That’s SOM Nice Building Going Into Fulton Market
Nov14

That’s SOM Nice Building Going Into Fulton Market

The plan to replace a nearly windowless brick industrial building in Fulton Market with a somewhat nicer brick building with improved windows has been tossed out the window.  Now on the plate:  A proper office tower. New York’s Thor Equities had planned to put up a four-story brick office building at the corner of Fulton Market and Green Street.  But now Thor’s swinging a bigger hammer, aiming for an 18-story glass tower...

Read More
Tiny Number of Homes  Coming to Chicago’s Restaurant Row
Nov14

Tiny Number of Homes Coming to Chicago’s Restaurant Row

We don’t normally report on the smaller developments going up around town.  But this one is on a highly visible corner of restaurant row, so it’s worth mentioning.  More importantly, it’s going to ace a surface parking lot. The new building designed by The Loop’s HKS will rise a mere 90 feet tall.  But it’s going to be at the corner of Randolph and May Streets, pretty much the trendiest neighborhood in...

Read More
Chicago’s Christmas Present? A 1,011+ Foot Tall Skyscraper
Nov05

Chicago’s Christmas Present? A 1,011+ Foot Tall Skyscraper

If you want to get the skyscraper nerd in your life a present, erecting the sixth-tallest building in Chicago isn’t a bad place to start. That’s the red ribbon box developers are giving the city, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The publication reports that construction on One Chicago Square is expected to start in January 2019. This date is mentioned in a larger article about how Sterling Bay has joined JDL...

Read More
Obama Center Approved by Council, but Challenges Remain
Nov05

Obama Center Approved by Council, but Challenges Remain

Chicago city council has approved an ordinance that spells out how the Barack Obama Presidential Center will become a reality. The Cliff’s Notes version is that the Obama Foundation must raise money to build the museum, then raise more money for an endowment to run it, then build the museum, then give the facility to City Hall, along with ten bucks.  That’s a rent of 10¢ a year, for 99 years. Even though several aldermen...

Read More
1050 and 1125 West Van Buren Get Resized Again
Oct29

1050 and 1125 West Van Buren Get Resized Again

If you’ve been itching to move into one of a pair of new residential blocks along the Eisenhower Expressway, near Target, with excellent rail and bus service… you’re gonna need more calamine lotion.  1050 and 1125 West Van Buren are going to the people.  Again. The two towers have been in the works since the Romans invaded Gaul, and Julius Caesar predicted the rise of malignant social media with his FaceParchment...

Read More
Chicago Spire Replacement Not Dead Yet
Oct23

Chicago Spire Replacement Not Dead Yet

Yesterday we told you that 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly decided that Related Midwest’s two-tower plan for the space that failed to become the Chicago Spire is a non-starter. The alderman had a fair number of rather significant problems with the plan for 400 North Lake Shore Drive, including traffic, security, the big honking podium, and the mere existence of a hotel.  Fortunately, the height of the towers in the project...

Read More
Alderman Spikes 1,100-Foot-Tall Chicago Spire Replacement
Oct22

Alderman Spikes 1,100-Foot-Tall Chicago Spire Replacement

In a blocking move that would make Hakeem Olajuwon say, “Oh, snap!” 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly pulled on his Bulls jersey, reached up with political hand spread wide, and blocked a planned supertower in Streeterville. The project in question was 400 North Lake Shore Drive, a pair of skyscrapers at the site of the long-dead Chicago Spire, and the even longer-dead Fordham Spire.  If you don’t know what either of...

Read More
You Get a Skyscraper! And You Get a Skyscraper!
Oct18

You Get a Skyscraper! And You Get a Skyscraper!

In its most Oprah-riffic maneuver since the great Skyscraper-palooza of 2014, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a slew of new skyscrapers for the Windy City. In a series of votes today, the commission approved plans for 18 new towers for downtown Chicago.  To put that into a completely inaccurate and meaningless comparison, it’s like Chicago just got Indianapolis added to its skyscraper menagerie. 700 at the River The Plan...

Read More
Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week
Oct15

Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week

If there’s a skyscraper nerd in your office, don’t be surprised if he calls in sick on Thursday.  That’s the day the Chicago Plan Commission considers the largest number of new skyscrapers for downtown Chicago since August of 2014, when four new towers were on the docket. This time, there are 11 major buildings in play: 700 at the River in River West 1,500 total residences 497 car parking spaces Total FAR: 8.1...

Read More
808 Wells is Back — Shorter, Wider, and With a New Name: AMLI 808
Oct02

808 Wells is Back — Shorter, Wider, and With a New Name: AMLI 808

If you don’t remember us reporting on 808 Wells years ago, that’s OK.  This one’s been a long time coming. We last mentioned 808 more than two years ago, when a sales office popped up in the Near North neighborhood. Now called “AMLI 808,” the apartment building has appeared in the Chicago City Clerk’s office, which means its developers are serious about moving forward. This time around, it’s...

Read More