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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Residential Tower Coming to Wabash and Roosevelt in Chicago’s South Loop
May23

Residential Tower Coming to Wabash and Roosevelt in Chicago’s South Loop

The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the construction of a new 26-story residential tower at 1136 South Wabash Avenue.  The property actually wraps around the Roosevelt Hotel building on this corner, and has both Wabash and Roosevelt Road frontage.  The Roosevelt Hotel is no longer a hotel, it is student housing, going by the name of Roosevelt Student Apartments.  The new building is also expected to be student housing. It was...

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Another Chicago Church Parking Lot to Become a Skyscraper
May19

Another Chicago Church Parking Lot to Become a Skyscraper

The Archdiocese of Chicago has long maintained a list of properties it is trying to dispose of.  For reasons financial, demographic  and cultural it finds itself in possession of churches, schools and other buildings that are no longer needed.  Over the last few years we’ve seen a number of small churches, Catholic and otherwise, turned into apartments and condos.  Now at long last, one of the biggest prizes the Archdiocese owns...

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Proposed Project on Primo Plot to be Presented to Pols
May17

Proposed Project on Primo Plot to be Presented to Pols

Another prime South Loop property is going from parking lot to student housing.  The new residential tower proposed for 1136 South Wabash Avenue is scheduled to be introduced to the Chicago Plan Commission this week.  The location is less than half a block off of Roosevelt Road, and as you know, the intersection of Roosevelt and anything is primo terra firma.  Especially when it’s so close to Lake Michigan that on a moody spring...

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The Wait is Over — Old Saint Pat’s Tower Going Up on Spec
May02

The Wait is Over — Old Saint Pat’s Tower Going Up on Spec

It’s been four years since the city gave its blessing to White Oak Realty Partners and CA Ventures to start construction on 625 West Adams Street, colloquially known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower.  Now there’s a report that dirt may finally move next month. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the developers have decided not to wait any longer to fill the building with leases before beginning construction....

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And Then There Was One
Apr15

And Then There Was One

One left standing, that is. A pair of buildings formerly located at 4 and 8 East Huron Street have been obliterated, leaving only 10 East Huron standing of the three seemingly attached, century-old structures. 10 East serves as the home of the Consulate General of Ukraine, and it’s going to stay right where it is. In fact, take a walk past the site and you might see workers touching up the west face of the building now exposed...

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8 East Huron Minus 4 East Huron Equals 2 East Huron
Mar16

8 East Huron Minus 4 East Huron Equals 2 East Huron

A month ago, we told you demolition crews were on their way to tear down the a couple Huron Street buildings constructed back in the 1800s. We weren’t lying. 4 East Huron is already a flat, empty lot. 8 East Huron has what appears to be only minor damage along the roof line. Until you look in the back. Then it’s clear: This building won’t be gone in days. It will be gone in hours. Why? A 26-story residential building...

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New Skyscraper Coming to State and Huron Any Minute Now
Feb14

New Skyscraper Coming to State and Huron Any Minute Now

There’s been a lot of talk over the years about “maximizing the value” of the corner of North State Street and East Huron Street.  After all, it’s in the middle of downtown Chicago, right on State Street, just steps away from the Magnificent Mile, Chicago Avenue, the CTA Red Line subway, and more conveniences than most people have fingers and toes to count them on. But until now, nothing’s really come...

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Zombie Building Thrusts a Clenched Fist from its West Loop Grave
Oct17

Zombie Building Thrusts a Clenched Fist from its West Loop Grave

  In Chicago, projects come and projects go.  And one of those projects that we’d long ago given up for dead is back from the grave. Broadly known as Old Saint Pat’s Tower, 625 West Adams was a plan for a modest office building that came complete with meeting space for the venerable church, and some of the fiercest NIMBY opposition since SOAR heard the phrase “Canyon Ranch.” This, however, is the West...

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