Why Fix It? City to Pave  Over its Gold Coast Problem
Oct09

Why Fix It? City to Pave  Over its Gold Coast Problem

If you’ve been hoping for the last decade that the City of Chicago might finally get around to repairing and re-opening the tunnels beneath the intersection of Michigan and Oak Street, forget it.  It’s not gonna happen. It’s been about ten years since the pedestrian conveniences were shuttered.  Each day hundreds of commuters used them to cross the intersection without having to stand on the corner waiting for a walk...

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River North’s Newest Public Park Opens at Exhibit on Superior
Jul17

River North’s Newest Public Park Opens at Exhibit on Superior

As downtown Chicago ads more and more residents, the ratio of people to greenspace grows increasingly lopsided.  That’s part of the reason so many people were happy to see River thth’s newest public park open late last week. The park is on the west side of Exhibit on Superior (165 West Superior Street), the 35-story residential tower designed by the Loop’s bKL Architecture for Magellan Development and Mac Management....

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Developers Detail Big Big Big Plans for Lakeshore East
Jul11

Developers Detail Big Big Big Plans for Lakeshore East

After weeks of anticipation, skyscraper nerds, architecture enthusiasts, and the just plain curious got the information they’ve been craving about how the development of Lakeshore East will end.  The answer: With an 875-foot-tall bang. At a crowded public meeting at the Hyatt Regency, hosted by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, architects and developers took the wraps off of two major projects: The final three skyscrapers...

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Lakeshore East Moving Forward, Losing a Skyscraper
Jun26

Lakeshore East Moving Forward, Losing a Skyscraper

One of the first long-form articles we published in Chicago Architecture way back in October of 2003 was a preview of Lakeshore East.  Back then, the only building that had been erected was The Lancaster at 201 North Westshore Drive.  The rest of Lakeshore East was dirt and weeds and a former caddyshack that still sported a small luncheonette that refused to die. My how things have changed. From the curvalicious skyscraper that put...

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Condo Block Plotted for Erie and Sedgwick in River North
May08

Condo Block Plotted for Erie and Sedgwick in River North

It’s hard to believe we can finally report this, but surface parking lots are becoming an endangered species in River North. The latest slab of tar to go bye-bye will be on the northeast corner of West Erie Street and North Sedgwick Street.  The project is called Three Sixty | West. Yes, that’s a vertical pipe character in the middle of the name.  It’s only slightly more pretentious than design firms that use plus...

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Marlowe Ready to Move In To River North
Apr18

Marlowe Ready to Move In To River North

Just one month after 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly spilled the beans about The Marlowe (675 North Wells Street), the city of Chicago has issued permits so that construction can begin. NEW CONSTRUCTION FOR FOUNDATION AND SUPERSTRUCTURE. 15–STORIES, 100-DWELLING UNITS AND 76-EFFICIENCY UNITS FOR A TOTAL OF 176-DWELLING UNITS AND 84-PARKING SPACES. LMC is planting The Marlowe in a surface parking lot on the east side of Wells...

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Alderman Says There’s No Vacancy For a 60-Story Tower at Superior and Wabash
Apr10

Alderman Says There’s No Vacancy For a 60-Story Tower at Superior and Wabash

Chicago vice-mayor, and serial hotel killer, Brendan Reilly has struck again.  The 42nd Ward Alderman has axed a plan by New York’s Symmetry Property Development to put up a 60-story SOM-designed hotel and residential tower named The Carillon on West Superior Street and North Wabash Avenue, just behind Holy Name Cathedral. In a letter to his constituents, he says there’s simply too much congestion in that location, and the...

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Dana Hotel’s Erie Backside Expansion Plan
Apr03

Dana Hotel’s Erie Backside Expansion Plan

We’ve long been a fan of the Dana Hotel (660 North State Street).  Even before its rooftop lounge was the staging area for drinks before my clandestine, not-exactly-authorized wedding at Holy Name Cathedral, it was one of our favorite turn-of-the-century projects.  Mostly because it cleaned up a really terrible flophouse that had the even worse address of 666 North State Street, but kept the S.R.O.’s name in a nod to...

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Visualizing The Carillon in River North
Mar28

Visualizing The Carillon in River North

The backers of the new mixed-use skyscraper proposed just off Michigan Avenue are trying to drum up support.  To that end, they’re letting the public in on more details of their plans for a 60-story building at 40 East Superior Street. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly hosted a public information meeting about the building last week.  If you weren’t able to go, we’ve reproduced the most interesting slides from the...

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River North, Meet Marlowe, Your New 15-Story Neighbor
Mar13

River North, Meet Marlowe, Your New 15-Story Neighbor

Last week we gave you an update on the office building at 676 North LaSalle that’s being converted to apartments, and getting a new addition, doubling its size.  Now its next door neighbor, 675 North Wells Street, has decided it no longer wants to be a surface parking lot and is going to try to make more of itself. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly spilled the beans about 675 in a letter to constituents he sent out on Friday....

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