Get the Crowbar: New Hotel Skyscraper to be Wedged into River North
Sep18

Get the Crowbar: New Hotel Skyscraper to be Wedged into River North

The River North skyscraper frenzy of a few years ago has cooled off a bit, but there’s still some spicy meatballs in the development pipeline. Diagram of 808 North Cleveland (September 2019) A developer wants to put up a new 25-story tower at 808 North Cleveland Avenue.  If you’re not sure exactly where that is, it’s on Chicago Avenue across the street from The Montgomery. Intriguingly, this isn’t another condo...

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No More Condos, New North Building Has a New Plan: Airbnb-Style Hotel
Sep16

No More Condos, New North Building Has a New Plan: Airbnb-Style Hotel

If you were worried that you wouldn’t be able to afford to lay your head in the swishy new luxury condominium building planned for 61 West Erie Street, there’s good news.  You may be able to pay by the day. September 2019 rendering of 61 West Erie. (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) According to 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, LG Development has ditched its plan to put up a 12-story residential block, and is...

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A Close Look at the Demolition of the Tribune Tower
Sep04

A Close Look at the Demolition of the Tribune Tower

We really don’t know how to feel about this. Streeterville Spy Joel sent in the photographs on this page showing the demolition happening at the once and future Tribune Tower. September 2019 Tribune Tower renovation (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel.) You can see all kinds of work being done.  Walls are being torn down, balconies are being put up, and there’s a tailings pile from some presumably tracked machine...

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Gold Coast Bookstore: 1, Real Estate Developers: 0
Sep04

Gold Coast Bookstore: 1, Real Estate Developers: 0

If you’re itching to use that new Moleskine notebook you got at the back-to-school sale to make a list of things that will never happen, you can jot this down:  A 39-story building at 1130 North State Street. That’s where a real estate developer wanted to put up an apartment tower, replacing 50% of the remaining Barnes & Noble book stores in Chicago. April 2019 rendering of 1130 North State Street The building was...

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Things Look Serious for New Gold Coast Apartment Building
Aug19

Things Look Serious for New Gold Coast Apartment Building

It was just a few months ago that Newcastle Limited bought all of the properties it needs to put up a new apartment building at 1200 North State Parkway on the northwest corner of State and Division.  And photos from Gold Coast Spy Brian show what can only be described as progress. Heavy machinery at 1200 North State (August 2019, courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Brian) In the photo above, you can see a soil sampling machine parked on the...

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Fed’s Report on Jackson Park Obama Center a Little Rough; Here Are the Highlights
Jul30

Fed’s Report on Jackson Park Obama Center a Little Rough; Here Are the Highlights

A draft of the federal government’s report on the proposed construction of the Barack Obama Presidential Center is out. It was prepared for the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration, and IDOT by the City of Chicago. The report spells out what happens if the Obama Center is built in Jackson Park, and what it really means. Obama Presidential Center model (Courtesy of the Obama Foundation) It’s a lot of...

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Two More Office Buildings Coming to Fulton Market Area
Jul08

Two More Office Buildings Coming to Fulton Market Area

The locations of 1000 West Carroll (left) and 345 North Morgan (right) (Via Apple Maps) Sterling Bay has pulled enough rabbits out of its hat to fill a warren.  But Tuesday, it’s going to reach into its homburg again and feel around for a couple of more hares. That’s when the developer will talk to the public about what it plans to build at Morgan and the Metra tracks, down the street from its West Town headquarters. March...

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Three-Building River North Project Hits City Hall
Jun18

Three-Building River North Project Hits City Hall

A proposal to redevelop a River North office building while simultaneously deep-sixing two adjacent surface parking lots has made its way to City Hall on paper. The location of 308 West Erie (Base map via Apple Maps) In the diagram above, you can see the parking lots along North Franklin Street that are going away are outlined in red.  The building that will be preserved, 308 West Erie, is outlined in green.   The parking lot to the...

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Chicago’s Growth Spurt Hits A Gold Coast Corner
Jun17

Chicago’s Growth Spurt Hits A Gold Coast Corner

Another new development is coming to the area surrounding the Gold Coast’s Viagra Triangle. The tony ‘hood is not immune from the wave of redevelopment sweeping over the core of Chicago.  Old restaurants are making way for new hotels.  Venerable greystones are yielding to hyperluxe condo blocks.  And the places that crooners once sang about have long since taken their bows. Next on the chopping block: The...

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Fulton Market Tower Gets Taller, Drops Solar
Jun05

Fulton Market Tower Gets Taller, Drops Solar

A new building going up just off Fulton Market is going even uppier. Or something like that.  Mark Goodman & Associates has been given approval to add another floor to 310 North Sangamon.  The 12-story building will now be 13 stories when it’s done. The overall building height will now be 180 ½ feet tall – an increase of ten feet and change.  June 2018 rendering of 310 North Sangamon (Courtesy of Mark Goodman...

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