There’s Action at 808 Wells in River North [u]
Apr02

There’s Action at 808 Wells in River North [u]

It’s only the makings of a sales office, but the structural work happening on the lot at 808 North Wells Street in River North is a definite sign 808 Wells is more than just a figment of someone’s imagination. River North Spy Liz sent us the above photo, showing the one-story temporary sales center Smithfield Properties is setting up in anticipation of the 24-story Berkelhamer Architects design they’re...

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Caution: Work Area. Maybe. [u]
Feb16

Caution: Work Area. Maybe. [u]

We’ve been fooled once before by the surface parking lot at 205 West Hubbard Street in River North. We’ll be darned if anyone’s gonna make us jump to conclusions again. But… There is much anticipation for the Hirsch Associates Architecture design ready to take up two lots on this site, “this site” being the southwest corner of Wells and Hubbard Streets. For it is here that Centrum Partners is...

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A Tower Crane Sprouts in River North
Feb04

A Tower Crane Sprouts in River North

It’s been a weird winter in Chicago. Our most recent weather event, as the Northeast dug out of double-digit snowfall, was a thunderstorm. And that sort of meteorological mayhem can wreak havoc in strange ways. Like tricking plant life into thinking spring has arrived. Which is exactly what appears to be happening in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. At 167 West Erie Street, general contractor Linn-Mathes has planted...

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Chicago’s Third Hotel Sammitch Hungry for the South Loop
Nov16

Chicago’s Third Hotel Sammitch Hungry for the South Loop

Chicago’s frenzied hotel construction boom continues its push into the South Loop.  To date, the majority of the completed new hostelries have been in The Loop, and neighborhoods immediately north.  Now Crain’s Chicago Business reports that developer Paul Beitler has decided a new hotel will do well on Wells Street at the congress of Congress Parkway. The 27-story building at 527 South Wells Street was designed by Lothan...

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707 North Wells Begins Windows Download
Sep02

707 North Wells Begins Windows Download

There’s good reason for that twinkle in your eye as you drive down Wells Street in the River North neighborhood; the new residential building at 707 North Wells has been installing windows over the last few weeks. Not the kind of windows that require a capital W and for you to completely re-learn how to use your computer though. These are the windows that will allow residents of the new building to keep an eye on all the...

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720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens
Aug31

720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens

  It wasn’t all that long ago you could get a shower and room at 720 North LaSalle Street. What was once a Howard Johnson Inn, consider by many to be a hole-in-the-wall establishment for weary travelers seeking cheap accommodations, is now a hole-in-the-ground future residential tower by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture. Revcon Construction crews made short work of the caisson drilling, and now foundation work continues...

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Three More Pieces of Chicago’s Skyline Headed to the Scrapyard
Aug25

Three More Pieces of Chicago’s Skyline Headed to the Scrapyard

Add three more Chicago water tanks to the list of the doomed. All three were named in demolition permits within a two-day span last week, with their fates being sealed Thursday and Friday. The photo above shows the water tank at 350 West Kinzie Street, the home of Lock Up Self Storage. It has been contracted to Heneghan Wrecking Company for demolition. 404 South Wells Street and 412 South Wells Street are both home to the Cactus Bar....

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New Fence Parks Itself at 205 West Hubbard Street
Aug18

New Fence Parks Itself at 205 West Hubbard Street

Wait…is that possible? Probably not. More likely, work is getting ready to start at 205 West Hubbard Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Why else would you fence off half of your parking spaces? Look for those Divvy bikes to be moved soon from the corner of Hubbard and Wells Streets so construction can begin on the new 9-story office building and its accompanying 22-story residential tower proposed by developer...

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Tuesday Trivia: Evidence of Chicago’s Fifth Avenue
Aug18

Tuesday Trivia: Evidence of Chicago’s Fifth Avenue

Chicago is a city of names.  Names that are ever-changing.  Chicago Air Park became Midway Airport.  The Chicago-Kansas City Highway became the Eisenhower Expressway.  And Wells Street was once Fifth Avenue. The fact that any evidence remains of Chicago’s Fifth Avenue is remarkable.  That’s because it was only known by that name from 1870 to 1918.  Before that half-century it was known as Wells Street, and became Wells...

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Steelers Visit Walter Payton College Prep
Jul17

Steelers Visit Walter Payton College Prep

 ` Just over a year ago, we were waiting patiently for the decision on funding for a new annex to be built at Walter Payton College Prep High School (1034 North Wells Street). As anyone who’s ridden the Brown Line between the Chicago Avenue and Sedgwick stops can attest, the funding was approved, and construction has begun. What’s visible now is mostly just a skeleton, but it’s a steel skeleton. And those are the...

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