Crate and Barrel-Shaped C&B Building to Become Verismo-Shaped Starbucks Building
Apr26

Crate and Barrel-Shaped C&B Building to Become Verismo-Shaped Starbucks Building

The transformation of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile from a string of exclusive boutiques and unique shopping experiences into a suburban mall continues with the arrival of a mega Starbucks. The Seattle caffeinator is the latest international homogenized brand to bigfoot its way onto the Boul Mich with a flagship store. This one taking over the Crate and Barrel building. As is often the case on Michigan Avenue,...

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Readers Cry Wolf, Point at Soil Sampling
Apr25

Readers Cry Wolf, Point at Soil Sampling

With the recent completion of 150 North Riverside, and River Point at 444 West Lake Street, could there be signs that the third major confluential construction project is getting ready to start? Loop Spy Chris sent in photos he took showing soil sampling equipment at Wolf Point. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen dirt rigs at Wolf Point, but it’s the first time since the last time, and that’s good enough for...

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150 North Riverside Opens For Business
Apr21

150 North Riverside Opens For Business

It’s hard to believe that just four short years ago there were people scoffing at the idea of balancing a 54-story skyscraper in the middle of a set of very active rail lines on the edge of the Chicago River. But here we are today, with the official opening of 150 North Riverside. It’s not the first time that Goettsch Partners has cantilevered an office building on either side of a central core. But it’s the first...

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New Residential Tower Opens in Near North
Apr19

New Residential Tower Opens in Near North

Chicago has another new option for downtown living.  Niche 905 (905 North Orleans Street) is now open for business, and accepting move-ins. Niche 905 was developed by Ascend Real Estate Group and designed by FitzGerald Associates.  It has 202 apartments across 18 stories, snuggled between the CTA Brown/Purple Line tracks and the nearly unrecognizable Cabrini Green neighborhood. The rise of Niche 905 mirrors the transformation of the...

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Marlowe Ready to Move In To River North
Apr18

Marlowe Ready to Move In To River North

Just one month after 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly spilled the beans about The Marlowe (675 North Wells Street), the city of Chicago has issued permits so that construction can begin. NEW CONSTRUCTION FOR FOUNDATION AND SUPERSTRUCTURE. 15–STORIES, 100-DWELLING UNITS AND 76-EFFICIENCY UNITS FOR A TOTAL OF 176-DWELLING UNITS AND 84-PARKING SPACES. LMC is planting The Marlowe in a surface parking lot on the east side of Wells...

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Video: bKL Looks Back at GEMS World Academy Building One
Apr18

Video: bKL Looks Back at GEMS World Academy Building One

bKL Architecture has posted a new video on its YouTube channel, highlighting the GEMS World Academy school building.  It’s the first of two GEMS buildings that will eventually be located in the New East Side.  The second will be adjacent to the first building, but face Wacker Drive and the Chicago River instead of Lakeshore East Park. While still one of the newest schools in Chicago, the building has been running long enough to...

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New Apartment Block Will Be the Tallest in Union Park Area
Apr17

New Apartment Block Will Be the Tallest in Union Park Area

If you’re a fan of Union Park, or Randolph Street’s Restaurant Row, a new residential building called Lake+Ada might be a good fit for your lifestyle. Marquette Companies is putting up the new apartment building at 158 North Ada Street. That’s just half a block from Randolph Street and a block from the park. At ten stories, it will be the tallest building in the immediate area, with views in all directions since its...

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New Office Building to Surface Across From Google’s Fulton Market Beachhead
Apr17

New Office Building to Surface Across From Google’s Fulton Market Beachhead

Fresh off the reconstruction of 312 North Carpenter Street, Madison Capital is ready to move ahead with putting up a whole new building next door at number 328. The 312 North Carpenter project involved renovating an existing four-story building, and doubling its space by putting on a matching addition. The rest of the half-block between Fulton Market and Carroll Avenue is a small two-story industrial building. Madison wants to ace...

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New Apartment Tower Says Opa! to Greektown
Apr14

New Apartment Tower Says Opa! to Greektown

The row of mid-height buildings that line the western side of Halsted Street in Greektown is going to get its southern end filled in finally. The city of Chicago has issued a permit for a new 12-story building at 808 West Van Buren Street. THE FOUNDATION PERMIT SCOPE WILL INCLUDE THE FOUNDATION CAISSONS AND GRADE BEAMS, THE LOWER LEVEL MEPFP SPACES AND STORM WATER RETENTION TANK, THE GROUND LEVEL RESIDENTIAL ENTRY LOBBY, RETAIL,...

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Alderman Says There’s No Vacancy For a 60-Story Tower at Superior and Wabash
Apr10

Alderman Says There’s No Vacancy For a 60-Story Tower at Superior and Wabash

Chicago vice-mayor, and serial hotel killer, Brendan Reilly has struck again.  The 42nd Ward Alderman has axed a plan by New York’s Symmetry Property Development to put up a 60-story SOM-designed hotel and residential tower named The Carillon on West Superior Street and North Wabash Avenue, just behind Holy Name Cathedral. In a letter to his constituents, he says there’s simply too much congestion in that location, and the...

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