Another Downtown Parking Lot About to Bite The Dust
Apr02

Another Downtown Parking Lot About to Bite The Dust

When we started this publication 16 years ago, one of the questions we were often asked is why there were so many surface parking lots in downtown Chicago. The reasons are complex, ranging from people banking land to sell when it inevitably becomes worth more, to Chicago being less space constrained than cities like New York and London, so car adoption was higher. There are others, but research we did about a decade ago showed that...

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Another Hotel+Residential Tower Wants to Squeeze in On Michigan Avenue
Mar25

Another Hotel+Residential Tower Wants to Squeeze in On Michigan Avenue

It’s been almost two years since we first showed you the renderings someone dropped in our tip line of a potential new skyscraper for 300 North Michigan Avenue. Now it looks like those pictures were the genuine article. March 2019 rendering of 300 North Michigan Avenue 300 NMA will kill an unremarkable brick building kitty-corner from Michigan Plaza. It used to house Chicago’s most depressing Walgreens, and a few offices...

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1,011-Foot-Tall Skyscraper Ready To Start Across From Holy Name Cathedral
Mar14

1,011-Foot-Tall Skyscraper Ready To Start Across From Holy Name Cathedral

You know we live in interesting times when news of a 76-story skyscraper moving forward is the second biggest news of the week. That’s where we are now with One Chicago Square (740 North State Street). Rendering of One Chicago Square Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the developers of the project in the parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral have gotten the money in order to begin construction. It comes...

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Ten New Skyscrapers Proposed For Chicago’s South Loop
Mar13

Ten New Skyscrapers Proposed For Chicago’s South Loop

Two weeks ago we told you that there were once again plans to deck over the Metra railroad tracks that carve through the east side of the South Loop and put up a new neighborhood. Now we know it will be called One Central, and we know it will be huge. March 2019 rendering of One Central (via Landmark Development) Landmark Development unveiled its proposal at a public meeting tonight. It will rival The 78, Lincoln Yards, 700 At The...

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23-Story Hotel Tower For Chicago’s Restaurant Row
Mar13

23-Story Hotel Tower For Chicago’s Restaurant Row

If you love eating in Chicago’s Restaurant Row, you may soon get a chance to sleep there, too. A New York developer wants to build a 23-story hotel tower between the city’s beloved Alhambra Palace restaurant, and extremely competent food, wine and music joint, City Winery. 1234 West Randolph would be a skosh over 304 feet tall with 289 rooms, and both a pool and a bar on the roof. If you want to sleep there, get a Lyft or...

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Lincoln Yards Passes Zoning, Finance Is Next
Mar07

Lincoln Yards Passes Zoning, Finance Is Next

There’s an expression the kids used to use that goes, “Save the drama for your mama.” Chicago City Hall must have been full of mothers today when city council’s Zoning committee voted to approve the $6 billion Lincoln Yards project. Rendering of Lincoln Yards (Via Sterling Bay) The drama bubbled up from the minutiae of parliamentary procedure. The short version is that when 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman...

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Controversial Lincoln Yards Development Hours Away From Zoning Vote
Mar06

Controversial Lincoln Yards Development Hours Away From Zoning Vote

One of the most controversial development projects in recent Chicago history is scheduled to go before city council’s Zoning Committee Thursday. What happens at City Hall could determine if the $6 billion Lincoln Yards project goes from beset to beleaguered. Diagram of the January 2019 Lincoln Yards plan Even before Sterling Bay unveiled its plans to redevelop the industrial zone formerly occupied by the A. Finkl & Sons...

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Another Office Tower Coming To The Kennedy Expressway
Mar06

Another Office Tower Coming To The Kennedy Expressway

It’s long been the goal of Chicago city planners to wall in I-90/94 through downtown in order to keep its noise, pollution, and bad vibes out of Chicago’s neighborhoods. We’ve seen a lot of progress toward that goal in the last decade. Now another skyscraper is going to help out. The location of 800 West Fulton Market, the former Isaacson and Stein Fish Company. (Via Apple Maps) 800 West Fulton Market is expected to...

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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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