Old Buildings On The Way Out in Old Town
Feb26

Old Buildings On The Way Out in Old Town

Last week we told you that sales are now underway at Fifteen Fifty on the Park (1550 North Clark Street), the vintage-inspired building that will cap Clark Street in Old Town.  Just days later, the city issued demolition permits for the buildings that are in the way. What’s going away is an unremarkable one-story diner, and an even less interesting two-story retail building.  But it’s the first sign that dirt is getting...

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Sales Start at Vintage-Looking New Building in Old Town
Feb19

Sales Start at Vintage-Looking New Building in Old Town

The building that will save the Village Theater while killing a neighborhood diner is looking for residents. Fifteen Fifty on the Park will occupy the southwest corner of North Avenue and Clark Street in Old Town. The building, designed by the Gold Coast’s SCB, features a classic look to blend in with the other buildings fronting this portion of Lincoln Park.  In some ways, it is reminiscent of 15 East Oak, the Barneys New York...

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Spring May Not Bloom at Old Town Garden Center
Feb15

Spring May Not Bloom at Old Town Garden Center

One of the things that makes neighborhoods in Chicago and other cities livable is a diversity of retail institutions.  Before the Magnificent Mile became a homogenized reflection of suburban shopping malls, it was the place where you could get anything, if you knew where to look.  On a smaller scale, the same was true in many of the city’s neighborhoods, including Old Town. Now one of those quirky places that’s hard to...

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Say Goodbye to Another Old Slice of Old Town
May15

Say Goodbye to Another Old Slice of Old Town

North Wells Street, the heart of Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood, is getting something new.   The City of Chicago has approved the construction of a six-story mixed-use block to be slotted in at 1435 North Wells. ERECT NEW 6-STORY +BASEMENT, 50 UNIT APARTMENT BUILDING WITH GROUND FLOOR RETAIL, 2 STAIR PENTHOUSE ENCLOSURES & FRONT 2ND FLOOR ROOF DECKS PER PLANS. The new building replaces Bistrot Margot, one of the...

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Progress Being Made at North and Park in Old Town
Sep28

Progress Being Made at North and Park in Old Town

It was just a few months ago that we told you about plans for the surface parking lot at 301 West North Avenue in Old Town. Sedgwick Development put together designs to turn the lot into a mid-rise residential building with a nice quasi-turreted corner facing northeast.  So where are they now? In the photo above from Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! you can see that there has been quite a lot of progress since May.  Construction fencing,...

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Two Old Town S.R.O.’s Being Brought Up to Modern Standards
Aug02

Two Old Town S.R.O.’s Being Brought Up to Modern Standards

An Old Town S.R.O. is going to welcome low-income residents for a while longer. The Carling Hotel at 1512 North LaSalle Boulevard has a prime location just a block away from Lincoln Park, across the street from Carl Sandburg Village. Usually when we have S.R.O. news it’s about the old school form of low-income housing being torn down or converted into luxury condos. This time, one is being saved. Thanks to money from the new...

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Controversial Old Town Hotel Project Approved
Jun17

Controversial Old Town Hotel Project Approved

A controversial hotel project proposed for 1520 North Wells Street in Old Town has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission. If you subscribe to our Twitter or Facebook feeds, you were among the first to know about the approval in City Hall Thursday morning.  The project will raze a surface parking lot, the O’Brien’s Restaurant, and another building next door in favor of a 13-story hotel with 190 rooms facing Wells...

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Rising Sinclair Masks Old Town Mural
Jun13

Rising Sinclair Masks Old Town Mural

Chicago is a city of landmarks, both official and unofficial.  One of the city’s beloved, but still unofficial, landmarks is the trompe-l’œil mural painted on the south side of the LaSalle Towers apartment building at 1211 North LaSalle Street.  It’s called Homage to the Chicago School of Architecture, and is the work of Richard Haas and went up in the 1980’s during a renovation of the 1929 building.  But...

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Another New Residential Building for Old Town
May19

Another New Residential Building for Old Town

It’s been 120 years since Joe Hayden put pencil to paper and wrote “Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight.”  He wasn’t writing about Chicago real estate, but might as well have, considering all the new development spilling into the area north of Cabrini Green and southwest of Lincoln Park. The latest building to break ground is at 301 West North Avenue, better known as “that parking lot you walk past going...

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What’s Hot in the Old Town
Mar31

What’s Hot in the Old Town

Like a pan full of Jiffy Pop, the hot real estate market is making things pop in Old Town.  The neighborhood, long popular with people who want to live near downtown Chicago, but still have that “neighborhoody” feel, is becoming pockmarked with new developments bringing even more people to its quiet, tree-lined streets. The latest to break ground is 1325 North Wells, a seven-story residential block designed and being built...

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