Hotel Tower Planned For 150 East Ontario. Again.
Mar28

Hotel Tower Planned For 150 East Ontario. Again.

If at first, or second, or third, or fourth you don’t succeed, try try again.  That seems to be the motto of the lonely loam at 150 East Ontario Street, which has been trying to sprout a skyscraper since the height of Gold Coast fashion was leg warmers, scrunchies, and chunky Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry underneath your Freezy Freakies. March, 2021 rendering of 150 East Ontario. (Via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) The...

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Enormous South Loop Project Gets Pro Forma Pushback From City
Mar28

Enormous South Loop Project Gets Pro Forma Pushback From City

On the surface, real estate development looks like a runaway rocket sled to the moon.  In reality, it’s more like an awkward fifth-grade dance, with a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, and people in uncomfortable shoes sweating through their shirts while praying they don’t fall down in public. January 2021 diagram of One Central (via City of Chicago) Such is the situation at One Central, the nine-skyscrapered mega...

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Cabs Move For South Loop-Area E-sports Arena
Mar22

Cabs Move For South Loop-Area E-sports Arena

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about plans for a new e-sports arena just off State Street near McCormick Place. Now our tip line has scored with pictures of the site sent in by South Loop Spy Alex. March, 2021 photograph of 2500 South Wabash Avenue. (Courtesy of South Loop Spy Alex.) The location, 2500 South Wabash Avenue, is the former home of the Chicago Carriage Cab company. Today it sports a public notice about Smash...

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Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes
Mar21

Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes

A large, underutilized slice of downtown Chicago is about to get utilized out the wazoo.  Detailed paperwork has hit City Hall for North Union, the hefty plan to turn a five block slab of Near North Side property into the city’s latest mega development. Diagram of North Union (Via JDL Development) The property in question used to be domain of The Moody Bible Institute.  A few years ago, it decided to convert the mostly vacant...

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Another Skyscraper Ready to Loom Over Chicago’s Fulton Market
Mar21

Another Skyscraper Ready to Loom Over Chicago’s Fulton Market

The log flume of West Town development is splashing a new apartment tower on the north side of the Lake Street L tracks.  A proposal has been filed for a large apartment building at 1201 West Fulton Market. March, 2021 diagram of 1201 West Fulton Market. The location is just across the street from the western edge of the Fulton Market Historic District, which should make approval a little easier than if it was one block east. The...

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27 Story West Town Apartment Tower On Tap Next to Taco Bar
Mar10

27 Story West Town Apartment Tower On Tap Next to Taco Bar

That sorta weird, sorta interesting old bank on North Morgan Street in West Town is going to become a thing of the past. Sterling Bay has selected that building, its surface parking lot, and its drive-through as the location of a new apartment tower. March, 2021 diagram of 160 North Morgan Street. bKL Architecture is the monogram on this one, bringing a 27-story design with a pool on the roof, which is awesome in a way the pools on...

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New Buildings Continue Pushing West, Surrounding Union Park
Mar08

New Buildings Continue Pushing West, Surrounding Union Park

Union Park, once known for music festivals and immigration marches, is getting yet another tall neighbor.  West suburban Naperville developer Marquette wants to put up a residential high rise right across the street.  March, 2021 diagram of 140 North Ashland. The proposal is for a 210-unit apartment building at 140 North Ashland Avenue, on the west side of Union Park, immediately south of the CTA’s Ashland Station, serving the...

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160 North Elizabeth Heads to Plan Commission
Mar01

160 North Elizabeth Heads to Plan Commission

The people behind a plan to put up a 27-story skyscraper at Randolph and Elizabeth in West Town are ready to make things happen.  Moceri+Roszak’s 160 North Elizabeth is scheduled to get an airing before the Chicago Plan Commission this month. Rendering of 160 North Elizabeth (Via Thomas Roszak Architecture) 160 was designed by Thomas Roszak Architecture, and features a large tower atop a podium.  The tower is divided...

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Sports Arena Planned Near McCormick More Joystick than Placekick
Mar01

Sports Arena Planned Near McCormick More Joystick than Placekick

The people behind SMASH Hotels are ready to have an impact on Chicago’s near south side.  Smash INTERACTIVE (shout when you say that) is ready to ask the Chicago Plan Commission for permission to build an e-sports arena on an industrial plot at the southeast corner of the Stevenson Expressway and the CTA Green Line flyover. Location of the proposed e-sports arena at 2500 South Wabash Avenue. (Via Apple Maps) You may know the...

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West Loop Parking Lot Targeted for 2-Tower 1,000+ Apartment Plan
Feb20

West Loop Parking Lot Targeted for 2-Tower 1,000+ Apartment Plan

There are two things that never give up hope: Dogs, and the surface parking lot next to Heritage Green Park. Model of 625 West Monroe by SMDP. The 250-space West Loop slab at 601 West Monroe Street has been the subject of at least four redevelopment plans since we started publishing 18 years ago.  From a modest 20-something-story office tower to smdp’s angular 38-story BP Tower to the 75-story office slant floated in 2013....

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