Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District
Aug12

Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District

The new Marriott Marquis Chicago broke ground in the South Loop’s Prairie District back in July, and since then, construction crews have stopped breaking it, and are now drilling, digging, scooping, and shaking that same ground to its very core. Located at 2121 South Prairie Avenue, the newest addition to the McCormick Collection will be directly connected to McCormick Place, offering the ultimate convenience for guests and...

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New Malcolm X College Campus Making the Grade
Aug06

New Malcolm X College Campus Making the Grade

On the city’s west side, Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, is getting a whole new syllabus. Not just new classes, but new classrooms. And then some. Directly across Jackson Street from its current location at 226 West Jackson, a new facility is being erected. Construction began in 2014, and is expected to be completed for student use in January 2016, just in time for the spring semester. The $251 million...

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With Sunken Barge in the Past, 150 North Riverside Forges On
Aug05

With Sunken Barge in the Past, 150 North Riverside Forges On

Construction projects are lucky to make the news once. It might be during the planning phase, or when said plans are made public. Or maybe there’s a particularly heated community meeting, where residents make impassioned pitches for and against their new prospective neighbor. Perhaps it’s at groundbreaking, when the local dignitaries make an appearance, gold shovels in hand. The new office tower at 150 North Riverside took...

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JeffJack Nearly Ready To Take Off The Wraps And Welcome Tenants
Mar23

JeffJack Nearly Ready To Take Off The Wraps And Welcome Tenants

Construction worker-bees are painting, polishing, and burnishing the West Loop’s newest amenity-laden rental development. JeffJack Apartments, at 601 West Jackson Boulevard is in the home stretch preparing for an April 1 opening. The name is memorable and a directional aid since it sits at the intersection of Jefferson and Jackson. It started as an internal shorthand name for the property. But even a marketing firm hired to come up...

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Status Update: National Hellenic Museum

As Greektown slowly turns from interesting cultural enclave into boring semi-suburbia, much that is Greek has been lost.  But there is a major effort underway to preserve both the area’s flavor, and heritage. It’s the National Hellenic Museum, now under construction at 333 South Halsted Street.  As the organization’s web site puts it: “The new National hellenic Museum will bring the story of the contributions...

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More Photos: Ikram’s New Red House of Fashion

We keep hearing that Chicago’s leading fashion trendsetter, Ikram Goldman, is going to open her new boutique at 15 East Huron Street any day now, so we stopped by over the weekend to see how things were progressing. Based on what we saw, “any day now” seems somewhat optimistic, and in fact the official opening day is set for July 27th.  That seems very realistic. Behind the black burlap and white protective...

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Lakeshore East’s Newest Skyscraper Gets a Name

I’ve been super busy this week with a photography assignment on the South Side* and have barely been checking my e-mail.  That’s why I missed the tip from our Lakeshore East spy that Magellan Development’s building formerly known as Building A is now known as The Coast. More importantly, groundbreaking has taken place for the new residential tower at 345 East Wacker Drive, right next to the Swissôtel.   If the...

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Helicopters vs. High Rises: Round 63

The ongoing tug-of-war between Children’s Memorial Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue) and the usual north side NIMBYs will move two steps forward this week. For those joining this soap opera already in progress, CMH is spending a frightening amount of money building  a new state-of-the-art facility in the Gold Coast to replace its aging property in Lincoln Park.  That building includes a helipad on the roof that will hopefully...

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Retail Roundup at Lakeshore East

It’s been a little more than a decade since the process began to transform Chicago’s downtown golf course into a residential community of 50,000 people.  During most of that time, residents have been told  to keep the faith — that retail is coming.  Really. It looks like this is the summer that the promises actually come true. Sure, there’s been a Fifth/Third bank in The Shoreham (400 East South Water Street)...

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More Info About Lakeshore East’s Newest Skyscraper

Magellan Development isn’t wasting any time getting its newest Lakeshore East project off the ground. You could see dirt turn for the temporarily-named “Building A” (345 East Wacker Drive) as soon as next week (May 16-20), as soil sampling gets underway. Image courtesy of Brininstool, Kerwin and Lynch You may remember from our earlier coverage that Building A is the planned residential skyscraper to be built just...

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