Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60
Nov14

Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60

The city of Chicago reached a milestone today.  With the erection of the tower crane at Belgravia Group’s Renelle on the River, that makes 60 tower cranes in the Chicago sky. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a noted fan of tower cranes, visited the site of the bKL-designed building person to mark the occasion. While Census Bureau numbers show Chicago’s population dwindling, downtown’s residential, hotel, and office development...

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Broadway and Sheridan Block Progressing Nicely
Nov14

Broadway and Sheridan Block Progressing Nicely

The gas station is long gone, and the glazing is almost complete on 3901 North Broadway, the residential block going up on the northeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway. We spent many a windy winter’s afternoon standing on that corner waiting for the #80 Irving Park bus to provide us with shelter, safety, and transportation.  It would have been nice to have this nine-story building there to hide from the elements. In the...

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Checking In On 168 North Michigan
Nov13

Checking In On 168 North Michigan

Today we’re checking in on 168 North Michigan, because it looks like it will be a long time before anyone else checks in at the hotel that’s supposed to be going in this space. 168 has been the subject of many big plans, and a metric ton of pigeon droppings, ever since Greece’s Atlantic Bank left the building close to a decade ago.  It’s currently being converted into a 200+ room “independent lifestyle...

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Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point
Nov09

Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point

There’s something to be said for a rainy autumn day in Chicago.  Something about the drizzle pattering off the pale yellow leaves of the few remaining ash trees in the city’s medians.  And the low-hanging clouds that turn the city of skyscrapers into a busy village.  And then there’s the mud. The people at Wolf Point know about mud.  You may remember last month the hole being dug for Pelli Clarke Pelli’s East...

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River North Building Appeals to Bulldogs, Comfy Footwear
Oct23

River North Building Appeals to Bulldogs, Comfy Footwear

Do you like bulldogs?  How about comfortable shoes?  If these sound like your kind of things, then you’ll be happy to know that progress is being made on the new residential block called The Ardus at 676 North LaSalle Street. The Ardus is a project by Cedar Street and the Harlem Irving Companies.  It will bring another 149 new apartments to River North, on the corner of LaSalle Street and Huron.  As you can see in the photograph...

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Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder
Oct16

Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder

‘Tis the season for skyscrapers in Chicago, and not surprisingly, the greater Greektown/West Town area isn’t being left behind.  The latest project in the works for the corner of Lake and Halsted is an enormous 58-story tower designed by Perkins Eastman Architects. The project is the latest effort by the Related empire to shoulder in to the area west of the Loop.  Since coming to town a few years ago, Related Midwest...

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West Clearing Getting Ready For  New Dore School
Oct11

West Clearing Getting Ready For New Dore School

The next public school to go up in Chicago will be the replacement for Dore Elementary School.  The new school building will go up at 7134 West 65th Street, in the West Clearing Neighborhood.    The City issued the construction permit late last week: NEW 3-STORY 112,543 SF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS TO SERVE 1,170 STUDENTS.  SITE IS CURRENTLY UNIMPROVED AND VACANT.  PROPOSED USE/OCCUPANCY IS C-3 ASSEMBLY UNIT, TYPE 1A...

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$Half-Billion Willis Tower Expansion Imminent
Oct10

$Half-Billion Willis Tower Expansion Imminent

Chicago’s tallest building is about to get its biggest upgrade in years. The City has approved construction permits for a half-billion dollar reconstruction of the lower levels of Willis Tower (233 South Wacker Drive).  Altogether, six floors of the building will be re-done, with half of those being below grade.  The tower’s perimeter will be extended all the way out to the sidewalk, thanks to a three-story glass and steel...

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Chicago’s Newest Riparian Residences Ready to Rise
Oct04

Chicago’s Newest Riparian Residences Ready to Rise

As the Chicago River is transformed from the city’s much-abused industrial toilet into a blue-green floe of aquatic wonder, more and more buildings are muscling in — trying to secure their place next to the shimmering belle of the ball. The newest entrant is Renelle on the River (403 North Wabash Avenue), an unlikely 18-story condominium building peeking out between the Trump International Hotel and Tower and the Wrigley...

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GEMS Second Building in Lakeshore East Gets Cut in Half
Sep26

GEMS Second Building in Lakeshore East Gets Cut in Half

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t like the GEMS Academy’s current schoolhouse on East South Water Street for grades one through four.  The bKL-designed institution fits in well with its neighboring buildings, actively respects the highly-curated slice of nature across the street, and fills in an infrastructure gap that was open for too long. As we reported back in July, construction is underway on the second GEMS...

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