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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Two “Tied” Taverns From Schlitz’s Chicago
Jul13

Two “Tied” Taverns From Schlitz’s Chicago

We did quite a long article a while back about Southport Lanes (3325 North Southport Avenue) — the neighborhood bar with quite a long and interesting history. At the time, we noted in the article that this was one of Chicago’s “tied” bars, meaning it was owned by a brewery and operated by independent contractors.  A very similar system still exists today in Britain, but was outlawed in the United States decades...

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A Restaurant Remembered
Jun26

A Restaurant Remembered

Chicago has great history, and the people of Chicago are very proud of it.  There are statues and monuments and plaques all over town commemorating everything from newspaper columnists to the location of geological features that are no longer there. One plaque we ran across commemorates a restaurant. It’s at the corner of North Southport Avenue and West Oakdale Avenue and was put there in honor of Zum Deutschen Eck. For decades...

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Terra Cotta Testimonial in Lake View
Jun07

Terra Cotta Testimonial in Lake View

Remember those cheesy old TV commercials from the 1970’s and 80’s?  Pushing things like the Pocket Fisherman and the Veg-o-Matic?  One of the mainstays of bad TV in that era were commercials for “Hair Club for Men.”  The spokesperson always ended those commercials with the stunner, “I’m not only the president.  I’m also a client.”  That kind of personal testimonial was very powerful for...

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