West Loop Skyscraper Proposal Cuts Height, Adds Second Building
Jan13

West Loop Skyscraper Proposal Cuts Height, Adds Second Building

Plans for an apartment and hotel tower on the edge of the Kennedy Expressway at Randolph Street have changed, even though the city of Chicago has already approved this project. Developer Related Midwest envisions the project ay 725 West Randolph as a gateway to Chicago’s Restaurant Row, and until recently saw it as a single apartment tower with a hotel.  Now it’s asking for permission to add a second building across West...

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Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder
Oct16

Almost 700-Foot Hotel/Residential Tower to Perch on Kennedy’s Shoulder

‘Tis the season for skyscrapers in Chicago, and not surprisingly, the greater Greektown/West Town area isn’t being left behind.  The latest project in the works for the corner of Lake and Halsted is an enormous 58-story tower designed by Perkins Eastman Architects. The project is the latest effort by the Related empire to shoulder in to the area west of the Loop.  Since coming to town a few years ago, Related Midwest...

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West Town Welcomes Our Robotic Parking Overlords
Dec01

West Town Welcomes Our Robotic Parking Overlords

It’s with a small tear of sadness that we bid farewell to the collection of centenarian commercial buildings about to be erased from 723 through 733 West Randolph Street in West Town.  Heneghan Wrecking is about to do a number on them. Chocolate box assortments of brick and timber such as these are not uncommon in Chicago, but they are fairly rare to find in such a vibrant retail corridor.  You would think that the prime...

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Up-Close and Personal With 725 West Randolph, RoboParkingTower
Nov27

Up-Close and Personal With 725 West Randolph, RoboParkingTower

Something unusual happened yesterday.  A developer unveiled a 31-story residential tower to be built on Restaurant Row, and the neighbors failed to lose their minds over it. In fact, the feedback we’ve heard from our readers has been overwhelmingly positive.  And word on the street is that folks just west of the Kennedy Expressway are pretty happy with it, too. The building was designed by friends-of-the-blog, SMDP.  They, along...

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Developer Baking Plans For Skyscraper to Rise on Restaurant Row
Nov19

Developer Baking Plans For Skyscraper to Rise on Restaurant Row

  Plans for another West Town apartment tower are moving forward. We first heard about a new building on the southwest corner of West Randolph Street and the Kennedy Expressway way back in January. Back then it was little more than a blurb in Crain’s Chicago Business, and an indication of about 90 residences. Then in February, some paperwork was filed with the city of Chicago bumping that number up. Way up. To 31 stories and 190...

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