Old Town Park Erasing Atrium Village
Aug22

Old Town Park Erasing Atrium Village

It looks like we could soon see a second tower rising at Old Town Park, the Old Town-adjacent development by Canuck company Onni Group that’s slowly erasing the venerable, if time-worn, Atrium Village. In the photo above sent in by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!, you can see the steel skeleton of the first building (known cleverly as Building 1) is up to the 25th story of its eventual 32 story height. The next phase will be a 31-story...

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Very First Indication That the Holy Name Tower is On Its Way
Jul20

Very First Indication That the Holy Name Tower is On Its Way

We’ve been waiting for years for Holy Name Parish to do something tall and skyscraper-like with the surface parking lot it maintains across the street from its cathedral at 735 North State Street.  We thought it was most likely to come a few years ago when the cathedral suffered a series of unfortunate water and fire incidents with its roof.  But it wasn’t until just this past April that Crain’s Chicago Business...

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Cedar Street’s Bush Temple Restoration Apparently a Success
Jun20

Cedar Street’s Bush Temple Restoration Apparently a Success

It’s been 88 years since the song Happy Days Are Here Again first started crackling over the airwaves of Chicago’s early radio stations.  Back then, Chicago was a city of music and J.E.O. Pridmore’s Bush Temple of Music was a showcase of the city’s piano industry.  It later fell into disrepair, but an innovative re-imagining of the building has brought it back to life. Cedar Street Companies is being honored by...

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Ten New Greystones Taking Shape in Near North
Jun12

Ten New Greystones Taking Shape in Near North

It’s not every day that downtown Chicago gets a new set of greystones.  So if you’ve had your fill of skyscrapers and cranes, head over to 111 West Chestnut Street where a row of ten new homes designed by Booth Hansen are being built. Near North Spy Joel dropped the photo above into our tip line, showing that the pit we reported on in 2015 has been filled in, and construction of the new residences is up to the first floor....

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New Residential Tower Opens in Near North
Apr19

New Residential Tower Opens in Near North

Chicago has another new option for downtown living.  Niche 905 (905 North Orleans Street) is now open for business, and accepting move-ins. Niche 905 was developed by Ascend Real Estate Group and designed by FitzGerald Associates.  It has 202 apartments across 18 stories, snuggled between the CTA Brown/Purple Line tracks and the nearly unrecognizable Cabrini Green neighborhood. The rise of Niche 905 mirrors the transformation of the...

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Visualizing The Carillon in River North
Mar28

Visualizing The Carillon in River North

The backers of the new mixed-use skyscraper proposed just off Michigan Avenue are trying to drum up support.  To that end, they’re letting the public in on more details of their plans for a 60-story building at 40 East Superior Street. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly hosted a public information meeting about the building last week.  If you weren’t able to go, we’ve reproduced the most interesting slides from the...

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North Bridge’s Back Side Probed Again – Expansion Finally Coming?
Mar13

North Bridge’s Back Side Probed Again – Expansion Finally Coming?

It’s been a little over three years since we told you about the big plans for the Shops at North Bridge to get even bigger.  Now Near North Spy Andy has registered a trio of photos with our Tip Line for us to check out.  They show soil sampling crews busy sampling soil to see what lurks beneath the surface parking lot that now inhabits 53 East Illinois Street. This was formerly the location of a Lakeshore Athletic Club, but that...

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60-Story Tree Proposed for Near North’s Skyscraper Forest
Mar06

60-Story Tree Proposed for Near North’s Skyscraper Forest

If you’ve ever thought that the flanks of North Michigan Avenue couldn’t possibly support yet another skinny skyscraper, never underestimate the power of money and high-end design software. Symmetry Development, out of New York, wants to build a 60-story mixed use building on the northeast corner of Wabash and Superior. The plot is currently the location of a couple of greystones converted to retail, and a small parking...

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The New Atrium Village’s First Tower Picks Up A Floor
Mar06

The New Atrium Village’s First Tower Picks Up A Floor

The transformation of a quiet, some might say bucolic, corner of downtown Chicago into a bustling planned community is about to kick into high gear. It’s been a little over a year since the foundation permit was issued for the first residential tower in the rebuilding of Atrium Village (1140 North Wells Street).  Now with the parking podium in hand, the City of Chicago has issued a permit for the tower portion of the building....

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Here’s the New Design for 863 North Orleans
Mar01

Here’s the New Design for 863 North Orleans

Earlier this week we told you about how the office building planned for 863 North Orleans Street has increased in height from six to 13 stories, bringing even more badly needed offices to a largely residential area north of the Chicago River. The brains behind the design, Piekarz Associates, took note of the story and sent over these renderings of the revised building so that everyone can get a look at what’s coming. Strictly...

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