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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Meeting Tonight Could Determine if Spectre Looms Over West Loop
Nov29

Meeting Tonight Could Determine if Spectre Looms Over West Loop

The murky waters at the corner of Green and Lake should clear later today, when real estate developer Shapack Partners unveils its latest plan for the chunk of land in the hot West Town neighborhood. There have been several proposals for this location recently, including one approved by the city just a few years ago for a 14-story office building. The most recent proposal, called “Spectre,” surfaced two months ago....

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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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Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder
Oct16

Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder

‘Tis the season for skyscrapers in Chicago, and not surprisingly, the greater Greektown/West Town area isn’t being left behind.  The latest project in the works for the corner of Lake and Halsted is an enormous 58-story tower designed by Perkins Eastman Architects. The project is the latest effort by the Related empire to shoulder in to the area west of the Loop.  Since coming to town a few years ago, Related Midwest...

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19-Story Tower Rejected for Being Too Tall Back as 51-Story Tower
Oct16

19-Story Tower Rejected for Being Too Tall Back as 51-Story Tower

Another developer is going to try to put up a huge skyscraper in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. Tucker Development and Related Midwest want to replace a surface parking lot with a 51-story residential skyscraper at 156 North Peoria Street.  While the area west of the West Loop has welcomed skyscrapers along the Kennedy Expressway in Greektown, anything taller than a good pole vault immediately brings out a pack of...

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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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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 Apartment Block Will Be the Tallest in Union Park Area
Apr17

New Apartment Block Will Be the Tallest in Union Park Area

If you’re a fan of Union Park, or Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row, a new residential building called Lake+Ada might be a good fit for your lifestyle. Marquette Companies is putting up the new apartment building at 158 North Ada Street. That’s just half a block from Randolph Street and a block from the park. At ten stories, it will be the tallest building in the immediate area, with views in all directions since its...

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