33-Story Banquet Coming to the Fulton River District
Dec02

33-Story Banquet Coming to the Fulton River District

What’s better than a State Street Thanksgiving parade stuffed with Jesse White Tumblers?  How about a 33-story skyscraper stuffed into the Fulton River District?  42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly went all Father Christmas on us Thanksgiving eve, letting the development cat out of his red velvet bag.   November 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) The pope’s nose at...

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Less Height, More Parking: 352 North Union Moving Ahead
Apr09

Less Height, More Parking: 352 North Union Moving Ahead

It’s been a couple of years since we last heard a peep out of 352 North Union. But it appears that Vancouver’s Onni Group is ready to get busy on the 450-foot residential tower in Chicago’s Fulton River District. 2015 rendering of 352 North Union (on the right) Except that it’s not going to be 450 feet tall anymore. The City of Chicago recently approved the developer’s request to shorten the building down...

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Firmly in Pivot Mode, Trib Wows Again With Another Massive Development Proposal
Oct09

Firmly in Pivot Mode, Trib Wows Again With Another Massive Development Proposal

For the second time in two months, Tribune Media is making headlines in the real estate industry. The company, which is in the process of being bought by suburban Baltimore’s Sinclair Broadcast Group, is best known for WGN-TV, KTLA in Los Angeles, and WPIX in New York.  It’s half of what’s left after the Tribune Company imploded like a supernova, leaving behind a pair of dwarf stars.  Consult the Adler Planetarium if...

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New Blue Line TOD Building About to Start in the Fulton River District
Oct31

New Blue Line TOD Building About to Start in the Fulton River District

Construction is about to ramp up on a new residential building at 710 West Grand Avenue — just steps from the CTA’s Blue Line Grand and Milwaukee subway station. It’s the latest in a series of mid-scale residential buildings popping up like mushrooms around CTA tree stumps across the city, thanks to new Transit Oriented Development ordinances. This one, designed by Brininstool+Lynch for Wicker Park Apartments, will have...

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The Tops: River Point Edition
Sep21

The Tops: River Point Edition

It’s been a long time since we’ve done an edition of The Tops, where we show you the tops of Chicago buildings that people normally can’t see. This time it’s the top of River Point at 444 West Lake Street, where construction crews are glassing over the angles and curves imagined by Pickard Chilton Architects for Hines and Ivanhoé Cambridge.  The picture, like so many others, comes from Joe Zekas over at...

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New Fulton River District Tower Planned Next To a Hipster Landmark
Jun13

New Fulton River District Tower Planned Next To a Hipster Landmark

While all eyes in the Fulton River District have been on the magnificent tower rising at 444 East Lake Street, another tower quietly snuck up behind us. 217 North Jefferson is proposed for a space just two blocks west of River Point. Right now it’s a six story brick building and a surface parking lot. That brick building is a little special, though. It used to be the headquarters of Schwinn Bicycles, where generations of fixies...

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Kenect Kenstruction Kentinues on Milwaukee Avenue
Feb19

Kenect Kenstruction Kentinues on Milwaukee Avenue

Work continues on the two-structure development at 500 North Milwaukee Avenue known as Kenect. The west building, a 14-story tower by Pappageorge Haymes Architects, has topped out, and the tower crane has come down, leaving just a very tall stump of support steel. Over on the east side of Green Street, the 4-story little brother tower (alos by Pappageorge Haymes) has been decked out in woodwork, surrounded by iron framing. In total,...

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Brooklyn Bowl Strikes the Fulton River District
Jan12

Brooklyn Bowl Strikes the Fulton River District

Construction crews from W. E. O’Neil are hard at work at 832 West Fulton Market on what will soon be Chicago’s very own Brooklyn Bowl. Not to be confused with Brooklyn Boulders at Morgan and Monroe in West Town (though Brooklyn Bowlders, a gym where you climb walls and knock down pins as you go, would be cool), Brooklyn Bowl will combine a spacious, fancy bowling alley with event and retail space. In the works for what...

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An Ace Shows Its Hand on the West Side
Jan06

An Ace Shows Its Hand on the West Side

In the heart of the Fulton Market neighborhood, next to a king of the internet, giant spades are being used to club the ground in preparation for the new Ace Hotel. If you don’t know jack about the Ace, it has a permit in hand after Portland-based Ace was dealt the all-clear to start construction back in November. Developer Sterling Bay anted up enough of a wager to score prime space, along with a zoning change in the...

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Slice of Lights: River Point Illuminates the Chicago River
Dec07

Slice of Lights: River Point Illuminates the Chicago River

As River Point (444 West Lake Street) continues to climb toward its ultimate 730-foot height, we feel the need to remind ourselves the tower will look so much more spectacular once completed. That may seem rather obvious, but passing by, especially after dark, continues to be one of our favorite pastimes at the Chicago Architecture Blog. There are lots of construction sites around Chicago that will instantly grab your attention, but...

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