Status Update: Hubbard Place
Dec17

Status Update: Hubbard Place

The new residential tower going up across the street from the East Bank Club continues to grow, and it has a better name.  360 West Hubbard became the Habitat Tower, and now it’s officially Hubbard Place.  The building is really starting to take off, and you can see its northeast-facing curve, reminiscent of Kingsbury Plaza up the street at 520 North Kingsbury Street. A huge space at 351 West Hubbard will become the leasing...

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Status Update: Habitat Tower
Jul11

Status Update: Habitat Tower

The Habitat Tower (360 West Hubbard Street) is starting to rise in River North.  The tower portion is about 30 feet high, and it gives you a pretty good sense of how the building will fit into the neighborhood. It’s actually pushed toward the East Bank Club side of the plot, instead of up against Steve’s Deli, which should help keep things light and airy in the...

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Update: Habitat Tower
Apr09

Update: Habitat Tower

After a business lunch at Steve’s Deli on Hubbard Street recently, we shot a couple of pictures of the hole in the ground that will soon become The Habitat Tower (360 East Hubbard Street). Most of the caisson work appears to be done, and the crane’s up, so it’s on to the foundation and pretty soon we’ll see steel reaching into the sky for what is planned to be a 45-story apartment building. For lots of...

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A Hubbard Habitat

Last week we mentioned briefly that construction was going to begin on the Habitat Tower (360 West Hubbard Street) in the next few weeks.  That got us plenty of e-mail asking for more information about the building. In a nutshell: “For people who like Kingsbury Plaza, this is the sort of thing they will like.” Here some of the details we scraped together about it: Developer: The Habitat Company Address: 360 West Hubbard...

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The Say Good-Bye Gallery

Many of the more enduring memories I have of being a child in the 1970’s were of the horrible predictions of things to come.  For some reason the teachers I had in school were always teaching us about things that would very shortly bring about the end of the world. I remember being taught that there’s not enough food in America to support 300 million people.  Now we have 350 million and we’re mostly fat. I...

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Time for Architecture

There are some cities in the world where you don’t need a watch.  Wherever you are there are buildings and posts, and towers, and signs adorned with a variety of clocks. Chicago isn’t one of those cities. The kind of clocks we tend to get around here tend to be either few and historic or afterthoughts in Disney-inspired family-friendly fake town squares.  But not everyone has put Father Time out to pasture. This...

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What is Hubbard’s Cave?
Sep23

What is Hubbard’s Cave?

Every day millions of people driving around Chicagoland listen to the local traffic reports on TV or the radio.  Hundreds of times a day, traffic reporters reference a place in Chicago called “Hubbard’s Cave.”  Travel times in and out of the Loop are calculated based on the location of this landmark.  But remarkably few people really know what it is, or what it looks like. (The entrance [or exit] of...

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