Centrum Hubbard Gets Ready To Put On Its Big Boy Pants
Jan02

Centrum Hubbard Gets Ready To Put On Its Big Boy Pants

For months, construction crews have been doing the delicate work of erecting a skyscraper at 221 West Hubbard Street while Purple, Brown, and the occasional Red Line CTA trains squeal by on the transit authority’s “Hubbard Curve.” To date, workers have been largely shielded from the tracks, and vice versa, by a wall of yellow panels.  Now the city has given its permission for construction crews at Centrum Hubbard to...

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Hubbard Street Skyscraper Asking For More Headroom, More Residents
Sep14

Hubbard Street Skyscraper Asking For More Headroom, More Residents

Construction has only been underway for a few months at the corner of Hubbard and Wells, just behind the Merchandise Mart in River North, and Centrum Partners is asking the city to let it build higher. You’ll remember that Centrum is working on a glassy duo of buildings right up against the CTA Brown/Purple Line curve that jogs the north/south elevated train line from Wells Street to Franklin Street.  The smaller of the two...

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It’s Not Built Yet, But Already 412 North Wells Looks Awesome
Mar03

It’s Not Built Yet, But Already 412 North Wells Looks Awesome

  A couple of days ago, our Daniel Schell had a chat with Howard Hirsch, the president of River North architecture firm Hirsch Associates.  In that conversation, Mr. Hirsch told Mr. Schell about a video that was made last month showcasing his firm’s new 412 North Wells building (above).  Word of the video got to me, and I couldn’t help but wonder, “What’s 412 North Wells?” Consulting the Handy Dandy...

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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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Dirt Moving at 215 West Hubbard
Dec08

Dirt Moving at 215 West Hubbard

Just three days after we told you that the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a 22-story residential block and a companion office building at 205 West Hubbard, things are starting to happen in that corner of River North.  The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Zachary Pollack came across soil sampling crews sampling the soil where the new skyscraper project will rise. We’re used to seeing soil sampling done with...

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It’s All Aboard For River North’s Railfan Residences
Nov30

It’s All Aboard For River North’s Railfan Residences

In all the hullabaloo earlier this month about the Chicago Plan Commission approving the construction of both the 95-story Wanda Vista Tower and the 76-story 113 East Roosevelt tower, some smaller — yet not unworthy — projects didn’t get the press they deserved. One of those projects is 205 West Hubbard.  It’s a two-building combo residential and office project that we’re going to call the Railfan Residences until it...

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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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New River North Skyscraper Takes a Bow at the Paris Club
Apr01

New River North Skyscraper Takes a Bow at the Paris Club

Tuesday night, on the dance floor of the Studio Paris Night Club in River North, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly hosted a community meeting to introduce the public to 205 West Hubbard — the tower project proposed for the intersection of Wells and Hubbard Streets. Once a sizable crowd settled into the posh benches beneath an unlit disco ball, Howard Hirsch, president of Hirsch Associates Architecture, filled everyone in on his...

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Like Trains? You’ll Love Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper [updated]
Mar19

Like Trains? You’ll Love Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper [updated]

Another new residential tower is coming to River North and this one has an interesting, albeit noisy, view. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly sent out a notice last night inviting neighbors to a public meeting for a new tower at 205 West Hubbard Street. That’s the surface parking lot bifurcated by the CTA’s Brown and Purple Line elevated trains. The project actually includes two buildings so, presumably, it will also...

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