The Loop’s Newest Residential Building Just About Buttoned Up
Jan25

The Loop’s Newest Residential Building Just About Buttoned Up

The corner of Lake and Wells is a hard place to photograph anything, especially buildings.  If the rattle and hum of the L junction above doesn’t drive you insane, everywhere you look there are steel girders, bundles of wires, and swarms of pigeons getting in your way. So leave it to Joe Zekas at YoChicago! to find a way to show the entirety of Thomas Roszak’s Linea building going up at 215 West Lake Street. He took the...

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Northwest Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out
Dec07

Northwest Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out

The corner of Lake and Wells Streets has been a hub of activity lately. Not only is it Chicago’s busiest rail junction, it’s also where two residential skyscrapers have gone up in recent years. The latest to rise is Linea, a 33-story edifice designed by Moceri+Roszak for Moceri+Roszak, and which recently topped out. When completed next year, it will have 265 homes in one of those most transit-friendly corners of the city....

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Another Chicago Skyscraper Gets a Female Name: Linea
Oct10

Another Chicago Skyscraper Gets a Female Name: Linea

There are lots of tall buildings in Chicago with men’s names: John. Willis. If you come from the north shore, Chase can be a man’s name. The number of female-named skyscrapers is smaller. Recently we picked up Mila at 200 North Michigan Avenue. And now we have a new one: Linea at 215 West Lake Street. You may remember Thomas Roszak’s 215 West Lake as the 33-story residential tower trying to fill the demand for homes...

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It’s Full Steam Ahead for 215 West Lake
May02

It’s Full Steam Ahead for 215 West Lake

After a bit of light demolition, some foundation work, a tower crane, and a few levels of core poured, construction crews have been given the green light to build the bulk of the new residential skyscraper being slotted in at 215 West Lake Street.  The permit came in a couple of days ago: Permit issued for new construction FULL BUILDING PHASE: ERECT 33 STORY (132 EFFICIENCY UNITS, 133 DWELLING UNITS) 152 PARKING SPACES. (FOUNDATION...

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215 West Lake Gets a Core Workout
Apr21

215 West Lake Gets a Core Workout

As one might expect from a construction site, things are happening at 215 West Lake Street in The Loop. Clark Construction is doing yeoman’s work turning the former site of one of Chicago’s ugliest parking garages into a new 33-story apartment tower. Designed by Thomas Roszak Architecture, 215 West Lake will include 265 dwelling units right in the heart of the city’s business district. Work started here shortly after...

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With History Now History, 215 West Lake Looks Toward Tomorrow
Feb10

With History Now History, 215 West Lake Looks Toward Tomorrow

We’ve made enough of an issue about the more-than-a-century-old building at 209 West Lake Street; it’s time to move on to what will take its place. On the 28th of January, 215 West Lake was permitted by the City of Chicago to begin foundation work. FOUNDATION THROUGH 4TH FLOOR SUPERSTRUCTURE AND UNDERGROUND PLUMBING AND ELECTRICAL ONLY PERMIT… That was followed up with a tower crane permit on February 1st. PHASE 1...

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215 West Lake Street Signs On, Deletes History
Jan06

215 West Lake Street Signs On, Deletes History

No one cared much when news broke of the impending demise of a two-story parking structure in The Loop at 215 West Lake Street. And why would they? Even as far as parking structures go, it was run-of-the-mill at best. Not to mention tiny. But news that its neighboring building at 209 West Lake Street would also meet the wrecking ball prompted a much different response. Built in the late 1800’s, it was one of the oldest...

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215 West Lake Garage Crumbles Ahead of Residential Tower
Dec02

215 West Lake Garage Crumbles Ahead of Residential Tower

What used to be a two-story parking garage at 215 West Lake Street in The Loop is in the process of being demolished, clearing the site for a new apartment tower, for now known simply, and unsurprisingly, as 215 West Lake. Details have been hard to come by for the new project by Chicago firm Thomas Roszak Architects, but expect a 33-story tower comprised of 260-some apartments. The prolific donut franchise formerly shoehorned into the...

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215 West Lake Tower Won’t Intrude on Monk’s
Jul30

215 West Lake Tower Won’t Intrude on Monk’s

Beloved neighborhood tavern Monk’s Pub won’t see a wrecking ball anytime soon.  In a telephone call with developer Mike Moceri, he confirmed to The Chicago Architecture Blog that the footprint for his planned 215 West Lake Street tower will not step on the historic drinkery.  215 West Lake is currently a low-slung parking garage. 215 West Lake, you’ll remember, is being designed by architect Thomas Roszak for a plot...

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