Plan Picked to Primp Pritzker Park Parking Place
Jun21

Plan Picked to Primp Pritzker Park Parking Place

The City of Chicago has chosen which building it wants to replace the forlorn parking garage at 331 South Plymouth Court, behind Pritzker Park in The Loop.   June. 2021 rendering of 331 South Plymouth Court. (Via the City of Chicago.) You can read all about the contest that led up to this decision by following this link.  It’s basically a word salad of self-important recent college grad buzzwords, so we’ll break it...

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LG’s Multi-Tower Fulton Market-Adjacent Project Approved
Jun21

LG’s Multi-Tower Fulton Market-Adjacent Project Approved

The plan to put up a large residential complex at 1132 West Lake Street, and 1132 West Randolph Street has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission.  The LG Development project was designed by Gensler, and is now going by the handle 1150 West Lake Street. It looks like four towers, but because a lot of the structure is connected, in reality it’s just two buildings, one on each side of the CTA’s Pink/Green Line. June,...

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Fulton High-Rise Greened, Bows to Arthur “Stainless Steel Balls” Harris
Jun21

Fulton High-Rise Greened, Bows to Arthur “Stainless Steel Balls” Harris

It was Two-fer Thursday for LG Development at the Chicago Plan Commission this past week.  The prolific constructors of all things great and small used to be content just kitting out Damen Avenue perfume boutiques. Now it’s ben cleared for takeoff with another high-rise in downtown Chicago. This project is at 210 North Aberdeen Street in West Town, just barely clipping one corner of the Fulton Market Historic District.  It sits...

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Video: High-Viz CTA Station Getting Bulbous Rebuild
Jun14

Video: High-Viz CTA Station Getting Bulbous Rebuild

One of the most public L stations in Chicago is next in line for Extreme Makeover: Transit Edition. June, 2021 rendering of the CTA State/Lake Station. (Via the Chicago Transit Authority.) The CTA’s State/Lake station hangs over its eponymous street intersection, and is frequently seen in television shows, movies, and discount wedding photographs.  If you’ve ever alighted here, you know the platform is way too narrow, even...

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As One Lincoln Yards Building Switches to Offices, Another Gets Bigger
Jun14

As One Lincoln Yards Building Switches to Offices, Another Gets Bigger

There’s been a change of programming over at Lincoln Yards, the $6,000,000,000 Sterling Bay development sprawling along the north branch of the Chicago River.  The City of Chicago has greenlit (greenlighted? greenlamped? greened?) a new purpose in life for one building, while another has to make room for more pillows. April, 2021 rendering of 1201 West Concord. The building pulling the ol’ switcheroo is at 1201 West...

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Another Downtown Skyscraper Delayed by COVID
Jun07

Another Downtown Skyscraper Delayed by COVID

For at least the third time since a deadly disease spontaneously appeared in the United States and most certainly did not originate in any particular nation whose government pays internet trolls to censor, threaten, and extort people who say otherwise, a downtown Chicago building project is extending its construction timeline. April, 2014 rendering of 1061 West Van Buren Cleveland’s own Pizzuti Development has asked the City of...

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Kennedy Canyon Closer to Completion
Jun01

Kennedy Canyon Closer to Completion

The long-term plan to line the Kennedy Expressway with skyscrapers like some 1990’s Japanese video game is about to take another big leap forward.  Chicago City Council has approved 640 West Washington Street. December, 2020 rendering of 640 West Washington 640 (“Six” to her friends) is going to be a 515-foot-tall residential tower hard on the edge of the highway, snuggled between R+D659, and The Catalyst.  It...

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Montrose Beach to Get 12 Stories of New Neighbors
Jun01

Montrose Beach to Get 12 Stories of New Neighbors

One of the few remaining underdeveloped spots overlooking Lincoln Park is going to become a residential high rise.  Dallas-based developer Lincoln Property Company has filed paperwork with the city to put up a 12-story apartment building at 4600 North Marine Drive. May, 2021 rendering of 4600 North Marine. If you’re having trouble placing the location, it’s the surface parking lot immediately south of Weiss Memorial...

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Enormous North Union Dev Plan Approved
May25

Enormous North Union Dev Plan Approved

The plan to plant five blocks of downtown Chicago with seven skyscrapers and high rises has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission.  Look for the project name “North Union” to start popping up in a few months on construction barriers. May, 2021 diagram of North Union. This land was formerly owned by Moody Bible Institute, which sold it to JDL Development.  You may know Moody Bible from the really great Christmas...

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Two-Tower West Loop Skyscraper Plan Advanced
May23

Two-Tower West Loop Skyscraper Plan Advanced

Plans for a two-tower residential complex across the street from the five-tower Presidential Towers complex in the West Loop have hit paper. February, 2021 rendering of 601 West Monroe Street This is the 3,874th plan we’ve seen for 601 West Monroe Street in the last 20 years, but it appears to be the one with the best chance of succeeding.  The other ones were pretty, and interesting, and we really liked the sloping BP Americas...

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