The 411 on 601 West Randolph in the West Loop
Sep13

The 411 on 601 West Randolph in the West Loop

Four months ago, an alert reader noticed some people poking around at 609 West Randolph Street. He told us. We told you. Then last month, the project became official, as 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly started talking about a new development for the corner of Randolph and Jefferson in the West Loop. Now, paperwork has been filed with the city to get this office building built. Rendering of 601 west Randolph (Va the Office of...

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You Called It: New Office Building Coming to the West Loop
Aug02

You Called It: New Office Building Coming to the West Loop

Back in May of this year, we relayed to you a photograph that West Loop Spy Kurt jammed into our tip line showing soil sampling rigs tasting the dirt beneath 609 West Randolph Street. Usually if someone is paying for that kind of work, there’s a reason; and now we know the reason: a 15-story office building Rendering of 609 west Randolph (Va the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly was the...

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Old McDonald’s HQ Will Get a Half-Billion Dollar Overhaul
May29

Old McDonald’s HQ Will Get a Half-Billion Dollar Overhaul

A $500 million redevelopment project would be big news in downtown Chicago. It’s even bigger news when it happens out in Oak Brook. Rendering of Oak Brook Commons (via Antunovich Associates) For over a year, Houston’s Hines has been wooing the west suburban village with plans for office space, retail space, a hotel, a few hundred new residences, and a shiny new park. After some modifications, yesterday the village board...

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1050 and 1125 West Van Buren Get Resized Again
Oct29

1050 and 1125 West Van Buren Get Resized Again

If you’ve been itching to move into one of a pair of new residential blocks along the Eisenhower Expressway, near Target, with excellent rail and bus service… you’re gonna need more calamine lotion.  1050 and 1125 West Van Buren are going to the people.  Again. The two towers have been in the works since the Romans invaded Gaul, and Julius Caesar predicted the rise of malignant social media with his FaceParchment...

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The Mill Gets Planed: Milwaukee Avenue Tower Loses 13% of its Units
Aug22

The Mill Gets Planed: Milwaukee Avenue Tower Loses 13% of its Units

Plans for a new residential tower along the Kennedy Expressway have been cut back.  The Mill, a project designed by Antunovich Associates for Tandem, is being trimmed from 226 residences to 196. The Chicago Department of Planning and Development has approved the developer’s request for the change at 734 North Milwaukee Avenue, plus an accompanying reduction in the number of parking spaces.  See below for the revised diagrams...

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Another Crane Moving Out of Lincoln Park
Aug20

Another Crane Moving Out of Lincoln Park

It was just about a month ago that the south tower crane pulled out of the Lincoln Common project at 2335 and 2345 North Lincoln Avenue.  Today, the north tower crane begins its long adieu. Lincoln Common, you’ll remember is the redevelopment of the property that used to be Children’s Memorial Hospital.  That hospital decamped for Streeterville a decade ago, and its ugly bulk was removed from the Lincoln Park skyline....

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Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building
Aug13

Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building

As the area around McCormick Place undergoes its largest transformation in years, a trio of new hotels has opened — all in the same building at 123 East Cermak Road. Hilton planted three of its flags on the southwest corner of East Cermak Road and South Indiana Avenue, directly across the street from the massive convention center’s West Building. Chicago has seen double-decker hotel buildings before, but this triple-decker...

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Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common
Jul26

Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common

If you’re waiting for the next big milestone in the construction of Lincoln Common (2335 and 2345 North Lincoln Avenue), that milestone is here.  The process of removing the project’s south tower crane began today. The photograph above shows Lincoln Common as it was earlier this week when the south crane was still stretching out across the property like Julie Andrews atop an alpine meadow.  The pic was taken by Joe Zekas...

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Pair of West Van Buren Towers Going To The People – Bigger Than Expected
Jul16

Pair of West Van Buren Towers Going To The People – Bigger Than Expected

A pair of residential towers planned for just off the Eisenhower Expressway is going to get its public airing. The buildings proposed by Tandem Partners are at 1050 and 1125 West Van Buren  Street.  Both were designed by Antunovich Associates. First peep came in January from Crain’s, but we haven’t heard anything since then.  There will be plenty of peeping next Thursday (July 26, 2018) when the projects are unveiled in...

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23-Story Tower Will Squeeze in Between the Kennedy and the Milwaukee Corridor
Dec27

23-Story Tower Will Squeeze in Between the Kennedy and the Milwaukee Corridor

The “sizable” River West residential development we told you about back in October that will introduce a 23-story residential tower to the edge of Milwaukee Avenue and the banks of the Kennedy Expressway is a go. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the project at 734 North Milwaukee Avenue which may or may not be going by the name “The Mill.”  Commuters will see 226 new homes rise in a 266-foot-tall...

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