110 West Huron Now Home2 a New Hotel
May13

110 West Huron Now Home2 a New Hotel

If you left your car in the parking lot at 110 West Huron 14 months ago, don’t bother looking for it. There’s a hotel there now. The mouthful Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North was completed early this year at 110, moving another downtown Chicago surface parking lot into the trash bin of our minds. Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North (Courtesy of Mortenson) The owner and lead developer of this project was...

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River North Proposal Could Ace Two More Parking Lots
Apr08

River North Proposal Could Ace Two More Parking Lots

A three-part proposal in River North will see a seven-story building preserved, a new six-story building built next door, and a new 15-story office building around the corner. All while erasing two surface parking lots from Chicago’s land use map. The trio was tipped by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly in a note to his constituents. The location of 308 West Erie (Base map via Apple Maps) The building that will get a new life is...

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Salesforce Tower Chicago Scaled Back Again
Apr08

Salesforce Tower Chicago Scaled Back Again

When word came down the pike that Wolf Point South would become Salesforce Tower Chicago, we knew it wasn’t going to be everything everyone had hoped for since the beginning of ever. Now we know exactly how much less it will be. Rendering of Wolf Points West, South, and East (Courtesy of Hines) In 2013, the city approved Wolf Point South to be a 950-foot-tall office+hotel+residential tower. By 2015, Wolf Point South was going to...

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Chicago’s Next Tourist Attraction: A Glass Tube Under the River
Apr01

Chicago’s Next Tourist Attraction: A Glass Tube Under the River

In an effort to build on 2018’s record-setting year for tourism, the City of Chicago has announced plans for a new attraction: A glass-enclosed pedestrian tube running underneath the Chicago River. Speaking to reporters at his Ravenswood estate Sunday, outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans for The Deep Six, a transparent tube running down the center of the Chicago River’s main channel from the Michigan Avenue Bridge...

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Dirt Stirring at Wolf Point South …er… Salesforce Tower
Mar05

Dirt Stirring at Wolf Point South …er… Salesforce Tower

Cell phone cameras are wonderful things. They let astronomy apps label the stars at night. They let us share precious moments with loved ones in other countries. And they let someone way up at the top of a skyscraper on the other side of the Chicago River take a picture of drilling happening at the future site of Salesforce Tower Chicago. You may remember STC as Wolf Point South, the not-quite-60-story tower that Hines and the Kennedy...

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Office Building Penciled in For Illinois and LaSalle
Feb06

Office Building Penciled in For Illinois and LaSalle

As downtown Chicago grows, not all of the projects sprouting up are beanstalks.  Some have to be broccoli: Good, hearty filler that provides essential nutrients for the city’s economy, and are best served covered in cheese. Under the cheese this time is an office building proposed for 450 North LaSalle Street — the corner of West Illinois and North LaSalle — which will erase another evil surface parking lot from the city’s land...

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Superior Work Begins on Superior House on Superior
Feb04

Superior Work Begins on Superior House on Superior

Site prep has begun on a new condo block in River North.  When complete, Superior House will feature 34 homes in a 12-story building on the corner of Superior and Sedgwick. The building is a project from Ascend Real Estate Group, designed by FitzGerald Associates, with Gary Lee Partners doing the interiors. If you didn’t get the swish corner office at work, then maybe this is where you should sink your Christmas bonus, because...

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Another River North Condo Block Tops Out/Off
Dec03

Another River North Condo Block Tops Out/Off

There will soon be 38 more options for people who want to live in River North.  That’s the number of condominiums that will be available soon at Three Sixty West, the Belgravia Group building going up at 360 West Erie Street. Three Sixty West topped out recently, and is expected to start welcoming new homeowners in the spring of 2019.  It’s already 60% sold. When we last reported on Three Sixty, the GREC design was slated...

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Completing Wolf Point: Salesforce Tower Chicago and Its Semi-Public Observation Floor
Dec03

Completing Wolf Point: Salesforce Tower Chicago and Its Semi-Public Observation Floor

The Salesforce Tower is the most skyline-defining building to land in San Francisco since SCB’s One Rincon Hill.  Now Chicago is getting a Salesforce Tower of its own. Hines made the announcement Friday that San Francisco’s largest non-gub’mint employer will expand its cloud in the Windy City, and sent over the nifty rendering above, showing what  Salesforce Tower Chicago will look like.  You probably remember it as...

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Wolf Point East Construction Update From Above and Below
Nov19

Wolf Point East Construction Update From Above and Below

If you enjoyed what bKL Architecture did with Wolf Point West, you’ll love what’s happening across the peninsula at Wolf Point East. The second sister in the Wolf Point tower trio is going through a growth spurt, and with snow flying this season, is already getting buttoned up in glass. The Pelli Clarke Pelli design will bring another 698 apartments to River North, snuggled inside a 60-story skyscraper. In the photo above...

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