Lincoln Commons Plan Gets Tweaked
Sep17

Lincoln Commons Plan Gets Tweaked

It’s been four years since the plan to replace the old Children’s Memorial Hospital with a mixed-use development called Lincoln Common was approved, and it’s still getting some refinement. Construction of the two main towers in the McCaffery Interests and Hines development topped off long ago, and busy construction bees are buzzing all over the property, completing its 92,000 square feet of retail space, 60 condos,...

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Eye Candy: New Renderings of the Willis Tower Renovation
Sep17

Eye Candy: New Renderings of the Willis Tower Renovation

EQ Office continues its half-billion dollar renovation of Chicago’s tallest building from a place exclusively for office workers and tourists into something more integrated with the evolving neighborhood. To that end, it is including  a new food court in Willis Tower’s new retail space, expected to open in 2020.   That Gensler-designed retail space is now called “Catalog,” an acknowledgement of Sears, the...

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The Mill Gets Planed: Milwaukee Avenue Tower Loses 13% of its Units
Aug22

The Mill Gets Planed: Milwaukee Avenue Tower Loses 13% of its Units

Plans for a new residential tower along the Kennedy Expressway have been cut back.  The Mill, a project designed by Antunovich Associates for Tandem, is being trimmed from 226 residences to 196. The Chicago Department of Planning and Development has approved the developer’s request for the change at 734 North Milwaukee Avenue, plus an accompanying reduction in the number of parking spaces.  See below for the revised diagrams...

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110 North Wacker Ready to Go Vertical, Welcome Chicago Sparrows
Aug21

110 North Wacker Ready to Go Vertical, Welcome Chicago Sparrows

The Wacker Drive canyon is about to get a new cliff.  Gound-level foundation work is underway at 110 North Wacker, after weeks of demolition, clearing, and caisson work. Loop Spy Chris drilled a few recent pictures into our tip line showing work over the last few days.  You can see concrete being poured on the south end of the worksite, topping rebar from the caissons sticking out of the ground in nice, square trenches.  It’s a...

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Another Crane Moving Out of Lincoln Park
Aug20

Another Crane Moving Out of Lincoln Park

It was just about a month ago that the south tower crane pulled out of the Lincoln Common project at 2335 and 2345 North Lincoln Avenue.  Today, the north tower crane begins its long adieu. Lincoln Common, you’ll remember is the redevelopment of the property that used to be Children’s Memorial Hospital.  That hospital decamped for Streeterville a decade ago, and its ugly bulk was removed from the Lincoln Park skyline....

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It’ll Be Subarus, Not Servers for One South Loop Block
Aug14

It’ll Be Subarus, Not Servers for One South Loop Block

Yesterday we were gishing to bring you the news of three new hotels opening up within a single building in the South Loop.  Today, it is with melancholy and infinite sadness we report that another building on the same block will not be built. The development pumpkin was smashed in a letter to the City of Chicago from lawyers for McHugh Construction.  McHugh is the muscle behind the siamese dream of a hotel at 123 East Cermak Road,...

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Rahm’s “Meigs Moment:” Not-Yet-Approved Obama Center Leaving a Premature Scar on Jackson Park
Aug08

Rahm’s “Meigs Moment:” Not-Yet-Approved Obama Center Leaving a Premature Scar on Jackson Park

Remember in 2003 when former mayor Richard M. Daley bulldozed Meigs Field in the middle of the night?  It was an act of hubris that cost the city $33,000 in federal fines and a million dollars in misspent airport funds.  At the time, the Chicago Tribune wrote, “The issue is Daley’s increasingly authoritarian style that brooks no disagreements, legal challenges, negotiations, compromise or any of that messy give-and-take...

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Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common
Jul26

Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common

If you’re waiting for the next big milestone in the construction of Lincoln Common (2335 and 2345 North Lincoln Avenue), that milestone is here.  The process of removing the project’s south tower crane began today. The photograph above shows Lincoln Common as it was earlier this week when the south crane was still stretching out across the property like Julie Andrews atop an alpine meadow.  The pic was taken by Joe Zekas...

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Banking on a Lake View in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Jul05

Banking on a Lake View in Chicago’s Gold Coast

If you’ve been using your Independence Day week off to get in a bit of cycling along Chicago’s lakefront path, you might have wondered about the low-rise building going up on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Banks Street.  What you saw is 61 Banks Street (61 East Bank Street), a hyperluxe apartment building designed by the West Loop’s Booth Hansen for Draper and Kramer. Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! flew by in Air...

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It’s Starting to Look a Little Like London in Chicago’s Near North
Jun27

It’s Starting to Look a Little Like London in Chicago’s Near North

We love Chicago skyscrapers.  Who doesn’t?  But too many skyscrapers can make a city look like a mess.  Walking down the streets of Hong Kong, you can’t appreciate the architecture because you can’t see it towering above you. Chicago, on the other hand, is a variety pack of architecture styles and sizes.  Even the new construction.  Take, for example, the Chestnut Row Homes in the Near North neighborhood. The...

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