The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen
Oct19

The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen

Over the last couple of years, Chicago’s traditional and new media have been ablaze with huge headlines about massive bigger real estate development projects all over town.  While most are eager to print even the most fanciful claims and screwball ideas just to generate clicks, we take a more measured approach around here. Which is why it’s refreshing to bring you news of The 78 — an enormous institutional research nexus...

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“The 78” to Transform Chicago’s South Loop
Oct18

“The 78” to Transform Chicago’s South Loop

If you’ve been wondering why things have been so quiet between Roosevelt Road and Chinatown, it turns out things have been going on behind the scenes.  Big things. Tomorrow morning, Governor Bruce Rauner will announce a public-private partnership that will turn the 62-acre site owned by Related Midwest into a massive collegiate research park.  The academics involved in “The 78” innovation center are the University of...

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Landmarks to Consider Johnson Publishing Building Residential Conversion
Sep06

Landmarks to Consider Johnson Publishing Building Residential Conversion

At its regular monthly meeting tomorrow, a committee of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks will consider a request to allow the conversion of the former Johnson Publishing Building (820 South Michigan Avenue) from offices to residential use. The 11-story brutalist building designed by John W. Moutoussamy was the headquarters of the Johnson empire for decades — a media conglomerate best known for decades for its Ebony and Jet...

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Bell Rings For New South Loop Elementary School
Sep05

Bell Rings For New South Loop Elementary School

For years, Chicago’s downtown parents have lobbied for more schools in the heart of the city.  And the recent influx of hipsters, empty-nesters, and extended families has made the demand even greater. Those anxious parents should get a smidgeon of relief in a little over a year now that City Hall has issued permits for the construction of a new South Loop Elementary School: NEW CONSTRUCTION OF 4-STORY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; TYPE 1B...

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South Loop’s Newest Hotel Gets The Green
Jul18

South Loop’s Newest Hotel Gets The Green

The newest hotel project to plant roots in Chicago’s South Loop has been given the green light to go full-throttle. 1101 South Wabash Avenue was once the home of one of those weird one-story, pee-stained, hoboriffic parking garages leftover from yesteryear that still dot downtown Chicago.  Demolition of that garage was completed in February of 2016, and then in December of that year, ground was broken on a new Hilton Homewood...

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Essex on the Park Ready to Take Off
Jul07

Essex on the Park Ready to Take Off

The latest skyscraper to change Chicago’s skyline has been given permission to take off. Essex on the Park (808 South Michigan Avenue) has been given its papers and can now grow to its anticipated height of 620 feet, right across the street from Grant Park. FULL BUILDING PERMIT (FOUNDATION PERMIT ISSUED UNDER 100684545) FOR A PROPOSED 56 STORY 479 DWELLING UNITS RESIDENTIAL BUILDING; 84 PARKING SPACES; GROUND FLOOR RETAIL; ALL...

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It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park
Jun20

It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park

As the trio of Grant Park-adjacent skyscrapers begin their journeys from paperwork to parapets, today we take a peek in at One Grant Park (113 East Roosevelt Road/1200 South Indiana Avenue). Construction crews were recently granted permission to build up to about 10% of the 76-story building’s eventual height.  And as you can see in the photo above from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, no time is being wasted turning a former weedy lot...

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Michigan Avenue’s 1000M Focuses on Inner Space
Jun19

Michigan Avenue’s 1000M Focuses on Inner Space

We don’t do a lot of news about interiors around here.  But then we haven’t heard too much out of 1000M in a while, either.  So that’s why we’re mentioning that the people behind Helmut Jahn’s new Michigan Avenue skyscraper have picked Kara Mann to kit out the inside  of the 74-story tower. 1000M (1000 South Michigan Avenue) replaces a surface parking lot that incredibly has managed to survive for years,...

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SCB’s Chamfers on Michigan Ready to Tuck In
Apr10

SCB’s Chamfers on Michigan Ready to Tuck In

One of the more interesting skyscraper designs proposed for the South Loop in recent years is about to become reality. The City of Chicago has issued the first construction permits for 1326 South Michigan. DIRECT DEVELOPER SERVICES. ERECT 47-STORY, 500 UNIT, MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING–FOUNDATIONS ONLY You’ll remember this is the Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed tower that combines a setback near the top of the...

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Grant Park About To Get Another Border Skyscraper
Apr04

Grant Park About To Get Another Border Skyscraper

The already impressive collection of architecture that lines Chicago’s Grant Park is about to get another trophy in the case. The City of Chicago has issued its first building permits for the tower expansion of the aging Essex Inn. FOUNDATION AND CONCRETE STRUCTURE UP TO THE UNDERSIDE OF THE 6TH FLOOR FOR A PROPOSED 56 STORY 479 DWELLING UNIT RESIDENTIAL BUILDING; 84 PARKING SPACES; GROUND FLOOR RETAIL; ALL AS PER PLANS While...

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