Residential Tower Coming to Wabash and Roosevelt in Chicago’s South Loop
May23

Residential Tower Coming to Wabash and Roosevelt in Chicago’s South Loop

The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the construction of a new 26-story residential tower at 1136 South Wabash Avenue.  The property actually wraps around the Roosevelt Hotel building on this corner, and has both Wabash and Roosevelt Road frontage.  The Roosevelt Hotel is no longer a hotel, it is student housing, going by the name of Roosevelt Student Apartments.  The new building is also expected to be student housing. It was...

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The Roof… The Roof… The Roof is a Park
Jun29

The Roof… The Roof… The Roof is a Park

The British School of Chicago’s new South Loop campus is rapidly approaching completion.  For the most part, the exterior work is done and construction is currently focused on the interior spaces. Inspectors are already going over the work done to make sure everything’s ship shape. Inside there’s a library; a dance and drama studio; a fitness studio; a cafeteria and kitchen; a music classroom; and lots more specific...

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British Dig In Behind Roosevelt in the South Loop
Jun11

British Dig In Behind Roosevelt in the South Loop

After years of planning and months of controversy, the South Loop is finally getting a new school. The British School of Chicago had its ceremonial groundbreaking at its new South Loop campus today.  It’s actually been under construction since April.  The school is physically part of the Roosevelt Collection, the mid-use retail, restaurant and residential complex that after several years of near-dormancy has, itself, sprung to...

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Status Update: The British School of Chicago South Loop Campus
Mar25

Status Update: The British School of Chicago South Loop Campus

After being delayed by administrative things behind-the-scenes, construction has started on the very controversial Antunovich Associates-designed British School of Chicago’s South Loop campus.  The project is an extension of The Roosevelt Collection, the residential, retail, and entertainment complex that’s gaining momentum at 150 West Roosevelt Road. It was just two weeks ago that friends-of-the-blog, Sloopin‘,...

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Details of the British School’s South Loop Expansion
Jan26

Details of the British School’s South Loop Expansion

Plans for a new campus of the British School of Chicago were shown to the public this weekend, and may have gone a long way towards assuaging neighborhood fears. The thoroughly greenwashed building was well received by a group of South Loop residents who saw the drawings and a presentation by architect Joseph Antunovich of Antunovich Associates at the District One police station. It will be built in the “Phase Three”...

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Apple Reportedly “Excited” About the Possibility of a South Loop Apple Store
Jan26

Apple Reportedly “Excited” About the Possibility of a South Loop Apple Store

Have you ever been really excited about something, and accidentally said more than you should have? That’s what happened Saturday morning in the South Loop. At a public event in a public building, the president of McCaffery Interests, Ed Woodbury, told the public a very private fact: His company is actively courting the world’s largest computer company to open an Apple Store at the Roosevelt Collection (150 West Roosevelt...

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The South Loop’s British (School) Invasion
Jan07

The South Loop’s British (School) Invasion

For a long time, the people of the South Loop have waited for the Roosevelt Collection (150 West Roosevelt Road) to come into its own.  Years went by and its retail space remained largely empty, with only the movie theater to draw people to its windswept cul-de-sac. Then after an ownership change, and a renovation to make it more festive and pedestrian-friendly, it was announced that a raft of new stores and restaurants inked deals to...

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Status Update: The Maxwell
Aug21

Status Update: The Maxwell

The old warehouses are gone, and the foundations are being prepared for The Maxwell, the new mixed-use development coming to the South Loop. If you’re having a hard time placing it, it’s across Canal Street from the South Loop Whole Foods, and down the street from the Roosevelt Collection.  There’s been a lot of talk lately about this becoming the next Clybourn Corridor as more and more people move into the South...

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Where Train Wrecks Go To Crash

Ever wonder what happens to Amtrak trains after they crash?  From this view off the Roosevelt Road viaduct, they apparently get wrapped in tarps and towed to Chicago.  Who...

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What to do About the Unfinished Bit of Grant Park?
Dec23

What to do About the Unfinished Bit of Grant Park?

The city of Chicago’s great “front lawn” has been a work in progress for over 100 years.  From swamp to dumping ground to parade ground to playground, it has long been a great urban space that the city almost… but not quite… figured out how to embrace. The latest piece of this puzzle being worked on is the southwest corner.  We’re talking about an are north of Roosevelt Road, and west of Columbus...

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