Video: Construction at 1400 West Monroe
Oct05

Video: Construction at 1400 West Monroe

Critics of the internet say there’s more to life than cat videos. And they’re right.  There are also construction videos. Recently the people putting up 1400 Monroe sent over a video showing how far construction has progressed on the Near West Side residential building. Construction, led by Summit Design + Build, started this past June, and is expected to run into next Summer.  When complete, the JK Equities project will bring 42...

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Construction Underway on New Near West Residential Block
Jun18

Construction Underway on New Near West Residential Block

It’s “Play ball!” out at 1400 West Monroe Street.  That’s where  construction crews are taking a swing at a new 42-unit condo building with “1400 Monroe” stitched on its jersey. May 2020 rendering of 1400 Monroe (Courtesy of JK Equities) JK Equities says its seven-story building, designed by Booth Hansen, is already 40%+ sold.  Prices run from New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder, all the...

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Revised Wilson Theater Plan in Uptown Slashes Height, Homes
Feb24

Revised Wilson Theater Plan in Uptown Slashes Height, Homes

A revised plan to redevelop the old Wilson Avenue Theater in Uptown drastically reduces the height of the accompanying residential building, and the number of homes inside. It’s been almost four years since we told you about the last plan to hit City Hall.  Back then, the parking lot next door to the theater at 1038 West Wilson Avenue was going to be replaced by a 107-foot-tall residential high rise with 197 new residences. The...

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Banking on a Lake View in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Jul05

Banking on a Lake View in Chicago’s Gold Coast

If you’ve been using your Independence Day week off to get in a bit of cycling along Chicago’s lakefront path, you might have wondered about the low-rise building going up on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Banks Street.  What you saw is 61 Banks Street (61 East Bank Street), a hyperluxe apartment building designed by the West Loop’s Booth Hansen for Draper and Kramer. Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! flew by in Air...

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New Downtown Townhomes Look Pretty Snazzy
Apr11

New Downtown Townhomes Look Pretty Snazzy

Remember those townhouses we told you about back in 2015 that were going to fill in the hole at the corner of Clark and Chestnut?  If you haven’t been by to gape recently, they look pretty darned snazzy. Of course, we’re big skyscraper fans.  But you can’t see the skyscrapers if there’s nothing but skyscrapers to see.  Mixing up the land use pattern creates nice view corridors, and this cluster of high-rent,...

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The Last Empty Lakeshore Lot in Downtown Chicago Gets Filled In
Jan08

The Last Empty Lakeshore Lot in Downtown Chicago Gets Filled In

The official groundbreaking has been marked for 61 Banks Street, a new residential mid-rise that will rise midly on the corner of East Banks Street and North Lakeshore Drive in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  This was the only open, developable land along the lakefront between the Chicago River and Diversey Harbor. The new apartment block is a project of Draper and Kramer, and designed by Booth Hansen in the West Loop.  It...

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River North Building Appeals to Bulldogs, Comfy Footwear
Oct23

River North Building Appeals to Bulldogs, Comfy Footwear

Do you like bulldogs?  How about comfortable shoes?  If these sound like your kind of things, then you’ll be happy to know that progress is being made on the new residential block called The Ardus at 676 North LaSalle Street. The Ardus is a project by Cedar Street and the Harlem Irving Companies.  It will bring another 149 new apartments to River North, on the corner of LaSalle Street and Huron.  As you can see in the photograph...

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Ten New Greystones Taking Shape in Near North
Jun12

Ten New Greystones Taking Shape in Near North

It’s not every day that downtown Chicago gets a new set of greystones.  So if you’ve had your fill of skyscrapers and cranes, head over to 111 West Chestnut Street where a row of ten new homes designed by Booth Hansen are being built. Near North Spy Joel dropped the photo above into our tip line, showing that the pit we reported on in 2015 has been filled in, and construction of the new residences is up to the first floor....

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Gold Coast’s Last Lake Shore Drive In-Fill Gets Filled In
May25

Gold Coast’s Last Lake Shore Drive In-Fill Gets Filled In

Sixteen months after we told you that the last non-park undeveloped space along North Lake Shore Drive between the Chicago River and Diversey Harbor is finally going to be filled in, we have achieved paperwork. Plans for a new building to be erected at 59 East Banks Street were filed with the city yesterday.  The Booth Hansen design is an eight story building with 58 homes and 42 parking spaces.  It’s hard to tell from the...

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Out With The Old, In With The New at 676 North LaSalle
Mar14

Out With The Old, In With The New at 676 North LaSalle

Last week we gave you an update on the demolition happening at 676 North LaSalle Street.  That’s where a non-descript office building is being turned into apartments, getting a townhouse hat, and expanding laterally.  Well, the demolition phase must be nearing completion because the City of Chicago has issued construction permits for a foundation for the expansion portion of the project. FOUNDATIONS PERMIT FOR NEW 149 APARTMENTS...

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