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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New Near West Side Condo Tower To Get Public Debut
Jan15

New Near West Side Condo Tower To Get Public Debut

The people who want to put up an 18-story condominium tower on North May Street between Madison and Washington are ready to share their plans with the public. West suburban Sulo Development is already building Hayden West Loop on the same city block.  But this new proposal is twice the height. The new building has the (hopefully temporary) name 19 North May.  Right now that space is construction staging for Hayden, so it doesn’t...

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Lincoln Yards Plan B Nearly Doubles Park Space
Jan15

Lincoln Yards Plan B Nearly Doubles Park Space

Just days after Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins told his constituents that he won’t support Sterling Bay’s vision for the massive Lincoln Yards development, the West Town developer is out with plan B. The main sticking point in the original plan was an entertainment district, anchored by a soccer stadium and a number of live music venues owned by massive global entertainment octopus Live Nation. It’s not that the...

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Aon Center Elevator Attraction Looks Like A Go
Dec17

Aon Center Elevator Attraction Looks Like A Go

Late this week the Chicago Plan Commission is expected to vote on whether to allow the new owners of the Aon Center to clamp a glass elevator to the northwest corner of the city’s third-tallest building and put a thrill ride on the roof. If you’re not into that whole “waiting for stuff to happen” thing, here are some tea leaves for you to read: It’s gonna happen. How can we prognosticate in such an...

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University of Chicago OK to Build New Hotel By Obama Center
Dec04

University of Chicago OK to Build New Hotel By Obama Center

The City of Chicago has given permission for the University of Chicago to build a new hotel on 60th Street at Kimbark, between the Keller Center and the new David M. Rubenstein Forum, currently under construction. The 15-story hotel designed by The Loop’s Holabird and Root and developed by New York’s Hospitality 3 will have 167 rooms, a fitness center, meeting space, and a restaurant. The building will be 138,000 square...

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Completing Wolf Point: Salesforce Tower Chicago and Its Semi-Public Observation Floor
Dec03

Completing Wolf Point: Salesforce Tower Chicago and Its Semi-Public Observation Floor

The Salesforce Tower is the most skyline-defining building to land in San Francisco since SCB’s One Rincon Hill.  Now Chicago is getting a Salesforce Tower of its own. Hines made the announcement Friday that San Francisco’s largest non-gub’mint employer will expand its cloud in the Windy City, and sent over the nifty rendering above, showing what  Salesforce Tower Chicago will look like.  You probably remember it as...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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