Down-Zoning Requested to Put Up Small Hotel In Near North
Jan20

Down-Zoning Requested to Put Up Small Hotel In Near North

It’s not unusual to see zoning requests filed with the city where a developer wants to reduce the zoning density of a parcel.  But almost always it’s so that the chunk of land in question can be combined with a neighboring property and then the whole shebang gets an enormous skyscraper dropped on it like a bookbag on the last day of school.  That’s not what’s happening at 61 West Erie Street. September 2019...

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Plan For 113-Story Magnificent Mile Skyscraper Hits City Hall
Jan16

Plan For 113-Story Magnificent Mile Skyscraper Hits City Hall

A new 1,400-foot-tall skyscraper slated for the Magnificent Mile has taken a big step forward on the shiny glass road from fantasy to fantastic. Plans for Tribune Tower East have officially been filled with the city.  January 2020 diagram of Tribune Tower East November 2019 rendering of Tribune Tower East (via CIM Group) The building will have 113 floors of hotel rooms, apartments, and condos; and climb 1,442 feet into the sky.  This...

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West Loop Skyscraper Proposal Cuts Height, Adds Second Building
Jan13

West Loop Skyscraper Proposal Cuts Height, Adds Second Building

Plans for an apartment and hotel tower on the edge of the Kennedy Expressway at Randolph Street have changed, even though the city of Chicago has already approved this project. Developer Related Midwest envisions the project ay 725 West Randolph as a gateway to Chicago’s Restaurant Row, and until recently saw it as a single apartment tower with a hotel.  Now it’s asking for permission to add a second building across West...

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Gensler-Designed Plan for 1200 West Carroll Hits City Hall
Jan07

Gensler-Designed Plan for 1200 West Carroll Hits City Hall

San Francisco architecture firm Gensler doesn’t do a lot of work in Chicago, but we’ve been a fan of the blueprint boffins ever since we launched our first architecture web site way back in 1997.  Back then, Google hadn’t been invented yet, and we were in a city littered with Gensler designs; so we learned to appreciate its affinity for easily-relatable facades and its apparent distaste for parking podia.   December...

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Somnambulant Plans for 900 West Fulton Market Filed With City
Jan06

Somnambulant Plans for 900 West Fulton Market Filed With City

Moaning about the history of Fulton Market being erased by development has become as futile as trying to use the internet without Facebook tracking your every move, even if you don’t have a Facebook account.  With a new decade upon us, we have officially given up complaining about Chicago erasing this chapter of its history in favor of the boring, homogenized, could-be-anywhere-in-the-Midwest aesthetic that appeals to bankers,...

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Site of One of Chicago’s First Walmarts to Become an Office Building
Jan06

Site of One of Chicago’s First Walmarts to Become an Office Building

Remember when there was that cool art supply store right off the CTA Brown Line at Chicago Avenue and then Walmart moved in and the black beret crowd in the neighborhood snapped their Blick Masterstrokes in half when they heard the news?  The building that brings back those gentrification flashbacks will soon be a memory. October 2019 rendering of 777 North Franklin A plan has been submitted to the city for a nine-story office...

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Apartment Building Wedges in to 1140 West Erie
Jan02

Apartment Building Wedges in to 1140 West Erie

Remember those plastic Trivial Pursuit pie wedges that refused to budge when you tried to pull them out of the circle thing, but somehow managed to hide in the carpet so you’d step on them in your bare feet in the middle of the night?  Someone is trying to build an apartment building on one of those things in West Town. December 2019 diagram of 1140 West Erie The location in question is the wedge-shaped piece of land...

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60-Story Superior Street Skyscraper Surprise
Dec31

60-Story Superior Street Skyscraper Surprise

Developers backing a new Superior Street tower have lubed up the defibrillator paddles and jolted their patient back into City Hall. Loop North News reports that 40 East Superior has not assumed room temperature after all, as Symmetry Development filed a revised plan for the property on December 11th. March 2017 rendering of 40 East Superior (via Alderman Brendan Reilly’s Office) The last time this rodeo came to town, the prize...

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The 1200 West Fulton Train Pulls Out, Leaves Station Behind
Dec31

The 1200 West Fulton Train Pulls Out, Leaves Station Behind

Plans for a rather visually complicated office building are advancing in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.  Paperwork has been filed with the city for approval of a two-building complex at 1200 West Fulton Market. It’s actually just one building, with the eastern portion rising 14 stories, and the western portion reaching 18. December 2019 diagram of 1200 West Fulton Market A similar project was proposed for this location...

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Planned Riverside Hotel/Office Tower Design Tweaked, Still Looks Fabulous
Dec17

Planned Riverside Hotel/Office Tower Design Tweaked, Still Looks Fabulous

Remember that plan from three years ago where someone wanted to wedge yet another hotel in along the Chicago River?  Well, that someone is still pounding away at it. August 2016 rendering of 322 North Clark The plan for 322 North Clark Street was to jam a 369-foot-tall HKS-designed hotel into the surface parking lot behind the Reid Murdoch Building.  The proposal was floated by Friedman Properties and included 500 hotel rooms, 85,000...

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