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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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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