Chicago’s Newest Riparian Residences Ready to Rise
Oct04

Chicago’s Newest Riparian Residences Ready to Rise

As the Chicago River is transformed from the city’s much-abused industrial toilet into a blue-green floe of aquatic wonder, more and more buildings are muscling in — trying to secure their place next to the shimmering belle of the ball. The newest entrant is Renelle on the River (403 North Wabash Avenue), an unlikely 18-story condominium building peeking out between the Trump International Hotel and Tower and the Wrigley...

Read More
Renelle Ready to Rip It Up On the River
Aug08

Renelle Ready to Rip It Up On the River

Chicago’s Near North Neighborhood is about to get another high-rise residential building. Work will begin soon on Renelle on the River, the Belgravia Group project we’ve been following for you since 2013, back when the proposal for this space was a hotel. Today it is a condo building perched atop a parking garage featuring just 45 residences across its 16 floors. Why just 45? Well, they’re huge. All three and four-bedroom units,...

Read More
Another Downtown Parking Garage Gets a People Topper
Nov18

Another Downtown Parking Garage Gets a People Topper

Last week we told you about a downtown parking garage that is getting a vertical expansion at 195 North Clark Street.  Well, it’s happening again; this time at 403 North Wabash Avenue.  Crain’s Chicago Business has the details on the latest idea for wringing more value out of that chunk of land behind Trump International hotel and Tower (401 North Wabash Avenue) with a low-density residential block. If the Crain’s...

Read More
Forget the Shovel, This New Highrise Needs a Shoehorn
May11

Forget the Shovel, This New Highrise Needs a Shoehorn

Not that many years ago, when this blog was just a toddler, the corner of North Wabash Avenue and Lower East North Water Street was a place where you’d go to hide from the world, get a cheap hamburger, and read the bulldog edition of the Sun-Times while trains crept by and the air filled with the smell of diesel and ink. The corner still exists, but the hamburger stand is in limbo.  The trains no longer roll through.  And the...

Read More
Chicago’s War on Pillow Mints Has a New Target
Dec20

Chicago’s War on Pillow Mints Has a New Target

If you work in the hotel industry, you can be forgiven for thinking that 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly hates pillow mints and impossibly small bars of soap.  For the second time in a week, he’s put pen to paper in an attempt to kill or curtail a new hotel project in Chicago. The latest victim is the curious proposal at 403 North Wabash Avenue.  You may remember it as the weird idea to plop an 18-story Hyatt House on top of...

Read More