Fulton Market Tower Returns Smaller, Bigger, and With a Change of Purpose
Jul05

Fulton Market Tower Returns Smaller, Bigger, and With a Change of Purpose

The new tower that Dallas real estate developer Trammel Crow wants to build in Chicago’s Fulton Market District is back on the front burner, but at a reduced boil. The original plan, which we detailed in 2016, called for 18 floors in a 198-foot-tall building.  The new plan filed with the city cuts the building down to just 13 stories, but with a height of 207 feet.  What kind of sorcery is this? The new design by...

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Onni Adjusts Its Plan For 353 West Grand, But Is It Enough?
Jun25

Onni Adjusts Its Plan For 353 West Grand, But Is It Enough?

Some skyscrapers go from announcement to completion in a couple of years.  Others take longer.  353 West Grand, a proposal from Vancouver’s Onni, is one of the ones taking the more ponderous route. We’ve known since 2013 that something big was coming to the southwest corner of Grand and Orleans, the former location of the Clark and Barlow hardware store.  In 2015, Onni put forward a plan from River...

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Union Station Redevelopment Making Tracks Tonight
Jun25

Union Station Redevelopment Making Tracks Tonight

The redevelopment of Chicago Union Station (210 South Canal Street) continues to chug along (see what we did there?) and the next step in the process is a public meeting to go over the most recent plans for the 93-year-old transportation hub. It was just about a year ago that Amtrak tapped neighbor Riverside Development to turn the aging, but vital, piece of the city’s infrastructure into something more than it is, and something...

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353 West Grand Debuts Tonight.  Again.
Jun18

353 West Grand Debuts Tonight.  Again.

Last week we told you that the residential skyscraper planned for the corner of Grand and Orleans in River North is back on.  Tonight we find out if it’s on like a lunch date with your mom, or on like Donkey Kong.  Whatever that means. Onni is the semi-familiar name behind this project to replace the old Clark and Barlow hardware store at 353 West Grand Avenue with 356 new homes in a 38-story tower.  The Canadian developer is...

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No Need To Worry About That $175 Million Bill For Obama Center Roadwork
Jun18

No Need To Worry About That $175 Million Bill For Obama Center Roadwork

Just when you thought the State of Illinois didn’t have two spare pennies to rub together, Springfield is sending a big fat gym bag full of cash to the Windy City to help make its former hometown President’s project a reality. The state, which was named America’s Most Messed Up State by CNN Money, is sending Chicago a $180 million grant from the road fund to pay for infrastructure projects.  97% of those tax dollars...

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Three Years Later, a River North Skyscraper is Redesigned and Reproposed
Jun11

Three Years Later, a River North Skyscraper is Redesigned and Reproposed

It’s been a little while since the last proposal for a residential skyscraper in River North.  But things are starting to roll again. In an e-mail to constituents, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly announced that 353 West Grand is in play again.  You may remember that address as the former home of the Clark and Barlow hardware store. It’s been a little over a year since we last wrote about this property.  Back in April of...

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More Shipping Container Retail Coming to Chicago
Jun04

More Shipping Container Retail Coming to Chicago

A recent fad in retailing is getting a big expansion in downtown Chicago.  Related Midwest is going to open a miniature shopping mall made of shipping containers. You may recall in 2013, Starbucks opened a coffee shop in Rogers Park that was built out of shipping containers.  And in January of last year, Avondale’s 34/Ten Architecture proposed a farmer’s market made out of shipping containers for the renovation of the...

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Everything There is To Know So Far About The 78 in Chicago’s South Loop
May29

Everything There is To Know So Far About The 78 in Chicago’s South Loop

It’s not every day that a building document gets filed with the Chicago City Clerk that reads, “Maximum Number of Dwelling Units: 10,000.”  But then, The 78 by Related Midwest isn’t an everyday development. The city filing is standard procedure for many building projects in Chicago.  Everything from a basement renovation to the massive 400 Lake Shore Drive proposal have to go through this sort of thing....

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Sterling Bay Not Putting All of Lincoln Yards’ Eggs In One Basket
May21

Sterling Bay Not Putting All of Lincoln Yards’ Eggs In One Basket

Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards development is widely seen as one of the frontrunners if Amazon decides to build its second headquarters in Chicago.  But now that northern Virginia is largely considered the leader in the race for HQ2, it’s a good thing the West Town real estate developer has other rabbits to pull out of its hat. One of those bunnies is a new agreement with Live Nation.  The L.A. entertainment octopus is going...

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O? Yes! Chicago Plan Commission Approves Obama Presidential Center
May17

O? Yes! Chicago Plan Commission Approves Obama Presidential Center

It’s not unusual for there to be some pretty rancorous behavior when a new real estate development is presented to the public.  Chicago NIMBY groups are practiced partisans.  But it’s been many years since we’ve seen a scene like the one at City Hall today.  The spark for this fire was the Obama Presidential Center. Inside 121 North LaSalle’s hallowed chambers the Chicago Plan Commission unanimously approved...

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