Chicago Inches Closer to Finishing Riverwalk Between North Avenue and Division
Apr03

Chicago Inches Closer to Finishing Riverwalk Between North Avenue and Division

You may or may not have seen blog headlines in the last few days stating that Chicago is getting a new riverwalk.  Well, that’s not quite the truth.  It’s more like the next door neighbor of the truth. What really happened is that Chicago city council approved money that will be used to put together a plan to develop a framework which will guide other people sometime in the future to use some unknown source of money to...

Read More
River District Revised, Upsized, and Amazon-ized
Mar26

River District Revised, Upsized, and Amazon-ized

Forget all those nice diagrams submitted to the City of Chicago last September showing the details of the proposed River District development on the Chicago River.  According to a vinyl banner hanging on a bridge, things have just gotten a lot more interesting at the Tribune Media development. A photograph of the banner in question has been making the rounds of the internet for the last few days.  Word is that there is at least one...

Read More
Related Midwest Has A New Plan For Fulton Market
Mar21

Related Midwest Has A New Plan For Fulton Market

It was back to the drawing board for real estate developer Related Midwest after it debuted its plan for a huge condo tower at 170 North Peoria Street (900 West Randolph) in the greater Fulton Market area.  Now the River North concern has a new plan for the on the west side of the street between Lake and Randolph. In the previous plan, Related teamed up with Tucker Development to put forward a a 51-story residential building.  it...

Read More
Community Groups Intensify Push for New North Branch Park
Mar19

Community Groups Intensify Push for New North Branch Park

Ever since the City of Chicago released the framework for redeveloping the North Branch Industrial Corridor into a new bustling neighborhood of tech firms, trendy restaurants, and glittering high rises, people who actually live in and near the area have worried that an opportunity is being missed.  An opportunity to create new parks for the people who will actually live there. The city’s redevelopment plan was shown at 18...

Read More
South Loop Condo Building Selling Parking Lot Air Rights For New Tower
Mar12

South Loop Condo Building Selling Parking Lot Air Rights For New Tower

If you’re a developer looking for a place to plonk down a 40-story apartment building in the South Loop, the people at Vesta Lofts are suddenly your best friends. According to a sales brochure from CBRE, the Vestas have decided that they are OK with losing their views to the south in exchange for a metric assload of cash.  It was probably an easy decision since those views were obliterated by the 2010 erection of The Lex at 2138...

Read More
After 7 Years, Loop Residential Building Finally Hits Paper, Bridge to MDA
Mar12

After 7 Years, Loop Residential Building Finally Hits Paper, Bridge to MDA

Things are finally coming together for the new residential building coming to 171 North Wabash in The Loop. We first reported on 171 way way way back in 2011, when it was the companion building to what is now called Experience 73, around the corner but still adjacent, at 73 East Lake Street.  Experience ate a parking garage to build a 42-story residential tower, and 171 was going to eat a surface parking lot/parking garage combo to...

Read More
Aon Center Views Will Start Before You Even Reach the New Observation Deck
Feb26

Aon Center Views Will Start Before You Even Reach the New Observation Deck

It was back in 2015 that we told you the Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street) is going to convert its 83rd floor into a public observation deck. At the time we wondered how the building would handle a sudden influx of thousands of daily tourists.  The skyscraper has very tight security in its lobby area, and the notion of letting tourists share the elevator banks with office workers seemed like a non-starter. Now the Chicago Tribune...

Read More
Spring May Not Bloom at Old Town Garden Center
Feb15

Spring May Not Bloom at Old Town Garden Center

One of the things that makes neighborhoods in Chicago and other cities livable is a diversity of retail institutions.  Before the Magnificent Mile became a homogenized reflection of suburban shopping malls, it was the place where you could get anything, if you knew where to look.  On a smaller scale, the same was true in many of the city’s neighborhoods, including Old Town. Now one of those quirky places that’s hard to...

Read More
Skyscraper Jungle Moves West With Plan For Two 50+ Story Towers
Feb02

Skyscraper Jungle Moves West With Plan For Two 50+ Story Towers

It was one thing when the brick warehouses and sheet metal abattoirs west of The Loop were set upon be developers throwing up 10, 12, even 14-story buildings in the neighborhood.  But these days 30, 40, and 50-story buildings are de rigueur in an area where not so long ago you couldn’t even buy a good cup of coffee. The latest entries into the ultra-urbanization of the area come from Related Midwest.  We’ve been telling...

Read More
Red Line Extension Gets a Path, But Will It Go Anywhere?
Jan30

Red Line Extension Gets a Path, But Will It Go Anywhere?

The City of Chicago has announced the route it wants the CTA’s Red Line to take when work begins on its southern extension. The project has been the dream of commuters, and the campaign promise of many a politician for decades.  While it’s possible to take a subway to the northern, eastern, and western extremities of Chicago, the far south side has been relegated to bus service. At a news conference, Mayor Rahm Emanuel...

Read More