Alta Grand Central Tops Out, Glass Showing
May22

Alta Grand Central Tops Out, Glass Showing

Word on the street is that the South Loop has a new high-rise. Loop Spy Jody sent in the photo below showing that construction crews are working on the penthouse and rooftop decks at Alta Grand Central (207 West Harrison Street). You can also see that most of the lower half has gotten its windows in. Alta Grand Central under construction (Courtesy of Loop Spy Jody) AGC (its friends call it AGC) is two 14-story residential towers on...

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TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78
Apr11

TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78

Unless you’ve been hiding underground with the daffodils for the last six months, you’re aware that there has been a battle royale going on in the storied corridors of Chicago City Hall. Real estate developers on one side, community groups on another, opportunists mugging for the TV cameras, and politicians both outgoing and incoming taking shots where they can. It’s been like one of those black-and-white cartoon...

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South Loop Won’t Be Saddled with Another Parking Lot
Apr10

South Loop Won’t Be Saddled with Another Parking Lot

What’s up with all the parking lot news lately? Two weeks ago we told you that demolition is underway in the parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral to make way for One Chicago Square. Then last week we told you that the parking lot at 450 North LaSalle is destined to become an office building. Then two days ago we wrote about two parking lots in River North that will soon be pining for the fjords. Now another...

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Alta Grand Central Makes a Grand Entrance in the South Loop
Apr02

Alta Grand Central Makes a Grand Entrance in the South Loop

There’s more than daffodils and tulips pushing out of the ground in the South Loop these days. There’s Alta Grand Central. Coincidentally, we received photographs of its construction progress from multiple people recently. Rendering of Alta Grand Central Alta Grand Central is a pair of 14-story residential towers at 207 West Harrison Street bring built for D2 and Wood Partners by Walsh Construction. It was designed by...

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So Long and Thanks, NEMA Tower Crane
Mar26

So Long and Thanks, NEMA Tower Crane

It’s been some time since the first of two new residential towers topped off on the corner of Roosevelt and Indiana. And during the construction, standing there silently in a supporting role, there was the tower crane that made it all possible. It may have been silent because it doesn’t have a mouth, or lungs, or sarcasm. Or it may have been silent because it simply didn’t speak our language. NEMA Chicago under...

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Ten New Skyscrapers Proposed For Chicago’s South Loop
Mar13

Ten New Skyscrapers Proposed For Chicago’s South Loop

Two weeks ago we told you that there were once again plans to deck over the Metra railroad tracks that carve through the east side of the South Loop and put up a new neighborhood. Now we know it will be called One Central, and we know it will be huge. March 2019 rendering of One Central (via Landmark Development) Landmark Development unveiled its proposal at a public meeting tonight. It will rival The 78, Lincoln Yards, 700 At The...

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Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower
Feb27

Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower

In cities these days, trains are one of those “If you build it, they will come” amenities.  Case in point: The new residential tower that just broke ground a block from the CTA’s Green Line Cermak/McCormick Place station. Rendering of 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) The 24-story building is an SCB design for Draper and Kramer located at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  When complete, the tower will bring 275 new homes to...

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South Loop Air Rights Neighborhood In Play Again
Feb26

South Loop Air Rights Neighborhood In Play Again

Recently I was watching House Hunters on HGTV and a couple was looking at condominiums in the South Loop.  Someone commented that the view of Soldier Field from the unit they selected would remain unobstructed.  I told my wife, “No it won’t.  Those air rights have already been bought for development.”  Such are the perils of high-rise living in Chicago. The approximate boundary of what was once called The Gateway (via Apple Maps)...

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Historic Chicago Mod Kitchen May Cook Once Again
Feb19

Historic Chicago Mod Kitchen May Cook Once Again

Chicago loves architecture history. But it has a bad habit of tearing it down and leaving it strewn around the region. Now a historic kitchen has a chance of being loved once again. Landmarks Illinois disassembled the kitchen and moved it into storage of safe keeping. Now it’s looking for someone to give the kitchen a new home, in a place where the public can get to know not only its important design, but its important history....

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Another Chinatown Hotel on the Way
Jan30

Another Chinatown Hotel on the Way

Over the last decade Chicago has seen hotels pop up like wildflowers after a desert rain.  And it’s not just downtown germinating these seeds of hospitality.  Hotels have sprouted from Lincoln Park to Hyde Park.  And now Chinatown is getting another place to lay your head. A company called Sky River has filed paperwork with the city to put a 200-room hotel in a disused warehouse right on the Chicago River. If you’re a...

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