Plan Commission Approved a Skyscraper That Isn’t a Big Square on Another Big Square
Nov23

Plan Commission Approved a Skyscraper That Isn’t a Big Square on Another Big Square

Do you want a 35-story luxury skyscraper in your neighborhood? Because this is how you get a 35-story luxury skyscraper in your neighborhood. November 2020 rendering of 40 West Oak The Chicago Plan Commission has given its blessing to the construction of a new residential tower at 40 West Oak Street.  The new building was designed by Lucien Lagrange for Nahla Capital, and will replace the Warren Barr Pavilion’s parking garage.  ...

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Wrigley Field Officially Awesome.  It’s a Signed Document.
Nov23

Wrigley Field Officially Awesome. It’s a Signed Document.

You don’t have to be a Cubs fan to consider Wrigley Field a national treasure.  It’s been anointed so by the Department of the Interior. The north side ballpark was named a National Historic Landmark a few days ago, complete with an 8½ by 11″ certificate, suitable for framing. Wrigley Field gets a thumb’s up from the Department of the Interior The proclamation signed by Scribbly McPenmanship lists the following...

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Moceri+Roszak  Plans a New Residential Skyscraper on Chicago’s Restaurant Row
Nov16

Moceri+Roszak Plans a New Residential Skyscraper on Chicago’s Restaurant Row

The group that brought some pretty spiffy skyscrapers to The Loop in recent years is casting its sights westward.   Moceri+Roszak wants to build a 27-story residential tower on the southwest corner of West Randolph and North Elizabeth Streets in West Town. November 2020 diagram of 160 North Elizabeth You may remember Moceri+Roszak from such projects as LINEA at 215 West Lake, Parkline at 60 West Randolph, and 145 South Wells at 145...

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On the Menu For Fulton Market: Office Building With Extra Hotel, Hold the Parking
Nov16

On the Menu For Fulton Market: Office Building With Extra Hotel, Hold the Parking

As redevelopment expands in Fulton Market like a ZipLoc bag filled with vinegar and baking soda, it’s pushing closer and closer to the east-west Metra tracks.  The latest project requesting a railroad view is at 311 North Sangamon, where plans are afoot to put up a 14-story building populated with offices and a hotel. November 2020 diagram of 311 North Sangamon The developers want to put the new building along the north side of...

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North Union Looks Like a Big Project in a Modest Space
Nov16

North Union Looks Like a Big Project in a Modest Space

The plans for the new North Union project have been laid out for everyone to see.  It will cover five city blocks just west of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood.  The land was formerly owned by the Institute, but was recently sold  so that the Moodys can focus their efforts on things other banking real estate. Diagram of North Union (Via JDL Development) The developer on this one is JDL.  You may...

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South Loop’s Newest Apartment Tower Gets Retailed
Nov16

South Loop’s Newest Apartment Tower Gets Retailed

If it feels like things are really moving in the South Loop these days, they are.  So far, 95 people have moved in to the Aspire apartment building at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  And the first business is getting ready to move in to the building, as well — GeeFit Boot Camp. November 2020 photo of Aspire Residences, 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) If you’ve ever seen us slouched in one of the auditorium seats at the...

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2,600+ New Homes: North Union Public Meeting is This Week
Nov09

2,600+ New Homes: North Union Public Meeting is This Week

We finally have a good idea how big the new North Union development is going to be.  New images from Chicago Planning and Development highlight the North Union property in purple, and the Moody Bible Institute in yellow. Map of North Union highlighted in purple, and the Moody Bible Institute highlighted in yellow. (via Department of Planning and Development) Because it’s only five city blocks, we’re going to stop using the...

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Four Minutes of GEMS: Chicago’s Urban Vertical School
Nov09

Four Minutes of GEMS: Chicago’s Urban Vertical School

It’s been a few years since GEMS World Academy opened its Lower School in Lakeshore East.  The bKL-designed building won a bunch of awards, and did a great job of filling in a difficult space with something that looks like it belongs. What an awesome school facade looks like. Recently, bKL put out a promotional video showing off its work.  Even if you’re familiar with this project, it’s worth seeing it again...

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From the Air, the Jane Byrne Reconstruction Looks Fascinating, Not Frustrating
Nov09

From the Air, the Jane Byrne Reconstruction Looks Fascinating, Not Frustrating

Not everyone who lives in or visits Chicago enjoys a car-free existence.  And for them, there is the Jane Byrne Interchange. November 2020 construction at the Jane Byrne Interchange (Courtesy of YoChicago!) We haven’t talked about it much since reconstruction commenced on the intersection of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Ryan Expressways.  Partly because it’s been going on for eight years, and mostly because you can get the...

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Groundbreaking for New Public Space in Austin Neighborhood
Nov03

Groundbreaking for New Public Space in Austin Neighborhood

Chicago’s Austin neighborhood is getting a new multi-purpose space on the southeast corner of Chicago and Lockwood Avenues.  Groundbreaking was held last week for Pop Courts. Rendering of Pop Courts (via The Lamar Johnson Collaborative) Designed by The Lamar Johnson Collaborative, Pop Courts is part of the city’s INVEST South/West program, and replaces a vacant lot with something better. The designers sum it up best: Food truck...

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