160 North Elizabeth Heads to Plan Commission
Mar01

160 North Elizabeth Heads to Plan Commission

The people behind a plan to put up a 27-story skyscraper at Randolph and Elizabeth in West Town are ready to make things happen.  Moceri+Roszak’s 160 North Elizabeth is scheduled to get an airing before the Chicago Plan Commission this month. Rendering of 160 North Elizabeth (Via Thomas Roszak Architecture) 160 was designed by Thomas Roszak Architecture, and features a large tower atop a podium.  The tower is divided...

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Sports Arena Planned Near McCormick More Joystick than Placekick
Mar01

Sports Arena Planned Near McCormick More Joystick than Placekick

The people behind SMASH Hotels are ready to have an impact on Chicago’s near south side.  Smash INTERACTIVE (shout when you say that) is ready to ask the Chicago Plan Commission for permission to build an e-sports arena on an industrial plot at the southeast corner of the Stevenson Expressway and the CTA Green Line flyover. Location of the proposed e-sports arena at 2500 South Wabash Avenue. (Via Apple Maps) You may know the...

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City Preserving the Morton Salt Shed
Mar01

City Preserving the Morton Salt Shed

For almost a hundred years, the Morton Salt complex at 1357 North Elston Avenue, has been welcoming commuters to downtown Chicago.  Now the city landmark with a lower case “l” is becoming an official City Landmark, with an uppercase “L.”   The Morton Salt complex, before the eastern shed was torn down last year (via Apple Maps) This coming Thursday (March 4, 2021), the Commission on Chicago Landmarks will...

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Trib Tower Rock Tally Down to 149, As One Piece Moves to the Suburbs
Feb21

Trib Tower Rock Tally Down to 149, As One Piece Moves to the Suburbs

Eight years ago, we received an e-mail from a teacher asking for a list of all of the stones embedded in the facade of the Tribune Tower.  Neither she, nor we, were able to find a full list on the internet, so we spent half a day wandering around what was then the home of the Chicago Tribune, jotting down the rocks. The resulting article, listing all 149 rocks, is now our fifth-most-read article, with over 13 million views. Tribune...

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West Loop Parking Lot Targeted for 2-Tower 1,000+ Apartment Plan
Feb20

West Loop Parking Lot Targeted for 2-Tower 1,000+ Apartment Plan

There are two things that never give up hope: Dogs, and the surface parking lot next to Heritage Green Park. Model of 625 West Monroe by SMDP. The 250-space West Loop slab at 601 West Monroe Street has been the subject of at least four redevelopment plans since we started publishing 18 years ago.  From a modest 20-something-story office tower to smdp’s angular 38-story BP Tower to the 75-story office slant floated in 2013....

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South Loop Apartment Plan Back in the Cupboard with the Mothballs
Feb20

South Loop Apartment Plan Back in the Cupboard with the Mothballs

If you were excited about the transformation of a South Loop surface parking lot into a pair of modest skyscrapers with a hotel and supermarket, you picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue. December, 2020 rendering of 525 South Wabash (Courtesy of BKV Group) In a memo to his constituents, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly conveyed the news that the developer of 525 South Wabash Avenue, e-Terra+, has decided to pull its project...

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Video: Legat’s Hyatt Place Wicker Park Roof and Sky Lobby
Feb20

Video: Legat’s Hyatt Place Wicker Park Roof and Sky Lobby

We haven’t written about Legat Architects in a while.  Not because the West Loop wonders aren’t doing a great job.  But because we no longer live next door, and had to find somewhere else to sharpen our pencils. In between emptying our shavings, Legat had time to put together a video showing off its design for the sky lobby and rooftop at the Hyatt Place Chicago/Wicker Park.  It’s a very sunny presentation, and...

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Construction Begins on Near West Side Building with Family-Sized Condos
Feb20

Construction Begins on Near West Side Building with Family-Sized Condos

Six dozen new condominiums are on the way to Chicago’s Near West Side, as Belgravia Group has broken ground on CA6, its newest residential project. The building at 305 South Racine Avenue is expected to be complete next year.   February, 2021 rendering of CA6 (Courtesy of Belgravia Group) While some developers are embracing so-called “micro apartments,” this is one of the new Chicago residential buildings that...

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As Completion Approaches, Loop Residential Skyscraper Starts Leasing
Feb20

As Completion Approaches, Loop Residential Skyscraper Starts Leasing

The Loop’s newest residential tower is now leasing apartments.  Parkline Chicago sits at the corner of Randolph and Wabash, so close to public transit that you can see the sparks fly from the Brown Line trains. February, 2021 image of Parkline (Courtesy of Moceri + Roszak) Although construction isn’t due to wrap up until this spring, leasing has already begun for its 190 apartments.  The building will also have 24...

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ADM Flour Mill on Ogden Meets the Wrecking Ball
Feb15

ADM Flour Mill on Ogden Meets the Wrecking Ball

Chicagoans love their industrial history.  They also love to tear that history down and put up square, boring buildings that maximize shareholder value.   The ADM flour mill at 1300 West Carroll Avenue being demolished on February 11, 2021. (Courtesy of YoChicago!) Our tip line went nuts on Thursday when heavy machinery from Heneghan Wrecking started tearing into the 1897 Archer Daniels Midland flour mill on Ogden Avenue in West...

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