Logan Square Still Riled Up Over Dual Towers [updated]
Mar30

Logan Square Still Riled Up Over Dual Towers [updated]

At the end of October of last year, we reported on the community meeting in Logan Square for a Dual Tower residential complex proposed by developer Rob Buono. Round Two of the public input process was held Monday night at Haas Park, with 1st Ward Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno once again presiding. The Alderman began this meeting, as he did the first, asking those in attendance for polite, orderly discourse, without bullying...

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Status Update: Tower Transformation in a Changing Neighborhood
Dec16

Status Update: Tower Transformation in a Changing Neighborhood

Even though it’s framed by construction elevators and festooned with plywood, the Northwest Tower (1608 North Milwaukee Avenue) still maintains a silent dignity as it presides over the eclectic chaos that is the Milwaukee-Damen-North intersection. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell skidded by the other day to check out the progress as this 1928 neighborhood skyscraper by Perkins, Chatten & Hammond is...

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New Hope (or Not) for 500 North Milwaukee (Again)
Dec02

New Hope (or Not) for 500 North Milwaukee (Again)

We don’t do a lot of real estate news around here.  But when it comes to the grey-slathered pile of boards known as 500 North Milwaukee Avenue, we’ll make an exception. That’s because 500 North Milwaukee is consistently the building we receive the most e-mails about.  Neighbors, commuters, and fans of downtown wonder how it is that such a prime location can be the home of such a dilapidated building. We last checked...

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Plan for Two New Towers in Logan Square Met With Overwhelming Hostility
Oct31

Plan for Two New Towers in Logan Square Met With Overwhelming Hostility

“Are you for or against?” I was asked as soon as I took a seat inside Logan Square’s Candela Restaurant. I didn’t know it at the time, but “Neither, yet. I’m here to learn about the proposal before I form an opinion,” was nothing if not a safe response. That man soon left the seat next to me, to be replaced by two young women, one of them assuring me most of the crowd would be against the Dual...

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500 North Milwaukee is a Go [u]
Jan17

500 North Milwaukee is a Go [u]

A rotten tooth in the Fulton River District is finally going to be extracted. Yesterday, the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of 500 North Milwaukee, a two-building complex of residential and retail that will rise on the northwest corner of the intersection of Milwaukee, Grand, and Halsted. Right now, it’s the location of a derelict restaurant supply store that burned years ago, and has never been brought back...

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One of Chicago’s Worst Blocks May Finally Get Nuked and Rebuilt [updated]
Oct04

One of Chicago’s Worst Blocks May Finally Get Nuked and Rebuilt [updated]

With autumn here, we’re required by law to use fall references wherever we can. In this case, we’ll go with “One bad apple can spoil the bushel,” because that’s what people in the Fulton River District have been dealing with for as long as many people can remember. The bad apple is the smelly, boarded-up, eyesore of a building that squats on one of the corners of Grand, Milwaukee, and Halsted. It’s...

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Will Progressive Architecture Mark the Rebirth of Polonia Triangle?
Oct03

Will Progressive Architecture Mark the Rebirth of Polonia Triangle?

Within a perpetually changing urban landscape, there come new buildings with a fresh architecture that vividly captures their moment in time and set a new standard for design. The recently completed tower at 1611 West Division is one of these buildings. Chicago-based Wheeler Kearns Architects led the design of the 11 story tower.  It imagined the façade as a mass wrapped by fabric with vertical reflective panels and indented glass...

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Status Update: Polonia Triangle’s Tower of Pizza Hut
Jun17

Status Update: Polonia Triangle’s Tower of Pizza Hut

The 12-story residential building rising at 1611 West Division is starting to look something like it will in its final form. Most of the panels making up the building’s facade are now in place, and it’s risen to its final height of 95 feet, 11 inches.  The seemingly random pattern of its skin would be problematic in many places, but seems to reflect well the cacophonous nature of this busy intersection. Known colloquially...

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Millennium Park Plaza’s Makeover is Underway
Jan29

Millennium Park Plaza’s Makeover is Underway

A five million dollar makeover has begun at Millennium Park Plaza (151 North Michigan Avenue).  The bottom portion of the building is being gutted and replaced with state-of-the-art retail space. In the decade we’ve been covering Chicago, we can only remember one business ever in this space, and it was only a small half-subterranean bodega. The renovated retail plaza will have seven spaces across two floors, ranging in size from...

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First Look: Flagship Walgreens Inside Historic Noel State Bank Building
Nov20

First Look: Flagship Walgreens Inside Historic Noel State Bank Building

One of Chicagoland’s most prominent retailers has cleaned up one of Chicago’s grossest corners. The new Walgreens flagship store opens tomorrow (November 21, 2012) at the corner of West North Avenue and North Damen Avenue in Bucktown.  It is right on the border of Bucktown and Wicker Park, a fact acknowledged in the standards flying from the facade. The new drug store is in Gardner Coughlen’s old Noel State Bank building, a city...

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