New Erection Will Have Goose Island Sporting Wood
Nov13

New Erection Will Have Goose Island Sporting Wood

Yes, we're all a bunch of fifth-graders around here.  But in spite of the juvenile headline, what's planned for Goose Island is clearly innovative. Texas mega-developer Hines officially plans to put up a new office building on Goose Island that's made of wood. Crain's Chicago Business first reported Hines knotty notion way back in February, and we noted back then that this isn't Hines' first time going out on this limb.  It has a...

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A New Stadium and Pro Team for Chicago?
Oct31

A New Stadium and Pro Team for Chicago?

Following up on all the ballyhoo surrounding every city in North America getting down on one knee begging Amazon.com to go to the prom, or at least locate its second headquarters in their town, the Chicago Tribune published an article titled “Amazon Stadium? Chicago developer hopes it’s the ticket to HQ2.” Inside that story was this bit of information from developer Sterling Bay, which is putting naming rights to a...

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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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What We Know About Tribune’s 700 at the River
Sep25

What We Know About Tribune’s 700 at the River

It was in January of 2016 when we were the first to let the cat out of the bag on the new development at 700 West Chicago Avenue in Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood.  755 words called What Downtown Chicago’s Next Master Planned Community Might Look Like, complete with renderings showing the future of the property, a history of how Trib ended up with such a nice piece of land on its hands, and an exploration of the zoning...

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Another Residential Building Hugs The Kennedy
Aug29

Another Residential Building Hugs The Kennedy

Visually, it’s not the most interesting new building in Chicago, but soon a dozen or so people will call it home.  880 North Milwaukee Avenue is the latest in a series of new developments recently approved by the city along the bustling, and sometimes confusing, corridor between Bucktown and Downtown. In the last decade, as the city’s demographics, ward boundaries, and notions about private car use have changed, this...

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North Branch Redevelopment Plan Gets a Wary Welcome from Local Aldermen
May10

North Branch Redevelopment Plan Gets a Wary Welcome from Local Aldermen

Neighborhood groups are starting to weigh in on Chicago’s largest urban renewal project in a generation. The North Branch Industrial Framework will transform 760 acres of industrial land along the Chicago River on the city’s north side into homes, low-impact businesses, parks, schools, and new neighborhoods. While it is officially in “draft” status, it is believed to be substantially complete. Mayor Rahm...

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City’s North Branch Crystal Ball Getting Clearer
May08

City’s North Branch Crystal Ball Getting Clearer

The future of Chicago is today, now that the city has released its draft North Branch Industrial Plan, outlining the expansion of high-density downtown Chicago northwest along the Chicago River. The plan is a blueprint for knitting together 760 acres of current and former industrial properties, brownfields, and assorted other spaces into a cohesive string of neighborhoods along the much coveted Chicago River. It’s as much a...

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Goose Island Lumber Yard May Sport Wood Once Again
Feb07

Goose Island Lumber Yard May Sport Wood Once Again

The root of Chicago’s industrial past could soon be the home of the city’s largest — or at least heaviest — green building endeavor. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Hines is thinking about putting up an office building on Goose Island that would be made of wood. The Houston developer isn’t barking up the wrong tree here.  There have been dozens of commercial buildings erected over the last few years...

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North Avenue Strip Mall to Become Hundreds of Homes
Dec19

North Avenue Strip Mall to Become Hundreds of Homes

It’s a story as old as Chicago, itself: You build a bunch of stores, and people want to live near them. That’s what’s happening once again down the street from the retail nexus known as North and Clybourn. The strip mall at 609 West North Avenue (known as Father & Son Plaza) is going to be plowed under to make room for a huge new residential block. This has happened before. It’s the reason we have the SoNo,...

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bKL’s 830 Cuts Its Big Yellow Teeth on Milwaukee Avenue
Aug16

bKL’s 830 Cuts Its Big Yellow Teeth on Milwaukee Avenue

The last time we checked in on 830 North Milwaukee, the construction equipment and materials were under a fresh blanket of snow.  The snow is long gone, so it’s time to take another peek at what’s going up along the very busy Milwaukee corridor. Previously this was the location of a low-slung one-story office building, so thoroughly clad in rocks and bricks that it didn’t have any windows.  It was like a visual...

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