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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SCB’s Froman Tower To Rise on Chicago’s West Side
May30

SCB’s Froman Tower To Rise on Chicago’s West Side

At this time there’s no evidence that Abe Froman, the Sausage King of Chicago, ever worked at the Fabbri Sausage factory just north of Restaurant Row.  But there’s also no evidence that he didn’t.  And because MCZ’s new residential tower that will soon replace the low-slung brick factory in West Town doesn’t have a name, we’re officially declaring 166 North Aberdeen Street the Froman Tower. The...

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New Office Building to Surface Across From Google’s Fulton Market Beachhead
Apr17

New Office Building to Surface Across From Google’s Fulton Market Beachhead

Fresh off the reconstruction of 312 North Carpenter Street, Madison Capital is ready to move ahead with putting up a whole new building next door at number 328. The 312 North Carpenter project involved renovating an existing four-story building, and doubling its space by putting on a matching addition. The rest of the half-block between Fulton Market and Carroll Avenue is a small two-story industrial building. Madison wants to ace...

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Day Ends In “Y”; New Renovation Ready For Fulton Market
Dec27

Day Ends In “Y”; New Renovation Ready For Fulton Market

A quick glance at the calendar reveals that today is Tuesday. Which ends with the letter “y.” Which means it must be time for another industrial renovation project to get underway in Chicago’s former meatpacking district. Today’s permit is for the deliciously ornate Fulton Central Market Building at 936 West Fulton Market. EXISTING 2 STORY MEAT PACKING BUILDING WITH BASEMENT STEEL & MASONRY STRUCTURE....

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Fulton Market’s Office Building Tide to Meet Proposed Residential Beachhead
Dec19

Fulton Market’s Office Building Tide to Meet Proposed Residential Beachhead

Dallas developer Trammell Crow is once again dipping its toe into the swirling waters of the Chicago real estate market. Though its midwest headquarters is in Chicago, currently the firm has no properties here. It has a parking garage and an apartment building in the Chicago suburbs, but its main focus is Minneapolis. Until now. The blockbuster growth just west of Downtown has T.C. throwing the dice it the Fulton Market District. The...

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McDonald’s Plants Arches in Bow Truss Country, Solidifies West Town Transformation
Dec07

McDonald’s Plants Arches in Bow Truss Country, Solidifies West Town Transformation

In a neighborhood better known for bow trusses than golden arches, McDonald’s planted its flag firmly in West Town yesterday. The groundbreaking ceremony for the world’s second-largest fast food chain came amid the squeals and bangs of construction, already underway, for the new headquarters building at 1058 West Washington Street, the former location of HARPO Studios. The return of McDonald’s to Chicago is the...

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McCaffery Eyeing West Town For Another Office Building
Nov15

McCaffery Eyeing West Town For Another Office Building

At One River Place (619 West Chicago Avenue), there is a statue of the Spirit of Progress, with her torch hefted high, lighting the way for the caduceus of commerce. When completed in 1928, she stood atop the soaring tower of the Montgomery Ward Building on Michigan Avenue (now 6 North Michigan). She was later relocated to her current perch as the Ward empire expanded and required more floor space. Strangely, Progress is pointing...

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901 West Fulton Market to be Scrutinized Tonight
Oct25

901 West Fulton Market to be Scrutinized Tonight

It’s been about three months since we first told you about the development planned for 901 West Fulton Market in what’s left of the city’s eviscerated meatpacking district. Now that 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Junior has called for a public meeting on the project, it’s time for a review. Thor Equities in New York wants to add two story additions onto two existing three-story buildings, and build a new...

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Office Building Planned for Former Christina Foods Location in Meatpacking District
Sep26

Office Building Planned for Former Christina Foods Location in Meatpacking District

Chicago’s Fulton-Randolph Market District continues its transformation from the domain of the gritty working-man to the territory of the latte-slurping hipster with the latest project to make better use of the land so close to the heart of the city.  The latest step comes from West Town transformation engine Sterling Bay, which has filed paperwork with the city to start its new office building, on the southwest corner of Lake...

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New 20-Story Hotel Proposed for Fulton Market Area
Jul21

New 20-Story Hotel Proposed for Fulton Market Area

That sizzle you hear drifting across West Town isn’t flame broiled goodness being charred on the roof deck of some hipster dot-com startup’s offices.  It’s the neighborhood’s searing real estate market, that simply cannot build fast enough. The next big project on the list: A 20-story hotel at 801 West Lake Street.  That’s the southwest corner of Lake and Halsted, just north of Randolph Street and just...

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