Adler Planetarium Expansion Could See Historic Building Sprout Wings
Dec04

Adler Planetarium Expansion Could See Historic Building Sprout Wings

People have been thinking about expanding the easternmost element of Chicago’s Museum Campus. A feasibility study is underway to see if an ambitious $211 million expansion and renovation of the Adler Planetarium is a good idea, according to a document anonymously beamed into our tip line. The Adler Planetarium (file) According to the document, with a star date of October of this year, Chicago’s favorite (and this...

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33-Story Banquet Coming to the Fulton River District
Dec02

33-Story Banquet Coming to the Fulton River District

What’s better than a State Street Thanksgiving parade stuffed with Jesse White Tumblers?  How about a 33-story skyscraper stuffed into the Fulton River District?  42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly went all Father Christmas on us Thanksgiving eve, letting the development cat out of his red velvet bag.   November 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) The pope’s nose at...

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5 Chicago Buildings to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving
Nov23

5 Chicago Buildings to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving

A lot of people aren’t going to work this week, so chances are you’re not reading this.  If you’ve buried your nose in your phone rather than listen to Uncle Earl lecture your mom — again — about how if it doesn’t say “USA” on the package, the turkey came from China, then read on to understand why there are so many architectural reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving. John Hancock Center at...

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113-Story Michigan Avenue Tower Refined, Not Chopped
Nov19

113-Story Michigan Avenue Tower Refined, Not Chopped

If you were worried that the new super tall skyscraper planned for Chicago’s Magnificent Mile was going to be shortened — or worse, cancelled — you can unclench your buttcheeks; everything is fine. At a public meeting tonight, Los Angeles developer CIM Group and Streeterville’s Golub showed an anxious crowd a revised vision for Tribune Tower East, which they want to put up in what used to be a parking lot behind the...

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Evanston’s Newest Apartment Building Open For Business
Nov18

Evanston’s Newest Apartment Building Open For Business

Evanston is the latest Chicago suburb to sport a new apartment building. LINK Evanston recently had its official grand opening, complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 811 Emerson Street, on the northern edge of the city’s downtown. The LINK Evanston (Courtesy of CA Ventures) LINK (shout when you say that) brings the neighborhood 241 new apartments in a nine-story building.  Apartments in the bKL-designed building range from...

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Abandoned Two-Story School To Become Eight-Story Hotel
Nov18

Abandoned Two-Story School To Become Eight-Story Hotel

Back when Chicago’s Immaculate Conception parish and Saint Joseph parish were individual communities, there was a school on the corner of Orleans and Hill Streets, next to Cabrini Green.  Saint Joseph School at 1035 North Orleans Street closed almost a decade ago, but a real estate developer is trying to re-open it as a hotel. 1035 North Orleans Street (via Apple Maps) The conversion involves adding six stories on top of the...

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New River West Apartment Building Tops Off
Nov18

New River West Apartment Building Tops Off

The latest residential block on the Milwaukee Avenue Corridor has topped off.  740 North Aberdeen was designed by FitzGerald Associates for Fifield and is expected to be open by this time next year. November 2019 rendering of 740 North Aberdeen (Courtesy of Fifield Cos) When complete, the building will be 11 stories tall with 188 apartments over 2,400 square feet of retail space and 80 parking spaces.  McHugh Construction is doing the...

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Neighborhood Church To Become Offices and Homes
Nov18

Neighborhood Church To Become Offices and Homes

We’ve seen plenty of Chicago houses of worship transformed into housing in the last 20 years.  What’s proposed for 4601 South Ellis in Kenwood has a twist — offices. 4601 South Ellis (via Apple Maps) Saint James United Methodist Church moved out of its marvelous house of worship in 2010, and now an application has been filed with the city to give it a new life.  Fortunately, like most Chicago buildings that go...

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Building Under Construction Already Sending Out Good Vibes
Nov12

Building Under Construction Already Sending Out Good Vibes

For those people who crane their necks at the skyscrapers being built around Chicago, the scene doesn’t really change all that much.  The highlight of an urban construction safari might be a wave from a construction worker way up high, or a crane hoisting a port-a-potty into the sky.  Now there’s something else to look for: affirmation. By now you’ve probably seen artist Matthew Hoffman’s message...

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Long-Vacant Edgewater Lot Gets Yet Another Building Plan
Nov12

Long-Vacant Edgewater Lot Gets Yet Another Building Plan

5440 North Sheridan isn’t a bad lot.  But since that motel got knocked down years ago nothing seems to click there.  Edgeville Buzz says the location has been empty for at least a decade.  And we’ve tracked at least three proposals for new residential buildings at that address — none of them have panned out. The latest proposal comes from Cedar Street Companies, the people behind the Flats residential brand. 5440 North...

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