West Town Skyscraper Plan Gets 124% Taller, Better Looking
Jan26

West Town Skyscraper Plan Gets 124% Taller, Better Looking

Four months after the Bridgford Foods building in West Town was turned to dust, plans for its replacement have hit City Hall. Again. The plan for 170 North Green Street has been tweaked before; most recently in 2017. The 2022 version is much taller, and better looking than what was presented back then. Much like your high school boyfriend. January, 2022 diagram of 170 North Green. The building’s height has gone from 210 feet to...

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Another West Town High Rise Tops Off
Jan18

Another West Town High Rise Tops Off

Sterling Bay and SOM have put yet another feather in Chicago’s West Town skyline. 345 North Morgan topped off recently at 11 floors. Rendering of 345 North Morgan (Via Sterling Bay) Eleven levels isn’t all that much when it comes to Chicago construction, but being hard up against a set of Metra tracks and a block-and-a-half off of Fulton Market, 11 stories is pretty good for a piece of what is essentially urban infill....

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Three Building Plan Brings 600-Foot-Tall Skyscraper to Fulton Market
Jan13

Three Building Plan Brings 600-Foot-Tall Skyscraper to Fulton Market

When we first started this publication almost 20 years ago, 15 stories was considered to be a huge building for Fulton Market. Now, people don’t even notice when a 25-story tower goes up. But they will notice the newest skyscraper planned for what used to be Chicago’s meat packing district: a 50-story apartment/hotel block designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. January, 2022 drawing of 1200 West Fulton Market. The...

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Sterling Bay’s Latest Skyscraper Gets Liked and Hearted by Plan Commission
Dec19

Sterling Bay’s Latest Skyscraper Gets Liked and Hearted by Plan Commission

You may have noticed that the freight train bringing new skyscrapers to Chicago has showed up empty in recent weeks. Things usually slow down around Christmastime, so we’re not revving up a klaxon just yet, but keep an eye on this just in case one thing ceases to lead to another. December, 2021 rendering of 1245 West Fulton Market In the meantime, enjoy the skyscraper that Sterling Bay stuffed in your stocking just before the...

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SOM Bakes Up 2 Skyscrapers To Replace ADM Flour Mill
Nov17

SOM Bakes Up 2 Skyscrapers To Replace ADM Flour Mill

A lot of people had strong feelings when the old ADM flour mill at 1300 West Carroll Street was turned into powdermilk biscuits earlier this year. Some people thought such an industrial legacy no longer belonged so close to downtown Chicago. Others who had lived in the city longer had grown to love it, and felt a kinship with that piece of history. But none of that matters now because serial real estate developer Sterling Bay has...

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Skyscraper at 210 North Morgan Seeks Approval
Nov17

Skyscraper at 210 North Morgan Seeks Approval

Earlier this week, we predicted that the paperwork for a new skyscraper at 210 North Morgan Street in West Town would hit City Hall, and now here it is. October, 2021 rendering of 210 North Morgan. 210 is a project from Newcastle Limited, designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, that will reach 380 feet into the sky a half-block north of the CTA Green/Pink line — you guesed it — on North Morgan Street. The most interesting part...

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West Town Skyscraper All Buttons and Bows Ahead of Debut
Nov13

West Town Skyscraper All Buttons and Bows Ahead of Debut

Word on the street (well, the offices, but you know what we mean) is that the developers of the new skyscraper planned for 210 North Morgan Street have just filed paperwork for formal/final approval. We’re told to expect to see details and diagrams by the end of this week. October, 2021 rendering of 210 North Morgan. If you like Three First National Plaza in The Loop, you’ll love this new building designed by Hartshorne...

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Comically-Shaped Parcel Getting Cool-Looking Skyscraper
Oct14

Comically-Shaped Parcel Getting Cool-Looking Skyscraper

West Town serial fixer-upper Sterling Bay is ready to sprinkle magic fairy dust on another surface parking lot and turn a rotting pumpkin into a glittering skyscraper. Its lawyers have filed paperwork with the City of Chicago to pull the trigger on 360 North Green. Screengrab from 360 North Green promotional video. (Via Sterling Bay) When we first blathered about this bother four years ago, the design was fairly ordinary. Now...

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Bridg Comes Tumbling Down in West Town
Sep30

Bridg Comes Tumbling Down in West Town

Another West Town touchstone is becoming brimstone. The Bridgford Foods building at 170 North Green Street will soon be a memory, according to the West Loop Community Organization. It says that CRG, the development arm of Clayco, plans to knock the building down real soon now. The Bridgford Foods building at 170 North Green Street (Via Apple Maps) Four years ago, we told you about a 17-story HPA-designed project for this location. But...

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New Skyscraper Could Bring 300+ New Apartments to Fulton Market Area
Jul26

New Skyscraper Could Bring 300+ New Apartments to Fulton Market Area

The development of the greater metropolitan Fulton Market metroplex continues to push toward Ogden Avenue, with a new skyscraper planned for the southwest corner of Fulton and Ada Streets. July, 2021 diagram of 1353 West Fulton Street. 1353 West Fulton is a 26-story residential skyscraper designed by SOM.   It sports a glassy, gridded facade, two-story townhouses on the 20th floor, and a pool on the 19th floor amenity deck, which is a...

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