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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60-Story Tree Proposed for Near North’s Skyscraper Forest
Mar06

60-Story Tree Proposed for Near North’s Skyscraper Forest

If you’ve ever thought that the flanks of North Michigan Avenue couldn’t possibly support yet another skinny skyscraper, never underestimate the power of money and high-end design software. Symmetry Development, out of New York, wants to build a 60-story mixed use building on the northeast corner of Wabash and Superior. The plot is currently the location of a couple of greystones converted to retail, and a small parking...

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More Tidbits Trickle Out About Wolf Point East (And a few about Wolf Point South)
Oct04

More Tidbits Trickle Out About Wolf Point East (And a few about Wolf Point South)

  With Wolf Point West all wrapped up with a bow, we’re just weeks away from the start of Wolf Point East, the middle child of the Wolf Point siblings; and what a child it’s shaping up to be. New documents released by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office show us more about the East tower than we’ve ever known before.  You can cruise through them at your leisure here, or just read below where...

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Chicago’s 93-Story Vista Tower Breaks Ground
Sep07

Chicago’s 93-Story Vista Tower Breaks Ground

With lucky red shovels in hand, friends, financiers, politicians, developers, and architects held a ceremonial groundbreaking today for the Vista Tower at 363 East Wacker Drive. Perched on the grassy bit behind The Tides, the gathered dignitaries and international press could see work already well underway in the dirt patches on either side of North Field Boulevard.  The 93-story building being developed by China’s Wanda Group...

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While Trib Tower Redevelopers Salivate, Alderman Urges Caution
Sep06

While Trib Tower Redevelopers Salivate, Alderman Urges Caution

In any city as old and complex as Chicago, there are bound to be quirks of history that affect modern day development. The protected cattle path through the heart of the Loop is one example we’ve told you about over the years. Another is the view corridor in Streeterville. We last reviewed this municipal oddity in June of 2015 when we were explaining to you why the new skyscraper coming to 465 North Park Drive is situated where...

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