Controversial Logan Square Building Gets Construction Permit
Aug30

Controversial Logan Square Building Gets Construction Permit

A new apartment building is coming to Logan Square, filling a long-standing gap in the Milwaukee Avenue streetwall. 1980 North Milwaukee was granted foundation permits earlier this year, and just recently received approval to go the full monty. When complete, it will have 132 residences across seven floors.  The total building height will be 96 feet, which may help deaden the sound of the adjacent passing CTA Blue Line L trains for...

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From Parking to Petunias? Market Makeover Proposed for Logan Square Blue Line Lot
Jan09

From Parking to Petunias? Market Makeover Proposed for Logan Square Blue Line Lot

The process of elevating Chicago’s surface parking lots to higher purposes continues not only in the downtown area, but also in the neighborhood commercial corridors. One of the more visible urban keystones being reconsidered is the parking lot adjacent to the Blue Line subway station in Logan Square. There’s been a lot of talk lately about building some kind of residential structure there dedicated entirely to affordable...

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Controversial Logan Square Facade-ectomy Headed to Chicago Plan Commission
Dec05

Controversial Logan Square Facade-ectomy Headed to Chicago Plan Commission

A proposal to perform Chicago’s special kind of architectural surgery on a Logan Square building is being met with continued resistance by at least one neighborhood group. The West Bucktown Neighborhood Association is upset that 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno has decided to send the latest version of the plan for 1970 North Milwaukee Avenue to the Chicago Plan Commission for consideration. The project is described this way in the...

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Margie’s Candies Building Sold for Redevelopment
Sep14

Margie’s Candies Building Sold for Redevelopment

It’s the news that put lumps in throats across Chicagoland — The building at 1960 North Western Avenue that’s housed Margie’s Candies since 1921 has been sold.  To redevelopers.  With big plans. Now, before you blow your coolant over the loss of yet another Chicago icon, this is not an Eli’s/Dominick’s/Goldblatt’s/Red Streak situation.  Margie’s isn’t going anywhere.  That’s the...

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Diagrams and Details: New Congress Theater Rehab Plan Includes Hotel, Residential High Rise
Jul21

Diagrams and Details: New Congress Theater Rehab Plan Includes Hotel, Residential High Rise

Chicago loves the Congress Theater.  Even though life at 2136 North Milwaukee Avenue has been full of ups and downs, and mostly “downs” lately, there remains a dedicated cheering section for the building that never seems to give up hope that it can once again be returned to grandeur.  It’s a fan base that extends well beyond the theater’s home neighborhood of Logan Square. The Congress Theater closed in April...

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Five Chicago Buildings Up For National Landmark Status
Jun07

Five Chicago Buildings Up For National Landmark Status

Chicago is a city of landmarks — Local, state, and national.  And some of our cherished local buildings are up for national recognition through inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. Late last week, the Commission on Chicago Landmarks approved the following five buildings to be sent to the Illinois Historic Sites Advisory Council: The Congress Theater (2117 North Milwaukee Avenue) Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church...

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An Elevated Update of Two Logan Square Towers
Mar30

An Elevated Update of Two Logan Square Towers

Progress continues in the Logan Square neighborhood unofficially located at 2293 North Milwaukee Avenue, as Power Construction builds the Transit Oriented Development near the California Avenue blue line station. 2733 West Belden Avenue, the 12-story structure at the north end of the parcel, and 2210 North Washtenaw Avenue, the 11-story counterpart at the south end, are going up simultaneously. When finished, there will be 220 new...

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More Rental Units Coming to Milwaukee Avenue
Jan06

More Rental Units Coming to Milwaukee Avenue

Tuesday in this very space, we shared photos with you of the two towers that have just begun to take root in the 2200 block of North Milwaukee Avenue. But if you think two towers are plenty of activity for one block, you’d be mistaken. Just to the south, at 2211 North Milwaukee Avenue, Property Markets Group is busy erecting L, a 120-unit rental building designed by Chicago firm Brininstool + Lynch. If Arco/Murray National...

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With Controversy Down, Twin Towers Can Go Up
Jan05

With Controversy Down, Twin Towers Can Go Up

Many a teeth were gnashed and many a word were written about the forthcoming “twin-towers” project for the Logan Square neighborhood. Honestly though. we’re over it. You’re more than welcome to go back through our coverage of the community meetings (here and here) if you’d like, but from now on, this space will concentrate on the work being done to move this project forward. Approved by the Chicago Plan...

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City Issues Logan Square Dual-Tower Permits
Oct23

City Issues Logan Square Dual-Tower Permits

Exactly one month after issuing foundation permits, the City of Chicago has issued permits to begin erecting the controversial dual-tower project in Logan Square. ERECT 12 STORY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING ON PREVIOUSLY APPROVED FOUNDATION PERMIT #100606075. THESE PLANS ALSO INCLUDE 100615401 FOR 2210 N. WASHTENAW. ERECT 11 STORY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING ON PREVIOUSLY APPROVED FOUNDATION PERMIT#100606076. PLANS FOR THIS APPLICATION ARE UNDER...

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