Beloved Bucktown Building Blessed for Beds
Mar20

Beloved Bucktown Building Blessed for Beds

The Chicago Plan Commission has given its blessing to a plan to convert the Northwest Tower Building (1608 North Milwaukee Avenue) in Bucktown into a hotel. The developer intends to turn the 12-story building, and the neighboring Hollander Fireproof Warehouse building next door into a 120-room hotel, with ground floor retail.  There will also be a roof deck added to the taller building, which should provide some epic views on a warm...

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Running Into Nike
Oct02

Running Into Nike

Our Bucktown Spy sent in this picture of the  signs being delivered to the new Nike store opening on Friday at 1640 North Damen in Bucktown. The store recently made waves in the nattering echo chamber that is “social media” because it put up a sign for its running shoe store reading, “We Run Bucktown,”  which got some people’s undies in a bundle. Interestingly, another sneaker company, The Finish Line, is...

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Week Links: February 17-23, 2013
Feb24

Week Links: February 17-23, 2013

Here’s what else is going up around Chicago: DNAInfo reports that the developer who wants to put up a $220 million project in Uptown is ready to compromise on affordable housing. DNAInfo also has pictures of the proposed new Metra station in Edgewater. Early this week, the TV stations all ran stories that a new hotel was coming to McCormick Place.  There have been lots of hotel proposals for McCormick Place lately, but because...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 17
Dec22

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 17

Tis the season for new spies.  After getting a great Christmassy picture from our new Lakeview Spy the other day, we now have one from our new Bucktown Spy. It’s the snowflake decorations along North Damen Avenue, a nice little festive touch for the street which is rapidly becoming a test bed for European retailers that want to test the waters in Middle America without blowing a wad of cash on a fancy Oak Street address. If...

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First Look: Flagship Walgreens Inside Historic Noel State Bank Building
Nov20

First Look: Flagship Walgreens Inside Historic Noel State Bank Building

One of Chicagoland’s most prominent retailers has cleaned up one of Chicago’s grossest corners. The new Walgreens flagship store opens tomorrow (November 21, 2012) at the corner of West North Avenue and North Damen Avenue in Bucktown.  It is right on the border of Bucktown and Wicker Park, a fact acknowledged in the standards flying from the facade. The new drug store is in Gardner Coughlen’s old Noel State Bank building, a city...

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Status Update: Bucktown’s Flagship Walgreen’s
Nov16

Status Update: Bucktown’s Flagship Walgreen’s

A few years ago, Walgreens started rolling out a fleet of new “flagship” stores. Not surprisingly one of them landed in The Loop. The second one is going to open in Bucktown next month. It’s being built inside the landmark Noel State Bank Building (1601 North Milwaukee Avenue) on the corner of North Damen and North Milwaukee Avenues. A reader sent in some construction pictures showing the inside of the building about...

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French Parfumeur Wafts Into Damen Avenue
Nov12

French Parfumeur Wafts Into Damen Avenue

Ordinarily we would put this in the Chicago Retail and Restaurant News section of the form, but we had such an overwhelming response to our recent insider photos of the new Burberry flagship store on Michigan Avenue that we thought we’d present it here. Parisian olfactory tickler Diptyque (“dip-teek”) is opening a store at 1645 North Damen Avenue in Bucktown, and we have the first renderings of what the store will...

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Building Out a Bucktown Landmark

We have a new spy on board.  It’s Bucktown Spy, and he’s sent us a photograph of the construction now going on at the former Noel State Bank Building (1601 North Milwaukee Avenue – You may know it as the Midwest Bank Building).   It’s a beautiful building inside and out, and we can see there’s scaffolding up to the ceiling right now.  Hopefully that ceiling will be restored and visible, and not just...

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Building Updates: June 10, 2011

A number of building updates went online at Chicago Architecture Info today.  We’ve added a several new buildings to Chicago’s largest architecture guide, and updated a couple of dozen other buildings with new photographs. Total number of buildings in the Chicago Architecture Info architectural guide: 1,226. New additions The Elysees Condominiums 1564 North Damen Avenue 1643 North Milwaukee Avenue 1702 North Milwaukee Avenue 1714...

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Slice of Life: The Tree vs. The Water Department

Mark down one near-victory for the green and leafy, as this root-bound tree in the Bucktown area works to envelop a water department manhole.  I don’t know if there’s a word for when plants get smart and try to take over the world, but it looks like a scene from a  Harry Potter film happening in slow motion. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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