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...

Read More
With JCB’s On the Roof, 676 LaSalle Is Ready to Grow Up and Out
Mar07

With JCB’s On the Roof, 676 LaSalle Is Ready to Grow Up and Out

The newest residential block going up in River North has tiny dozers crawling it like fleas on a Carolina hound dog. River North Spy Mike sent in the photo above and below showing that work gutting Cedar Street’s existing building is well in hand.  That former office building will be expanded upward two stories, and a new companion building will go up in the parking lot now being used as a staging area next door. When complete,...

Read More
The Latest Chicago Skyscraper Trend is Holes In the Roof
Sep27

The Latest Chicago Skyscraper Trend is Holes In the Roof

If you’re the sort of person who stops and looks skyward when you pass a construction site to admire the work being done and the building being created, you may have noticed a new trend in Chicago skyscrapers: Holes. No fewer than three recently-opened residential blocks feature holes in their uppermost concrete slabs in order to allow light to penetrate to the common areas below.  We’re talking about The Marquee at...

Read More
River North Building Rehab Heads Toward Expansion Phase
Sep19

River North Building Rehab Heads Toward Expansion Phase

It’s been a little over a year since prolific north side Chicago developer Cedar Street slapped down a cool $12 million for the mediocre office building at 676 North LaSalle with an eye towards eviscerating it and turning it into apartments. Now plans are advancing for the hard part of the project — expanding the building upward two stories, and eastward into the neighboring surface parking lot. Paperwork filed with the city...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More
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,...

Read More
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)...

Read More
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...

Read More
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...

Read More