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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Obama Presidential Center Hits Paper. Here’s The Details and Diagrams
Jan22

Obama Presidential Center Hits Paper. Here’s The Details and Diagrams

The Obama Presidential Center, planned for a sunny stretch of Jackson Park, has been making headlines around the world for the last few weeks.  But not in a good way. Publications from British tabloids to glossy Asian design mags to conspiracy web sites have been carrying stories about what appears to be growing opposition to the project’s scale, impact, location, and sometimes even its existence. (link link link link link link...

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Another Residential Tower Coming to the Loop
Jan11

Another Residential Tower Coming to the Loop

Yet another residential tower is going to dip its beak into the stream of people coming to live in The Loop. This latest proposal, reported in Crain’s Chicago Business, would see a parking garage on the northeast corner of Randolph Street and Wabash Avenue razed to make way for a 27-story skyscraper. The project at 50 East Randolph Street by Thomas Roszak is on the same block where another parking garage bit the dust to make way...

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West Town Development Frenzy Jumps the Tracks
Dec28

West Town Development Frenzy Jumps the Tracks

Earlier this month we told you about Sterling Bay’s plan for a new office building at 360 North Green Street.  Now the paperwork has officially been submitted to the City of Chicago. In one way, the location makes perfect sense, as it is an extension of the massive land rush transforming West Town into Chicagoland’s leading tech hub.  (Would the last meat packer in the neighborhood please turn out the lights before going...

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West Town’s SPECTRE Lands on Paper
Dec28

West Town’s SPECTRE Lands on Paper

The latest vision for a building to replace the surface parking lot at 801 West Lake Street has been filed with the City of Chicago.  SPECTRE is a project of neighborhood outfit Shapack Partners, with San Francisco’s Gensler at the virtual drafting table.  It’s worth mentioning that on some maps, this property is marked “The Green,” but we’re going with SPECTRE because that’s the name in city...

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Plans for 170 North Green Get Tweaked Again
Dec27

Plans for 170 North Green Get Tweaked Again

Bridgford Foods‘ project to redevelop the northern part of the Fulton Market block bounded by Lake, Green, Randolph, and Peoria Streets has been modified once again. Previous refinements of this building have seen it swell from 13 stories to 17 stories tall, and end up with 322 residences and 250 parking spaces. The latest paperwork filed with the city a few days ago shows the current plan is to keep the main building’s...

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