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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2950 North Sheridan Really is Underway
Mar29

2950 North Sheridan Really is Underway

It’s true. We’ve seen it with our own eyes. A new residential tower from Wirtz Realty Corporation is going up at 2950 North Sheridan Road in Lake View. That much we know for sure. What don’t we know? The number of stories. A building permit issued by the City of Chicago January 28 states “new construction of a 18-story residential tower.” The announcement from Alderman Tom Tunney’s (44th Ward)...

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Whole Foods Building Whole Other Store
Mar10

Whole Foods Building Whole Other Store

Construction is well underway on the new Whole Foods Market at 3201 North Ashland Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood. Novak Construction, your developer and general contractor, broke ground on the former LaSalle Bank site back in November. The Gensler-designed project will include the 70,000-square-foot store, and parking on the lower level and first floor. No word yet as to whether or not the new store will incorporate the vaults...

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TOD Taking Shape at Clark and Belmont
Feb11

TOD Taking Shape at Clark and Belmont

It must be the week to feature new developments taking over doughnut spaces. Wednesday, we updated you on the transition from demolition to construction site at 215 West Lake Street, where Dunkin Donuts once stood. Today, we bring you up to speed on progress at another former Dunkin site, this one at the corner of Belmont Avenue and Clark Street in Lake View. 3200 North Clark is a Transit Oriented Development under construction at...

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Throwback Thursday: A Tiny Sip of the Past
Jun25

Throwback Thursday: A Tiny Sip of the Past

When you’ve been publishing a blog as long as we have, you end up with one heck of a photograph archive. Fortunately, the interwebs gave us “Throwback Thursday,” an excuse to re-purpose our snapshots from ten years ago. Today the wayback machine takes us not to a construction site, but to a neighborhood bar.  The Tiny Lounge (1814 West Addison Street) was a tiny lounge hard against the CTA Brown Line tracks in Lake View.  It was known...

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Status Update: Illinois Masonic Expansion in Lakeview
Sep24

Status Update: Illinois Masonic Expansion in Lakeview

With curving walls of glass, and dramatic facade angles in place, the $109 million expansion of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Lakeview is starting to look like the drawings we’ve seen for the last couple of years. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell stopped by the other day and took these pictures of the construction progress.  You can see the three-story project’s intersecting planes of...

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Lake Shore Condo Tower’s Roof Deck Goes from Tragic to Epic
Jul24

Lake Shore Condo Tower’s Roof Deck Goes from Tragic to Epic

Middle age isn’t easy. It’s hard to keep the snow off the roof. The plumbing makes a lot of strange noises. And there are cracks and wrinkles where there never were before. It’s hell on buildings, too. A few years ago, the condominium tower at 3900 North Lake Shore Drive got to the point where it was time to replace the roof again. The roof doubled as a common area where people could gather and appreciate wonderful...

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