Downtown Zoning Document Provides a Reminder About Your Rights in Chicago
Jun07

Downtown Zoning Document Provides a Reminder About Your Rights in Chicago

As any city grows and changes, there are tensions between public space and private property.  In Chicago, it is not uncommon for what is technically private property to be required to be open to the public.  Often, it’s part of the local government’s effort to give people sunlight and breathing room in the nooks and crannies of the city where it’s needed most. Good examples include the big lawn next to 311 South...

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Enormous North Union Dev Plan Approved
May25

Enormous North Union Dev Plan Approved

The plan to plant five blocks of downtown Chicago with seven skyscrapers and high rises has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission.  Look for the project name “North Union” to start popping up in a few months on construction barriers. May, 2021 diagram of North Union. This land was formerly owned by Moody Bible Institute, which sold it to JDL Development.  You may know Moody Bible from the really great Christmas...

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Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes
Mar21

Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes

A large, underutilized slice of downtown Chicago is about to get utilized out the wazoo.  Detailed paperwork has hit City Hall for North Union, the hefty plan to turn a five block slab of Near North Side property into the city’s latest mega development. Diagram of North Union (Via JDL Development) The property in question used to be domain of The Moody Bible Institute.  A few years ago, it decided to convert the mostly vacant...

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West Erie Street Demolitions Slightly Less of a Mystery
Jan24

West Erie Street Demolitions Slightly Less of a Mystery

Last week we told you that demolition work is underway on 16 and 22 West Erie Street, just behind what is now the Eurostars Magnificent Mile Hotel, a hotel that is three-and-a-half blocks away from the Magnificent Mile, and four-thousand miles away from Europe. 16 and 22 West Erie Street. Pay no attention to the man sipping coffee on the stoop. (Via Apple Maps) At one time, numbers 14, 16, and 22 West Erie were part of a plan to build...

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Erie Street Demolition Where A Hotel Expansion Was Planned
Jan18

Erie Street Demolition Where A Hotel Expansion Was Planned

If you worry about the future of downtown Chicago’s distinguished red stone buildings, don’t take a walk down Erie Street. A half block west of State Street, two of the old red ladies are now being torn down: Number 16 and Number 22. 16 (right) and 22 (left) West Erie Street. Pay no attention to the man sipping coffee on the stoop. (Via Apple Maps) People have been athirst to rubbleize these buildings for a number of...

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Plan Commission Approved a Skyscraper That Isn’t a Big Square on Another Big Square
Nov23

Plan Commission Approved a Skyscraper That Isn’t a Big Square on Another Big Square

Do you want a 35-story luxury skyscraper in your neighborhood? Because this is how you get a 35-story luxury skyscraper in your neighborhood. November 2020 rendering of 40 West Oak The Chicago Plan Commission has given its blessing to the construction of a new residential tower at 40 West Oak Street.  The new building was designed by Lucien Lagrange for Nahla Capital, and will replace the Warren Barr Pavilion’s parking garage.  ...

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North Union Looks Like a Big Project in a Modest Space
Nov16

North Union Looks Like a Big Project in a Modest Space

The plans for the new North Union project have been laid out for everyone to see.  It will cover five city blocks just west of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood.  The land was formerly owned by the Institute, but was recently sold  so that the Moodys can focus their efforts on things other banking real estate. Diagram of North Union (Via JDL Development) The developer on this one is JDL.  You may...

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2,600+ New Homes: North Union Public Meeting is This Week
Nov09

2,600+ New Homes: North Union Public Meeting is This Week

We finally have a good idea how big the new North Union development is going to be.  New images from Chicago Planning and Development highlight the North Union property in purple, and the Moody Bible Institute in yellow. Map of North Union highlighted in purple, and the Moody Bible Institute highlighted in yellow. (via Department of Planning and Development) Because it’s only five city blocks, we’re going to stop using the...

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Another Hotel Coming to Downtown Chicago
Oct26

Another Hotel Coming to Downtown Chicago

The tourists are few and far between these days, but there are plenty of people who are getting ready for the outstaters to flood back into town.  Among them, Praia Management Group, which wants to open a new hotel at 862 North Orleans Street. October 2020 rendering of 862 North Orleans The Chicago Plan Commission has approved what is listed in the paperwork as “Stob Hotel.”  It’s a brand we have not heard of before, and...

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Lagrange Points to Stellar Development in Chicago’s Gold Coast Orbit
Oct12

Lagrange Points to Stellar Development in Chicago’s Gold Coast Orbit

In a city awash in value-engineered rectangles on squares, a new project from O.G. Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange is a welcome change.  Nahla Capital has filed paperwork with the city to build 40 West Oak, a new 35-story residential tower on Oak between Clark and Dearborn Streets. October 2019 rendering of 40 West Oak Street It was almost exactly a year ago that we told you the Warren Barr Pavilion’s parking garage was going to...

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