South Loop Air Rights Neighborhood In Play Again
Feb26

South Loop Air Rights Neighborhood In Play Again

Recently I was watching House Hunters on HGTV and a couple was looking at condominiums in the South Loop.  Someone commented that the view of Soldier Field from the unit they selected would remain unobstructed.  I told my wife, “No it won’t.  Those air rights have already been bought for development.”  Such are the perils of high-rise living in Chicago. The approximate boundary of what was once called The Gateway (via Apple Maps)...

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In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money
Feb20

In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money

People trying to stop, slow, or just change the massive Lincoln Yards development on Chicago’s north side lost another battle in City Hall. Rendering of Lincoln Yards (Via Sterling Bay) Chicago’s Community Development Commission voted unanimously to grant developer Sterling Bay $900 million in TIF money to help spur progress on the Goose Island mega project. The $6 billion development includes more than two dozen buildings...

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Cleveland Company Gets Local Help to Put Up a Tower Along 290
Feb07

Cleveland Company Gets Local Help to Put Up a Tower Along 290

It’s been almost five years since we first told you about plans for another residential tower along the Eisenhower Expressway. Back then 1061 West Van Buren was going to be the first project in Chicago from Cleveland’s Pizzuti Companies.  At the time, our Bill Motchan reported: Most of the new or rehabbed buildings on West Van Buren top off at nine stories. The Pizzuti development would definitely break that trend. It will have 16...

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Office Building Penciled in For Illinois and LaSalle
Feb06

Office Building Penciled in For Illinois and LaSalle

As downtown Chicago grows, not all of the projects sprouting up are beanstalks.  Some have to be broccoli: Good, hearty filler that provides essential nutrients for the city’s economy, and are best served covered in cheese. Under the cheese this time is an office building proposed for 450 North LaSalle Street — the corner of West Illinois and North LaSalle — which will erase another evil surface parking lot from the city’s land...

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Another Chinatown Hotel on the Way
Jan30

Another Chinatown Hotel on the Way

Over the last decade Chicago has seen hotels pop up like wildflowers after a desert rain.  And it’s not just downtown germinating these seeds of hospitality.  Hotels have sprouted from Lincoln Park to Hyde Park.  And now Chinatown is getting another place to lay your head. A company called Sky River has filed paperwork with the city to put a 200-room hotel in a disused warehouse right on the Chicago River. If you’re a...

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Shuttered Pilsen Power Plant Coming Back As Data Center and More
Jan29

Shuttered Pilsen Power Plant Coming Back As Data Center and More

We’re learning more about the future plans for Fisk, the former coal-powered power station that closed five years ago. Chicago Edison opened the Fisk Street Generating Station in 1903. At five megawatts it had the most powerful steam turbine the world had ever seen and was hailed as a marvel of technology for years to come.  Others hated the plant and blamed it for numerous health problems in the surrounding neighborhood. Now...

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New South Loop CTA Station Chugging Along
Jan28

New South Loop CTA Station Chugging Along

When plans for The 78 were unveiled, one of the line items that gave us the warm and fuzzies was the notion that the South Loop might be in line for another new L station.  That idea is taking another step from being a mystery dot on a stylized map to becoming something concrete. A public meeting has been called to discuss revised plans for the new CTA Red Line station at The 78.  You’ll remember that The 78 is the seven billion...

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Is The City Trying To Hurry Up the Chicago Spire Replacement?
Jan28

Is The City Trying To Hurry Up the Chicago Spire Replacement?

We’re not going to pretend that we fully understand all of the nuances of the delicate waltz known as Chicago Zoning.  But something popped up on the radar that’s worth noting now, just in case it’s something later. 400 North Lake Shore Drive, Related Midwest’s replacement for the failed Chicago Spire, may soon have a deadline to begin construction. In March the Chicago Plan Commission will be asked to amend...

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A Done Deal? Lincoln Yards’ Biggest Hurdle Cleared
Jan22

A Done Deal? Lincoln Yards’ Biggest Hurdle Cleared

The biggest obstacle to Sterling Bay’s enormous Lincoln Yards development appears to have been cleared.  That obstacle was 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins. In a message to his constituents, Mr. Hopkins outlined the changes that Sterling Bay made in its plan for the former A. Finkl & Sons steel mill land after his objection to the July and November versions: The soccer stadium is gone, replaced with park space Total park...

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Near West Residential Tower Going to the People
Jan16

Near West Residential Tower Going to the People

Another building for Chicago’s Near West Side means another chance for you to weigh in on its merits. Twenty-fifth Ward Alderman Danny Solis and the West Loop Community Organization are holding a public meeting on the proposal for 99 South Sangamon, which is the northeast corner of Sangamon and Monroe. The developer wants to put up a 24-story residential block with 193 new homes, designed by GREC.  The tower will sit atop a...

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