Work Begins on Combo Live/Learn Building at UIC
Jan23

Work Begins on Combo Live/Learn Building at UIC

Construction is underway on a new building at the University of Illinois at Chicago that combines both learning space, and living space. the $100 million building designed by SCB features a circular two-story classroom wing, and a 10-story residential tower.  According to the renderings, the building features an auditorium that embraces the building’s form with a lecture hall that curves around the proctor.  But instead of rows...

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A Crane Hatches at Wolf Point East
Jan18

A Crane Hatches at Wolf Point East

It was just a couple of days ago that River North Spy Chris sent us photos of crane parts being delivered to Wolf Point.  Now… Bam!  We have achieved crane! Chris has sent in a new set of photos showing a legitimate, if diminutive, tower crane at the heart of the construction for the 628,500-square-foot Wolf Point East. It won’t remain small for long.  Wolf Point East is expected to rise 668 feet over the Chicago River,...

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Design of bKL’s Second GEMS Academy Building Gets Refined
Jan17

Design of bKL’s Second GEMS Academy Building Gets Refined

It looks like it’s full steam ahead for the second GEMS Academy school in Lakeshore East.  As soon as Old Man Winter gives us a break. The building planned for 355 East Wacker Drive, now going by the name GEMS World Academy Chicago Middle-Upper School, already has its caissons in place under the lakefront loam.  Word is that foundation permits are expected to be issued within the next two weeks.  Then, once winter abates a...

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Wolf Point: Here Comes the Crane Again
Jan17

Wolf Point: Here Comes the Crane Again

It’s still the dead of winter in Chicago, but the next thing you know, daffodils will be shoving their yellow heads out of the dirt in Lincoln Park. Before that happens, a big yellow crane is going to rise from the dirt at Wolf Point. River North Spy Chris slid the photo above into our tip line.  It shows a piece of a tower crane being delivered to the site of what will soon be Wolf Point East (313 West Wolf Point Plaza/326...

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Change Brewing on North Michigan Avenue
Jan16

Change Brewing on North Michigan Avenue

Permits have been issued for the nearly $10 million transformation of the former Crate and Barrel flagship store on the Magnificent Mile into a new mega Starbucks. INTERIOR & EXTERIOR ALTERATIONS (GROUND THROUGH 5TH FLOOR) FOR SHELL & CORE ONLY TO INCLUDE NEW ROOF DECK OF AN EXISTING FIVE (5) STORY MERCANTILE BUILDING AS PER PLANS. The four-story building at 646 North Michigan Avenue opened in 1990, and it shaped like a (wait...

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New Roosevelt Square Library/Public Housing Gets Permitted
Jan08

New Roosevelt Square Library/Public Housing Gets Permitted

The new public library and public housing building planned for what’s left of Little Italy is about to get started. The first construction permits have been issued for the Roosevelt Square Library building at 1342 West Taylor Street. FOUNDATIONS-ONLY PERMIT FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION OF A 7-STORY 86,976 SQUARE FOOT MIXED USE BUILDING WITH LIBRARY AND 73 AFFORDABLE APARTMENTS WITH PARKING LOT AND SITE IMPROVEMENTS. As we reported over...

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The Last Empty Lakeshore Lot in Downtown Chicago Gets Filled In
Jan08

The Last Empty Lakeshore Lot in Downtown Chicago Gets Filled In

The official groundbreaking has been marked for 61 Banks Street, a new residential mid-rise that will rise midly on the corner of East Banks Street and North Lakeshore Drive in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  This was the only open, developable land along the lakefront between the Chicago River and Diversey Harbor. The new apartment block is a project of Draper and Kramer, and designed by Booth Hansen in the West Loop.  It...

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2018 Begins With a Flock of Cranes in Chicago’s Skyline
Jan02

2018 Begins With a Flock of Cranes in Chicago’s Skyline

You may have seen it on New Year’s Eve, while standing out on the snow-packed sidewalk, sipping the last 312 from the emergency stash on the back porch, gazing up at the illegal neighborhood fireworks display and thinking that for one moment all is right with the world.  It’s the cranes in the sky over the city of Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who last year outed himself as a fan of construction cranes, noted in his Twitter...

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Half a Billion in Pocket, Devs Ready to Rock Old Post Office
Dec26

Half a Billion in Pocket, Devs Ready to Rock Old Post Office

The Building That Wouldn’t Die is poised to start its second life. A couple of days before Christmas, the developers trying to resuscitate Chicago’s massive, menacing, moldy Old Main Post Office were given a half a billion dollars to start construction on their proposal to turn the lumbering landmark into a thriving mixed-use complex. This is the second loan the 601W Companies has been given by JPMorgan Chase.  The...

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Wrigley Field Hotel Getting Ready to Play Ball
Dec20

Wrigley Field Hotel Getting Ready to Play Ball

With the first day of winter knocking on our door, it seems strange to think about the first day of baseball.  But that’s what they’re preparing for next to Wrigley Field. Wrigleyville Spy Greg sent in these photographs showing that the new Hotel Zachary is really coming along.  The new hotel building is six-stories tall, and will eventually have 179 guest rooms over ground floor retail. The Ricketts Family named the hotel...

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