Superior Work Begins on Superior House on Superior
Feb04

Superior Work Begins on Superior House on Superior

Site prep has begun on a new condo block in River North.  When complete, Superior House will feature 34 homes in a 12-story building on the corner of Superior and Sedgwick. The building is a project from Ascend Real Estate Group, designed by FitzGerald Associates, with Gary Lee Partners doing the interiors. If you didn’t get the swish corner office at work, then maybe this is where you should sink your Christmas bonus, because...

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New Residential Tower Opens in Near North
Apr19

New Residential Tower Opens in Near North

Chicago has another new option for downtown living.  Niche 905 (905 North Orleans Street) is now open for business, and accepting move-ins. Niche 905 was developed by Ascend Real Estate Group and designed by FitzGerald Associates.  It has 202 apartments across 18 stories, snuggled between the CTA Brown/Purple Line tracks and the nearly unrecognizable Cabrini Green neighborhood. The rise of Niche 905 mirrors the transformation of the...

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River North Building Wants to Skip Ground Floor Retail
Feb15

River North Building Wants to Skip Ground Floor Retail

The thing that makes a city a city is its people.  And the number one goal of responsible urban planning is to get those people out of their homes and offices and onto the streets.  People walking around is good for public safety, good for commerce, good for the tax base, and is the number one thing that contributes to a vibrant urban fabric.  It’s something that the City of Chicago figured out a long time ago, and cities like...

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Ascend Real Estate Group Finds its Niche in Near North
Jun27

Ascend Real Estate Group Finds its Niche in Near North

The rapid re-population of the greater Carbrini Green area is getting a boost from its newest skyscraper — Niche 905 at 905 North Orleans Street.  Technically, 905 is just across the street from the Cabrini border, in the Near North Side neighborhood, but it contributes to the growing vitality of this neighborhood’s modern-day renaissance. Niche 905’s ceremonial topping-out event was held recently, as the 18-story building...

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Niche 905 Progresses in Cabrini-Green
Mar22

Niche 905 Progresses in Cabrini-Green

Niche 905, the 18-story apartment tower by friends-of-the-blog FitzGerald Associates Architects, continues at 905 North Orleans Street in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood. Being built on the former parking lot of the St. Luke Church of God in Christ on the west side of Orleans Street, Niche 905 will deliver 202 new apartment, fully loaded with all the modern amenities today’s renter expects from new construction, come...

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Niche 905 Cleared For Takeoff
Jan04

Niche 905 Cleared For Takeoff

One of the newest construction sites in the Cabrini Green neighborhood has permission to get all vertical with its bad self. Niche 905 at 905 North Orleans Street has been issued a permit for the tower portion of the residential tower, which is the part of the tower that sits on top of the parking podium.  Which is not a tower.  Quoth a city hall raven: CONSTRUCTION OF LEVELS 5-18 OF NEW 18 STORY BUILDING WITH 208 RESIDEDENTIAL UNITS,...

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Ground Broken, Permit in Hand, Niche 905 Wastes No Time
Nov30

Ground Broken, Permit in Hand, Niche 905 Wastes No Time

Last week, The Chicago Architecture Blog was at the groundbreaking ceremony for Niche 905 (905 North Orleans Street) in the Cabrini Green neighborhood. Six days later, on the 25th of November, to be precise, the City of Chicago issued a building permit for caisson foundation work and the parking deck that goes through the fourth floor. And wouldn’t you know it, Revcon equipment is already on site, ready to turn that broken...

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Niche 905 Breaks Ground at 905 North Orleans
Nov20

Niche 905 Breaks Ground at 905 North Orleans

The sun cooperated. The wind, not so much. But the cold breeze wasn’t stopping Ascend Real Estate Group from breaking ground on Niche 905, the new FitzGerald Associates-designed 18-story luxury rental tower they’re erecting in a joint effort with Boston’s Intercontinental Real Estate Corp. Bill Wolk, president of Ascend, opened the festivities by thanking everyone involved in the 2-year process of getting Niche 905...

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Big Changes in the Works on North Orleans Street
Aug20

Big Changes in the Works on North Orleans Street

There’s a giant crane in the sky at 347 West Chestnut Street, and it’s trying to tell us something. Specifically, that work has been ongoing since we last visited the intersection of Chestnut and Orleans. That was back in June, when Fifield Companies held groundbreaking ceremonies for its latest Cabrini-Green neighborhood development, Next. Once the gold shovels had turned dirt and attendees had downed ahi tacos faster...

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Watch This Space: Another Surface Lot Goes Bye Bye
Aug10

Watch This Space: Another Surface Lot Goes Bye Bye

We’re always happy to report when a surface parking lot gets its walking papers.  The latest lot soon-to-be rent from Chicago’s urban fabric is at 905 North Orleans Street.  That’s where Ascend Real Estate Group has been given the green light from the city for its less-than-imaginatively-named 905 Orleans building. The 18-story apartment block was designed by FitzGerald Associates. When complete, it will have 202...

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