Status Update: Digging the Wolf Point Scene
Feb27

Status Update: Digging the Wolf Point Scene

If you’re one of those people whose seen so many attempts at developing Wolf Point over the years that you thought, “I’ll believe it when I see it” this time around— It’s time to believe it. One of our deep, deep undercover spies sent over this photo of the construction progress for the West Tower at Wolf Point.  That’s the residential one designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL. In the center of the...

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Dishing the Deets on Fifield’s New Cabrini Green Tower
Feb16

Dishing the Deets on Fifield’s New Cabrini Green Tower

The transformation of the greater Cabrini Green area from a stigmatized ghetto into a revitalized mixed-income neighborhood continues.  Just days after the Chicago Housing Authority released its preliminary intentions for the next phase of its part of the project, Crain’s Chicago Business had the news that Fifield plans to build a new residential tower on the south side of the West Chestnut Street dead end, near the abandoned...

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Wolf Point: The Hole That Keeps on Giving
Jan20

Wolf Point: The Hole That Keeps on Giving

Never before has a hole in the ground inspired so much hope and promise in the hearts of skyscraper fans across Chicago. One if our spies sent in this picture of the construction work at Wolf Point, which at this point amounts to a big hole in the ground where a parking lot used to be, and where a parking garage was before that. But with each bucket of dirt moved, the west tower of the billion-dollar Wolf Point project comes closer to...

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Mark Your Calendar – Wolf Point About to Become a Reality
May11

Mark Your Calendar – Wolf Point About to Become a Reality

After decades of on-again, off-again plans both big and small, the latest grand plan for Chicago’s Wolf Point is about to go from pixels to pilings. Friends-of-the-Blog,  bKL Architecture , tell us that construction will start Wednesday, July 31st, 2013. Wolf Point (350 North Orleans Street) is a massive $1 billion project from Hines and the Kennedy family that will turn the surface parking lot jutting out into the confluence of...

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Plan Commission Green Lights Wolf Point; Developer Ready to Go
Jan24

Plan Commission Green Lights Wolf Point; Developer Ready to Go

  As you heard here first (if you’re on our Twitter and Facebook feeds), Wolf Point is a virtual “go.” There are still some procedural hurdles and a full city council vote ahead, but those are seen as mere formalities now that the Chicago Plan Commission has given the thumbs up to developing the most prominent of the few remaining riverfront properties in downtown Chicago. When the billion-dollar project is done, the...

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Wolf Point Pushed Into 2013. Developers Mess With Bull; Get the Horns
Dec06

Wolf Point Pushed Into 2013. Developers Mess With Bull; Get the Horns

A pair of big shot real estate developers from Houston and the East Coast are learning a lesson about doing business in Chicago — Don’t underestimate a flyover state. You’ll remember that last month Hines and the Kennedys, which are trying to erect three towers on Wolf Point (350 North Orleans Street), apparently tried to slip a fast one past 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly. In a move reminiscent of a Beltway...

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Wolf Trapped – Point Plan Paused As Reilly Reams Real Estate Developers
Nov27

Wolf Trapped – Point Plan Paused As Reilly Reams Real Estate Developers

The largest real estate development on the books in Chicago is now officially off the books, as 42nd ward Alderman Brendan Reilly asked the city’s planning commission to yank the proposal from its dockett. The Chicago Plan Commission was scheduled to hear testimony about, and possibly approve, the three-tower Wolf Point project (350 North Orleans Street).  But shortly before the commission was scheduled to meet in a public...

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Reilly Rules Wolf Point Won’t Be Spayed By Howling Neighbors
Nov11

Reilly Rules Wolf Point Won’t Be Spayed By Howling Neighbors

The three skyscrapered mega-project due to sprout along the Chicago River late this year has been officially given the nod of approval from 42nd ward alderman Brendan Reilly. Some think replacing the surface parking lot at Wolf Point (350 North Orleans Street) with two office one residential tower is just too much for the neighborhood, the traffic grid, and their views.  But in an e-mail sent to his constituents, Reilly let it be...

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Will a Scrawnier Wolf Get Everyone on Point?
Nov05

Will a Scrawnier Wolf Get Everyone on Point?

The current champion for largest and most controversial development in downtown Chicago (that actually has a chance of happening) is making its way through the approval process largely unscathed. Wolf Point (350 North Orleans Street) is the lupine child of Houston-based global mega-developer Hines, and Chicago-based local really-wanna-be-huge-someday developer Magellan.  Their architect, Pelli Clarke Pelli has made some changes to the...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Fire Insurance Patrol

The old “Fire Insurance Patrol” sign remains carved into the face of the old Patrol 5 building at 1044 North Orleans Street in Cabrini Green.  Founded in 1871, the Fire Insurance Patrol was the forerunner of the city’s modern Fire Department.  This particular building was incorporated into the city’s regular fire department, and from what I can tell, was in service at least into the late 1990’s.  It is...

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