Chicago’s Affordable Housing Drought Finally Gets a Sip of Water
Dec19

Chicago’s Affordable Housing Drought Finally Gets a Sip of Water

It’s not a secret that Chicago has an affordable housing problem. And while Chicago is not alone among large (and small) American cities in this fashion, it’s Chicago that we’re most interested in here. Which is why it was interesting to see a few affordable housing projects pop up on the Chicago Plan Commission’s meeting agenda last week. In recent years, affordable housing has come to Chicago is dribs and...

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Construction About to Restart for 73-Story South Loop Skyscraper
Dec08

Construction About to Restart for 73-Story South Loop Skyscraper

One of the late Helmut Jahn’s last designs may get built after all. Time Equities, JK Equities, and Oak Capitals have announced that the construction of 1000M is going to restart any day now. How is this possible? Money. December, 2021 rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) The development trio has closed on a $304 million construction loan, which will be used to get things moving again. It was last year that local media...

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Suburban Light Show Lands in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Dec05

Suburban Light Show Lands in Chicago’s Gold Coast

We (among many others) have long bemoaned the transformation of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile from one of the nation’s premiere shopping districts into pretty much a suburban mall — except with more kids banging empty buckets. Now the suburbanization of Chicago’s retail experience has crept into the one remaining outpost of high-end shopping in the city: The Oak Street District. Sure, Oak Street has been in decline for...

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Big Deahl Starts Small, Breaking Ground on Two Residential Buildings
Dec05

Big Deahl Starts Small, Breaking Ground on Two Residential Buildings

If you’re a devotee of Peet’s Coffee, you’ve probably seen the Big Deahl development developing for a while in the space between Cabrini Green, and the North and Clybourn Apple Store. The multi-phase project opened its retail space, Movement Lincoln Park, as a gym a few months ago. Now, phase two is underway. A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for the next two buildings: Common Lincoln Park, and The Seng....

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A Look at Where All That Adopt-a-Landmark Money Goes in Chicago
Dec05

A Look at Where All That Adopt-a-Landmark Money Goes in Chicago

For the last five years, real estate developers in Chicago have been using a city program called Adopt-a-Landmark to get things out of City Hall, and vice-versa. It’s one of the key tools that developers use to cram a little more height into a space that was meant for less. In essence, if they write a check to the Adopt-a-Landmark program, they can add a few more floors to the fancy downtown office buildings, condos, hotels, and...

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Goettsch Goes Beast Mode at Lincoln Park Cat House
Nov21

Goettsch Goes Beast Mode at Lincoln Park Cat House

“Attica! Attica! Attica!” If the only reason you go to the Lincoln Park Zoo is for the Christmas lights display, now there’s another reason: To check out the historic Lion House. Even we have to admit the Lion House was pretty depressing. It smelled bad. It was crowded. It was noisy. And you can’t help but feel bad for the beasts behind the wire waiting for that big litter box in the sky. The only reason to go...

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Evanston’s Tallest Building Gets Spruced Up
Nov21

Evanston’s Tallest Building Gets Spruced Up

With more people heading back to the office, a lot of them are noticing changes. Things like there seems to be an awful lot of parking available these days. And that keeping a stash of fruit in your filing cabinet wasn’t such a good idea after all. If your office travels take you to Evanston, then you may find yourself in Orrington Plaza, which is also sporting a new look. November, 2021 photo of the Orrington Plaza lobby....

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“The House That Bozo Built” Will Likely Meet a Wrecking Ball
Nov20

“The House That Bozo Built” Will Likely Meet a Wrecking Ball

A fairly anonymous three-story brick building at 2501 West Bradley Place in Chicago’s North Center neighborhood may be torn down in the next few years. It’s been sold to Houston mega real estate developer Hines. WGN-TV (file) This isn’t just any building. It’s the home of WGN-TV. The television station moved to this building in 1963 because the old Tribune Tower space was too small. The Trib’s building...

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SOM Bakes Up 2 Skyscrapers To Replace ADM Flour Mill
Nov17

SOM Bakes Up 2 Skyscrapers To Replace ADM Flour Mill

A lot of people had strong feelings when the old ADM flour mill at 1300 West Carroll Street was turned into powdermilk biscuits earlier this year. Some people thought such an industrial legacy no longer belonged so close to downtown Chicago. Others who had lived in the city longer had grown to love it, and felt a kinship with that piece of history. But none of that matters now because serial real estate developer Sterling Bay has...

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Skyscraper at 210 North Morgan Seeks Approval
Nov17

Skyscraper at 210 North Morgan Seeks Approval

Earlier this week, we predicted that the paperwork for a new skyscraper at 210 North Morgan Street in West Town would hit City Hall, and now here it is. October, 2021 rendering of 210 North Morgan. 210 is a project from Newcastle Limited, designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, that will reach 380 feet into the sky a half-block north of the CTA Green/Pink line — you guesed it — on North Morgan Street. The most interesting part...

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