Madhouse on Madison Adding Off-Ice Offices
Feb26

Madhouse on Madison Adding Off-Ice Offices

If you’ve attended a Chicago Bulls or Chicago Blackhawks game this winter, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the edifice being constructed next to the United Center. If you’ve also noticed that said construction site has taken over the lot where you used to park for said sports events, and you wish to lodge a complaint with whoever kicked you out of that lot, look no further than the two home teams themselves. The brand...

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Bulls, Blackhawks Digging Themselves Huge Hole Before Seasons Even Open
Sep24

Bulls, Blackhawks Digging Themselves Huge Hole Before Seasons Even Open

If someone offers you a cheap parking spot in the east lot of the United Center for the upcoming Chicago Bulls or Chicago Blackhawks seasons, don’t take the bait. It’s a trick. The Madhouse on Madison is getting a new neighbor. Actually, it’s getting the best kind of neighbor there is: the kind you build yourself. Back in January, the United Center announced plans to erect a privately funded 6-story,...

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Idling Chicago Commuters Seeing Loop Link Progress
Sep04

Idling Chicago Commuters Seeing Loop Link Progress

When sitting in your car or on your bus watching pedestrians zoom by, it can be difficult to accept a road construction project as being anything but a nuisance. But more often than not, we can see the intention of said nuisance and know it will be worth the temporary inconvenience when all is said and done. Since March, Chicagoans have been watching the Loop Link project slow things down through the heart of the downtown business...

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Residents Begin Entering West Loop Through The Gateway
Aug21

Residents Begin Entering West Loop Through The Gateway

We’ve been watching rooftop construction at the new Gateway West Loop (11 South Green Street) with great interest for the last couple weeks. Normally, roofs don’t catch the eye, especially in an unfinished state. But from high atop our West Loop bureau, we’ve been able to observe first-hand as Gateway’s amenities floor takes shape. Curious, we wandered across the Kennedy Expressway for a closer look....

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Status Update: Madison at Racine Topped Out
May20

Status Update: Madison at Racine Topped Out

Fitzgerald Associates, the architecture firm behind Madison at Racine, sent along a note letting us know that M@R has topped out. Exterior masonry is progressing along Madison Street, 2nd and 9th floor green roofs are being installed and residential units continue to be built-out. Co-Developers Ascend Real Estate Group and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation have recently begun a significant marketing effort including a VIP...

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Status Update: Madison Maisons Moving Along
Apr07

Status Update: Madison Maisons Moving Along

It’s been about ten months since the ceremonial groundbreaking was held for Madison & Racine, the six-story residential building going up—believe it or not—at the corner of Madison and Racine. West Town Spy Adam sent in these pictures taken recently, showing how far the FitzGerald Associates-designed building has come along.  From the photos, it certainly does appear to have quite a presence in the growing neighborhood, and...

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Status Update: Maggie Daley Park Gets Blocked
Dec01

Status Update: Maggie Daley Park Gets Blocked

  Everyone is expecting big things from the new Maggie Daley Park.  But unless you were there decades ago when the park was originally built at Daley Bicentennial Plaza, you might not have expected what’s there now— pyramids and piles of giant white foam blocks. Collectively, it’s known as geofoam, and the hills and valleys and interesting topographic bits of the park get their shape thanks to this stuff, which goes under...

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Cranes’ Up At Madison At Racine
Sep17

Cranes’ Up At Madison At Racine

Things are really accelerating at Madison At Racine (1212 West Madison Street), the West Town residential project by Ascend Real Estate Group and Team4 Development. West Town Spy Adam shot us these pictures taken recently that show the foundation is done, and cranes being assembled. When the project is done next fall, the nine-story, 105-foot-tall building will have 216 apartments over ground floor retail. This article is the result...

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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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Status Update: Madison at Racine Construction Progress
Aug05

Status Update: Madison at Racine Construction Progress

Construction activity at Madison and Racine has really picked up this month, with West Town Spy Adam sending in some fresh pictures of the activity on the FitzGerald Associates-designed residential building taken just this morning (August 5, 2013). When I went up to the roof this morning around 8am, there was some of the most activity – machines and men – that there has been in the last 3 weeks. By 9am, the cycles of...

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