New Renderings of Fulton East
Mar11

New Renderings of Fulton East

The most common request we get around here is “Keep your hands to yourself.”  After that, it’s “Post more pictures, please.”  That second one, we can do.   Rendering of Fulton East (Courtesy of Parkside Realty) Parkside Realty recently sent over these renderings of what it’s believed the penthouse office space will look like when Fulton East is complete in the summer.  ...

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Gensler-Designed Plan for 1200 West Carroll Hits City Hall
Jan07

Gensler-Designed Plan for 1200 West Carroll Hits City Hall

San Francisco architecture firm Gensler doesn’t do a lot of work in Chicago, but we’ve been a fan of the blueprint boffins ever since we launched our first architecture web site way back in 1997.  Back then, Google hadn’t been invented yet, and we were in a city littered with Gensler designs; so we learned to appreciate its affinity for easily-relatable facades and its apparent distaste for parking podia.   December...

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Somnambulant Plans for 900 West Fulton Market Filed With City
Jan06

Somnambulant Plans for 900 West Fulton Market Filed With City

Moaning about the history of Fulton Market being erased by development has become as futile as trying to use the internet without Facebook tracking your every move, even if you don’t have a Facebook account.  With a new decade upon us, we have officially given up complaining about Chicago erasing this chapter of its history in favor of the boring, homogenized, could-be-anywhere-in-the-Midwest aesthetic that appeals to bankers,...

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Apartment Building Wedges in to 1140 West Erie
Jan02

Apartment Building Wedges in to 1140 West Erie

Remember those plastic Trivial Pursuit pie wedges that refused to budge when you tried to pull them out of the circle thing, but somehow managed to hide in the carpet so you’d step on them in your bare feet in the middle of the night?  Someone is trying to build an apartment building on one of those things in West Town. December 2019 diagram of 1140 West Erie The location in question is the wedge-shaped piece of land...

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The 1200 West Fulton Train Pulls Out, Leaves Station Behind
Dec31

The 1200 West Fulton Train Pulls Out, Leaves Station Behind

Plans for a rather visually complicated office building are advancing in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.  Paperwork has been filed with the city for approval of a two-building complex at 1200 West Fulton Market. It’s actually just one building, with the eastern portion rising 14 stories, and the western portion reaching 18. December 2019 diagram of 1200 West Fulton Market A similar project was proposed for this location...

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Fulton Market High Rise Tops Off
Dec30

Fulton Market High Rise Tops Off

The high rise at 215 North Peoria Street has risen just about as high as it can.  Fulton East, designed by the Lamar Johnson Collaborative for Parkside Realty, recently topped off at 12 stories. December 2019 photograph of Fulton East. (Courtesy of Parkside Realty) It’s not the largest or most dramatic building to go up in this slice of town in recent years, but it’s another lace in the shoe that helps West Town march...

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Building Under Construction Already Sending Out Good Vibes
Nov12

Building Under Construction Already Sending Out Good Vibes

For those people who crane their necks at the skyscrapers being built around Chicago, the scene doesn’t really change all that much.  The highlight of an urban construction safari might be a wave from a construction worker way up high, or a crane hoisting a port-a-potty into the sky.  Now there’s something else to look for: affirmation. By now you’ve probably seen artist Matthew Hoffman’s message...

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Fulton Market “Technology Center” Moving Forward
Oct01

Fulton Market “Technology Center” Moving Forward

Plans for a new building in Chicago’s Fulton Market District have been filed with the city. The so-called “City Technology Center” is planned for 1101 West Carroll Avenue.  That’s a half-block north of Fulton Market, bounded by North May Avenue on the west, and North Aberdeen on the east. Diagram of 1101 West Carroll Avenue The project calls for a new 18-story office and hotel building with a...

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Two More Office Buildings Coming to Fulton Market Area
Jul08

Two More Office Buildings Coming to Fulton Market Area

The locations of 1000 West Carroll (left) and 345 North Morgan (right) (Via Apple Maps) Sterling Bay has pulled enough rabbits out of its hat to fill a warren.  But Tuesday, it’s going to reach into its homburg again and feel around for a couple of more hares. That’s when the developer will talk to the public about what it plans to build at Morgan and the Metra tracks, down the street from its West Town headquarters. March...

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A Fulton Market Office Building that Actually Won’t Change the Neighborhood
Jun18

A Fulton Market Office Building that Actually Won’t Change the Neighborhood

It seems like each day brings news of another piece of West Town’s industrial history being turned into a  playground for the young-and-would-be-rich-if-not-for-their-student-loans. 1234 West Fulton Market (Via Apple Maps) But today we’re happy to report that the low-slung manufacturing building at 1234 West Fulton Market will NOT be replaced by a glitzy high-rise with a fake brick facade on the lower floors to blend in...

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