What Goes Up Must Come Down at Old Town Park
Jul22

What Goes Up Must Come Down at Old Town Park

Every crane that rises to bring another skyscraper to the city of Chicago must eventually return to earth.  Even at Old Town Park. Old Town Park under construction (July 2019. Courtesy of Brianbobcat.) Brianbobcat sent in the photograph above that he snapped from a passing CTA Brown Line train.  It shows a tower crane coming down at the multi-tower development that is replacing Atrium Village in five phases. The new Old Town-adjacent...

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Old Town Park Erasing Atrium Village
Aug22

Old Town Park Erasing Atrium Village

It looks like we could soon see a second tower rising at Old Town Park, the Old Town-adjacent development by Canuck company Onni Group that’s slowly erasing the venerable, if time-worn, Atrium Village. In the photo above sent in by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!, you can see the steel skeleton of the first building (known cleverly as Building 1) is up to the 25th story of its eventual 32 story height. The next phase will be a 31-story...

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The New Atrium Village’s First Tower Picks Up A Floor
Mar06

The New Atrium Village’s First Tower Picks Up A Floor

The transformation of a quiet, some might say bucolic, corner of downtown Chicago into a bustling planned community is about to kick into high gear. It’s been a little over a year since the foundation permit was issued for the first residential tower in the rebuilding of Atrium Village (1140 North Wells Street).  Now with the parking podium in hand, the City of Chicago has issued a permit for the tower portion of the building....

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At Atrium Village, Here Come the Cranes Again
Jul12

At Atrium Village, Here Come the Cranes Again

The transformation of Atrium Village is about to get a helping hand.  A giant, 100-foot-tall, diesel-powered hand. A permit has been issued for a new tower crane to be erected at 1140 North Wells Street, the place where a bucolic low-scale throwback residential settlement is bring turned into downtown’s next vibrant mixed-use high rise community. The crane’s first task is to help build a 31-story residential skyscraper at...

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Up Next… The New Atrium Village
Feb29

Up Next… The New Atrium Village

Work is about to get underway building the largest mixed-use project downtown Chicago has seen in years. Atrium Village (1140 North Wells Street), once a quaint enclave of low-rise homes slightly off-the-beaten-path, is about to join the city’s skyscraper club. We outlined the entire redevelopment project back in November, but here’s a recap: Four residential skyscrapers 30-39 stories tall Dozens of townhomes A school...

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Atrium Village Crumbling Ahead of Massive Redevelopment
Dec30

Atrium Village Crumbling Ahead of Massive Redevelopment

While progress often means something else must go, it’s still a bit jarring to see former residences reduced to rubble. Such is the case in the 1100 block of North Wells Street on the Near North Side, where several buildings at Atrium Village are being torn down in Phase One of a project to redo the development. When complete, developer Onni Group will have provided 1,500 new homes within 4 new residential towers and one smaller...

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Four New Skyscrapers About to Sprout in Near North
Jun09

Four New Skyscrapers About to Sprout in Near North

Well, this has been a long time coming. After years of anticipation, we’re finally getting our first concrete look at the redevelopment plans for Atrium Village, the low- and mid-rise apartment complex at 300 West Hill Street in the city’s Near North neighborhood.  Last year the Onni Group out of Vancouver coughed up $53 million for the property, and is now ready to move forward with big, big plans. When completed, the...

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Atrium Village Development to Reach for the Sky
Aug13

Atrium Village Development to Reach for the Sky

Our friends over at FitzGerald Associates sent in a note earlier this week that the Atrium Village redevelopment they’re working on has received zoning approval from the City of Chicago. Not too long ago someone recommended Atrium Village to me as a hidden residential gem in downtown Chicago — close to the heart of the city, but isolated enough to be anonymous if you like. Right now it consists of a single mid-rise...

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