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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Cabrini-Area Office Proposal Back and Bigger Than Before
Feb27

Cabrini-Area Office Proposal Back and Bigger Than Before

Eleven months ago we told you about a proposal to add a little “work” to the live-work-play mix in the redevelopment of the greater Cabrini Green area of Chicago.  It was for a modest, but glassy, six-story office building designed by Piekarz Associates at 863 North Orleans Street.   Now that project is back, and all grown up — appearing in city paperwork as a full-fledged 13-story office high rise.  It’s the...

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Astrolab Condos Ready to Rock It
Jan23

Astrolab Condos Ready to Rock It

You can trade your pencils for pens on this one.  The modest Near North condominium block marked down for 61 West Erie Street is a “go.”  The Chicago Plan Commission recently gave it the green light. There were a few stumbling blocks along the way, but nothing that LG Development couldn’t be solve with a few more aggressive setbacks, and a fat sack of cash to help illuminate Erie Park and its riverwalk. We call it...

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