Caution: Work Area. Maybe. [u]
Feb16

Caution: Work Area. Maybe. [u]

We’ve been fooled once before by the surface parking lot at 205 West Hubbard Street in River North. We’ll be darned if anyone’s gonna make us jump to conclusions again. But… There is much anticipation for the Hirsch Associates Architecture design ready to take up two lots on this site, “this site” being the southwest corner of Wells and Hubbard Streets. For it is here that Centrum Partners is...

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New Fence Parks Itself at 205 West Hubbard Street
Aug18

New Fence Parks Itself at 205 West Hubbard Street

Wait…is that possible? Probably not. More likely, work is getting ready to start at 205 West Hubbard Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Why else would you fence off half of your parking spaces? Look for those Divvy bikes to be moved soon from the corner of Hubbard and Wells Streets so construction can begin on the new 9-story office building and its accompanying 22-story residential tower proposed by developer...

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Former Gym Gets Knocked Out, But What’s Next For This Primo Property? [u]
Aug22

Former Gym Gets Knocked Out, But What’s Next For This Primo Property? [u]

Two weeks after good readers like you started sending in pictures of demolition equipment massing near the bowels of the Magnificent Mile, and two days after we reported that they were swarming to attack the former Lakeshore Athletic Club at 441 North Wabash Avenue, a pair of powerful pneumatic pincers on poles are prying apart the property. It was Loop Spy Ryan who first sent us pictures of the demolition equipment, followed by...

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Mag Mile’s Lakeshore Athletic Club About to Come Down [u]
Aug19

Mag Mile’s Lakeshore Athletic Club About to Come Down [u]

For the last 10 days or so, people have been hitting the Tip Line asking what the heck is going on over at the intersection of Rush and Hubbard, behind the Wrigley Building. Recently a metric buttload* of heavy demolition equipment showed up in the parking lot bounded by East Illinois Street, North Rush Street, East Hubbard Street, and North Wabash Avenue.  Digging through city paperwork turned up nothing, even though people like Loop...

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Status Update: Hubbard Place All Gussied Up
Nov25

Status Update: Hubbard Place All Gussied Up

The last time we checked in with Hubbard Place (360 East Hubbard Street), we took you on a hard-hat tour of the 43-story residential skyscraper from the concrete and exposed rebar of its bowels to its unfenestrated penthouse.  Now, as Hubbard Place approaches occupancy, you don’t have to imagine what it will look like when it’s done any longer. The public relations company for The Habitat Company sent over new photographs...

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Status Update: Hubbard and Its Brother
Oct28

Status Update: Hubbard and Its Brother

Fulton River Spy Alex sent in this picture showing the nearly-complete exterior of Hubbard Place (360 East Hubbard Street), the new River North residential tower that we’ve explored in depth here several times.  You can also see its older sibling, Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street) to the left, and the East Bank Club filling in the space between the two towers. All three buildings and a tiny parking lot are part of the...

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Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does
Sep18

Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does

Last month we took you on a tour inside the skyscraper going up in River North known as Hubbard Place. Recently we sat down with John Lahey, C.E.O. of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the Chicago architecture firm that designed the building to learn more about its planning. Editor: Hubbard Place is the southern bookend of this development, which has been slowly coming together since the 70’s. Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street)...

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Slice of Life: Grace Among Philistines
Aug07

Slice of Life: Grace Among Philistines

  A good friend recently introduced me to her peculiar hobby – photographing historic tile foyers.  And ever since then, I can’t help but notice them. On pretty much any block in Chicago where the buildings of yesteryear have been left in peace, you’ll find vestibules with their floors adorned with elaborate mosaics.  Often it’s just the address of the door behind.  Sometimes it’s the name of a...

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Status Update: Making Up AMLI River North
Aug06

Status Update: Making Up AMLI River North

You know how a woman in a hurry will sometimes leave the house before her makeup is done?  That’s what happening now at AMLI River North (71 East Hubbard Street). The 50-story building is open for business, but crews are still clinging to its side, painting its face.  The grey of the concrete is being painted over with a whiteish primer, and then with a final color of beige.  The building is painted beige because that color...

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Status Update: Hubbard Place Tops Out
May10

Status Update: Hubbard Place Tops Out

Hubbard Place (360 West Hubbard Street) has finished punching its way into Chicago’s skyline, and now has a commanding presence on the edge of the Chicago River, across the street from the East Bank Club.  The River North apartment tower topped out this week, and also began leasing units for October occupancy.  Like nearby Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street), its taller sister a few blocks north, Hubbard Place’s...

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