A 727’s View of 727 West Madison
Jun26

A 727’s View of 727 West Madison

Ok, maybe Joe Zekas at YoChicago! didn’t fire up an actual Boeing 727 to take these photos.  But Air Joe One is close enough, and from the sky we get a pretty good idea of how 727 West Madison is shaping up. The answer is: “nicely.” 727 topped out a couple of weeks ago and the good people over at FitzGerald Associates sent over a description of what they were thinking when they put together the sexy beast of a...

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E2 Makes Downtown Evanston More Colorful
Nov20

E2 Makes Downtown Evanston More Colorful

The E2 apartment building made a splash when it opened in Evanston in 2015, and now it’s adding a splash of color to the suburb’s downtown. E2 developer Fifield Realty has unveiled an expansive new piece of art on the side of the building by Albany Park muralist Thomas Melvin. The painting is called “Eee-tu” (What Redwing called to Drake) 1890 Maple Evanston, Illinois, and is an abstract depiction of its home...

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New Greektown Tower Puts the O in Opa!
Jul24

New Greektown Tower Puts the O in Opa!

Move over simit, the next big round thing to hit Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood is about to sprout on the corner of Madison and Halsted. 727 West Madison has been given its full building permit from the City of Chicago.  Construction crews may now build Fifield and F&F Realty their full 45-story skyscraper in all its circular glory. A prominent location on the edge of the Kennedy Expressway along the city’s east-west...

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Groundbreaking For New Landmark Greektown Skyscraper
May02

Groundbreaking For New Landmark Greektown Skyscraper

If you’ve been pining for a new, round-shaped skyscraper in downtown Chicago, then we have good news for you. The cylindrical tower formerly known as 1 South Halsted is officially under construction. Groundbreaking ceremonies were recently held for what is now being called 727 West Madison, the 44-story FitzGerald Associates design which features a round vertical shaft rising from a parking podium in the soon-to-be-former Crowne...

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Time To Get A Slice of The Sinclair
Apr03

Time To Get A Slice of The Sinclair

If our story three years ago showing The Sinclair residential tower represented as a layer cake had you salivating, there’s good news.  You can soon live inside the confection of your dreams. Pre-leasing has begun at The Sinclair, the 35-story residential tower Fifield is putting up at 1201 North LaSalle Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  This coincides with the topping-out (topping-off?) of the SCB design that...

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Fifield and SCB’s Sinclair Over-Achieves in the Gold Coast
Feb20

Fifield and SCB’s Sinclair Over-Achieves in the Gold Coast

The most visible sign of the rejuvenation of the corner of Clark and Division Streets is the new Sinclair tower rising where a Jewel supermarket used to sprawl across half a city block.  The new SCB-designed tower includes a bigger, better Jewel in the parking podium.  Fifield’s building is also expected to have 390 apartments, ranging from modest 500-square-foot studios up to 2,400-square-foot, four-bedroom penthouses at the...

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Fifield Fixes Up Burnham Building, Then Makes Itself At Home
Aug10

Fifield Fixes Up Burnham Building, Then Makes Itself At Home

Fifield Companies, the prolific buyer, builder, and seller of downtown properties has added a new skill to its repertoire: fixer-upper. The real estate company recently completed a renovation of the 1912 brick building at 600 West Jackson Street in the West Loop, and changed the name to Burnham 600 in honor of architect extraordinaire Daniel Burnham, its designer. Once Fifield finished with the project…  it moved right in,...

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Chicago’s NEXT Apartment Tower Arriving Three Months Early
Jul06

Chicago’s NEXT Apartment Tower Arriving Three Months Early

Here’s something we don’t see every day.  Or week.  Or year.  It’s an announcement from Fifield Companies that its newest residential tower, NEXT (347 West Chestnut Street), is going to open — get this — three months early.  Not since the puppet bicycle took to the Loop have so many downtown observers done a double-take. Ordinarily, developers like to be vague about construction milestones.  After all, nobody wants...

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Luxe On Madison II Now Welcoming New Residents
Jun10

Luxe On Madison II Now Welcoming New Residents

The newest residential building in the city’s Near West Side neighborhood is now welcoming new residents. Phase two of the Luxe on Madison project (1222 West Madison Street) finished a little while ago, but the Grand Opening event took place this past Monday.  Unfortunately, bad weather kept it from being a swishy rooftop cocktail party with views of the Chicago’s skyline.  But the views will be there for the residents...

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City Allows Gold Coast’s Sinclair to Inch Skyward
Feb22

City Allows Gold Coast’s Sinclair to Inch Skyward

The residential skyscraper and supermarket formerly colloquially known as the Tower of Jewel has been granted permission to put on some height. Permits were just issued allowing construction crews to proceed on the SCB-designed skyscraper up to the third floor of the residential tower, and up to the second floor of the parking garage.  That leaves the building just 32 stories to go. The Sinclair had its ceremonial groundbreaking a...

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