Committed To Higher Learning, DePaul Gets a Tower Crane Permit
Apr13

Committed To Higher Learning, DePaul Gets a Tower Crane Permit

There’s music in the air around the Lincoln Park neighborhood. And soon, construction materials will be up there as well: FOUNDATION DESIGN FOR THE INSTALLATION AND OPERATION OF A MANTIOWOC MD485 TEMPORARY TOWER CRANE, AS PER PLANS. Those “plans” are for the new DePaul School of Music, on the campus of DePaul University. The tower crane permit, issued by the City of Chicago March 25th, means the school can start...

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Closing the Gap at The Parker Fulton Market
Apr06

Closing the Gap at The Parker Fulton Market

We’re only a matter of days away from seeing the final pieces of glass added to the upper floors at The Parker Fulton Market. Shapack Partners‘ 29-story apartment tower at 171 North Halsted Street broke ground in the West Loop back in Winter 2015. 14 months later, Focus Construction crews are just three floors away from sealing the whole thing off from the outside world. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Booth Hansen,...

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The Parker Fulton Market Tops Out at Halsted and Lake
Dec17

The Parker Fulton Market Tops Out at Halsted and Lake

Sometimes you can just sense change in the air. Such was the case this morning, when we flung on the lights at the Chicago Architecture West Loop Bureau, looked out the window, and saw the tower crane at The Parker Fulton Market (171 North Halsted Street) has been lowered below the top floor. That can only mean one thing. A top-out. We reached out to Focus Development, Inc., the general contractor and developer (along with Shapack...

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Slice of Life: Come For the Shopping, Stay For the views, at NewCity
Nov24

Slice of Life: Come For the Shopping, Stay For the views, at NewCity

We’re oversimplifying things. There’s much more to do at the NewCity development along Lincoln Park’s Clybourn corridor besides shop. Especially considering the 199 luxury rental units available in the 19-story residential tower means you can live there, too. In fact, you may never have to leave, what with having your own grocery store and a half dozen restaurants to choose from. Heck, you can even go bowling without...

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171 North Halsted Brings the Pane, Gets a Name
Nov10

171 North Halsted Brings the Pane, Gets a Name

There are two things you can write to get a reaction out of the staff at The Chicago Architecture Blog: “New Glass!” and “New Name!” But something one should never do is announce both of those phenomena without making sure you’re not blocking the fire exit. Such was the case Monday, when we scrambled on foot over to Lake and Halsted to confirm rumors the Booth Hansen-designed residential tower at 171...

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Introducing 352 North Union Avenue
Nov04

Introducing 352 North Union Avenue

Tuesday evening, interested residents of Chicago’s west side were ushered into the basement of Old St. Pat’s Church to get their first look at a new apartment tower proposed to nestle between the K2 residential building and the railroad tracks in the 300 block of North Halsted Street. 352 North Union Avenue was introduced by Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd) and Neighbors of the West Loop. Cardiff Mason Development Inc hopes...

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Curve on the Kennedy Now Visibly Curvy
Sep01

Curve on the Kennedy Now Visibly Curvy

What we at the Chicago Architecture Blog have taken to calling The Curve on the Kennedy (171 North Halsted Street) might conjure up nightmares for Chicago drivers. What exactly do we mean? The angled segment through Hubbard’s Cave? The constant jam as you veer west at the Edens junction? The turn at Nagle before you hit the home stretch on the way to O’Hare? Wow. Now that we list them out, we see your point. And apologize...

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Status Update: 171 North Halsted Begins Blocking View of Cool “Breakout” Wall
Jul16

Status Update: 171 North Halsted Begins Blocking View of Cool “Breakout” Wall

The new, wonderfully-curved residential tower at Lake Street and North Halsted is taking shape in West Town. We zipped over to have a look, and it’s already risen 5 stories above the street. When the Booth Hansen design is complete, it will have (depending on which document filed with the city turns out to be final) 28-30 stories, with 214-227 residences. Another thing it will have is the ability to completely obstruct our view...

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Status Update: The Curve on the Kennedy
Apr08

Status Update: The Curve on the Kennedy

It was with a great sigh of relief that architecture enthusiasts greeted the design of 171 North Halsted Street when it was presented to the public just about a year ago.  Well, keep exhaling because the building you loved on paper is well on its way to becoming a concrete and steel reality. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell went a calling recently and found the hardware store that was once there is long gone, the...

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Status Update: Halsted South of Armitage
Sep15

Status Update: Halsted South of Armitage

The long-vacant lot on the east side of North Halsted Street just south of Armitage Avenue is now under construction.  The former tbree-story building at 1927 North Halsted was demolished in 2005, and since then the fairly large parcel has been an uncharacteristically empty space with a nice fence. Our photographer Daniel Schell brings us these pictures of construction crews working on the basement of the new building.  It will be two...

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