In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money
Feb20

In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money

People trying to stop, slow, or just change the massive Lincoln Yards development on Chicago’s north side lost another battle in City Hall. Rendering of Lincoln Yards (Via Sterling Bay) Chicago’s Community Development Commission voted unanimously to grant developer Sterling Bay $900 million in TIF money to help spur progress on the Goose Island mega project. The $6 billion development includes more than two dozen buildings...

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Historic Chicago Mod Kitchen May Cook Once Again
Feb19

Historic Chicago Mod Kitchen May Cook Once Again

Chicago loves architecture history. But it has a bad habit of tearing it down and leaving it strewn around the region. Now a historic kitchen has a chance of being loved once again. Landmarks Illinois disassembled the kitchen and moved it into storage of safe keeping. Now it’s looking for someone to give the kitchen a new home, in a place where the public can get to know not only its important design, but its important history....

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Grant Park Skyscraper Courting Overseas Buyers
Feb13

Grant Park Skyscraper Courting Overseas Buyers

If you think that Chicago’s high rise condo buildings don’t have the allure for international buyers that buildings in Miami, London, and Dubai do, you might be wrong. Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) The developers of 1000M (1000 South Michigan Avenue) have designated the 133 condominiums on floors 41 through 47 the “International Collection.” They appear to be smaller units, running from 325 (!)...

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New Lake Shore Drive Building Almost Ready To Stun New Residents
Feb12

New Lake Shore Drive Building Almost Ready To Stun New Residents

If you like the idea of having a Gold Coast address right across the street from Lake Michigan, but don’t want to live someplace someone else has, your opportunity is here. Pre-leasing has begun for 61 Banks Street, so you can pre-live there until the building opens. Rendering of 61 Banks Street (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) The eight-story building at 61 East Banks Street replaces a surface parking lot on the last empty Lake...

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110 North Wacker: From Blueprints To Steel
Feb12

110 North Wacker: From Blueprints To Steel

When Goettsch Partners revealed its design for 110 North Wacker, it included interesting feature: A series of three V-shaped structures along the Chicago River. These elements are designed to help support the fifty-something stories of skyscraper above them, as the Howard Hughes and Riverside Investment and Development project hangs over a new section of riverwalk it will bring to the city. If you have trouble visualizing how...

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Wild Plan Advances For Greening the Chicago River
Feb11

Wild Plan Advances For Greening the Chicago River

The second community meeting about Wild Mile Chicago was held recently, and enthusiasm is growing for a project that would have seemed a few McNuggets short of a Happy Meal a decade ago. Anchored on the banks of the Chicago River in the Goose Island area, Wild Mile Chicago envisions a mile-long “eco park” running along, and into, the industrial waterway. Don’t get too excited. This image that’s been circulating...

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Neighbor News: Lawsuit Tries to Stop Demolition of Historic Illinois Courthouse
Feb11

Neighbor News: Lawsuit Tries to Stop Demolition of Historic Illinois Courthouse

A coalition of preservation groups, and one angry western Illinois bondholder have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the demolition of the historic Rock Island County Courthouse. The groups, led by Landmarks Illinois, allege that Rock Island County is trying to illegally demolish the 1896 building after building a new Justice Center Annex a couple of dozen feet away. The old Rock Island County Courthouse and construction for the new...

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Goettsch Partners’ Renovation Sets the Stage for Union Station’s Next Act
Feb08

Goettsch Partners’ Renovation Sets the Stage for Union Station’s Next Act

If you haven’t been by Chicago Union Station in a while, here’s your excuse to make the trip: The renovations are done. This is what the kids call “awesome sauce.” (© Amtrak. Courtesy of Goettsch Partners) Just in time for the landmark transportation hub to be reimagined with a new hotel, restaurants, and a sister skyscraper, Goettsch Partners has announced that work is complete on its renovation of the...

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Cleveland Company Gets Local Help to Put Up a Tower Along 290
Feb07

Cleveland Company Gets Local Help to Put Up a Tower Along 290

It’s been almost five years since we first told you about plans for another residential tower along the Eisenhower Expressway. Back then 1061 West Van Buren was going to be the first project in Chicago from Cleveland’s Pizzuti Companies.  At the time, our Bill Motchan reported: Most of the new or rehabbed buildings on West Van Buren top off at nine stories. The Pizzuti development would definitely break that trend. It will have 16...

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Office Building Penciled in For Illinois and LaSalle
Feb06

Office Building Penciled in For Illinois and LaSalle

As downtown Chicago grows, not all of the projects sprouting up are beanstalks.  Some have to be broccoli: Good, hearty filler that provides essential nutrients for the city’s economy, and are best served covered in cheese. Under the cheese this time is an office building proposed for 450 North LaSalle Street — the corner of West Illinois and North LaSalle — which will erase another evil surface parking lot from the city’s land...

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