Status Update: Block37½
Oct14

Status Update: Block37½

The long-awaited residential portion of the Block37 retail/office/hotel/residential/transit development is progressing in earnest. Just days after the city issued construction permits and a formal announcement was made by owner CIM Group, workers were spotted on the roof vacuuming up the gravel.  A couple of weeks later, and the construction has entered a much more serious phase, complete with sidewalk barricades and steel beams....

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A Gold Coast Groundbreaking at State and Elm [u]
Sep16

A Gold Coast Groundbreaking at State and Elm [u]

  Construction of a new residential tower is underway in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for 4 East Elm (1147 North State Street/4 East Elm Street) earlier today. Designed by friends-of-the-blog, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the 335-foot-tall, 27-story tower will feature just 35 residences. And instead of being a square, the western side of the building is angled inward, providing those rooms with views...

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We’re About to See the Schoolier Side of Sears
Aug04

We’re About to See the Schoolier Side of Sears

Earlier this year, one of the odder moments in Chicago real estate played out in the local media.  Chicago Public Schools announced that it was downsizing its head office, which meant leaving the building at 125 North Clark and moving into a building with the exact same address as Sears on State. Did that mean the very obviously struggling department store was going to close its State Street flagship location? Sears issued a brief but...

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Status Update: Chicago Riverwalk Construction
May20

Status Update: Chicago Riverwalk Construction

It’s a busy week for the Chicago Riverwalk project. Loop North News reports that caisson work is underway on the project that will transform the south side of the Chicago River into a public play space. It also quotes CDOT construction manager Oswaldo Chavez as saying that all of the sheet pilings that will anchor the riverwalk to the river bed between State and LaSalle Streets will be installed this week. These photos showing...

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Status Update: 1 East Chestnut plus Quinlan School of Business
Apr10

Status Update: 1 East Chestnut plus Quinlan School of Business

Even in a city as busily expanding as Chicago, it’s unusual to have two buildings going up at the same time on the same block.  But that’s what’s happening at Chestnut and State in the Gold Coast. That’s where Loyola University has two new buildings going up. One is an apartment building, the other a classroom building. Loyola hired Newmark to develop the residential tower at 1 East Chestnut Street.  It will...

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The Chicago Building That Inspired A Song And A Poem
Mar16

The Chicago Building That Inspired A Song And A Poem

Chicago buildings lay claim to many architectural firsts. Some structures past and present were cultural touchstones as well. One even had a song named after it—“Mecca Flat Blues.” Later, it became the setting for a major poem, “In The Mecca” by Gwendolyn Brooks. The Bronzeville apartment building at 34th and State Streets has been gone for more than 60 years, but it was significant for both its design and sociological reasons. Mecca...

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Block37 To Get Residential Tower. One More To Go
Mar09

Block37 To Get Residential Tower. One More To Go

Block37 is taking another step toward assuming its intended shape. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that plans are underway to build an apartment tower at the multi-use complex between the Daily Center and Macy’s On State. Currently, Block37’s major components consist of a mall, and an office tower.  It was supposed to also have a hotel tower and a residential tower above it, and a subway superstation beneath it....

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Modern Blue Glass Tower Coming To Stuffy Gold Coast Locale
Jan17

Modern Blue Glass Tower Coming To Stuffy Gold Coast Locale

In an area populated with buildings from the era when Michigan Avenue was compared with the Champs-Élysées; where mansard roofs, fake and real, compete for sunlight with century-old storefronts and lakeshore mansions; where the federal government established an historic district because of its period architecture; an interloper is about to arrive. Yesterday, the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a 25-story blue...

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Approval Expected For New Gold Coast Residential Tower
Jan14

Approval Expected For New Gold Coast Residential Tower

This week we should find out if Chicago’s Gold Coast will get a new condominium tower. The Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to take up the plan for 1149 North State Street, a proposed 25-story building at the corner of State and East Elm Street.  Although the two-story brick retail building immediately to the north is considered part of the property, it is actually owned by another company and it will not be torn down to...

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Alderman Reilly: Cedar Hotel Tower is an Ex-Parrot
Dec17

Alderman Reilly: Cedar Hotel Tower is an Ex-Parrot

If you’ve ever wondered if there was even a sliver of a chance that the 20-story Cedar Hotel expansion approved by former 42nd Ward Alderman Burt Natarus might become a reality, the current 42nd Ward Alderman wants you to know in no uncertain terms: Not on his watch. Alderman Brendan Reilly sent out an e-mail to his constituents today which, in part, addresses repeated moaning that the mammoth erection on Viagra Triangle might...

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