Two-Tower 845 West Madison Project Breaks Ground
Dec18

Two-Tower 845 West Madison Project Breaks Ground

If you want to put a little “Opa!” in your life, a new mixed-use development is underway that may be just the flaming cheese your Greek alter ego craves.  845 West Madison broke ground recently on the Greektown-adjacent block where the H2O+ personal care products factory once stood, behind the Mariano’s. It’s a two-tower GREC Architects design for Lendlease and The John Buck Company that will being 586 new...

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1050 and 1125 West Van Buren Get Resized Again
Oct29

1050 and 1125 West Van Buren Get Resized Again

If you’ve been itching to move into one of a pair of new residential blocks along the Eisenhower Expressway, near Target, with excellent rail and bus service… you’re gonna need more calamine lotion.  1050 and 1125 West Van Buren are going to the people.  Again. The two towers have been in the works since the Romans invaded Gaul, and Julius Caesar predicted the rise of malignant social media with his FaceParchment...

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Another Downtown Chicago Building Lights Up the Night
Oct22

Another Downtown Chicago Building Lights Up the Night

There are lots of ways to add a dash of visual Tabasco sauce to a building.  You can let an artist go to town on it, like the University Center at 525 South State Street.  You can use metal patterns on the facade, like the Marquee Apartments at Block37.  Or you can simply stand back and light up the existing building in patterns of light, like The Willis Tower, The Goodman Center, The Merchandise Mart, and now 24 South Morgan Street....

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Pair of West Van Buren Towers Going To The People – Bigger Than Expected
Jul16

Pair of West Van Buren Towers Going To The People – Bigger Than Expected

A pair of residential towers planned for just off the Eisenhower Expressway is going to get its public airing. The buildings proposed by Tandem Partners are at 1050 and 1125 West Van Buren  Street.  Both were designed by Antunovich Associates. First peep came in January from Crain’s, but we haven’t heard anything since then.  There will be plenty of peeping next Thursday (July 26, 2018) when the projects are unveiled in...

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Putting the Finishing Touches on 900 West Washington 
Jun06

Putting the Finishing Touches on 900 West Washington 

The new Near West Side condo block going up at 900 West Washington is rapidly approaching completion.  900 West is expected to have its first new residents move in by the end of the summer. The 10-story building designed by Northworks Architects and Planners for TARIS Real Estate replaced a one-story office building that was actually not bad looking.  It had lots of glass and interesting angles, and was surprisingly modern looking for...

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Union West to Break Ground Any Minute Now
Mar13

Union West to Break Ground Any Minute Now

ZOM Living is going to break ground on its Union West project this month, according to a recent press release. The Orlando developer plans to build two 15-story residential towers at 933 West Washington Street in Chicago’s Near West side neighborhood. The project was designed by bKL Architecture in The Loop, and includes 357 apartments split between a pair of 196-foot-tall buildings.  There are also 255 parking spaces, and...

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Now Open: Landmark West Loop
Nov06

Now Open: Landmark West Loop

Another Near West Side residential building recently celebrated its grand opening.  Landmark West Loop actually started welcoming residents at the beginning of August with a soft opening, but now things are officially official. The building is conveniently located on the banks of the Eisenhower Expressway, across the highway from the U.I.C. campus, and across the street from Target.  It’s also just six blocks from the West Loop....

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bKL’s Huge Union West Project OK’ed by City
Sep21

bKL’s Huge Union West Project OK’ed by City

A huge development in the heart of the Near West Side has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission. Nearly all recent ground-up projects in the neighborhood have been less than a half or even a quarter block in size.  So you can imagine the notoriously anti-development people in the area lost their minds when this project, called Union West, came down the pike. But the character and demographics of the area are changing, so Union...

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New Pics, Stats on bKL’s 358-Unit Near West Residential Complex
Apr06

New Pics, Stats on bKL’s 358-Unit Near West Residential Complex

We’re learning more about the 15-story residential complex proposed for Chicago’s ever-so-popular Near West Side.  The project by Orlando developer ZOM was once called Union West, but according to paperwork recently filed with the city,  just goes by the address 935 West Washington. It’s a single construction that snakes around an assortment of low-rise buildings and minor parking lots between West Madison Street and...

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1035 West Van Buren Gets a Name and a Date
Mar21

1035 West Van Buren Gets a Name and a Date

The new residential block flanking the Eisenhower Expressway is just a few months away from taking a bow.  1035 West Van Buren Street has narrowed down its occupancy date to August, just five months from now.  It also has a real name: Landmark West Loop. The location of the Morris Adjmi Architects-designed building is in the more residential area of the rapidly transforming Near West Side, so it has all the benefits of proximity to...

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