Happy Dance in the South Loop: The 78 Gets Updated
May14

Happy Dance in the South Loop: The 78 Gets Updated

Last week ended with architecture nerds bouncing off the walls like a Roomba that just slurped up some crack.  River North development concern Related Midwest released the latest iteration of its plans for The 78; and, man, are they something. If you’re just tuning in, “The 78” is the name of the patch of harrowed ground south of Roosevelt Road between Clark Street and the south branch of the Chicago River.  You may...

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Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank
Apr11

Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank

After its split with CMK over the development of the Riverline project, Lendlease has come up with a name for its portion of the project on the east bank of the Chicago River: Southbank. Southbank is the portion of the development, designed by Perkins+Will, that runs from Harrison Street down to Polk.   The portion from 9th Street on down to Roosevelt Road is being developed independently by CMK after the two decided to split...

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Essex on the Park Eclipses Nearby Hilton Chicago 
Mar26

Essex on the Park Eclipses Nearby Hilton Chicago 

It’s only been a month since we last checked in on the construction of Essex on the Park (800 South Michigan Avenue), and the thing is sprouting like spring tulips in a Michigan Avenue median.  Eventually.  We promise they will. As for the Essex, since the end of February it’s put on a dozen floors as it climbs to an eventual 56-stories in height.  This time last month, it was the same height as the Hilton Chicago (720...

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CMK and LendLease Divorce, Cut Riverline Baby in Two
Mar14

CMK and LendLease Divorce, Cut Riverline Baby in Two

A couple of companies building a neighborhood in the South Loop apparently don’t remember their Old Testament, because River North’s CMK and Australia’s LendLease are going their separate ways, and slicing their baby in two. Dating someone overseas is always tough. The Chicago Tribune has the scoopage. Even though both sides are talking, neither is airing its dirty laundry.  After all, both have done successful...

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South Loop Condo Building Selling Parking Lot Air Rights For New Tower
Mar12

South Loop Condo Building Selling Parking Lot Air Rights For New Tower

If you’re a developer looking for a place to plonk down a 40-story apartment building in the South Loop, the people at Vesta Lofts are suddenly your best friends. According to a sales brochure from CBRE, the Vestas have decided that they are OK with losing their views to the south in exchange for a metric assload of cash.  It was probably an easy decision since those views were obliterated by the 2010 erection of The Lex at 2138...

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Work About to Start on Columbia College’s New Student Center
Feb19

Work About to Start on Columbia College’s New Student Center

Three months after the ceremonial groundbreaking, construction crews have finally been given the giddy-up to start work on Columbia College’s new student center at 754 South Wabash Avenue. CAISSON FOUNDATION AND GROUND FLOOR SLAB ONLY FOR PROPOSED 5-STORY STUDENT CENTER FOR COLUMBIA COLLEGE. FOUNDATION, GRADE BEAMS AND SLAB ON GRADE. The new building was designed by Gensler. The San Francisco-based company describes the project...

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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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