Residents Begin Entering West Loop Through The Gateway
Aug21

Residents Begin Entering West Loop Through The Gateway

We’ve been watching rooftop construction at the new Gateway West Loop (11 South Green Street) with great interest for the last couple weeks. Normally, roofs don’t catch the eye, especially in an unfinished state. But from high atop our West Loop bureau, we’ve been able to observe first-hand as Gateway’s amenities floor takes shape. Curious, we wandered across the Kennedy Expressway for a closer look....

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Whole Foods West Loop Opens With Greek Influenced Design Touches
Mar25

Whole Foods West Loop Opens With Greek Influenced Design Touches

The West Loop today welcomed its newest anchor store—a 42,000 square foot Whole Foods at 1 North Halsted. It’s the third of seven new Whole Foods markets scheduled to open in Chicago this year. It also marks the reopening of the ground level space of Skybridge where Dominick’s was the previous tenant. Premium grocery stores tend to each have common design elements—like Treasure Island’s “we are the world” flag motif. Whole Foods...

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Status Update: NIMBYs Give Way to The Gateway
Sep21

Status Update: NIMBYs Give Way to The Gateway

The latest Chicago building to call itself “The Gateway*” is finally coming together in Greektown.  You’re probably already familiar with the Mariano’s Fresh Market on the second floor of 40 South Halsted Street.  This is the second phase of that project, and one that for the longest time didn’t seem like it was going to see the light of day. As repeatedly noted by Chicago Architecture Blog reporter Bill...

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Status Update: Pan’s Aerie Labyrinth
Sep02

Status Update: Pan’s Aerie Labyrinth

In Greek mythology, Arkadia is the home of the god Pan.  If Pan lived at our Arkadia at 765 West Adams Street in Greektown, he was most certainly have his labyrinth at the very top.  And that’s what this photo by our own Bill Motchan shows—the top of Arkadia, topped off, but still very much under construction. The 33-story tower was designed by FitzGerald Associates, and is being developed by White Oak Realty Partners, which...

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Status Update: Stadia Arkadia
Aug25

Status Update: Stadia Arkadia

Everybody loves SkyBridge, the pioneering slightly deconstructionist residential tower recently featured in an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters program.  If Greektown didn’t have so many Greek icons, SkyBridge would be the symbol of the neighborhood.  But now SkyBridge isn’t the only tower on the block. Arkadia topped out a couple of weeks ago, and it has one heck of a commanding presence along the Kennedy Expressway....

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Greek-Themed Tower Pins Up the Red, White and Blue
Jul05

Slice of Life: Chicago’s Greek-Themed Tower Pins Up the Red, White and Blue

This Independence Day weekend, there were parades, cookouts, and flags all over Chicagoland.  Our own Bill Motchan snapped this picture of the Arkadia Tower in Greektown putting on its patriotic colors. Arkadia (765 West Adams Street) will eventually be a 33-story apartment skyscraper when it is completed next year.  Its design, by Chicago’s FitzGerald Associates, has several Greek nods in it, in deference to its location.   It...

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Status Update: Greektown’s Newest Column
May21

Status Update: Greektown’s Newest Column

It used to take a pretty hearty squint at Greektown to envision the city’s plans to line the east side of Halsted Street with skyscrapers to protect this treasured strip of shops and restaurants from the big bad Kennedy Expressway. But these days it’s getting easier and easier. Our own Bill Motchan took this photograph of Arkadia, under construction at 765 West Adams Street. It’s one of several proposed and approved...

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Status Update: Not Playing Games at Arkadia
Mar17

Status Update: Not Playing Games at Arkadia

To paraphrase a favorite fictional Chicagoan, Ferris, “Chicago construction moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That’s the case with Arkadia, going up at 765 West Adams Street in Greektown.  We cruised by the 33-story residential tower on the number eight bus just last Monday and admired its progress.  Two days later, bam!  Greektown spy Crealooper sends us...

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Status Update: Arkadia Rising in Greektown
Dec09

Status Update: Arkadia Rising in Greektown

  Greektown’s latest residential tower is rising along South Halsted Street.  Arkadia (765 West Adams Street) has poked above ground and construction crews are rapidly adding floors to what will eventually be a 33-story building. The animation above  (photos by our own Bill Motchan) shows how far Arkadia has progressed in 14 months— from packed parking lot to budding building site.  When completed in 2015 the FitzGerald...

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Latest Greektown Skyscraper Cut Down Again, Residents Finally Say Opa!
Aug28

Latest Greektown Skyscraper Cut Down Again, Residents Finally Say Opa!

The West Loop’s Gateway Phase II residential development (9 South Green Street) is finally moving ahead. Tuesday night, 130 residents gathered at the Merit School of Music and voiced their approval of the latest version of the residential development at the corner of South Green and West Madison. The meeting was hosted by the West Loop Community Organization and 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. Like many West Loop meetings where...

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