Cars Yield To Homes in Lake View East
Jul01

Cars Yield To Homes in Lake View East

Chicago and cars have an interesting history together. Both blossomed around the same time, and the early automobile industry left an impression on the city. The first auto race in America was held in Chicago (to Evanston and back). Car racing was a staple in the early years of Solider Field. Some of the South Loop’s best historic architecture is preserved in the showrooms and garages of Auto Row. And there is still a small...

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The Terra Cotta Eagles Have Landed in Lake View
May06

The Terra Cotta Eagles Have Landed in Lake View

It’s hard to estimate the number of articles we wrote in the coffee shop that once squeeze out surprisingly judgment-free espresso on the corner of Sheridan and Broadway in Lake View East. But it was probably in the hundreds as we dawdled over liquid caffeine instead of hopping on the #80 bus across the street, waiting to take us to a world of soul-crushing responsibility. 3817 North Broadway under construction (Courtesy of Lake...

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More Lake Views Coming to Lake View East
Aug19

More Lake Views Coming to Lake View East

That proposal for a 17-story residential building on Belmont between Broadway and Lake Shore Drive that we told you about is another step closer to reality. The tower, designed by Antunovich Associates, at 450 West Belmont Avenue got its papers franked by the Chicago Plan Commission yesterday.  That means the developers can move forward with their plan for a new building with 80 residences and 48 parking spaces.  It’ll be 179...

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Belmont Avenue Tower Seeks Lake Views in Lake View East
Apr07

Belmont Avenue Tower Seeks Lake Views in Lake View East

A new residential tower may be erected in Lake View East.  The 17-story building is proposed for an area just west of Lake Shore Drive near Sheridan Road that is mostly four to seven-story buildings peppered with taller residential skyscrapers. Plans for the Antunovich Associates-designed building were recently submitted to the city.   It will replace a pair of 3½-story brick fronted apartment blocks and a garage on the north side of...

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Status Update: 2950 North Sheridan Now Underway
Oct09

Status Update: 2950 North Sheridan Now Underway

When we visited the site of the new, curvy residential tower at 2950 North Sheridan Road two weeks ago, it looked more like a campground than construction zone. In these urban environs, stumbling upon a heaping mound of firewood isn’t commonplace. But of course, what those neatly-stacked logs symbolized was the clearing of land for the next Lake View East neighborhood project by architect Booth Hansen. Wirtz Realty is building...

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Booth Hansen Throws a Curveball in Lake View East
May18

Booth Hansen Throws a Curveball in Lake View East

Remember when the design was released for the new skyscraper at 171 North Halsted and the heavens opened up, and there was the blaring of trumpets and harps, and angels descended from the sky, and $18.99/dozen roses sprouted in all the vacant lots across the city of Chicago because finally, finally a tower was going to be built that wasn’t a big tall rectangle on top of a little squatty rectangle? Well, it’s about to...

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Zombie High Rise Ready to Muscle in on Sheridan’s Lake View
May11

Zombie High Rise Ready to Muscle in on Sheridan’s Lake View

Word from Snuffy (Really?  “Snuffy?”) via our Tip Line is that a residential tower planned for Lake View East is back from the dead. 2950 North Sheridan was approved by the city back in September of 2008.  Like so many buildings of its era, it was mothballed when the economy fudged its Huggies.  Last year, Wirtz Realty Corporation asked the city for a one-year extension on its planning permission.  That wish was granted....

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Move Over Bungalows, Chicago Style is Now Glassy, Boxy, and Modern
Feb11

Move Over Bungalows, Chicago Style is Now Glassy, Boxy, and Modern

We don’t do a lot with single-family homes here at the Chicago Architecture Blog, and that’s something of a shame because there’s lots of great work being done in that space in Chicago’s neighborhoods. Earlier today, Robert Berg of Foster Design Build sent over a press release touting his latest project in Lake View East, which is indicative of what we’ve seen lately.  Perhaps these cubist glass...

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Slice of Life: Where Eagles Stack
Aug14

Slice of Life: Where Eagles Stack

Three of many eagles stacked atop one another which adorn the doorways of the Ettleson Building (3837 North Broadway) in Lake View East. 23 stacked eagles currently mark the southern and eastern edges of this building’s facade, with a number of much larger birds, wings spread, holding up the cornice.  It appears that over the years a number of vertical ranks of eagles have been lost from the Harry Waterman-designed building.  It...

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