First Phase of Lathrop Homes Redevelopment Now Open
Oct22

First Phase of Lathrop Homes Redevelopment Now Open

Ribbon was cut recently at what we used to call Lathrop Homes, now Lathrop Residences, as part of the continuing evolution of public housing in Chicago. Perched on the banks of the Chicago River just north of Bucktown and just south of Lake View, Lathrop was one of the first public housing projects in Chicago when it was completed in the 1930’s.   Lathrop Residences (Courtesy of Related Midwest) Its ongoing redevelopment will...

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Skyscraper Jungle Moves West With Plan For Two 50+ Story Towers
Feb02

Skyscraper Jungle Moves West With Plan For Two 50+ Story Towers

It was one thing when the brick warehouses and sheet metal abattoirs west of The Loop were set upon be developers throwing up 10, 12, even 14-story buildings in the neighborhood.  But these days 30, 40, and 50-story buildings are de rigueur in an area where not so long ago you couldn’t even buy a good cup of coffee. The latest entries into the ultra-urbanization of the area come from Related Midwest.  We’ve been telling...

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Former Chicago Spire Site Gets an Architect
Sep07

Former Chicago Spire Site Gets an Architect

We don’t do a lot of news about architects moving from one firm to another.  If we did, we wouldn’t have time for anything else. But some moves are bigger than the Iron Mountain box used to transport a favorite T-square, bobblehead hula girl, and “Architects do it with models” coffee mug from one office to the next.  They signal change coming. Such is the case with Michael Pfeffer.  Crain’s Chicago...

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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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The Death of a Spire: It’s OK to Grieve.  Again.
Nov05

The Death of a Spire: It’s OK to Grieve. Again.

On you way home tonight, be sure to stop by the local Slurp ‘n’ Burp to pick up the breakfast spread of your choice.  Whether it’s butter, honey, Nutella, or that knockoff Nutella by Hershey’s, you’re going to need lots of it because the Chicago Spire is officially toast. Born in 2007 as the Fordham Spire, the controversial 400 North Lake Shore Drive baby was expected to grow up strong and tall to 2,000...

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