Dissecting What’s New at McDonald’s: Its Headquarters Building
Jun28

Dissecting What’s New at McDonald’s: Its Headquarters Building

If you were alive in the 1970’s, you probably remember the correct way to build a Big Mac for McDonald’s is “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.”  But how do you construct a building for McDonald’s? That’s why we’re taking a closer look at the new McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters coming to 1058 West Washington Boulevard in West...

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Plans For New McDonald’s Headquarters Unwrapped
Jun23

Plans For New McDonald’s Headquarters Unwrapped

The McDevelopment of the month is McDonald’s Corporation’s announcement that it plans to move its headquarters from suburban Oak Brook to Chicago’s Fulton Market District. Adding even more pizazz to the headline: the specific location is Chicago’s treasured Harpo Studios, the former production location for The Oprah Winfrey Show at 1058 West Washington Boulevard. Tonight Sterling Bay, the developer who purchased the land...

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West Town’s Ace Hotel Coming Up Spades
Jun20

West Town’s Ace Hotel Coming Up Spades

They’ve gone from spades to cranes at the site of the new Ace Hotel joining the club of newcomers in the heart of the Fulton Market District of West Town.  Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! beamed over the photo above, showing work moving along nicely on the project across the street from 1K Fulton, the new Midwest headquarters for multicolored tech giant Google. The $35 million hipster hotel at 311 North Morgan Street was designed...

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Throwback Thursday, Revisited: North Morgan Mystery Lot Loses Acreage
Apr21

Throwback Thursday, Revisited: North Morgan Mystery Lot Loses Acreage

Last month, we shared a story about a plot of land in Chicago’s Meat Packing District with a bizarre and sordid history. Summed up, the gist is that there’s a 15-year-old permit still posted at 373 North Morgan Street, for a project that almost started, then sorta did, then was torn down, and then sat idle. At the time, we had noticed some work being done on the site, but couldn’t figure out what it might have been,...

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Throwback Thursday: A Permit Frozen In Time
Mar10

Throwback Thursday: A Permit Frozen In Time

It is a requirement of the City of Chicago that a building permit be displayed in plain view on every active construction site. You may have to walk the entire perimeter of a project, but you’ll see it eventually. It’s often posted on the fencing, though there are sometimes bulletin board-type setups with permits, safety information, etc. The permit shown in the photo above is for a development at 373 North Morgan Street,...

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Another Hotel Planned for What’s Left of Chicago’s Meatpacking District
Jan28

Another Hotel Planned for What’s Left of Chicago’s Meatpacking District

If you set foot in the Fulton Market area, you’re in Jeff Shapack’s domain. Jeff is the founder of Shapack Partners, and possibly the neighborhood’s biggest advocate, both in the scene and behind the scene. For a “behind the scene” example, it’s rumored that Jeff personally is financing the powering of the recently completed Fulton Market gateway sign until the city can work through some financial issues. His most recent “in the...

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An Ace Shows Its Hand on the West Side
Jan06

An Ace Shows Its Hand on the West Side

In the heart of the Fulton Market neighborhood, next to a king of the internet, giant spades are being used to club the ground in preparation for the new Ace Hotel. If you don’t know jack about the Ace, it has a permit in hand after Portland-based Ace was dealt the all-clear to start construction back in November. Developer Sterling Bay anted up enough of a wager to score prime space, along with a zoning change in the...

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Department of Buildings Deals an Ace
Dec01

Department of Buildings Deals an Ace

WORK_DESCRIPTION New construction of a seven (7) story 159 room hotel with underground parking (30 Spaces), 1st floor retail and associated site work as per plans. Green roof is 10,700 SF And with those words, construction can begin on the new Ace Hotel at 311 North Morgan Street in West Town. However, construction will have to wait just a bit longer, as Heneghan demolition crews wrap up work to clear the site. The photo you see above...

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Status Update: 171 North Halsted Begins Blocking View of Cool “Breakout” Wall
Jul16

Status Update: 171 North Halsted Begins Blocking View of Cool “Breakout” Wall

The new, wonderfully-curved residential tower at Lake Street and North Halsted is taking shape in West Town. We zipped over to have a look, and it’s already risen 5 stories above the street. When the Booth Hansen design is complete, it will have (depending on which document filed with the city turns out to be final) 28-30 stories, with 214-227 residences. Another thing it will have is the ability to completely obstruct our view...

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West Town Dealt a West Coast Ace
Feb02

West Town Dealt a West Coast Ace

It’s been about four months since Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Ace Hotels, based in Portland, is going to expand the dream of the 90’s to Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood.  Now the miniature hotel chain has filed paperwork with the city to plant its flag at 311 North Morgan Street. The building is currently an old warehouse between West Fulton Market and the Metra railroad tracks, across the...

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