West Side Park-Adjacent Tower Cut 30% in Height, 78% in People
Jan26

West Side Park-Adjacent Tower Cut 30% in Height, 78% in People

The largest empty space facing Mary Bartelme Park is a bit closer to being filled. Plans for 23 South Sangamon have been revised, and will be presented to the public next week. November, 2020 rendering of 23 South Sangamon Any time someone proposes a building within bitching distance of the Near West Side’s favorite park, it ignites a level of ear-piercing hyperbole usually reserved for the storming of government buildings. But...

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Nine New Skyscrapers, Transit Hub Planned for Chicago’s South Loop
Jan24

Nine New Skyscrapers, Transit Hub Planned for Chicago’s South Loop

Revised plans for the One Central megadevelopment will be discussed with the public for the first time Monday night (January 25th). It’s a huge plan. Nearly $4 billion just for Phase One. If built as presented, it would radically alter Chicago’s downtown skyline, especially when viewed from Lake Michigan and Indiana. January 2021 diagram of One Central (via City of Chicago) If you want to participate in the public...

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Skyline-Changing South Loop Plan Ready to Debut
Jan05

Skyline-Changing South Loop Plan Ready to Debut

If you thought 2020 was the year of the mega project in Chicago, 2021 is no slouch, either. Just four days into the new year comes word that the One Central project is still very much alive.  March 2019 rendering of One Central (via Landmark Development) One Central is a proposal to deck over the Metra tracks just west of the Museum Campus in the South Loop and put up a mini neighborhood that’s maxi on skyscrapers. ...

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Take a Gander at Goose Island’s New Skyscrapers
Dec28

Take a Gander at Goose Island’s New Skyscrapers

While you had visions of sugarplums dancing in your head for the last few weeks, the cityscapers over at Structured Development have been dreaming about something else: skyscrapers. December 2020 rendering of Big Deahl (Courtesy of Structured Development) The Fulton River District real estate developer has been given approval by the Chicago Plan Commission to expand its Big Deahl development in Goose Island. The expansion includes a...

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West Loop Skyscraper to Further the Isolation of Kennedy Expressway
Dec08

West Loop Skyscraper to Further the Isolation of Kennedy Expressway

Last week we learned two interesting things.  First, the correct 12 Days of Christmas lyric is “Four colly birds,” not “Four calling birds.”  Colly bird is a dusty term for any random blackbird.  And second, Crescent Heights wants to put up a 47-story residential tower at 640 West Washington Boulevard, on the eastern edge of the Kennedy Expressway. December, 2020 rendering of 640 West Washington The City of...

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South Loop Hits the Checkout Line With a Hotel, Residential, Supermarket Project
Dec08

South Loop Hits the Checkout Line With a Hotel, Residential, Supermarket Project

Chicago developers learned long ago that one way to make your project successful is to build a park next to it.  If there’s no room for a park, there’s always Plan B: a grocery store. December, 2020 rendering of 525 South Wabash That’s what’s going in a 525 South Wabash Avenue, where north suburban developer e-Terra+ wants to replace a parking lot and a parking garage with two glass-faced buildings atop a...

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Moceri+Roszak  Plans a New Residential Skyscraper on Chicago’s Restaurant Row
Nov16

Moceri+Roszak Plans a New Residential Skyscraper on Chicago’s Restaurant Row

The group that brought some pretty spiffy skyscrapers to The Loop in recent years is casting its sights westward.   Moceri+Roszak wants to build a 27-story residential tower on the southwest corner of West Randolph and North Elizabeth Streets in West Town. November 2020 diagram of 160 North Elizabeth You may remember Moceri+Roszak from such projects as LINEA at 215 West Lake, Parkline at 60 West Randolph, and 145 South Wells at 145...

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2,600+ New Homes: North Union Public Meeting is This Week
Nov09

2,600+ New Homes: North Union Public Meeting is This Week

We finally have a good idea how big the new North Union development is going to be.  New images from Chicago Planning and Development highlight the North Union property in purple, and the Moody Bible Institute in yellow. Map of North Union highlighted in purple, and the Moody Bible Institute highlighted in yellow. (via Department of Planning and Development) Because it’s only five city blocks, we’re going to stop using the...

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In Pictures: The Latest Version of the Former Michael Reese Hospital Site
Oct13

In Pictures: The Latest Version of the Former Michael Reese Hospital Site

Tomorrow there will be a public meeting to reveal the latest vision for the Michael Reese Hospital site on the Bronzeville lakefront. The hospital was torn down a decade ago, and has been the object of many desires over the years, from an Olympic village to an urban casino. The current plan is to put up a several billion dollar medical research village, and has the backing of a big name Israeli medical concern. October 2020 rendering...

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Lagrange Points to Stellar Development in Chicago’s Gold Coast Orbit
Oct12

Lagrange Points to Stellar Development in Chicago’s Gold Coast Orbit

In a city awash in value-engineered rectangles on squares, a new project from O.G. Chicago architect Lucien Lagrange is a welcome change.  Nahla Capital has filed paperwork with the city to build 40 West Oak, a new 35-story residential tower on Oak between Clark and Dearborn Streets. October 2019 rendering of 40 West Oak Street It was almost exactly a year ago that we told you the Warren Barr Pavilion’s parking garage was going to...

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