707 North Wells Begins Windows Download
Sep02

707 North Wells Begins Windows Download

There’s good reason for that twinkle in your eye as you drive down Wells Street in the River North neighborhood; the new residential building at 707 North Wells has been installing windows over the last few weeks. Not the kind of windows that require a capital W and for you to completely re-learn how to use your computer though. These are the windows that will allow residents of the new building to keep an eye on all the...

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Status Update: Hey, 500 North Milwaukee, Smell Ya Later!
Apr09

Status Update: Hey, 500 North Milwaukee, Smell Ya Later!

There’s a freshness in the air in the Fulton Market District these days.  Or at least the stench from 500 North Milwaukee has improved.  That’s because demolition crews have been chopping, chewing, hacking, and shredding the abandoned building with vigor for the last few weeks. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Shell ran over there to take in the show, and brought back these pictures of the neighborhood’s...

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Status Update: 707 North Wells
Jan26

Status Update: 707 North Wells

Eight months after we saw the drawings of 707 North Wells Street, the mid-rise residential building is well underway. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s own Daniel Schell popped by the other day and took these photographs of the construction progress.  As you can see, the tower crane is up, and the concrete core has risen from the ground. When complete, the building will rise 11 stories over the eastern edge of Chicago’s...

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New Hope (or Not) for 500 North Milwaukee (Again)
Dec02

New Hope (or Not) for 500 North Milwaukee (Again)

We don’t do a lot of real estate news around here.  But when it comes to the grey-slathered pile of boards known as 500 North Milwaukee Avenue, we’ll make an exception. That’s because 500 North Milwaukee is consistently the building we receive the most e-mails about.  Neighbors, commuters, and fans of downtown wonder how it is that such a prime location can be the home of such a dilapidated building. We last checked...

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Near North Parking Lot to Go Condo
May27

Near North Parking Lot to Go Condo

Another downtown Chicago surface parking lot is going to bite the dust. Akara Partners wants to put up a 14-story residential building on the site across the street from the Hotel Felix. The plan calls for just 28 residences on the top ten floors of the Near North Side building, which means that these are condominiums, not apartments. This is the second condo building announced for downtown Chicago in recent months. Though it remains...

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