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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Luxe On Madison II Now Welcoming New Residents
Jun10

Luxe On Madison II Now Welcoming New Residents

The newest residential building in the city’s Near West Side neighborhood is now welcoming new residents. Phase two of the Luxe on Madison project (1222 West Madison Street) finished a little while ago, but the Grand Opening event took place this past Monday.  Unfortunately, bad weather kept it from being a swishy rooftop cocktail party with views of the Chicago’s skyline.  But the views will be there for the residents...

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Another Look at CA Washington
Feb18

Another Look at CA Washington

A couple of weeks ago we told you that Belgravia Group has another CA residential building on the drawing boards for Chicago’s Near West Side.  CA Washington will replace the former A&A auto repair shop at 1045 West Washington Street. The good people over at Sullivan Goulette & Wilson have since sent over a revised rendering of the building, showing a few modifications.  Most prominently, a change in the color scheme...

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Up Close: Rush University Medical Center’s New Campus
Dec22

Up Close: Rush University Medical Center’s New Campus

Yesterday we took a closer look at the eastern portion of the Near West Side block bounded by Jackson Boulevard, Wood Street, Ogden Avenue, Van Buren Street, and Damen Avenue.  Right now, this is the location of Malcolm X College, which is moving to a new building a block away.  The mentioned eastern portion of this block will become a new Chicago Blackhawks practice center when that happens. Today we turn our attention to the western...

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A Closer Look at the New Blackhawks Practice Facility
Dec21

A Closer Look at the New Blackhawks Practice Facility

Chicago is an ice skating town in an ice skating region.  When I moved to the Midwest for the first time in 1995 I was surprised to see that rather than hiding inside from the elements in winter, many people embraced the cold.  I was amused and intrigued by all the home-made, clearly seasonal ice hockey rinks I saw in people’s backyards. The city of Chicago is getting a new ice skating facility — a big one.  One that will be...

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From Cops to Kids: CPD Station Begins Transformation Into Children’s Theater
Dec16

From Cops to Kids: CPD Station Begins Transformation Into Children’s Theater

Chicago’s most recent groundbreaking ceremony had the usual: Refreshments, dignitaries, and shiny metal shovels.  It also had something different: A gaggle of tittering children digging in the dirt.  That’s because this was the groundbreaking for the Chicago Children’s Theatre’s new home at 100 South Racine Street in the city’s Near West Side. The organization has taken over the vacant 12th District...

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New Condo Building Served Up For Restaurant Row
Aug25

New Condo Building Served Up For Restaurant Row

A new luxury condo development is on tap for the Near West Side, a stone’s throw from Restaurant Row. Taris Real Estate plans to develop 24 high-end homes at 900 West Washington Boulevard. The development, known as 900 West, will feature an industrial-chic design. The building, designed by Northworks Architects and Planners, will also feature two penthouse apartments. The proposed 10-story project will sit on the site of an...

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