What’s Next? So Far, It’s Five Floors and Counting
Sep22

What’s Next? So Far, It’s Five Floors and Counting

Of course, we’re just having fun with the name. Next refers to the new residential tower from Fifield Companies at 347 West Chestnut Street in Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Pappageorge Haymes, the 28-story high-rise will bring 310 luxury rental apartments to this redeveloping area. Having the word “luxury” in the description means Next has to be loaded with...

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Big Changes in the Works on North Orleans Street
Aug20

Big Changes in the Works on North Orleans Street

There’s a giant crane in the sky at 347 West Chestnut Street, and it’s trying to tell us something. Specifically, that work has been ongoing since we last visited the intersection of Chestnut and Orleans. That was back in June, when Fifield Companies held groundbreaking ceremonies for its latest Cabrini-Green neighborhood development, Next. Once the gold shovels had turned dirt and attendees had downed ahi tacos faster...

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Latest Cabrini-Area Residential Tower Breaks Ground
Jun10

Latest Cabrini-Area Residential Tower Breaks Ground

With ceremonial shovels, gawking bankers, and a background of construction equipment, Fifield Companies broke ground on its newest residential tower yesterday, called Next at 347 West Chestnut Street. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell was there as brass shovels sliced into soil for the ceremonial groundbreaking, as he was several months ago when backhoes gouged the earth for the first time in the building’s...

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Capping the Kennedy: An Award-Winning Way to Do It
Apr24

Capping the Kennedy: An Award-Winning Way to Do It

Earlier this month we told you about a competition where architecture students were asked to come up with innovations for the Cap the Kennedy project — a proposal from real estate developer Fifield Companies to deck over the noisy expressway between Jackson Boulevard and Lake Street, replacing its exposed side with parks, restaurants, and developable space. The winning team was from Roosevelt University, which put together a plan...

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New Cabrini Green Tower Construction Now Underway
Apr16

New Cabrini Green Tower Construction Now Underway

No ribbons to cut.  No hands to glad.  No gourmet food trucks from which to nosh.  Just a very long plywood wall and lots of earth-moving equipment is how life starts for the new residential tower at 347 West Chestnut Street in Cabrini Green. Formerly known as Avant River North, the building is now being called NEXT, and is being developed by Fifield Companies. When complete, it will rise 28 stories into the Chicago skyline, with 305...

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Plan to Turn Kennedy Expressway Into a Park Still Kicking
Apr06

Plan to Turn Kennedy Expressway Into a Park Still Kicking

Remember that plan floated by Fifield Companies a few years ago to build a deck over I-90/94 through downtown and fill it with parks and restaurants and skyscrapers?  While we haven’t heard anything about it in a while, it turns out to still be alive. It’s now the subject of this year’s Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Midwest Real Estate Challenge: The 2015 Challenge will focus on the “Cap the Kennedy” Project over...

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E2 Apartment Building Opens in Downtown Evanston
Feb17

E2 Apartment Building Opens in Downtown Evanston

It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 months since we were at the groundbreaking for E2 (1890 Maple Avenue, Evanston).  And in that short time, the FitzGerald Associates-designed building has sprouted two towers, 356 apartments, and a dozen townhouses on what was formerly the largest undeveloped patch of land in downtown Evanston. Read the press release below for the full details.   Fifield Cos. Opens E2 Apartments in...

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Jewel Tower Scans With Plan Commission, Heads to City Hall’s Express Checkout
Nov20

Jewel Tower Scans With Plan Commission, Heads to City Hall’s Express Checkout

Just hours after the general public was given its first taste of the proposed new skyscraper and supermarket planned for the Gold Coast, the Chicago Plan Commission scanned it, threw it in a plastic bag and sent it off to the full city council for its rubber stamp of approval. It was just 44 hours and 18 minutes earlier that a packed crowd of neighbors gathered at the Thompson Hotel to see pictures of the proposed development at 1200...

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Gold Coast’s New Jewel Tower Gets Roughed
Nov19

Gold Coast’s New Jewel Tower Gets Roughed

When the final audience speaker of the evening praises Chicago’s NIMBY attitude for keeping the city honest and inhabitable, it might be hard to get a good read on the proceedings of a community meeting. Nevertheless, Tuesday evening a capacity room debated the merits and drawbacks of the new Jewel flagship store and 390-unit apartment tower proposed to replace the existing Gold Coast store at 1200 North Clark Street. The...

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Fifield Companies Celebrate A Bridge From K2 To Downtown
Apr11

Fifield Companies Celebrate A Bridge From K2 To Downtown

  Disneyworld is purported to be the happiest place on earth, but for number two on the list I’d like to nominate the West Loop apartment building K2 (365 North Halsted Street). On its one-year anniversary April 10th, I spoke with several residents who said they loved living there. Chelsey, a transplant from Baltimore, moved in shortly after K2 opened. She said her neighbors at K2 are very friendly and nearly everyone there moved to...

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