Optima Plan is the Most Murray Thing To Happen to Wilmette Since Bill
Nov23

Optima Plan is the Most Murray Thing To Happen to Wilmette Since Bill

The north shore village that was the home of both definitive Moses, Charlton Heston; and Assistant-to-the-General-Manager, Dwight Schrute, will soon be the home of a new apartment building. November 2020 rendering of 1210 Central Avenue (Courtesy of Optima) Up-lake neighbor, Optima has been given permission to put up 109 new homes over 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail at 1210 Central Avenue.   The residences will be in one-,...

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Plan Commission Approved a Skyscraper That Isn’t a Big Square on Another Big Square
Nov23

Plan Commission Approved a Skyscraper That Isn’t a Big Square on Another Big Square

Do you want a 35-story luxury skyscraper in your neighborhood? Because this is how you get a 35-story luxury skyscraper in your neighborhood. November 2020 rendering of 40 West Oak The Chicago Plan Commission has given its blessing to the construction of a new residential tower at 40 West Oak Street.  The new building was designed by Lucien Lagrange for Nahla Capital, and will replace the Warren Barr Pavilion’s parking garage.  ...

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Digging Wells in The 78
Nov23

Digging Wells in The 78

Earlier this year, much ado was made about the extension of Wells Street southward through the province that will one day become the bustling mixed-use neighborhoodlet called The 78.  Construction crews have continued to construct, confounding COVID, and a nice, smooth concrete street now exists where previously there was only a cracked and broken slab of history.  But the Wells-Wentworth Connector doesn’t yet connect Wells and...

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Wrigley Field Officially Awesome.  It’s a Signed Document.
Nov23

Wrigley Field Officially Awesome. It’s a Signed Document.

You don’t have to be a Cubs fan to consider Wrigley Field a national treasure.  It’s been anointed so by the Department of the Interior. The north side ballpark was named a National Historic Landmark a few days ago, complete with an 8½ by 11″ certificate, suitable for framing. Wrigley Field gets a thumb’s up from the Department of the Interior The proclamation signed by Scribbly McPenmanship lists the following...

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Moceri+Roszak  Plans a New Residential Skyscraper on Chicago’s Restaurant Row
Nov16

Moceri+Roszak Plans a New Residential Skyscraper on Chicago’s Restaurant Row

The group that brought some pretty spiffy skyscrapers to The Loop in recent years is casting its sights westward.   Moceri+Roszak wants to build a 27-story residential tower on the southwest corner of West Randolph and North Elizabeth Streets in West Town. November 2020 diagram of 160 North Elizabeth You may remember Moceri+Roszak from such projects as LINEA at 215 West Lake, Parkline at 60 West Randolph, and 145 South Wells at 145...

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On the Menu For Fulton Market: Office Building With Extra Hotel, Hold the Parking
Nov16

On the Menu For Fulton Market: Office Building With Extra Hotel, Hold the Parking

As redevelopment expands in Fulton Market like a ZipLoc bag filled with vinegar and baking soda, it’s pushing closer and closer to the east-west Metra tracks.  The latest project requesting a railroad view is at 311 North Sangamon, where plans are afoot to put up a 14-story building populated with offices and a hotel. November 2020 diagram of 311 North Sangamon The developers want to put the new building along the north side of...

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North Union Looks Like a Big Project in a Modest Space
Nov16

North Union Looks Like a Big Project in a Modest Space

The plans for the new North Union project have been laid out for everyone to see.  It will cover five city blocks just west of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood.  The land was formerly owned by the Institute, but was recently sold  so that the Moodys can focus their efforts on things other banking real estate. Diagram of North Union (Via JDL Development) The developer on this one is JDL.  You may...

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South Loop’s Newest Apartment Tower Gets Retailed
Nov16

South Loop’s Newest Apartment Tower Gets Retailed

If it feels like things are really moving in the South Loop these days, they are.  So far, 95 people have moved in to the Aspire apartment building at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  And the first business is getting ready to move in to the building, as well — GeeFit Boot Camp. November 2020 photo of Aspire Residences, 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) If you’ve ever seen us slouched in one of the auditorium seats at the...

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Video: Playing Pac-Man with Heavy Construction Equipment
Nov09

Video: Playing Pac-Man with Heavy Construction Equipment

You love construction equipment, and we love Pac-Man.  Together, we’re a match made in Public Relations Stunt Heaven. Screenshot of the action (via Caterpillar) Earth mover maker Caterpillar marked its 95th anniversary by digging a 30,000 square-foot Pac-Man maze, and populating it with remote-controlled skid steers. If you remember the 80’s, you’ll remember that each character in Pac-Man each had its own...

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The Colors of Autumn in Chicago From Above
Nov09

The Colors of Autumn in Chicago From Above

Just because Christmas music has been on the radio for a week doesn’t mean we’re done with Fall yet.  Just look at the tops of the eco-striving buildings across downtown Chicago and you can see green roofs turning yellow, orange, and brown faster than that old pumpkin you forgot is on your porch because you don’t go outside anymore. The chestnuts over at YoChicago! roasted these pictures from the roof of 727 West Madison.  Since...

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