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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Getting A-round to 727 West Madison
May30

Getting A-round to 727 West Madison

Chicago’s latest round skyscraper is climbing over Greektown, the Kennedy Expressway, and the West Loop beyond. 727 West Madison (née One South Halsted) sprouted in what used to be the parking lot for the Crowne Plaza hotel, on the southeast corner of Madison and Halsted.  It’s a Fifield project designed by Fitzgerald Associates, and is letting everyone know that it’s OK to build skyscrapers with curves again in...

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3-Eleven Now 10-4 For New Residents
Jan24

3-Eleven Now 10-4 For New Residents

The latest Catholic Church parking lot to become a skyscraper is now open for business.  3Eleven, at 311 West Illinois Street, has begun accepting move-ins The skyscraper, designed by West Town’s FitzGerald Associates for The Loop’s The John Buck Company, features 245 homes across 25 stories.  It’s also immediately next door to Assumption Catholic Church, so at least the neighbors are quiet.  Except for weddings....

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Old Town Park Erasing Atrium Village
Aug22

Old Town Park Erasing Atrium Village

It looks like we could soon see a second tower rising at Old Town Park, the Old Town-adjacent development by Canuck company Onni Group that’s slowly erasing the venerable, if time-worn, Atrium Village. In the photo above sent in by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!, you can see the steel skeleton of the first building (known cleverly as Building 1) is up to the 25th story of its eventual 32 story height. The next phase will be a 31-story...

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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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Cedar Street’s Bush Temple Restoration Apparently a Success
Jun20

Cedar Street’s Bush Temple Restoration Apparently a Success

It’s been 88 years since the song Happy Days Are Here Again first started crackling over the airwaves of Chicago’s early radio stations.  Back then, Chicago was a city of music and J.E.O. Pridmore’s Bush Temple of Music was a showcase of the city’s piano industry.  It later fell into disrepair, but an innovative re-imagining of the building has brought it back to life. Cedar Street Companies is being honored by...

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3Eleven Rising Above River North
May16

3Eleven Rising Above River North

“Three Eleven” is more than just a 90’s band from Omaha.  More than the city’s non-emergency hotline.  Soon it will be the newest residential tower in River North. Joe Zekas at YoChicago! sent in the photo above showing the impressive progress The John Buck Company’s 3Eleven is making, snug between the CTA’s elevated Brown/Purple line tracks and Assumption Catholic Church. When it opens in January...

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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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New Residential Tower Opens in Near North
Apr19

New Residential Tower Opens in Near North

Chicago has another new option for downtown living.  Niche 905 (905 North Orleans Street) is now open for business, and accepting move-ins. Niche 905 was developed by Ascend Real Estate Group and designed by FitzGerald Associates.  It has 202 apartments across 18 stories, snuggled between the CTA Brown/Purple Line tracks and the nearly unrecognizable Cabrini Green neighborhood. The rise of Niche 905 mirrors the transformation of the...

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A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors
Feb21

A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors

The second Chicago building in recent years to bridge the separation of church and real estate developer is making a dent in the River North skyline. 3Eleven is a 24-story skyscraper rising at 311 West Illinois Street. The location used to be the parking lot for Assumption Catholic Church: the vibrant, but dilapidated Italianate church that used to be the hub of River North back when it was Chicago’s original Little Italy.  A...

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