Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street
Apr20

Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street

Over the past three weeks, you’ve told you here and here about the new residential project happening at what is now 156 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop, and what will become 165 North Des Plaines Street. Thanks to a couple visits from friends and readers to our Tip Line, we knew to be on the lookout for some demolition work to the rear portions of the North Jefferson address. And pay attention is what we did. Crews from...

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Amenities Help Sell Catalyst, The Sleek New West Loop Rental Building
Oct06

Amenities Help Sell Catalyst, The Sleek New West Loop Rental Building

When I moved into my West Loop apartment in 2011, a cool view of the city skyline from the roof—and propane BBQ grills up there—seemed like great add-ons to a living space with high ceilings and stainless appliances. Three years later, the latest rental developments make our place seem positively spartan. Every new high-rise apartment building now boasts more and better amenities. A perfect example is Marquette Companies’ gleaming new...

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K2 Open and Ready for Chicago’s New Generation of Renters
May13

K2 Open and Ready for Chicago’s New Generation of Renters

Just in time for apartment-hunting weather, another shiny new Chicago apartment tower is now open for business. K2 (365 North Halsted Street) is the final piece of the K Station development in the city’s Fulton River District. It offers 496 apartments in a 34-story skyscraper connected to both North Halsted Street, and to the new Jewel supermarket on North DesPlaines Street. The building is designed for the new set of urban...

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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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Alta at K Station Gets Maple-Flavored
Dec21

Alta at K Station Gets Maple-Flavored

Ten months after selling the Echelon at K Station (353 North Desplaines Street), Fifield Companies has sold its sister project, Alta at K Station (555 West Kinzie Street) for $302 million. Echelon went for $298,000 per apartment.  Fifield did better with the two-tower Alta complex, getting $356,000 per apartment out of the Canadian company Morguard. This is Morguard’s first building in Chicago.  Its only other properties in the...

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New Blood May Be The Catalyst For The West Loop
Aug22

New Blood May Be The Catalyst For The West Loop

For years now the surface parking lot at 630 West Washington Street has teased us with its giant sign promising that The Catalyst is coming soon.  Soon may finally have come. The Marquette Companies, out in Naperville, is now in control of the project and plans to break ground in the October-November-December timeframe.  It will be a standard residential tower over retail and parking podium design with 223 homes across 22 stories and...

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Lots of Gripes, Few Changes With Old Saint Pat’s Tower Plan

The design of the proposed office tower at 625 West Adams Street has been revised. In response to the concerns of neighbors about the building’s size and harsh reflections from the setting sun, Solomon Cordwell Buenz architects has altered the western facade to make it resemble a grid pattern.  The grid helps break up the building’s massing, and the three types of glass help cut down on reflection. That’s about the...

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Briefly: Honoring Ida, Old Saint, New Hotel
Nov04

Briefly: Honoring Ida, Old Saint, New Hotel

Chicago sculptor Richard Hunt has been selected to create a monument honoring historic anti-lynching published Ida B. Wells to be placed on the median at East 37th Street and South Langley Street in Bronzeville.  More information here. The people behind the proposed Old Saint Patrick’s Tower will present a revised plan for their West Loop skyscraper next week.  The last 22-story proposal set off the grump-o-meters for a lot of...

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Elevating Old Saint Pat’s

Work has begun to add an elevator and a cloister to Old Saint Patrick’s Church (180 South DesPlaines Street) in the West Loop.  The elevator project will give people in wheelchairs reliable access to one of the city’s most historic churches, and the cloister will make a nice gathering space. The area between the church of the Saint Patrick’s campus of the Frances Xavier Warde School (120 South DesPlaines Street) has...

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A Fire Station Repurposed

A few weeks ago, we featured a building in Cabrini Green that was one of the old Chicago Fire Insurance Patrol buildings.  The Fire Insurance Patrols were the predecessors of today’s Chicago Fire Department. While a lot of these old buildings are gone, a number of them remain scattered around the city.  This one has been repurposed into a classroom building for the Old Saint Patrick’s campus of the Francis Xavier Warde...

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