It’s a Race to the Top on Wells Street
Aug30

It’s a Race to the Top on Wells Street

If you love a good construction site, then Wells Street is the place to be. We’ve shown you this area before, back when it was just foundations on either side of North Wells Street between Erie and Ontario. Now that 167 West Erie and its neighbor across the street, 640 North Wells are both well on their way toward completion, it makes for a much more compelling scene, captured by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!. 167 is a 39-story...

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Orange is The New Block. The 600 Block of North Wells
Apr18

Orange is The New Block. The 600 Block of North Wells

In an apparent effort to stave off the remote possibility of a scurvy outbreak in the River North neighborhood, crews have slathered the new 640 North Wells site in orange. And it is nothing if not extremely colorful. Lend Lease Construction has been busily erecting JDL Development‘s 23-story rental community on this site. Designed by Chicago firm Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, 640 North Wells will provide River North with...

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Unofficial Wells Street Crane Race Officially Over
Mar21

Unofficial Wells Street Crane Race Officially Over

And the clear winner, by unanimous decision, is 167 West Erie, also known as The Construction Site on The East Side of Wells Street, or The Site Formerly Known as Gino’s East, if you prefer. Earlier this month, we showed you the two tower-crane stumps on opposing sides of the street in River North. The crew from Linn-Mathes Construction set their crane stump in the ground back at 167 West Erie Street at the beginning of...

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Slice of Life: There’s a Crane War on Wells Street
Mar09

Slice of Life: There’s a Crane War on Wells Street

As anyone who’s not afraid to make up a good cliche will tell you, skyscraper construction is a marathon, not a sprint. An endurance race meant to be finished, not won. A test of stamina where every finisher is a winner. Or something like that. In the grand tradition of Chicago’s North Side vs South Side baseball battle, there’s a new East vs West standoff shaping up in River North, where two opposing construction...

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Slice of Life: Dancing on Ed Debevic’s Gravy
Feb05

Slice of Life: Dancing on Ed Debevic’s Gravy

Still digging at the old Ed Debevic's site. Some of what they've found is just as tasty as the day it was served. pic.twitter.com/6WkjEjy5u7 — Chicago Architecture (@ChicagoArchitec) February 2, 2016 Yeah, we’ve been kinda harsh toward Chicago icon Ed Debevic’s lately. But what do you want from us? We’ve eaten there! Trust us, you’ll enjoy this little Slice of Life more than their little Slice of...

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It’s a Demolition Derby on Wells Street
Dec09

It’s a Demolition Derby on Wells Street

One way skyscraper nerds measure the vitality of a city is by the number of construction cranes in the air at the same time.  But before the cranes can rise, the old buildings must fall; and that’s what’s happening on North Wells Street. There is not one, but two buildings being reduced to rubble on Wells between West Ontario and West Erie Streets.  River North Spy Mike hit our tip line with photos of both of them. The...

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Sun Rises in the East; River North Gets Another Residential Tower
Aug24

Sun Rises in the East; River North Gets Another Residential Tower

It must be a day ending in “Y” because we have news about a residential tower in River North.  640 North Wells has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission, bringing the number of new residential skyscrapers greenlit for River North this year to 7,854. 640 North Wells will replace hyper-sarcastic mock diner Ed Debevic’s, a perennial favorite of tourists looking to get roughed up in the big city in a Disney-safe...

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New River North Skyscraper Meets Little Resistance from City, Neighbors
May13

New River North Skyscraper Meets Little Resistance from City, Neighbors

No rude waiters slinging insults and cheese fries. No bobby-soxers dancing on counter tops, shaking their… milkshakes. Just a roomful of River North locals curious to see 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly introduce the new apartment tower slated to take over Ed Debevic’s space at 640 North Wells Street. If there were any of Ed’s supporters ready to chain themselves to their favorite booth, they must have been too...

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