West Loop’s Newest Residences About to Rise on Des Plaines Street
Oct10

West Loop’s Newest Residences About to Rise on Des Plaines Street

The construction just never seems to stop in the West Loop, where 165 North Des Plaines is about to become the latest residential block to rise between the Chicago River and the Kennedy Expressway. We documented GREC’s 165 quite extensively both before and after it was announced this past spring.  Up to this point, the work has been focused on 156 North Jefferson, which was an elderly office building until recently.  Then it was...

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We’ve Got a Tower Crane, How ‘Bout You?
Aug02

We’ve Got a Tower Crane, How ‘Bout You?

Now you’ve got that stuck in your head for the rest of the day, thanks to West Loop Spy Kurt who not only sent in the crane photos for today’s crane update, but also suggested the cheeseball headline. There was no way we were going to pass that one up. The crane is for 165 North Des Plaines Street, the 14-story, 199-unit residential building designed by GREC Architects for Gerding Edlin and being powered into place by...

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Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street
Apr20

Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street

Over the past three weeks, you’ve told you here and here about the new residential project happening at what is now 156 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop, and what will become 165 North Des Plaines Street. Thanks to a couple visits from friends and readers to our Tip Line, we knew to be on the lookout for some demolition work to the rear portions of the North Jefferson address. And pay attention is what we did. Crews from...

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Tip Line Yields More Details About 165 North Des Plaines
Apr04

Tip Line Yields More Details About 165 North Des Plaines

“The tip line, she runneth over,” famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot never said.  That’s because he didn’t work at Chicago Architecture.  And because he wasn’t real. He was just a recurring protagonist in Agatha Christie books. But the point remains, that the little tip line has been particularly fruitful these days, stimulating the little gray cells beyond words.  Some items we can share. Others are...

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Ghost of Hervé Villechaize Guides West Loop Developers to Des Plaines! Des Plaines!
Mar29

Ghost of Hervé Villechaize Guides West Loop Developers to Des Plaines! Des Plaines!

Over the weekend, the ol’ Chicago Architecture Tip Line was visited a number of times by more than one Easter Bunny, who each contributed a piece of chocolate-coated puzzle to help us figure out where the West Loop’s next development will be. The answer is 165 North Des Plaines* Street, where a 14-story building is going to rise.  And soon. In fact, demolition to prepare for the project is going to start next week,...

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