Blue Plate Catering Serving Up New West Town Digs
Apr20

Blue Plate Catering Serving Up New West Town Digs

It’s been two years since we’ve submitted concrete evidence (not literally, of course) of a new development coming to the West Loop neighborhood at 1061 West Van Buren Street. That’s the current home of Blue Plate Catering, a nationally recognized caterer in Chicago since 1983. Blue Plate’s success had led them to seek out larger facilities, and they’ve deciding a combination of renovating old space and...

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Walling off West Town
Feb06

Walling off West Town

Another developer is joining the party in putting up a residential tower that will help insulate West Town from the Eisenhower Expressway. Friends of the blog, Related Midwest, is stepping into a new downtown Chicago sub-market with its proposal for 1035 West Van Buren Street. The news was first reported by Crain’s Chicago Business. Related’s planned 23-story apartment tower joins another proposal immediately next door at...

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Pizzuti Officially Unveils West Van Buren Residential Tower To Decidedly Mixed Reviews
Apr09

Pizzuti Officially Unveils West Van Buren Residential Tower To Decidedly Mixed Reviews

The West Loop may get a new sleek, tall building. Size, of course, is relative. At 32 stories, the proposed 1061 West Van Buren Street residential apartment building might be considered puny in the South Loop or Streeterville. By West Loop standards, it qualifies as a bona fide skyscraper. The West Loop is a magnet for developers, with construction projects popping up like spring daisies. But West Loop folks like their buildings...

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New Pix, New Facts On Eisenhower Tower
Apr08

New Pix, New Facts On Eisenhower Tower

We’re learning more about the new residential tower proposed to go up along the Eisenhower Expressway in West Town.  A public meeting is scheduled for tomorrow night (April 9, 2014) at 6pm at the Merit School of Music (38 South Peoria Street) to officially release the details, but one of our spies took advantage of our Tip Line and provided us with the following information and pictures: Building name: 1061 West Van Buren...

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Glassy Tower Steps Up To Chicago’s Near West Side
Mar19

Glassy Tower Steps Up To Chicago’s Near West Side

The City of Chicago has been busy the last few years approving skyscraper projects along the I-90/94 corridor downtown as part of its plan to line the highway with buildings so people don’t notice the noise and traffic so much.  But what about the other highways slicing through our fair city like Dexter through a South Beach lowlife? Interstate 290, the Eisenhower Expressway, may be next on the list to get a highway-hugging...

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[Interactive] Old Post Office Plan Approved with 100-Story Tower, But 170-Story Skyscraper Will Wait
Jul21

[Interactive] Old Post Office Plan Approved with 100-Story Tower, But 170-Story Skyscraper Will Wait

Fantastic news for people tired of seeing that massive dead post office sulking over the Eisenhower Expressway in the West Loop: The plan to turn it into an enormous residential, retail, and office complex has cleared its final major hurdle. The building was abandoned in 1996, and every few years someone seems to come along with a plan for turning it into something or other, but to date none have worked out.  This latest one is the...

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Loved and Hated, Old and New, Chicago’s Main Library Still Exudes Controversy
May30

Loved and Hated, Old and New, Chicago’s Main Library Still Exudes Controversy

It’s a Chicago building that can’t escape notice. And once you notice it, you can’t help but react to it. The Harold Washington Library Center (400 South State Street) stands stalwart in the South Loop, once a decaying and sad part of the city, now the nexus of regeneration and vitality. Opened to the public in 1991, the design of Chicago’s central library building has always been more than a little...

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How Chicago’s Historic Fisher Building Got Its Fish, and Other Things That Make It Special
Mar12

How Chicago’s Historic Fisher Building Got Its Fish, and Other Things That Make It Special

Sited among an incomparable collection of surviving early Chicago skyscrapers, the Fisher Building (343 South Dearborn Street) doesn’t resemble any of its neighbors. Though technologically modern, its decorative scheme unabashedly hearkens back to the Gothic cathedrals of Europe. South Dearborn Street in the 1890’s was hot real estate. Until the 1880’s, the area was residential, but when Dearborn Station was built at...

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How Exotic Woods Find Chicago Homes
Jan14

How Exotic Woods Find Chicago Homes

There’s a very good reason that people who build furniture and decking choose teak if price isn’t a concern. It’s one of the most durable woods available, and resistant to the elements. It’s also ideal for high-end yachts and sailboats. Most of the world’s teak grows in Southeast Asia. It’s an area — and a wood — David Cabanas knows well. As the owner of Old Temple Chicago at 843 West Van Buren Street, Cabanas carries a...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 6
Dec10

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 6

The Santa Subway pulls out of the CTA’s Library station in a blur of Christmas lights and goodwill.  Officially called the CTA Holiday Train, it is a cherished tradition in Chicago.  So cherished that it appears to have acquired sacred cow status.  When the CTA threatened to cancel its runs a couple of years ago due to budget cuts, it was brought back after public and political outcry. To find out when the Santa Subway will be...

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