Idling Chicago Commuters Seeing Loop Link Progress
Sep04

Idling Chicago Commuters Seeing Loop Link Progress

When sitting in your car or on your bus watching pedestrians zoom by, it can be difficult to accept a road construction project as being anything but a nuisance. But more often than not, we can see the intention of said nuisance and know it will be worth the temporary inconvenience when all is said and done. Since March, Chicagoans have been watching the Loop Link project slow things down through the heart of the downtown business...

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New Malcolm X College Campus Making the Grade
Aug06

New Malcolm X College Campus Making the Grade

On the city’s west side, Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago, is getting a whole new syllabus. Not just new classes, but new classrooms. And then some. Directly across Jackson Street from its current location at 226 West Jackson, a new facility is being erected. Construction began in 2014, and is expected to be completed for student use in January 2016, just in time for the spring semester. The $251 million...

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Status Update: Pan’s Aerie Labyrinth
Sep02

Status Update: Pan’s Aerie Labyrinth

In Greek mythology, Arkadia is the home of the god Pan.  If Pan lived at our Arkadia at 765 West Adams Street in Greektown, he was most certainly have his labyrinth at the very top.  And that’s what this photo by our own Bill Motchan shows—the top of Arkadia, topped off, but still very much under construction. The 33-story tower was designed by FitzGerald Associates, and is being developed by White Oak Realty Partners, which...

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Status Update: Greektown’s Newest Column
May21

Status Update: Greektown’s Newest Column

It used to take a pretty hearty squint at Greektown to envision the city’s plans to line the east side of Halsted Street with skyscrapers to protect this treasured strip of shops and restaurants from the big bad Kennedy Expressway. But these days it’s getting easier and easier. Our own Bill Motchan took this photograph of Arkadia, under construction at 765 West Adams Street. It’s one of several proposed and approved...

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Status Update: Not Playing Games at Arkadia
Mar17

Status Update: Not Playing Games at Arkadia

To paraphrase a favorite fictional Chicagoan, Ferris, “Chicago construction moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” That’s the case with Arkadia, going up at 765 West Adams Street in Greektown.  We cruised by the 33-story residential tower on the number eight bus just last Monday and admired its progress.  Two days later, bam!  Greektown spy Crealooper sends us...

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Status Update: Arkadia Rising in Greektown
Dec09

Status Update: Arkadia Rising in Greektown

  Greektown’s latest residential tower is rising along South Halsted Street.  Arkadia (765 West Adams Street) has poked above ground and construction crews are rapidly adding floors to what will eventually be a 33-story building. The animation above  (photos by our own Bill Motchan) shows how far Arkadia has progressed in 14 months— from packed parking lot to budding building site.  When completed in 2015 the FitzGerald...

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Pan Finds a New Home – Construction Underway on Greektown’s Newest Skyscraper
Jul22

Pan Finds a New Home – Construction Underway on Greektown’s Newest Skyscraper

  Three days ago, the City of Chicago issued building permits, and site prep is underway, for the latest residential tower to buffer Greektown from the Kennedy Expressway.  Arkadia will rise 33 stories at 765 West Adams Street. The building’s tower was originally oriented east-west in order to preserve views of downtown Chicago for people in Greektown and West Town, while the podium reflected noise from I-90/94 below.  But...

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The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Chicago’s Beloved Marquette Building
Feb28

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Chicago’s Beloved Marquette Building

It is one of those buildings that the unsuspecting might pass right by, its unflashy brown façade and comparatively modest scale giving no overt clues to its architectural significance and the artistic treasures it contains. But the Marquette Building (140 South Dearborn Street) is a quintessential example of an early skyscraper and the Chicago commercial style, a successful office building rich with art that honors Chicago history,...

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Smaller Greektown Tower Still Unpopular, Gateway II Faces a Murky Future
Feb27

Smaller Greektown Tower Still Unpopular, Gateway II Faces a Murky Future

An overflow crowd of more than one hundred people, most of them West Loop residents, met last night (February 26th) to learn about the latest plans for Phase II of The Gateway — the mixed-use retail and residential tower that remains half-built in the northern end of Greektown. The first part of The Gateway, a retail building anchored by a Mariano’s Fresh supermarket, was completed last year at 40 South Halsted Street. The...

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The West Loop’s Mothballed BP Tower May Still Rise Under a Different Name
Feb21

The West Loop’s Mothballed BP Tower May Still Rise Under a Different Name

Christmas came late to Chicago’s skyscraper enthusiasts when last week a plan was announced to erect a 75-story office tower at 601 West Monroe Street.  For the first time in a long time, their Christmas stockings would be stuffed with a truly interesting design, at a highly-visible downtown location, backed by a developer flush with cash from recent building sales. We saw the drawing in Crain’s Chicago Business, too, and...

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