mega development. Diagram of North Union (Via JDL Development) The property in question used to be domain of The Moody Bible Institute.  A few years ago, it decided to convert the mostly vacant...

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Another Skyscraper Ready to Loom Over Chicago’s Fulton Market
Mar21

Another Skyscraper Ready to Loom Over Chicago’s Fulton Market

The log flume of West Town development is splashing a new apartment tower on the north side of the Lake Street L tracks.  A proposal has been filed for a large apartment building at 1201 West Fulton Market. March, 2021 diagram of 1201 West Fulton Market. The location is just across the street from the western edge of the Fulton Market Historic District, which should make approval a little easier than if it was one block east. The...

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New Hotel Opens on Navy Pier
Mar18

New Hotel Opens on Navy Pier

Since the South of France is not going to happen for you this Spring, maybe it’s time to consider a little post-COVID staycation action. To that end, a new hotel, called Sable at Navy Pier has opened — you guessed it — at Navy Pier. And unlike those gasthauses that proudly proclaim “Mag Mile” in their titles even though they’re actually half way to Sheridan, this hotel is actually on Navy Pier. Image of Sable...

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Loop Skyscraper Design Tweaked
Mar14

Loop Skyscraper Design Tweaked

You know the old saw about the artist who kept sneaking into the museum at night to keep working on his painting years after it had been on display to the public?  Architecture can be like that, too. March 2019 rendering of 300 North Michigan Avenue The people behind the new residential skyscraper at 300 North Michigan Avenue have received approval from the City of Chicago to tweak the design of the 47-story building, already...

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Wolf Point Now Home to a Pack of Skyscrapers
Mar14

Wolf Point Now Home to a Pack of Skyscrapers

We looked it up, and the minimum number of wolves required to make a “pack” is three.  Which works out well for the confluence of the Chicago River and its North Branch, where three skyscrapers now populate Wolf Point. Salesforce Tower Chicago under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of River North Spy Sam.) River North Spy Sam sent in these photos of Wolf Point South, now known as Salesforce Tower Chicago, as it...

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Pinstripes Prevail on Lakeshore East Skyscrapers
Mar10

Pinstripes Prevail on Lakeshore East Skyscrapers

We’re happy to admit when we’re wrong. Or as our seventh-grade teacher used to say, “You pulled a boner.” She must have really been something in the 1940’s. Earlier this week we stated that pinstripes are out of fashion, both in clothing and in Loop skyscrapers. Today, we get around to reading the Sunday New York Times, and in its smudgy pages are full-page ads for both Armani and Ralph Lauren pinstripe...

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27 Story West Town Apartment Tower On Tap Next to Taco Bar
Mar10

27 Story West Town Apartment Tower On Tap Next to Taco Bar

That sorta weird, sorta interesting old bank on North Morgan Street in West Town is going to become a thing of the past. Sterling Bay has selected that building, its surface parking lot, and its drive-through as the location of a new apartment tower. March, 2021 diagram of 160 North Morgan Street. bKL Architecture is the monogram on this one, bringing a 27-story design with a pool on the roof, which is awesome in a way the pools on...

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New Buildings Continue Pushing West, Surrounding Union Park
Mar08

New Buildings Continue Pushing West, Surrounding Union Park

Union Park, once known for music festivals and immigration marches, is getting yet another tall neighbor.  West suburban Naperville developer Marquette wants to put up a residential high rise right across the street.  March, 2021 diagram of 140 North Ashland. The proposal is for a 210-unit apartment building at 140 North Ashland Avenue, on the west side of Union Park, immediately south of the CTA’s Ashland Station, serving the...

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