Are You Fan Enough to Change Your ZIP Code?
Jul11

Are You Fan Enough to Change Your ZIP Code?

If you’ve ever wanted to live so close to Wrigley Field that it makes more sense to walk to a Cubs game than to take the Red Line, then it’s time to start finding new homes for your potted plants. Wrigleyville Lofts is now pre-leasing apartments so that you can pre-live there before the first people move in this fall. July, 2021 rendering of Wrigleyville Lofts. (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer.) The apartment building is at...

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Lake View’s Newest Apartment Building Tops Off
Mar28

Lake View’s Newest Apartment Building Tops Off

People looking for a place to live in Lake View are getting another choice.  Optima, the nameplate behind residential developments from Streeterville to Wilmette, has topped off its newest building: Optima Lakeview. March, 2021 rendering of Optima Lakeview (Courtesy of Optima) The apartment building replaces the neighborhood’s Treasure Island grocery store, which expired in 2018.  The seeds for this new building were...

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This is the Optima Time to Build in Lakeview
Oct06

This is the Optima Time to Build in Lakeview

Construction is underway at Optima Lakeview, the new apartment building slotting in to the space where the Treasure Island supermarket used to be on Broadway in Lake View. Optima Lakeview will bring 198 new homes to the neighborhood in a seven-story building from — you guessed it — Optima, up in Glencoe. Rendering of Optima Lakeview. (Courtesy of Optima) The supermarket closed in 2018. Optima Lakeview is scheduled to open in 2022....

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Optima Digs Lakeview at Treasure Island
Jul12

Optima Digs Lakeview at Treasure Island

If you paint the words “Treasure Island” across the broad side of a block wall, it’s only natural to expect someone to start digging there eventually. And that’s exactly what’s happening at 3460 North Broadway, where the Optima Lakeview apartments are going to replace the castaway market. Optima Lakeview under construction (July 2020. Courtesy of Lake View Spy Joel) Lake View Spy Joel took the photograph...

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North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones
Oct07

North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones

A North Side bottleneck that has stalled commuters since your grandpa paid a nickel to ride to Wrigley Field is finally being dealt with. Ground has been broken on the Red-Purple Bypass Project, which will allow the CTA’s Brown Line trains to bypass the Belmont junction, even though its color does not appear in the project’s name. At some point, someone, somewhere thought this was a good idea. (via Apple Maps) When...

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Linear Park Construction Continues Near Addison Where A RiverRuns Through It
Jul22

Linear Park Construction Continues Near Addison Where A RiverRuns Through It

The construction of Chicago’s latest linear park is chugging right along, with bridgework happening near Addison and Rockwell.  Think of 312 RiverRun as a moist version of The 606, except instead of being built on an old industrial rail bed, it’s being built over the old industrial North Branch of the Chicago River. Construction of the 312 RiverRun at Addison (July 2019, courtesy of Avondale Spy Joel) Avondale Spy Joel...

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Tuesday Trivia: Double Intersections
Nov21

Tuesday Trivia: Double Intersections

OK, Chicago cartography fans.  Name a pair of streets in Chicago that intersect each other twice. Our answer: Sheridan and Broadway. Sheridan and Broadway meet in Lake View where the northbound Sheridan makes a 90 degree turn and goes all lateral, crossing its soulmate. Sheridan and Broadway also meet four miles north in Rogers Park, a ricochet that sends Devon west and Sheridan northward. Chicago is such a large city (234 square...

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Broadway and Sheridan Block Progressing Nicely
Nov14

Broadway and Sheridan Block Progressing Nicely

The gas station is long gone, and the glazing is almost complete on 3901 North Broadway, the residential block going up on the northeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway. We spent many a windy winter’s afternoon standing on that corner waiting for the #80 Irving Park bus to provide us with shelter, safety, and transportation.  It would have been nice to have this nine-story building there to hide from the elements. In the...

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New Lake View Building Is Ideal for Railfans
Oct04

New Lake View Building Is Ideal for Railfans

If your commute involves riding one of the northern L’s, you may have wondered what they’re going to do with that tiny slip of land south of Belmont Avenue, right next to the Belmont station, the answer shouldn’t surprise you: They’re going to stuff a building in there. And by “they,” we mean GW Properties in Goose Island, which plans to wedge a six-story mixed-use building in at 945 West Belmont...

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Gas Station to Make Way for Downsized Residential Block in Lake View
Apr08

Gas Station to Make Way for Downsized Residential Block in Lake View

You know that gas station on the northeast corner of Sheridan and Broadway in Lake View?  Yeah, say goodbye to that thing. Plans have been filed with the city to replace the service station with a 10-story residential block.  The new building will be oriented north-south, which will either protect Wrigleyville from horrible winds off the lake in winter, or starve it of moderating breezes off the lake in the summer.  Your choice. The...

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