Another Skyscraper Ready to Loom Over Chicago’s Fulton Market
Mar21

Another Skyscraper Ready to Loom Over Chicago’s Fulton Market

The log flume of West Town development is splashing a new apartment tower on the north side of the Lake Street L tracks.  A proposal has been filed for a large apartment building at 1201 West Fulton Market. March, 2021 diagram of 1201 West Fulton Market. The location is just across the street from the western edge of the Fulton Market Historic District, which should make approval a little easier than if it was one block east. The...

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27 Story West Town Apartment Tower On Tap Next to Taco Bar
Mar10

27 Story West Town Apartment Tower On Tap Next to Taco Bar

That sorta weird, sorta interesting old bank on North Morgan Street in West Town is going to become a thing of the past. Sterling Bay has selected that building, its surface parking lot, and its drive-through as the location of a new apartment tower. March, 2021 diagram of 160 North Morgan Street. bKL Architecture is the monogram on this one, bringing a 27-story design with a pool on the roof, which is awesome in a way the pools on...

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New Buildings Continue Pushing West, Surrounding Union Park
Mar08

New Buildings Continue Pushing West, Surrounding Union Park

Union Park, once known for music festivals and immigration marches, is getting yet another tall neighbor.  West suburban Naperville developer Marquette wants to put up a residential high rise right across the street.  March, 2021 diagram of 140 North Ashland. The proposal is for a 210-unit apartment building at 140 North Ashland Avenue, on the west side of Union Park, immediately south of the CTA’s Ashland Station, serving the...

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160 North Elizabeth Heads to Plan Commission
Mar01

160 North Elizabeth Heads to Plan Commission

The people behind a plan to put up a 27-story skyscraper at Randolph and Elizabeth in West Town are ready to make things happen.  Moceri+Roszak’s 160 North Elizabeth is scheduled to get an airing before the Chicago Plan Commission this month. Rendering of 160 North Elizabeth (Via Thomas Roszak Architecture) 160 was designed by Thomas Roszak Architecture, and features a large tower atop a podium.  The tower is divided...

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ADM Flour Mill on Ogden Meets the Wrecking Ball
Feb15

ADM Flour Mill on Ogden Meets the Wrecking Ball

Chicagoans love their industrial history.  They also love to tear that history down and put up square, boring buildings that maximize shareholder value.   The ADM flour mill at 1300 West Carroll Avenue being demolished on February 11, 2021. (Courtesy of YoChicago!) Our tip line went nuts on Thursday when heavy machinery from Heneghan Wrecking started tearing into the 1897 Archer Daniels Midland flour mill on Ogden Avenue in West...

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Something’s Brewing at a New West Town Location
Dec28

Something’s Brewing at a New West Town Location

If you asked Santa for a new development in West Town for Christmas, the fat man came through for you. West Town Spy A put a big red bow on a plain manilla envelope full of photos and shoved it through our tip line. The pix show a soil sampling truck boring away at 401 North Ogden Street.   December 2020 photograph of a soil sampling truck at 401 North Ogden (Courtesy of West Town Spy A) Those of you who get your brew by the barrel...

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Moceri+Roszak  Plans a New Residential Skyscraper on Chicago’s Restaurant Row
Nov16

Moceri+Roszak Plans a New Residential Skyscraper on Chicago’s Restaurant Row

The group that brought some pretty spiffy skyscrapers to The Loop in recent years is casting its sights westward.   Moceri+Roszak wants to build a 27-story residential tower on the southwest corner of West Randolph and North Elizabeth Streets in West Town. November 2020 diagram of 160 North Elizabeth You may remember Moceri+Roszak from such projects as LINEA at 215 West Lake, Parkline at 60 West Randolph, and 145 South Wells at 145...

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On the Menu For Fulton Market: Office Building With Extra Hotel, Hold the Parking
Nov16

On the Menu For Fulton Market: Office Building With Extra Hotel, Hold the Parking

As redevelopment expands in Fulton Market like a ZipLoc bag filled with vinegar and baking soda, it’s pushing closer and closer to the east-west Metra tracks.  The latest project requesting a railroad view is at 311 North Sangamon, where plans are afoot to put up a 14-story building populated with offices and a hotel. November 2020 diagram of 311 North Sangamon The developers want to put the new building along the north side of...

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Groundbreaking Date Set for Two West Town Buildings
Sep08

Groundbreaking Date Set for Two West Town Buildings

If you’re among those who keep shaking their heads over all the new construction projects happening in Chicago during what is somehow still the middle of a pandemic, don’t let this news make you dizzy: Two more large residential buildings will break ground next week. That word comes from Crain’s Chicago Business, which reports that Marquette Companies plans to put spades to earth next Thursday, September 17th. The...

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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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