Status Update: JeffJack Building in the West Loop
May19

Status Update: JeffJack Building in the West Loop

A long time reader, and new tipster, sent in these great pictures of 601 West Jackson under construction in the West Loop. When we drove by a few weeks ago, nothing could be seen from the street because of the construction barriers. But since then the building has grown, and our tipster was able to provide an elevated view for us just before the concrete for the fourth floor. When complete, 601 West Jackson will offer 198 apartments...

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Hotel Sandwich Proposed for the West Loop
May13

Hotel Sandwich Proposed for the West Loop

For a simple parking lot, the space at 108 North Jefferson Street goes through more mood swings than Robin Williams on a Starbucks jag. When we first met the property, it was going to the home of a shiny new condo block. When the market tanked, gears shifted and it was pegged as an apartment building. As the recession dragged on, it was re-imagined as a modest office tower. And now it has finally made the transition to the newly...

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Slice of Life: Oh, Grate
Feb25

Slice of Life: Oh, Grate

Chicago is a great town for hunting for art deco treasures.  There are plenty of great buildings with art deco outsides, but wandering into their interior lobbies, arcades, and promenades is where you find the best stuff. Witness this ventilation grate in the retail corridor of 2 North Riverside.  The former Chicago Daily News building is linked to the 80′s modern Citigroup Center, but retains most of its original decorative...

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A Fresh Look at 150 North Riverside
Jan17

A Fresh Look at 150 North Riverside

A couple of days ago we published an interview with one of the brains behind 150 North Riverside, the 53-story tower going up between the Boeing headquarters and Hines’ new River Point project. Since then, friends-of-the-blog, Goettsch Partners sent over some fresh renderings of what the building should look like when it’s done. Enjoy! Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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The Story Behind 150 North Riverside, the West Loop’s Newest Skyscraper [u]
Jan13

The Story Behind 150 North Riverside, the West Loop’s Newest Skyscraper [u]

Most of the i’s are dotted, and many of the t’s are crossed, and by this time next year, we should see a shiny new skyscraper and lush new park rising along the banks of the Chicago River in the West Loop. The building is 150 North Riverside, designed by friends of the blog, Goettsch Partners, and being developed by O’Donnell Investments.  It will rise 53 stories on a chunk of land that has been mostly railroad tracks for...

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New West Loop Apartment Block to Break Ground This Month
Jan07

New West Loop Apartment Block to Break Ground This Month

Half a year ago we brought you the story of 601 West Jackson, the 15-story residential block intended for the southwest corner of  West Jackson Boulevard and South Jefferson Street in the West Loop.  Now it looks like those drawings are going to become reality. Globe Street reports that developers Dan Moceri, Oak Residential Partners, and Thomas Roszak plan to break ground on the building this month, and hope to have it finished by...

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150 North Riverside Approved, Now Let’s Move Some Dirt!
Dec20

150 North Riverside Approved, Now Let’s Move Some Dirt!

  Set your watch for July, 2014.  That’s when O’Donnell Investments and U.S. Equities plan to break ground on 150 North Riverside, now that Chicago’s city council has given final approval for the new 53-story, 747-foot-tall skyscraper and public park to be built on the edge of the Chicago River in the West Loop. The people over at O’Donnell are so excited, they sent out the following press release:  ...

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Another Hurdle Cleared for West Loop’s Newest Riverside Skyscraper
Nov21

Another Hurdle Cleared for West Loop’s Newest Riverside Skyscraper

The West Loop is getting yet another skyscraper.  Chicago’s Plan Commission has given the green light to 150 North Riverside, the precarious-looking tower that will be wedged between the Amtrak tracks leading into Union Station.  All that’s left now is city council approval, which is traditionally a rubber stamp affair. The tower is designed by friends-of-the-blog, Goettsch Partners, and developed by John O’Donnell and...

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Growth Spurt Shoots Catalyst to the Top, Attracts Spies
Nov07

Growth Spurt Shoots Catalyst to the Top, Attracts Spies

If you’ve been following the growth of The Catalyst apartment building (630 West Washington Street) in the West Loop, you may have noticed something — it’s really grown quite a lot in a very short amount of time. The Brininstool+Lynch-designed building had its ceremonial topping out today, complete with a lunchtime feast and prizes for the Lend Lease construction crew that’s making it happen. Catalyst’s...

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West Loop’s City Winery Honored For Adaptive Re-Use
Oct29

West Loop’s City Winery Honored For Adaptive Re-Use

Before the hipsters, before the Girl and the Goat, and yes, before Oprah, the West Randolph corridor was a much different place. Randolph and Fulton Market were, as now, focused on food, but they were gritty and industrial. Food processing and distribution companies were the major tenants. Fast-forward a few decades and West Randolph has transformed itself into the city’s premier dining destination, “Restaurant Row.” Most of the West...

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