110 West Huron Now Home2 a New Hotel
May13

110 West Huron Now Home2 a New Hotel

If you left your car in the parking lot at 110 West Huron 14 months ago, don’t bother looking for it. There’s a hotel there now. The mouthful Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North was completed early this year at 110, moving another downtown Chicago surface parking lot into the trash bin of our minds. Home2 Suites by Hilton Chicago River North (Courtesy of Mortenson) The owner and lead developer of this project was...

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bKL’s 830 Cuts Its Big Yellow Teeth on Milwaukee Avenue
Aug16

bKL’s 830 Cuts Its Big Yellow Teeth on Milwaukee Avenue

The last time we checked in on 830 North Milwaukee, the construction equipment and materials were under a fresh blanket of snow.  The snow is long gone, so it’s time to take another peek at what’s going up along the very busy Milwaukee corridor. Previously this was the location of a low-slung one-story office building, so thoroughly clad in rocks and bricks that it didn’t have any windows.  It was like a visual...

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Another Boutique Hotel Headed to River North
May25

Another Boutique Hotel Headed to River North

The intersection of Clark and Huron in River North is about to get its third hotel. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved plans for a 17-story hotel at 100 West Huron Street.  That’s across the street from both the Hotel Felix, and the Godfrey Hotel. Felix was the pioneer in boutique hotels in this corner of the city.  Oxford Capital converted the SRO known as the Hotel Wacker into the Felix back in 2009.  Since then, demand...

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100 West Huron Gains Height, Turns Into a Hotel
Mar28

100 West Huron Gains Height, Turns Into a Hotel

Cover the mirrors, put on your mourning band, and bake a casserole.  Another River North parking lot is about to bite the dust. It’s been almost two years since we first told you about 100 West Huron, Akara Partners‘ project to replace the surface parking lot at the northwest corner of Clark and Huron with a miniature condominium block.  Since then, the economy has warmed, and the building has grown from a mere 14 stories...

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830 North Milwaukee, Shot in the Dark
Mar02

830 North Milwaukee, Shot in the Dark

Anyone who’s been up and down Milwaukee Avenue lately knows there’s a lot — actually, lots of lots — going on, from West Town to Logan Square and beyond. One such happening is the Transportation Oriented Development at 830 North Milwaukee Avenue, affectionately known as 830 N Milwaukee. Developed by Akara Partners, and designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, this five-story building will house 47...

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Kenect Kenstruction Kentinues on Milwaukee Avenue
Feb19

Kenect Kenstruction Kentinues on Milwaukee Avenue

Work continues on the two-structure development at 500 North Milwaukee Avenue known as Kenect. The west building, a 14-story tower by Pappageorge Haymes Architects, has topped out, and the tower crane has come down, leaving just a very tall stump of support steel. Over on the east side of Green Street, the 4-story little brother tower (alos by Pappageorge Haymes) has been decked out in woodwork, surrounded by iron framing. In total,...

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500 North Milwaukee Surprises Again
Dec03

500 North Milwaukee Surprises Again

The last time we walked past Akara Partners‘ 500 North Milwaukee Avenue, we were greeted by new signage for Kenect Chicago. As you may well know, we like to see creative name changes here at The Blog, and replacing an address with a unique moniker always scores points in our book. It was for no particular reason that we found ourselves back in the Fulton River District again this week, and lo and behold, there was our other...

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500 North Milwaukee Now Called Kenect Chicago
Nov09

500 North Milwaukee Now Called Kenect Chicago

The low-and-high rise development formerly known by its address of 500 North Milwaukee Avenue is now being called Kenect Chicago. New signs went up around the construction site recently where Akara Partners‘ 14-story residential block and a matching four-story combo residential and retail building are being constructed.  There’s also a knectchicago.com web site to go with it. The different shades of orange triangles and...

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You May Continue Working On That Hole You’ve Dug
Sep17

You May Continue Working On That Hole You’ve Dug

Remember that construction site we mentioned yesterday? You know, the one at 500 North Milwaukee Avenue, on the east side of Green Street? The one that looks like a (deeper) hole in the ground? Yes, that’s the one. The 4-story one. Well, we couldn’t help but notice the City of Chicago issued a permit back on the 11th for that site, although they call it 505 North Green Street instead of 500 North Milwaukee. But no worries....

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Height and Depth Mark Progress at 500 North Milwaukee
Sep16

Height and Depth Mark Progress at 500 North Milwaukee

The two-building complex Akara Partners is developing at 500 North Milwaukee Avenue is well underway, though one might question what these two structures have in common if visiting the site for the first time. On our last drop-in, the four-story portion of the project, located on the east side of Green Street, had barely had its surface scratched. And when we stopped by this week, what used to be a dirt lot is now more of a dirt hole,...

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