Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60
Nov14

Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60

The city of Chicago reached a milestone today.  With the erection of the tower crane at Belgravia Group’s Renelle on the River, that makes 60 tower cranes in the Chicago sky. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a noted fan of tower cranes, visited the site of the bKL-designed building person to mark the occasion. While Census Bureau numbers show Chicago’s population dwindling, downtown’s residential, hotel, and office development...

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Checking In On 168 North Michigan
Nov13

Checking In On 168 North Michigan

Today we’re checking in on 168 North Michigan, because it looks like it will be a long time before anyone else checks in at the hotel that’s supposed to be going in this space. 168 has been the subject of many big plans, and a metric ton of pigeon droppings, ever since Greece’s Atlantic Bank left the building close to a decade ago.  It’s currently being converted into a 200+ room “independent lifestyle...

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Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point
Nov09

Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point

There’s something to be said for a rainy autumn day in Chicago.  Something about the drizzle pattering off the pale yellow leaves of the few remaining ash trees in the city’s medians.  And the low-hanging clouds that turn the city of skyscrapers into a busy village.  And then there’s the mud. The people at Wolf Point know about mud.  You may remember last month the hole being dug for Pelli Clarke Pelli’s East...

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Now Open: Landmark West Loop
Nov06

Now Open: Landmark West Loop

Another Near West Side residential building recently celebrated its grand opening.  Landmark West Loop actually started welcoming residents at the beginning of August with a soft opening, but now things are officially official. The building is conveniently located on the banks of the Eisenhower Expressway, across the highway from the U.I.C. campus, and across the street from Target.  It’s also just six blocks from the West Loop....

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Chicago’s Theater District Gets a New Hotel
Oct30

Chicago’s Theater District Gets a New Hotel

The transformation of the tower above the Oriental Theater in The Loop is finally complete.  The building has been renovated from offices into a new boutique hotel. There were several plans floated for the building in the last few years, as downtown has started bulging with new tourists, residents, and students.  Everything from a condo conversion to student housing was on the table at one time or another.  But Murphy Development...

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Holy Name Tower Gets a Name, Little Opposition
Oct24

Holy Name Tower Gets a Name, Little Opposition

Two weeks ago we told you about a proposal to fill the surface parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral with a shiny new dual-skyscraper project.  Now we know a little more about it. About a dozen dozen people turned out for a public meeting about the $700 million complex, which is being called One Chicago Square (1 West Chicago Avenue).  The people in attendance at the event hosted by 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins...

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Sizeable Residential Tower Planned for Blossoming Milwaukee Corridor
Oct17

Sizeable Residential Tower Planned for Blossoming Milwaukee Corridor

As the city of Chicago’s various neighborhoods re-make themselves in a more modern image, new residential neighborhoods are blooming in unlikely places.  As Kate Nash’s 20-something garage-punk angstfest  goes, “You can grow flowers from where dirt used to be.” One of those cracks from where flowers are springing is the Milwaukee Avenue corridor between Wicker Park and downtown.  What used to be the domain of...

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Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder
Oct16

Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder

‘Tis the season for skyscrapers in Chicago, and not surprisingly, the greater Greektown/West Town area isn’t being left behind.  The latest project in the works for the corner of Lake and Halsted is an enormous 58-story tower designed by Perkins Eastman Architects. The project is the latest effort by the Related empire to shoulder in to the area west of the Loop.  Since coming to town a few years ago, Related Midwest...

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19-Story Tower Rejected for Being Too Tall Back as 51-Story Tower
Oct16

19-Story Tower Rejected for Being Too Tall Back as 51-Story Tower

Another developer is going to try to put up a huge skyscraper in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. Tucker Development and Related Midwest want to replace a surface parking lot with a 51-story residential skyscraper at 156 North Peoria Street.  While the area west of the West Loop has welcomed skyscrapers along the Kennedy Expressway in Greektown, anything taller than a good pole vault immediately brings out a pack of...

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Plans Filed For Soaring Cathedral District Skyscraper, and Holy Name is it Big
Oct11

Plans Filed For Soaring Cathedral District Skyscraper, and Holy Name is it Big

For the third time in recent years, an underutilized Chicago Roman Catholic church parking lot will be replaced by a skyscraper.  This time, it’s across the street from Holy Name Cathedral; and as would seem appropriate for the parking lot of the archbishop, this thing is huge. “Seventy-six stories!” is what the headlines have been crying all day since the plans were filed with the city for what we’re going to...

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