Status Update: Xavier Moving Toward Completion at 625 West Division
Aug21

Status Update: Xavier Moving Toward Completion at 625 West Division

The 18-story residential high rise now known as Xavier continues to hurtle towards its Fall opening. The design by GREC Architects is bringing 240 homes to 625 West Division Street, an area rich with urban renewal following the tear-downs in the Cabrini Green neighborhood. A prime piece of real estate situated directly across the street from the new Target store, the 244,000-square-foot building will include ground-floor retail space...

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Next Phase of Parkside of Old Town Rising On West Division
Aug20

Next Phase of Parkside of Old Town Rising On West Division

Redevelopment of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood continues on the city’s north side, and Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation’s Parkside of Old Town project continues to grow. This particular project, at 459 West Division Street, will bring an eclectic mix of dwelling options when ready for occupation in the winter 2016. At completion, the Landon Bone Baker Architects-design will include 106 dwelling...

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Argyle Street Transformation *Not Quite* Started
Jul07

Argyle Street Transformation *Not Quite* Started

Monday, in this very space, we let you know the final phase of the Argyle Street transformation was officially underway. This morning, anticipating loud machinery tearing holes in pavement, I set out to watch things get done. Welp… Turns out, I’m a little early. After trekking on foot all the way over to the construction area (Editor’s Note: You had to walk one block, Dan) I found that, in fact, it is not a...

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A Pullman Update: The Future Takes Shape With Community Planning Session
May01

A Pullman Update: The Future Takes Shape With Community Planning Session

For years, the Pullman Historic District was positioned as the next logical addition to the National Park System. It finally happened on Feb. 19 when President Obama visited the site to officially make the designation. Now that the Pullman District is a bona fide national monument, the real work begins. It’s safe to say that Pullman will be a work in progress. Planning for the future of the site is a necessary step. On April 18, 400...

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A First Look at the Final Chapter in Burying Cabrini Green’s Past
Feb05

A First Look at the Final Chapter in Burying Cabrini Green’s Past

When an alderman or city agency holds a community meeting to get feedback on a planned development, they can’t be sure if anyone will show up.  That wasn’t a problem last evening at the Seward Park gymnasium at 375 West Elm Street where the first open house was held to unveil the Cabrini-Green Draft Redevelopment Zone Plan. As snow fell outside, the gym was nearly full with residents and developers eager to view the plan.  It’s...

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Chicago’s New Virgin Slips Into a Little Something Skimpy and Red and Sheer
May01

Chicago’s New Virgin Slips Into a Little Something Skimpy and Red and Sheer

From cell phones to space ships, Richard Branson’s Virgin industrial empire has never been shy about standing out in a crowded marketplace. And even before the world’s first Virgin Hotel opens in Chicago, the building is already shouting, “Hey! Look at me!” As construction crews are turning the dowdy old Dearborn Bank Building (203 North Wabash Avenue) into a voluptuous, chic, trendy hotel they’ve wrapped...

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New Plan for Chicago’s Old Esquire Theater
Jul24

New Plan for Chicago’s Old Esquire Theater

It’s been many months since we heard about anything happening with the old Esquire Theater (58 East Oak Street).  Now, there’s word from Alderman Reilly’s office that a new rehabilitation plan is being floated. Previous plans included tearing the theater down and replacing it with a residential tower, tearing the theater down and replacing it with a boutique hotel, and rehabbing the property while shoehorning in both...

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Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?
Jul22

Will Chicago Finally Get a New Supertall Skyscraper?

Yesterday, grand plans were unveiled for redeveloping Chicago’s old Main Post Office (433 West Van Buren Street), and the surrounding area.  They include the construction of five residential, hotel, and office skyscrapers perched atop a massive parking, retail, and transit podium spanning the Chicago River. The highest profile portion of the project is a 120-story tower to be built just west of the river at 350 West Harrison...

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The Marketing of Downtown Chicago

Last month, we noted two important announcements for the health and vitality of downtown Chicago: The new CityTarget coming to the Sullivan Center (35 South State Street), and Wal-Mart’s new Urban Market to be installed at Presidential Towers (555 West Madison Street). As much as we hate giving credit to politicians for jobs well done, the outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley really deserves a laurel, and hardy handshake for these...

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Latest Esquire proposal passes latest hurdle

There may finally be some movement at the Esquire Theater on Oak Street.  It’s been five years since the multiplex shut down, leaving the city’s most posh shopping district with a giant vacancy. This week city council’s Plan Commission approved a plan which would replace the theater with three brownstone-scale retail buildings like the others lining Oak Street.  The facade has landmark status, so it will be...

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