It’s Been a While, But Downtown Lake Shore Drive Reconfig Still “Has a Chance”
May31

It’s Been a While, But Downtown Lake Shore Drive Reconfig Still “Has a Chance”

It’s been over five years since we first heard about city plans to re-configure Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago.  A lot of work has been done on the Drive in other parts of the city, but the downtown portion remains congested, dangerous, and falling apart.  But according to 2nd Ward Adlerman Brian Hopkins, “This is a bold, visionary project that has a chance to come to fruition.”  It’s been a long time...

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The Hudson May Now Proceed Upward
Feb29

The Hudson May Now Proceed Upward

If you notice The Hudson with a little extra swagger in its step this week, there’s good reason. This proclamation from the City of Chicago arrived Friday: WORK_DESCRIPTION New construction 25 story mixed use high rise consisting of retail at the first floor, parking at basement through the 3rd floor and dwelling units at floors 3 through 25 with amenity spaces at floors 3 and 4.750 NORTH HUDSON STREET And with those words, the...

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The Hudson Begins Flowing Along Chicago Avenue
Dec04

The Hudson Begins Flowing Along Chicago Avenue

The Hudson (750 North Hudson Avenue) is scratching and clawing its way up from the dirt at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Hudson Avenue in the city’s River North neighborhood. Weeks after Case Foundation could be heard boring holes into the earth, crews have been streaming into the site to continue the work. The Hudson, designed by Chicago firm Pappageorge Haymes, will deliver 240 apartments across its 25 stories. Shunning the...

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Yeah, Why Don’t You Meet Me For Lunch At The Cat-Piloted Flying Saucer 
Nov24

Yeah, Why Don’t You Meet Me For Lunch At The Cat-Piloted Flying Saucer 

I don’t know about you, but the office I work in doesn’t have a tiki bar. Or an enchanted forest. Or a giant cat in a flying saucer. Well, you might have those amenities in your workplace… if you work for Groupon. You could probably call it whimsical, fun, funky, or maybe a little weird. Either way, this isn’t a silk-stocking law firm or a staid old bank. And the Groupon folks are probably just fine with their anti-corporate,...

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Status Update: The Location of 805 North LaSalle
Aug22

Status Update: The Location of 805 North LaSalle

Have you noticed the signs around the construction site at 805 North LaSalle Street?  They’re not so much signs as giant ransom notes spelling out “Location” like a 1980’s art director who’s just fired up MacWrite for the first time. San Francisco font aside, what developer Smithfield Properties is trying to accomplish here is a great idea.  It calls the concept “affordable luxury.”  We call...

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“Missing Tooth in Chicago’s Urban Fabric” Expected to be Quickly Filled by Chicago+LaSalle Skyscraper [updated x2]
Jun20

“Missing Tooth in Chicago’s Urban Fabric” Expected to be Quickly Filled by Chicago+LaSalle Skyscraper [updated x2]

The newest residential tower planned for Chicago’s Near North Side is sailing through the bureaucratic process , and is expected to be approved by the city and break ground before the end of the year. “I’m inclined to approve the project,” said Second Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti at a public meeting at the Moody Bible Institute last night. Of the approximately 150 people in attendance, none spoke in opposition to...

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Slice of Life: A Landmark Neutered
May21

Slice of Life: A Landmark Neutered

It’s been more than a year since the iconic neon red YMCA sign was taken off of the Lawson House (30 West Chicago Avenue), but it’s still hard to get used to.  A Gold Coast spy recently sent in these photographs of the noble 1930’s skyscraper without its crown. The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is moving its headquarters to 1030 West Van Buren in the West Loop. Regarding the Lawson House building, spokeswoman Jill...

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New Near North Skyscraper Will Preserve Piano History, Bury Your Childhood
May20

New Near North Skyscraper Will Preserve Piano History, Bury Your Childhood

“Here we grow again!” said nobody at Smithfield Properties last week when it submitted its plans to the City of Chicago for a 34-story residential building on the corner of West Chicago Avenue and North LaSalle Street. Over the last couple of decades Smithfield Properties has been instrumental in transforming Chicago’s Near North Side from acres of warehouses, small factories, and surface parking lots into a...

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Status Update: Children’s Memorial Hospital

From most angles, the new Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue) appears done, but there is still much work to be done. The facade was officially completed in February, but the ground floor remains hidden behind a wall of blue-painted plywood. The public portions of the building are expected to be completed later this month, along with the new sidewalk planters, traffic signals, and...

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Slice of Life: When Cranes Snuggle

A pair of cranes working on the new Children’s Memorial Hospital (225 East Chicago Avenue) take a snuggle break in the middle of the day....

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