Marlowe Really Wants to be Your Neighbor

Some downtown Chicago projects seem to take forever.  Marlowe is not one of them. The new Antunovich Associates-designed residential tower at 675 North Wells Street has gone from announcement to permits to crane-up in just four months, eliminating yet another surface parking lot from one of the most rapidly-transforming nooks of downtown Chicago. River North Spy Joel sent us the photo below, showing Marlowe’s crane doing its...

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Four State Street Buildings To Become Housing
Jun05

Four State Street Buildings To Become Housing

There’s finally some clarity for a group of last-century office buildings that have been languishing under the weight of leaky roofs and pigeon poop for close to a decade. The area around the 200 block of South State Street has been the home to an assortment of buildings that were once the workplaces of thousands of productive citizens, before they were scooped up by the feds as a planned expansion of the nearby Federal Center....

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Marlowe Ready to Move In To River North
Apr18

Marlowe Ready to Move In To River North

Just one month after 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly spilled the beans about The Marlowe (675 North Wells Street), the city of Chicago has issued permits so that construction can begin. NEW CONSTRUCTION FOR FOUNDATION AND SUPERSTRUCTURE. 15–STORIES, 100-DWELLING UNITS AND 76-EFFICIENCY UNITS FOR A TOTAL OF 176-DWELLING UNITS AND 84-PARKING SPACES. LMC is planting The Marlowe in a surface parking lot on the east side of Wells...

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River North, Meet Marlowe, Your New 15-Story Neighbor
Mar13

River North, Meet Marlowe, Your New 15-Story Neighbor

Last week we gave you an update on the office building at 676 North LaSalle that’s being converted to apartments, and getting a new addition, doubling its size.  Now its next door neighbor, 675 North Wells Street, has decided it no longer wants to be a surface parking lot and is going to try to make more of itself. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly spilled the beans about 675 in a letter to constituents he sent out on Friday....

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McHugh’s Hiltons Break Ground in the South Loop
Jan31

McHugh’s Hiltons Break Ground in the South Loop

It’s been almost three years since we first told you about McHugh Construction’s plans to turn an under-utilized lot near its South Loop headquarters into a new hotel, and now that dream is officially a reality. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held this past Friday for the building at 123 East Cermak Road, which will contain — count ’em — three Hilton-flagged hotels: The Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick...

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Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”
Nov08

Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”

If you’re an artist looking for a location to play Tic-Tac-Toe with parachutes, or perhaps giant pantomime Hollywood Squares (“I’ll take Charo in the center square to block, Peter”) then there’s a place in Lincoln Park just for you. Dr. Robert Vogelzang has sent in another round of photographs showing what little remains of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital. And the little remains are pretty much just a concrete and steel grid....

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More Lake Views Coming to Lake View East
Aug19

More Lake Views Coming to Lake View East

That proposal for a 17-story residential building on Belmont between Broadway and Lake Shore Drive that we told you about is another step closer to reality. The tower, designed by Antunovich Associates, at 450 West Belmont Avenue got its papers franked by the Chicago Plan Commission yesterday.  That means the developers can move forward with their plan for a new building with 80 residences and 48 parking spaces.  It’ll be 179...

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833 North Clark Transforming Before Our Eyes
Jul28

833 North Clark Transforming Before Our Eyes

Want to get a look at a brutalist skyscraper masterpiece right in your own backyard? Take a peek over at the Aurélien at 833 North Clark Street. The skyscraper is still under construction, and its unfenestrated sides, with their concrete fins and exposed columns, look like a brutalist delight. Much like the old Exxon (Humble Oil) headquarters in Houston. Thanks to Near North Spy Tim for brutalizing our tip line with the photos....

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833 North Clark Tops Out, Gets a New Name: Aurélien
Jul25

833 North Clark Tops Out, Gets a New Name: Aurélien

The impending decoupling of Great Britain from the floundering European Union has apparently had zero impact on Lincoln Property Company and Ryan Companies, as this past Friday they announced the renaming of the skyscraper at 833 North Clark Street “The Aurélien.” It’s a deliberately European-sounding name for what the developers describe as a “European-inspired” building. In our experience of living in...

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Crane Pops Up at DePaul University
Jul22

Crane Pops Up at DePaul University

DePaul University’s new School of Music building has been under construction since last November.  But just recently, the work went into boss mode: A tower crane popped up on the Lincoln Park campus. Lincoln Park Spy James is the eagle eye who dropped a few photographic eggs into our tip line nest. The $99 million building, designed by Antunovich Associates, was announced back in 2009, as part of the university’s ten year...

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