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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River North Building Wants to Skip Ground Floor Retail
Feb15

River North Building Wants to Skip Ground Floor Retail

The thing that makes a city a city is its people.  And the number one goal of responsible urban planning is to get those people out of their homes and offices and onto the streets.  People walking around is good for public safety, good for commerce, good for the tax base, and is the number one thing that contributes to a vibrant urban fabric.  It’s something that the City of Chicago figured out a long time ago, and cities like...

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Something Round This Way Comes
Feb01

Something Round This Way Comes

Skyscraper nerds (myself included) across Greektown are shouting Opa! this week as word spreads like flaming saganaki  that the One South Halsted tower has been given a green light for construction by the city. FOUNDATIONS AND STRUCTURAL-ONLY TO UNDERSIDE OF 8TH FLOOR FOR PROPOSED 44-STORY MIXED USE TOWER WITH 375 PROPOSED PARKING SPACES. Though the building is going by the nom de plume of 727 West Madison, it’s unmistakably the...

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Work Ready to Start on The Loop’s Newest Old Residential Building
Jan16

Work Ready to Start on The Loop’s Newest Old Residential Building

Huey Lewis once informed us that it’s hip to be square.  And apparently it’s still hip to live inside the geospatial square former by the Chicago Transit Authority’s elevated rail lines that we call The Loop.  To wit: Work is about to start on yet another residential building in the heart of said Loop. The project is at 29 South LaSalle Street. Currently it’s just another 100-year-old office building that once...

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Day Ends In “Y”; New Renovation Ready For Fulton Market
Dec27

Day Ends In “Y”; New Renovation Ready For Fulton Market

A quick glance at the calendar reveals that today is Tuesday. Which ends with the letter “y.” Which means it must be time for another industrial renovation project to get underway in Chicago’s former meatpacking district. Today’s permit is for the deliciously ornate Fulton Central Market Building at 936 West Fulton Market. EXISTING 2 STORY MEAT PACKING BUILDING WITH BASEMENT STEEL & MASONRY STRUCTURE....

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No Loafing For Construction Crews At Former Bakery Site
Nov16

No Loafing For Construction Crews At Former Bakery Site

That’s not the smell of fresh baked bread hanging in the air over 1001 West Chicago Avenue these days. That’s a tower crane. And it doesn’t smell at all like bread. Yo Chicago’s Joe Zekas slid a copy of his recent photograph of construction progress at the site into our tip line toaster, and what popped up is both crispy and delicious. It shows the former industrial bakery has been scraped from the earth, and...

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Scaffolding Coming Down at the Bush Temple of Music
Jul06

Scaffolding Coming Down at the Bush Temple of Music

One of downtown Chicago’s most beautiful buildings is beautiful once more. Near North Spy Joel tickled our Tip Line with the photo above showing the scaffolding coming down from around Flats No. 800, formerly known as The Bush Temple of Music at 800 North Clark Street. The restoration of the building’s intricate facade is part of the city’s Adopt-a-Landmark program.  Cedar Street is turning the 1901 headquarters and...

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Ascend Real Estate Group Finds its Niche in Near North
Jun27

Ascend Real Estate Group Finds its Niche in Near North

The rapid re-population of the greater Carbrini Green area is getting a boost from its newest skyscraper — Niche 905 at 905 North Orleans Street.  Technically, 905 is just across the street from the Cabrini border, in the Near North Side neighborhood, but it contributes to the growing vitality of this neighborhood’s modern-day renaissance. Niche 905’s ceremonial topping-out event was held recently, as the 18-story building...

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