South Loop Church’s Massive Tiffany Window Goes Out For Repairs
Apr04

South Loop Church’s Massive Tiffany Window Goes Out For Repairs

At a time when too many of Chicago’s holy places are being abandoned, or worse, we bring you a good news story out of the South Loop. The enormous Tiffany window at Second Presbyterian Church has been removed for conservation. Stained glass window being removed from Second Presbyterian Church in March, 2021. (Courtesy of Friends of Historic Second Church.) Thousands of people have admired the 16-foot-tall window during services,...

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Enormous South Loop Project Gets Pro Forma Pushback From City
Mar28

Enormous South Loop Project Gets Pro Forma Pushback From City

On the surface, real estate development looks like a runaway rocket sled to the moon.  In reality, it’s more like an awkward fifth-grade dance, with a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, and people in uncomfortable shoes sweating through their shirts while praying they don’t fall down in public. January 2021 diagram of One Central (via City of Chicago) Such is the situation at One Central, the nine-skyscrapered mega...

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South Loop Apartment Plan Back in the Cupboard with the Mothballs
Feb20

South Loop Apartment Plan Back in the Cupboard with the Mothballs

If you were excited about the transformation of a South Loop surface parking lot into a pair of modest skyscrapers with a hotel and supermarket, you picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue. December, 2020 rendering of 525 South Wabash (Courtesy of BKV Group) In a memo to his constituents, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly conveyed the news that the developer of 525 South Wabash Avenue, e-Terra+, has decided to pull its project...

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You Can Now Live in a Reed on the Banks of the Chicago River
Feb15

You Can Now Live in a Reed on the Banks of the Chicago River

The first riverside skyscraper at Lendlease’s Southbank development is now selling units.  The Reed, at 234 West Polk Street, has begun sales of its condominiums, which run from 390,000 for 630 square feet of living space to 1,400,000 for 1,670 square feet of living large space. Rendering of The Reed The Reed is expected to have 216 residences on floors 23 through 41.  It will also have 244 apartments down below on 9...

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Michael Reese Site Plan Heads to Commission
Feb15

Michael Reese Site Plan Heads to Commission

Plans to transform the former site of Michael Reese Hospital into a bustling mixed-use medical hub go to the Chicago Plan Commission on Thursday (February 18, 2021).  February 2021 Rendering of the ARC Innovation Center and Bronzeville Welcoming Center It’s been more than a decade since the Bronzeville hospital complex was torn down, and a number of plans have been floated for having it support everything from the Olympic games...

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South Loop Project Seeks Approval For Two Towers, Hotel, Grocery Store
Feb15

South Loop Project Seeks Approval For Two Towers, Hotel, Grocery Store

The proposed $350 million mixed-use development at 525 South Wabash Street is headed to the Chicago Plan Commission this week.  If approved, it would bring the South Loop a pair of mid-sized towers, sharing a podium with a supermarket inside. The project is on South Wabash between East Harrison Street and East Ida B. Wells Drive. December, 2020 rendering of 525 South Wabash (Courtesy of BKV Group) Since this project was first...

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South Loop Skyscraper Trying to Build Taller Gets a Warning From City Hall
Feb07

South Loop Skyscraper Trying to Build Taller Gets a Warning From City Hall

Chicago’s real estate development community has looked a bit like a Head and Shoulders commercial for the last nine months, scratching its collective noggin about what’s going on at 1400 South Wabash Avenue. 1400 South Wabash Avenue (Base map via Apple Maps) Five years ago, the city approved a 296-foot-tall residential skyscraper designed by Lucien LaGrange for this location.  That was never built.  But then, almost a year...

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Jahn’s Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Downsizes Again, Switches to Apartments
Feb07

Jahn’s Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Downsizes Again, Switches to Apartments

One of the city’s most visible locations was supposed to get one of the city’s most visible skyscrapers designed by one of the industry’s most visible architects.  But progress has been invisible at 1000 South Michigan Avenue since construction was halted last June. June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) At the time, the public relations company for 1000M told us that it was because of concerns...

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Nine New Skyscrapers, Transit Hub Planned for Chicago’s South Loop
Jan24

Nine New Skyscrapers, Transit Hub Planned for Chicago’s South Loop

Revised plans for the One Central megadevelopment will be discussed with the public for the first time Monday night (January 25th). It’s a huge plan. Nearly $4 billion just for Phase One. If built as presented, it would radically alter Chicago’s downtown skyline, especially when viewed from Lake Michigan and Indiana. January 2021 diagram of One Central (via City of Chicago) If you want to participate in the public...

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Southbridge Finally Bridging South State Street
Jan10

Southbridge Finally Bridging South State Street

If your regular dog walking route takes you past the Hilliard Towers Apartments because you can’t help but admire some curvalicious 1960’s-era concrete, you might stretch Rover’s legs a little further. Down to 23rd Street, where McCaffery Interests and The Community Builders are putting up Southbridge on the site where the Harold Ickes Homes used to stand. Southbridge under construction in January, 2021 (Courtesy of...

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