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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West Town’s Hottest Potato About to Plant Roots on Peoria Street
Dec12

West Town’s Hottest Potato About to Plant Roots on Peoria Street

In the 14-year history of this publication, we’ve never seen a building so hated, so demonized, so despised as this one.  When 111 South Peoria was announced, you would have thought that it was announced that a pig farm was being built amid the low-rise brick condos of West Town, and everyone in the neighborhood would be required to take a turn slopping the sows. People’s heads figuratively exploded.  They were literally...

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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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Plan Commission Approves Nobu Hotel for West Town
Sep19

Plan Commission Approves Nobu Hotel for West Town

Another hotel and big-name restaurant are a step closer to opening on Chicago’s Restaurant Row. Late last week, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a new building at 854 West Randolph Street that will consist of a Nobu restaurant with a Nobu Hotel topper. The entire building is planned to be 142 feet tall with 11 floors, 119 hotel rooms, and 35 parking spaces. It’s named after celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, who is known...

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The Last Video Produced at Harpo Studios Brings the House Down
Aug23

The Last Video Produced at Harpo Studios Brings the House Down

  The only thing as satisfying as watching a good building go up, is watching one come down. And that’s what’s happening over at 1058 West Washington Boulevard, where demolition crews are making quick work of Oprah Winfrey’s former personal town hall. The Harpo Studios demolition has become something of a very minor tourist attraction, with out-of-towners more than suggesting their hosts swing by the site for a...

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