What’s Next? So Far, It’s Five Floors and Counting
Sep22

What’s Next? So Far, It’s Five Floors and Counting

Of course, we’re just having fun with the name. Next refers to the new residential tower from Fifield Companies at 347 West Chestnut Street in Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Pappageorge Haymes, the 28-story high-rise will bring 310 luxury rental apartments to this redeveloping area. Having the word “luxury” in the description means Next has to be loaded with...

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Big Changes in the Works on North Orleans Street
Aug20

Big Changes in the Works on North Orleans Street

There’s a giant crane in the sky at 347 West Chestnut Street, and it’s trying to tell us something. Specifically, that work has been ongoing since we last visited the intersection of Chestnut and Orleans. That was back in June, when Fifield Companies held groundbreaking ceremonies for its latest Cabrini-Green neighborhood development, Next. Once the gold shovels had turned dirt and attendees had downed ahi tacos faster...

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Will a Gold Coast Tower Light Up Our Lives?
Apr15

Will a Gold Coast Tower Light Up Our Lives?

You know how people hate when Chicago’s skyline gets messed with?  Especially since it’s recently become festooned with corporate logos and light-up doodads?  Well, this should put some people’s teeth on edge: ADD LED ROPE LIGHTING TO SOFFITS ON 47 FLOORS It’s part of an electrical permit for 111 East Chestnut, formerly known as the Élysées Condominiums.   “Élysées” as in the famous Parisian palace,...

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Status Update: 1 East Chestnut
Aug13

Status Update: 1 East Chestnut

  The new residential tower going up on the corner of State and Chestnut in Chicago’s Gold Coast is steadily climbing into the sky.  1 East Chestnut is part of a two-building development going up on Loyola land, but only half of it will officially serve the Loyola community. The residential skyscraper is being developed by Newmark, while the adjacent classroom building is being developed by the university.  While it would...

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Status Update: 1 East Chestnut plus Quinlan School of Business
Apr10

Status Update: 1 East Chestnut plus Quinlan School of Business

Even in a city as busily expanding as Chicago, it’s unusual to have two buildings going up at the same time on the same block.  But that’s what’s happening at Chestnut and State in the Gold Coast. That’s where Loyola University has two new buildings going up. One is an apartment building, the other a classroom building. Loyola hired Newmark to develop the residential tower at 1 East Chestnut Street.  It will...

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Dishing the Deets on Fifield’s New Cabrini Green Tower
Feb16

Dishing the Deets on Fifield’s New Cabrini Green Tower

The transformation of the greater Cabrini Green area from a stigmatized ghetto into a revitalized mixed-income neighborhood continues.  Just days after the Chicago Housing Authority released its preliminary intentions for the next phase of its part of the project, Crain’s Chicago Business had the news that Fifield plans to build a new residential tower on the south side of the West Chestnut Street dead end, near the abandoned...

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Two Loyola-Backed Buildings One Nod Closer to Construction
Mar26

Two Loyola-Backed Buildings One Nod Closer to Construction

It looks like Loyola University’s big new project for the Gold Coast will make the transition from paper to real life.  The Chicago Plan Commission has given its blessing to a 36-story apartment tower and a 10-story classroom building to be built along North State Street between East Chestnut Street and East Pearson Street.  The project still needs full city council approval, but that’s pretty much a rubber stamp process...

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The Beans About the Gold Coast’s New Residential Tower and School Building
Feb17

The Beans About the Gold Coast’s New Residential Tower and School Building

Loyola University is talking more about its plans for the corner of State and Chestnut in the Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. We first told you about the proposal in December of 2012. Back then, it was little more than a location and half a rendering. Now we have the full details and it looks pretty good. While the property is owned by Loyola, and a single architecture firm, SCB, will design the project, the result will be...

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Public Park Privatized in Chicago’s Gold Coast

In the last couple of months, we’ve received two inquiries from people asking what’s going on with Connors Park.  If you’re not familiar with the name, you may know it as the triangle-shaped slice of open space in front of the Sofitel (20 East Chestnut Street), bounded by Rush, Delaware, Chestnut, and Wabash. It’s a very small space (about 17,000 ft²), and features a small pergola, a nice little fountain, a few...

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Culti Gone

For those of you playing the Great Michigan Avenue Store Closing Drinking Game, it’s time to take another gulp. Culti is gone (840 North Michigan Avenue, though it was really around the corner on Chestnut Street).  We noted its opening back around Christmas, 2009 (Culti Looks Redi).  The high-end boutique specialized in luxury housewares.  A couple of visits showed that the items were not overpriced for the quality, but possibly...

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