Five Building Goose Island Project Seeks Approval This Week
Aug15

Five Building Goose Island Project Seeks Approval This Week

Canadian builder Onni Group heads to the Chicago Plan Commission this week to ask for permission to transform the old Greyhound bus yard at the southern tip of Goose Island into a mixed-use skyscraper community called Halsted Point. April, 2021 rendering of Halsted Point (via Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture) The design by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture includes over 2,600 new residences, a 28-story hotel, a supermarket, a...

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As One Lincoln Yards Building Switches to Offices, Another Gets Bigger
Jun14

As One Lincoln Yards Building Switches to Offices, Another Gets Bigger

There’s been a change of programming over at Lincoln Yards, the $6,000,000,000 Sterling Bay development sprawling along the north branch of the Chicago River.  The City of Chicago has greenlit (greenlighted? greenlamped? greened?) a new purpose in life for one building, while another has to make room for more pillows. April, 2021 rendering of 1201 West Concord. The building pulling the ol’ switcheroo is at 1201 West...

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Skyscrapers and 2,600+ New Homes Planned for Goose Island
Apr19

Skyscrapers and 2,600+ New Homes Planned for Goose Island

These days every real estate developer and his horse seems to have a plan for a 2,000+ home mega project in downtown Chicago. The latest cowboy to push through the bat-wing doors of this saloon is Vancouver’s Onni Group, with Halsted Point. April, 2021 rendering of Halsted Point (via Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture) You may remember Onni from its work-in-progress, transforming Atrium Village into the quad-towered Old Town Park....

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City Preserving the Morton Salt Shed
Mar01

City Preserving the Morton Salt Shed

For almost a hundred years, the Morton Salt complex at 1357 North Elston Avenue, has been welcoming commuters to downtown Chicago.  Now the city landmark with a lower case “l” is becoming an official City Landmark, with an uppercase “L.”   The Morton Salt complex, before the eastern shed was torn down last year (via Apple Maps) This coming Thursday (March 4, 2021), the Commission on Chicago Landmarks will...

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Salt Shed to Pepper West Town With Entertainment, Bars, Offices
Feb01

Salt Shed to Pepper West Town With Entertainment, Bars, Offices

The massive salt shed that has greeted commuters coming into town on the Kennedy Expressway since before there was a Kennedy Expressway is about to start a new chapter in its existence.   Morton Salt’s Elston Avenue terminal (by Cosmo1976 [CC BY-SA 3.0) The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a $30 million project to turn the old Morton Salt Elston Avenue Terminal into a mixed-use development. It was a little over five...

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Take a Gander at Goose Island’s New Skyscrapers
Dec28

Take a Gander at Goose Island’s New Skyscrapers

While you had visions of sugarplums dancing in your head for the last few weeks, the cityscapers over at Structured Development have been dreaming about something else: skyscrapers. December 2020 rendering of Big Deahl (Courtesy of Structured Development) The Fulton River District real estate developer has been given approval by the Chicago Plan Commission to expand its Big Deahl development in Goose Island. The expansion includes a...

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Chicago River Getting a New Bridge
Oct13

Chicago River Getting a New Bridge

Whatever number of bridges you think hang over the Chicago River, add one to the tally, because a new span is on the way. In blue. The $35 million Dominick Street Bridge will arch over the North Branch of the river, linking West Webster Avenue with North Throop Street in the Greater Goose Island Metroplex Area. Dominick Street Bridge (Via the Office of Alderman Brian Hopkins) It’s one of the big infrastructure projects being...

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Canada Goose Island Lark For Dog Depot Ferreted Out
Feb11

Canada Goose Island Lark For Dog Depot Ferreted Out

While many people expected the enormous project called 700 at the River to be the next big thing to happen on Chicago Avenue, Canadian developer Onni Group has just put another dog in the race, dishing about its off-the-chain redevelopment plans for the old Greyhound yard at the southern tip of Goose Island. The old Greyhound service yard (via Apple Maps) The Chicago Tribune (no longer related to Tribune Media which owns 700 at the...

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Lincoln Yards Public Green Space Almost Ready to Open
Jul16

Lincoln Yards Public Green Space Almost Ready to Open

The first piece of the Lincoln Yards promise is now a reality.  One you can experience in a little over a week. Fleet Fields is part of the open space commitment Sterling Bay made when the city gave it permission to turn a former steel mill into a $6 billion live-work-stay space on the Chicago River between Lincoln Park and Bucktown. The location of Fleet Fields (formerly Lincoln Yards South Park) in the Lincoln Yards master plan...

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TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78
Apr11

TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78

Unless you’ve been hiding underground with the daffodils for the last six months, you’re aware that there has been a battle royale going on in the storied corridors of Chicago City Hall. Real estate developers on one side, community groups on another, opportunists mugging for the TV cameras, and politicians both outgoing and incoming taking shots where they can. It’s been like one of those black-and-white cartoon...

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