This Is Where Overalls Come From

It’s not all bars and lofts in the West Loop.  There are still some factories amid the converted warehouses.  One of them is Universal Overall Company (1060 West Van Buren Street).  Overalls have to come from somewhere, and this is it. I don’t know why I find this picture funny.  Maybe I just like the sound of the word overalls....

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Near West Loft Building Changes Owners, Drops Prices

The Near West Side loft building formerly known as VB1224 (1224 West Van Buren Street) is under new ownership. If you’ve ever taken the Blue Line down the middle of the Eisenhower, you’re probably familiar with the massive brick building on the north side of the highway, near the Racine stop.  The building has been bought by Foxford City, of Hinsdale, which has christened it the “Van Buren Lofts.” Unlike so...

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Status Update: Wacker Plaza

There’s not too much to say about this project at 400 South Franklin Street.  At this point, it’s just a sign showing a pretty nice building in a great location.  But of course, it’s all up to the economy and the bailed out banks to decide if this will actually happen.  If the developer intends to meet that 2011 deadline, it had better start turning dirt soon.  Or get a more ambiguous...

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Status Update: 235 Van Buren

One of the few rationally-priced new condo towers in Chicago’s core is coming along nicely. It’s always a challenge for architects to make balconies more asthetically pleasing.  Sometimes they’re hidden.  Sometimes, as in the case of Aqua , they’re celebrated.  That’s the direction 235 Van Buren is going. Instead of hiding the balconies, they’re used as a focal point adding...

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A Fisher of Compliments

Chicago is one of those places where it pays to look up.  Sure, no one wants to look like a tourist, but at the same time many of the city’s architectural delights aren’t at eye-level. Case in point: The Fisher Building.  This Chicago School masterpiece is loved by architecture enthusiasts around the world.  But unless you live in the building you may not have noticed that it’s best face is actually...

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