Milwaukee Corridor Gets Another Residential High Rise
Jul16

Milwaukee Corridor Gets Another Residential High Rise

Another new residential building is coming to the Milwaukee Avenue corridor.  740 North Aberdeen will have its official groundbreaking ceremony in Chicago’s River West neighborhood today. Rendering of 740 North Aberdeen (Courtesy of Fifield) The project from Fifield will bring 188 new apartments in an 11-story building to a triangle of land a block south of Chicago Avenue, and a block off of Milwaukee Avenue. The building...

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Fulton Market Tower Gets Taller, Drops Solar
Jun05

Fulton Market Tower Gets Taller, Drops Solar

A new building going up just off Fulton Market is going even uppier. Or something like that.  Mark Goodman & Associates has been given approval to add another floor to 310 North Sangamon.  The 12-story building will now be 13 stories when it’s done. The overall building height will now be 180 ½ feet tall – an increase of ten feet and change.  June 2018 rendering of 310 North Sangamon (Courtesy of Mark Goodman...

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Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week
Oct15

Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week

If there’s a skyscraper nerd in your office, don’t be surprised if he calls in sick on Thursday.  That’s the day the Chicago Plan Commission considers the largest number of new skyscrapers for downtown Chicago since August of 2014, when four new towers were on the docket. This time, there are 11 major buildings in play: 700 at the River in River West 1,500 total residences 497 car parking spaces Total FAR: 8.1...

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23-Story Tower Will Squeeze in Between the Kennedy and the Milwaukee Corridor
Dec27

23-Story Tower Will Squeeze in Between the Kennedy and the Milwaukee Corridor

The “sizable” River West residential development we told you about back in October that will introduce a 23-story residential tower to the edge of Milwaukee Avenue and the banks of the Kennedy Expressway is a go. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the project at 734 North Milwaukee Avenue which may or may not be going by the name “The Mill.”  Commuters will see 226 new homes rise in a 266-foot-tall...

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Sizeable Residential Tower Planned for Blossoming Milwaukee Corridor
Oct17

Sizeable Residential Tower Planned for Blossoming Milwaukee Corridor

As the city of Chicago’s various neighborhoods re-make themselves in a more modern image, new residential neighborhoods are blooming in unlikely places.  As Kate Nash’s 20-something garage-punk angstfest  goes, “You can grow flowers from where dirt used to be.” One of those cracks from where flowers are springing is the Milwaukee Avenue corridor between Wicker Park and downtown.  What used to be the domain of...

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Firmly in Pivot Mode, Trib Wows Again With Another Massive Development Proposal
Oct09

Firmly in Pivot Mode, Trib Wows Again With Another Massive Development Proposal

For the second time in two months, Tribune Media is making headlines in the real estate industry. The company, which is in the process of being bought by suburban Baltimore’s Sinclair Broadcast Group, is best known for WGN-TV, KTLA in Los Angeles, and WPIX in New York.  It’s half of what’s left after the Tribune Company imploded like a supernova, leaving behind a pair of dwarf stars.  Consult the Adler Planetarium if...

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No Loafing For Construction Crews At Former Bakery Site
Nov16

No Loafing For Construction Crews At Former Bakery Site

That’s not the smell of fresh baked bread hanging in the air over 1001 West Chicago Avenue these days. That’s a tower crane. And it doesn’t smell at all like bread. Yo Chicago’s Joe Zekas slid a copy of his recent photograph of construction progress at the site into our tip line toaster, and what popped up is both crispy and delicious. It shows the former industrial bakery has been scraped from the earth, and...

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Chicago’s Near West Side Getting a New Residential Block With Bonus Public Park
Nov07

Chicago’s Near West Side Getting a New Residential Block With Bonus Public Park

The downtown Chicago housing boom continues with a new residential mid-rise proposed for 716 North Aberdeen Street in River West.   The 15-story edifice will take the place of an unremarkable one-story yellow brick commercial building, and two surface parking lots. It’s situated south of the intersection of Chicago, Ogden, and Milwaukee Avenues. It’s a half block from the CTA Blue Line’s Chicago subway station, against the...

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With Trib Tower Tucked, Focus Fixes on Freedom’s Future
Oct03

With Trib Tower Tucked, Focus Fixes on Freedom’s Future

It’s not exactly a secret that the people at the helm of the smoldering remains of the Tribune empire are interested in a more structured future for the company’s Freedom Center out at 777 West Chicago Avenue. Just last year we published a rendering of the property completely redeveloped with shops, apartment blocks and office towers. But now that the Tribune Tower has been officially offloaded onto CIM Group, it’s...

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Six Stories on a Dog’s Parallelogram
Apr11

Six Stories on a Dog’s Parallelogram

The nighttime view of Chicago from either the observation decks at either the John Hancock Center or the Willis Tower   reveals Chicagoland to be a grid of twinkling pearls stretching out into the Illinois prairie.  But then every once in a while this logical perfection is disturbed by streetlights that insist on going all diagonal. Whether it’s politics (Kennedy Expressway), or greed (Ogden Avenue), or history (Clark Street)...

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