Fulton Market Tower Returns Smaller, Bigger, and With a Change of Purpose
Jul05

Fulton Market Tower Returns Smaller, Bigger, and With a Change of Purpose

The new tower that Dallas real estate developer Trammel Crow wants to build in Chicago’s Fulton Market District is back on the front burner, but at a reduced boil. The original plan, which we detailed in 2016, called for 18 floors in a 198-foot-tall building.  The new plan filed with the city cuts the building down to just 13 stories, but with a height of 207 feet.  What kind of sorcery is this? The new design by...

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New Chicago Office Building to be Aggressive on Being Passive
Jun12

New Chicago Office Building to be Aggressive on Being Passive

An ecological building idea born in the United States in the 1970’s, then refined in the colder regions of Europe in the 2000’s, is coming home to Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. The new building being put up by Gold Coast real estate developer Mark Goodman & Associates at 310 North Sangamon Street is going to be the largest “passive house” office building in the nation. “Passive house”...

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Related Midwest Has A New Plan For Fulton Market
Mar21

Related Midwest Has A New Plan For Fulton Market

It was back to the drawing board for real estate developer Related Midwest after it debuted its plan for a huge condo tower at 170 North Peoria Street (900 West Randolph) in the greater Fulton Market area.  Now the River North concern has a new plan for the on the west side of the street between Lake and Randolph. In the previous plan, Related teamed up with Tucker Development to put forward a a 51-story residential building.  it...

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This Map Shows Just How Crazy West Town Real Estate Is
Feb07

This Map Shows Just How Crazy West Town Real Estate Is

For more than a decade, we’ve been chronicling the transformation of Chicago’s Loop-adjacent neighborhoods from quiet, if a little rough, urban enclaves into full-fledged extensions of the downtown skyscraper forest. One of the areas that ate up the “build early, build often” mantra was Greektown, West Town, and the Near West Side.  Together they’re known to real estate agents as the “West...

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Skyscraper Jungle Moves West With Plan For Two 50+ Story Towers
Feb02

Skyscraper Jungle Moves West With Plan For Two 50+ Story Towers

It was one thing when the brick warehouses and sheet metal abattoirs west of The Loop were set upon be developers throwing up 10, 12, even 14-story buildings in the neighborhood.  But these days 30, 40, and 50-story buildings are de rigueur in an area where not so long ago you couldn’t even buy a good cup of coffee. The latest entries into the ultra-urbanization of the area come from Related Midwest.  We’ve been telling...

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West Town’s SPECTRE Lands on Paper
Dec28

West Town’s SPECTRE Lands on Paper

The latest vision for a building to replace the surface parking lot at 801 West Lake Street has been filed with the City of Chicago.  SPECTRE is a project of neighborhood outfit Shapack Partners, with San Francisco’s Gensler at the virtual drafting table.  It’s worth mentioning that on some maps, this property is marked “The Green,” but we’re going with SPECTRE because that’s the name in city...

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Plans for 170 North Green Get Tweaked Again
Dec27

Plans for 170 North Green Get Tweaked Again

Bridgford Foods‘ project to redevelop the northern part of the Fulton Market block bounded by Lake, Green, Randolph, and Peoria Streets has been modified once again. Previous refinements of this building have seen it swell from 13 stories to 17 stories tall, and end up with 322 residences and 250 parking spaces. The latest paperwork filed with the city a few days ago shows the current plan is to keep the main building’s...

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Sterling Bay Pencils in Three High Rises and a Movie Theater Near Fulton Market
Dec12

Sterling Bay Pencils in Three High Rises and a Movie Theater Near Fulton Market

Prolific downtown developer Sterling Bay has unveiled its plans for four parcels near the intersection of Fulton Market and Halsted Street. The outline, detailed at a public meeting Monday, includes three buildings at 19, 20, and 21 stories; plus a 40,000 square foot movie theater with stadium seating. This answers the lingering question “What’s going to happen to the old Coyne College property?” The Coyne building...

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Huge Fulton Market Project Could Also Bring a New Metra Station
Nov06

Huge Fulton Market Project Could Also Bring a New Metra Station

The growth of Chicago’s Fulton Market District has been nothing short of incredible over the last decade.  Underbuilt land, proximity to The Loop, and a “me, too” attitude by developers and tech companies trying to gather the crumbs falling from the Google gravy train have vaulted the area from urban workhorse, over hipster haven, straight into bustling tech hub.  It’s a taxman’s dream come true. The...

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West Town Hotel Proposal Goes Under the Microscope
Jul18

West Town Hotel Proposal Goes Under the Microscope

People who live in West Town will get a chance to sound off on a plan to build a 19-story hotel across the street from McDonald’s new corporate headquarters. The proposal from Sterling Bay will be vetted publicly at a meeting organized by 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. tonight at 6:00pm at Catalyst Ranch (656 West Randolph Street). The hotel was designed by the Loop’s Eckenhoff Saunders Architects.  You may...

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