Uptown Office Building Conversion Now Includes a New Residential Building
Jun27

Uptown Office Building Conversion Now Includes a New Residential Building

It’s been a little over a year since we told you about the latest plan to convert the old Combined Insurance Company office building at 5050 North Broadway in Uptown into apartments.  In that time, developer Cedar Street has put together a plan and is ready to move ahead. Cedar Street bought the building in the spring of 2015 and planned to spend $150 million on the conversion.  Booth Hansen did the design, which includes not...

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Boardrooms Out, Bedrooms In at 171 North Wabash
May16

Boardrooms Out, Bedrooms In at 171 North Wabash

Residential real estate is still hot in downtown Chicago, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a long-planned office building is going to welcome bedrooms instead of boardrooms. Plans for the building at 171 North Wabash Avenue debuted almost five years ago.  The eight-story office building was the shorter, less glamorous companion to the shiny residential tower built around the corner now known as Experience 73.  It was the...

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Closing the Gap at The Parker Fulton Market
Apr06

Closing the Gap at The Parker Fulton Market

We’re only a matter of days away from seeing the final pieces of glass added to the upper floors at The Parker Fulton Market. Shapack Partners‘ 29-story apartment tower at 171 North Halsted Street broke ground in the West Loop back in Winter 2015. 14 months later, Focus Construction crews are just three floors away from sealing the whole thing off from the outside world. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Booth Hansen,...

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2950 North Sheridan Really is Underway
Mar29

2950 North Sheridan Really is Underway

It’s true. We’ve seen it with our own eyes. A new residential tower from Wirtz Realty Corporation is going up at 2950 North Sheridan Road in Lake View. That much we know for sure. What don’t we know? The number of stories. A building permit issued by the City of Chicago January 28 states “new construction of a 18-story residential tower.” The announcement from Alderman Tom Tunney’s (44th Ward)...

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Slice of Life: Rookie Reporter Fooled By Non-Pool
Jan08

Slice of Life: Rookie Reporter Fooled By Non-Pool

We’ve watched The Parker Fulton Market (171 North Halsted Street) grow from our perch atop the Chicago Architecture West Loop bureau for months now. We saw the glass go up; we saw the tower crane come down. But just because it can be seen from here doesn’t mean we shouldn’t see it from there. It’s a quick walk over to North Halsted, so the decision was made to venture over to the construction site, and once...

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Big Hole at 111 West Chestnut, to be Filled With Row Homes
Dec30

Big Hole at 111 West Chestnut, to be Filled With Row Homes

It’s no Deep Tunnel, but that big hole in the ground at 111 West Chestnut Street in the city’s Near North neighborhood means there are finally signs of life on the row homes we’ve been waiting to see for, like, ever. Coming soon will be a group of eight (really) high-end rentals – as in, $15,000/month high, according to the developer at the Plan Commission meeting – designed by the architects at Booth...

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The Parker Fulton Market Tops Out at Halsted and Lake
Dec17

The Parker Fulton Market Tops Out at Halsted and Lake

Sometimes you can just sense change in the air. Such was the case this morning, when we flung on the lights at the Chicago Architecture West Loop Bureau, looked out the window, and saw the tower crane at The Parker Fulton Market (171 North Halsted Street) has been lowered below the top floor. That can only mean one thing. A top-out. We reached out to Focus Development, Inc., the general contractor and developer (along with Shapack...

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171 North Halsted Brings the Pane, Gets a Name
Nov10

171 North Halsted Brings the Pane, Gets a Name

There are two things you can write to get a reaction out of the staff at The Chicago Architecture Blog: “New Glass!” and “New Name!” But something one should never do is announce both of those phenomena without making sure you’re not blocking the fire exit. Such was the case Monday, when we scrambled on foot over to Lake and Halsted to confirm rumors the Booth Hansen-designed residential tower at 171...

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Status Update: 2950 North Sheridan Now Underway
Oct09

Status Update: 2950 North Sheridan Now Underway

When we visited the site of the new, curvy residential tower at 2950 North Sheridan Road two weeks ago, it looked more like a campground than construction zone. In these urban environs, stumbling upon a heaping mound of firewood isn’t commonplace. But of course, what those neatly-stacked logs symbolized was the clearing of land for the next Lake View East neighborhood project by architect Booth Hansen. Wirtz Realty is building...

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Status Update: 171 North Halsted Begins Blocking View of Cool “Breakout” Wall
Jul16

Status Update: 171 North Halsted Begins Blocking View of Cool “Breakout” Wall

The new, wonderfully-curved residential tower at Lake Street and North Halsted is taking shape in West Town. We zipped over to have a look, and it’s already risen 5 stories above the street. When the Booth Hansen design is complete, it will have (depending on which document filed with the city turns out to be final) 28-30 stories, with 214-227 residences. Another thing it will have is the ability to completely obstruct our view...

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