Status Update: What’s New at New City
Aug27

Status Update: What’s New at New City

The latest retail development in Chicago’s hot hot hot Clybourn Corridor district is taking shape. New City is a $260 million project from Structured Development and Bucksbaum Retail Properties at 1515 North Halsted Street in Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood.  When complete, it will have 360,000 square feet of retail space, a 19-story residential tower, and 40,000 square feet of office space when it opens in the Autumn...

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Status Update: Stadia Arkadia
Aug25

Status Update: Stadia Arkadia

Everybody loves SkyBridge, the pioneering slightly deconstructionist residential tower recently featured in an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters program.  If Greektown didn’t have so many Greek icons, SkyBridge would be the symbol of the neighborhood.  But now SkyBridge isn’t the only tower on the block. Arkadia topped out a couple of weeks ago, and it has one heck of a commanding presence along the Kennedy Expressway....

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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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Here We Grow Again! Big Curving Tower Coming to Halsted Corridor
Apr15

Here We Grow Again! Big Curving Tower Coming to Halsted Corridor

  How hot is the downtown Chicago residential market?  So hot it could have a physicist explain it on the television show Nova.  The P.B.S. version, not the weak Fox reboot. To wit, the new residential tower proposed for the corner of West Lake Street and North Halsted Street in West Town.  Crain’s Chicago Business has the scoopage on the building currently known as 171 North Halsted, and says it’s a joint project...

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Fifield Companies Celebrate A Bridge From K2 To Downtown
Apr11

Fifield Companies Celebrate A Bridge From K2 To Downtown

  Disneyworld is purported to be the happiest place on earth, but for number two on the list I’d like to nominate the West Loop apartment building K2 (365 North Halsted Street). On its one-year anniversary April 10th, I spoke with several residents who said they loved living there. Chelsey, a transplant from Baltimore, moved in shortly after K2 opened. She said her neighbors at K2 are very friendly and nearly everyone there moved to...

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Plan Commission Approves Controversial Bridgeport Heliport
Mar20

Plan Commission Approves Controversial Bridgeport Heliport

Ten years after the last non-hospital downtown Chicago helipad was demolished to make way for a skyscraper, the Chicago Plan Commission has unanimously approved the construction of a new heliport in Bridgeport at 2420 South Halsted Street. Chicago Helicopter Express wants to build the private heliport along the Chicago River, next to the CTA Orange Line Halsted Station.  It would have 14 helipads, a terminal building, and a refueling...

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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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Latest Greektown Skyscraper Cut Down Again, Residents Finally Say Opa!
Aug28

Latest Greektown Skyscraper Cut Down Again, Residents Finally Say Opa!

The West Loop’s Gateway Phase II residential development (9 South Green Street) is finally moving ahead. Tuesday night, 130 residents gathered at the Merit School of Music and voiced their approval of the latest version of the residential development at the corner of South Green and West Madison. The meeting was hosted by the West Loop Community Organization and 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. Like many West Loop meetings where...

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Inside The New Habitat on Hubbard
Aug18

Inside The New Habitat on Hubbard

If you go anywhere near River North lately, you can’t help but notice the neighborhood’s newest skyscraper, Hubbard Place (360 East Hubbard Street). Rising behind the Merchandise Mart and across the street from the East Bank Club, it commands attention as it plays off its older sister to the north, Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street). On a recent sunny morning I had the chance to stop by Hubbard Place and get a...

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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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