Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank
Apr11

Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank

After its split with CMK over the development of the Riverline project, Lendlease has come up with a name for its portion of the project on the east bank of the Chicago River: Southbank. Southbank is the portion of the development, designed by Perkins+Will, that runs from Harrison Street down to Polk.   The portion from 9th Street on down to Roosevelt Road is being developed independently by CMK after the two decided to split...

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CMK and LendLease Divorce, Cut Riverline Baby in Two
Mar14

CMK and LendLease Divorce, Cut Riverline Baby in Two

A couple of companies building a neighborhood in the South Loop apparently don’t remember their Old Testament, because River North’s CMK and Australia’s LendLease are going their separate ways, and slicing their baby in two. Dating someone overseas is always tough. The Chicago Tribune has the scoopage. Even though both sides are talking, neither is airing its dirty laundry.  After all, both have done successful...

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New Erection Will Have Goose Island Sporting Wood
Nov13

New Erection Will Have Goose Island Sporting Wood

Yes, we're all a bunch of fifth-graders around here.  But in spite of the juvenile headline, what's planned for Goose Island is clearly innovative. Texas mega-developer Hines officially plans to put up a new office building on Goose Island that's made of wood. Crain's Chicago Business first reported Hines knotty notion way back in February, and we noted back then that this isn't Hines' first time going out on this limb.  It has a...

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Plans Come Together For Riverline’s Public Spaces
Feb28

Plans Come Together For Riverline’s Public Spaces

The massive Riverline development that’s going to bring thousands of new homes to Chicago’s South Loop is progressing noisily along South Wells Street, and more quietly behind-the-scenes. Since November of last year, various city departments have been chewing over a 550+ page document from Michigan Avenue architecture firm Perkins+Will and West Loop landscape architects Hoerr Schaudt outlining some of the features of the...

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River City Battens Down the Hatches While Work Ramps Up Downstream
Dec12

River City Battens Down the Hatches While Work Ramps Up Downstream

Word  on the intarwebs (via Sloopin’) is that there’s a lot of dozing going on along South Clark Street these days.  And we don’t mean the sleepytime kind. Several neighbors have spotted heavy machinery making mincemeat of the trees, bushes, and squatters’ quarters scattered across the immense and vacant scrubland between Roosevelt Road and 15th Street-ish.  That’s where seven months ago, Mayor Rahm...

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Riverline, Chicago’s Next Big Community Breaks Ground in the South Loop
Sep13

Riverline, Chicago’s Next Big Community Breaks Ground in the South Loop

The biggest thing to hit the South Loop since Museum Park is now under construction along South Wells Street. Riverline will eventually welcome 3,600 new families to the neighborhood in a combination of townhouses and apartment towers.  The Perkins+Will-designed neighborhood also includes 16,000 square feet of retail space, almost six acres of parkland and, yes, a riverwalk. In all, there will be ten large buildings erected on the...

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1333 South Wabash Weeks Away From Opening
Jul29

1333 South Wabash Weeks Away From Opening

Things are coming together at the South Loop residential tower known as 1333 South Wabash.  How much?  Enough that the developer, CMK Companies, held a media preview of the building recently. The 28-story tower designed by Brininstool and Lynch is just a couple of weeks away from welcoming its first residents.  Residences on offer range from 668 (one bedroom) to 1,175 square feet (two bedrooms) and run from $1,850 to $2,775, with...

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South Loop Brownfield a Step Closer to New Life [u]
May12

South Loop Brownfield a Step Closer to New Life [u]

One of the few remaining great tracts of disused land near downtown Chicago is another baby step towards being put to productive use again. Almost exactly one year after we told you that Related Midwest was in talks to develop the South Loop brownfield bordered by West Roosevelt Road, South Clark Street, West 16th Street, and the Chicago River, it has inked a deal with the city to do just that. The patch of ground was a former rail...

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Shove over, weedy lot. Here comes Riverline!
Mar30

Shove over, weedy lot. Here comes Riverline!

The first heavy machinery arrived in a derelict patch of the South Loop yesterday, eager to bite into the loam and build downtown Chicago’s next planned community. When finished, Riverline will fill the vacant space south of Harrison Street, north of Roosevelt Road, and west of Wells Street along the South Branch of the Chicago River. It will eventually be composed of 2,700 homes in five towers, plus a smattering of townhouses,...

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Chicago’s Newest Development is Officially a Thing: Riverline [u]
Nov19

Chicago’s Newest Development is Officially a Thing: Riverline [u]

Downtown Chicago’s newest planned community can officially make the transition from paper to reality.  Today the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of Riverline. Riverline is a joint development between CMK and Australian mega-developer Lend Lease south of Harrison Street, north of Roosevelt Road, and sandwiched between South Wells Street and the Chicago River. It was designed by Ralph Johnson at Perkins+Will  and...

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