Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers
Jun24

Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers

One Chicago (the buildings, not the futures exchange) is one of the projects we’re watching more closely these days.  Which is why we’re happy to report that progress is… progressing. The city block across the street from Holy Name Cathedral has been denuded of the three brick buildings which once nestled together along the Dearborn Street side, and three surface parking lots have also been scraped away, leaving...

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Another Shuttered Chicago Sears Store To Reopen As Housing
Jun24

Another Shuttered Chicago Sears Store To Reopen As Housing

The closed Sears store at North and Harlem in Chicago’s North Austin neighborhood is the latest to be turned into housing by a New York investment group. Seritage is a company that was spun off from Sears four years ago specifically to slurp up dead Sears stores and transform them into “revitalized shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations.” Seritage’s web site states that the company has 206...

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Three-Building River North Project Hits City Hall
Jun18

Three-Building River North Project Hits City Hall

A proposal to redevelop a River North office building while simultaneously deep-sixing two adjacent surface parking lots has made its way to City Hall on paper. The location of 308 West Erie (Base map via Apple Maps) In the diagram above, you can see the parking lots along North Franklin Street that are going away are outlined in red.  The building that will be preserved, 308 West Erie, is outlined in green.   The parking lot to the...

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A Fulton Market Office Building that Actually Won’t Change the Neighborhood
Jun18

A Fulton Market Office Building that Actually Won’t Change the Neighborhood

It seems like each day brings news of another piece of West Town’s industrial history being turned into a  playground for the young-and-would-be-rich-if-not-for-their-student-loans. 1234 West Fulton Market (Via Apple Maps) But today we’re happy to report that the low-slung manufacturing building at 1234 West Fulton Market will NOT be replaced by a glitzy high-rise with a fake brick facade on the lower floors to blend in...

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Chicago’s Growth Spurt Hits A Gold Coast Corner
Jun17

Chicago’s Growth Spurt Hits A Gold Coast Corner

Another new development is coming to the area surrounding the Gold Coast’s Viagra Triangle. The tony ‘hood is not immune from the wave of redevelopment sweeping over the core of Chicago.  Old restaurants are making way for new hotels.  Venerable greystones are yielding to hyperluxe condo blocks.  And the places that crooners once sang about have long since taken their bows. Next on the chopping block: The...

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Fulton Market Transformation Reaches Union Park
Jun17

Fulton Market Transformation Reaches Union Park

You don’t have to be an old-timer to remember when Chicago’s Fulton Market district was a no-go zone for most people.  It was a place crammed with triple-parked refrigerated trucks, forklifts zipping to and fro, and freshly slaughtered carcasses visible to all through loading dock doors. It’s not like that anymore. Today Fulton Market has taken the hipster aesthetic that failed to thrive in Bridgeport and...

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Pretty Much the Last Thing You Want to See at Top of Willis Tower
Jun12

Pretty Much the Last Thing You Want to See at Top of Willis Tower

There’s a reason thrill rides are called “thrill” rides. People engage in them for the thrill of cheating death. Even if the chance that something life-shortening might happen is 0.000001%, it’s still a thrill to ride a roller coaster, parachute from a plane, or mention Aunt Margie’s mole at Thanksgiving dinner. What a fully-functioning floor at The Ledge is supposed to look like (File) Huggies were...

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IIT Architecture School Names New Dean
Jun12

IIT Architecture School Names New Dean

The former dean of Tulane University’s architecture school, and former editor of Architecture magazine has been tapped to head the College of Architecture at IIT. Reed Kroloff  will take the helm of the Chicago school August 1st, leading an institution that has shaped those who shaped the world for more than half a century. IIT (Via Apple Maps) Mr. Kroloff should be a familiar name to Chicago architecture fans.  He was in the...

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Andersonville School Close to Becoming a Landmark
Jun10

Andersonville School Close to Becoming a Landmark

Chicago’s Landmarks Commission has approved a plan to make the former Lyman Trumbull school building in Andersonville the city’s newest landmark. The building on the northwest corner of Ashland and Foster was designed by Dwight H. Perkins (once of Burnham & Root), and built in 1909. Lyman Trumbull school building (Via Apple Maps) A report for the Landmarks Commission describes the building thusly: Trumbull is regarded...

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Fulton Market Tower Gets Taller, Drops Solar
Jun05

Fulton Market Tower Gets Taller, Drops Solar

A new building going up just off Fulton Market is going even uppier. Or something like that.  Mark Goodman & Associates has been given approval to add another floor to 310 North Sangamon.  The 12-story building will now be 13 stories when it’s done. The overall building height will now be 180 ½ feet tall – an increase of ten feet and change.  June 2018 rendering of 310 North Sangamon (Courtesy of Mark Goodman...

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