West Loop’s Newest Tower Is Old Saint Pat’s
Dec04

West Loop’s Newest Tower Is Old Saint Pat’s

The West Loop skyscraper formerly known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower is officially done, according to Gold Coast architecture firm SCB. Today it is known by its address: 625 West Adams, and is a 20-story office building on Heritage Green Park built for White Oak Realty, CA Ventures, and Old Saint Patrick’s Church. Previously, this was a surface parking lot for the popular West Loop Catholic Church. Today, those parking spaces...

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8 East Huron Ready to Sign on the Dotted Line
Sep07

8 East Huron Ready to Sign on the Dotted Line

If you’re looking for luxury digs near Holy Name Cathedral, but don’t feel like spending $70 million to combine the top four floors of an unnamed hyper-lux skyscraper under construction nearby, CA Ventures has the building for you. You can now pre-live at 8 East Huron, the 26-story Valerio Dewalt Train Associates-designed building that recent went into pre-leasing mode on the corner of State and Huron in the city’s...

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Four State Street Buildings To Become Housing
Jun05

Four State Street Buildings To Become Housing

There’s finally some clarity for a group of last-century office buildings that have been languishing under the weight of leaky roofs and pigeon poop for close to a decade. The area around the 200 block of South State Street has been the home to an assortment of buildings that were once the workplaces of thousands of productive citizens, before they were scooped up by the feds as a planned expansion of the nearby Federal Center....

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Old Saint Pat’s Tower Powers Upward
Jan03

Old Saint Pat’s Tower Powers Upward

Crews from Power Construction have been busting their humps for the last few months, trying to get as much of the parking garage at 625 West Adams built as they can before the dead of winter sets in.  With The Dead officially here, photographer Michael Lyons sent over some photographs showing their progress; and it’s not too shabby. Concrete has already been poured up to the fifth floor of the office building occasionally known...

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Construction of South Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Officially Underway
Oct31

Construction of South Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Officially Underway

Another residential tower is rising in Chicago’s South Loop. Like so many other recent developments, its biggest asset is proximity to public transportation; and 1136 South Wabash hugs the CTA’s Roosevelt Road transit hub like ivy on an outfield wall. The 26-story building designed by SCB for CA Ventures and Keith Giles is the latest building in the neighborhood to cater to college students.  Almost next door, the old...

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8 East Huron in at the Ground Floor
Aug31

8 East Huron in at the Ground Floor

The latest high-rise to loom over Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago’s Gold Coast is getting its foundation these days. 8 East Huron is a Valerio Dewalt Train Associates design for CA Ventures and Harlem Irving Companies. When complete, it will be 26 stories tall, with 102 apartments, 2,700 square feet of retail space, and 31 parking spaces even though it’s, quite literally, on top of the CTA Red Line. But then again...

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The West Loop’s Newest Office Tower Gets Down and Dirty
Aug15

The West Loop’s Newest Office Tower Gets Down and Dirty

Demolition is a thing of the past, and construction is well underway at 625 West Adams Street, the office building sometimes known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower. Professional photographer Michael S. Lyons tripped our tip line with his latest batch of photos showing crews busy with the elevator core, foundation pour, and drilling machines that roar. When complete, 625 will rise 22 stories into the West Loop sky with 400 parking...

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Residences Rising at 8 East Huron
Jun27

Residences Rising at 8 East Huron

This past winter we were the first to tell you that a new residential tower was coming to 8 East Huron Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast.  And now it’s officially under construction. Eight East Huron is a project by CA Ventures, designed by Valero Dewalt Train Associates (the “build or die” people). It should max out around 300 feet (290 to the roof + mechanical), which is pretty good considering the tiny...

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Piles of Rubble Signal the Start of Old Saint Pat’s Tower
Jun08

Piles of Rubble Signal the Start of Old Saint Pat’s Tower

The building called 625 West Adams, but known around the West Loop at the Old Saint Pat’s Tower, should start to make itself known very soon.  West Loop Spy Joel sent in the photograph above showing excavators have already done a pretty thorough job turning the parking lot at the corner of Adams and Des Plaines into rubble. We’ve been reporting on 625 for the last four years, and summed it up pretty well last month: 625...

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8 East Huron is About to Become a Thing
May24

8 East Huron is About to Become a Thing

Early this year we told you about a pair of vintage Chicago walk-ups that were about to bite the dust.  The dust has since been bitten and 8 East Huron is ready to rise in their place. 8 East Huron is at the corner of State and Huron, a block south of Holy Name Cathedral.  It is a 26-story residential block replacing a pair of buildings erected in 1889.  And it just got a crisp new building permit from the city of Chicago: NEW...

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