Major Upgrades Coming to Reese-Adjacent Bronzeville Apartment Complex
Jun21

Major Upgrades Coming to Reese-Adjacent Bronzeville Apartment Complex

You know what makes older architecture look nice?  Adding shiny new architecture right next to it.  That’s what’s happening in Bronzeville, at the Prairie Shores apartment complex, where a Gensler-designed pavilion will soon snuggle between two buildings of the five-building property. June, 2021 rendering of the Prairie Shores clubhouse. (Courtesy of Gensler.) The glassy “clubhouse” is being added between 2901...

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LG’s Multi-Tower Fulton Market-Adjacent Project Approved
Jun21

LG’s Multi-Tower Fulton Market-Adjacent Project Approved

The plan to put up a large residential complex at 1132 West Lake Street, and 1132 West Randolph Street has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission.  The LG Development project was designed by Gensler, and is now going by the handle 1150 West Lake Street. It looks like four towers, but because a lot of the structure is connected, in reality it’s just two buildings, one on each side of the CTA’s Pink/Green Line. June,...

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As One Lincoln Yards Building Switches to Offices, Another Gets Bigger
Jun14

As One Lincoln Yards Building Switches to Offices, Another Gets Bigger

There’s been a change of programming over at Lincoln Yards, the $6,000,000,000 Sterling Bay development sprawling along the north branch of the Chicago River.  The City of Chicago has greenlit (greenlighted? greenlamped? greened?) a new purpose in life for one building, while another has to make room for more pillows. April, 2021 rendering of 1201 West Concord. The building pulling the ol’ switcheroo is at 1201 West...

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LG Proposes Five-Tower Complex Near Fulton Market
Apr25

LG Proposes Five-Tower Complex Near Fulton Market

People who want to live near downtown, and be right up against an active L line can thank their Lucky-Goldstars that LG Development is proposing a new five-tower development on both sides of the Lake Street L, between May and Racine. We told you about space-making for the southern part of this project… wait for it… 63 months ago. A year before that, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a Nobu hotel and restaurant for this...

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Southbridge Finally Bridging South State Street
Jan10

Southbridge Finally Bridging South State Street

If your regular dog walking route takes you past the Hilliard Towers Apartments because you can’t help but admire some curvalicious 1960’s-era concrete, you might stretch Rover’s legs a little further. Down to 23rd Street, where McCaffery Interests and The Community Builders are putting up Southbridge on the site where the Harold Ickes Homes used to stand. Southbridge under construction in January, 2021 (Courtesy of...

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Divide and Conquer: Slicing Up Barneys to Make Oak Street Even More Boring
Sep08

Divide and Conquer: Slicing Up Barneys to Make Oak Street Even More Boring

It was just over a decade ago that luxury retailer Barneys New York opened its new Chicago flagship store at 15 East Oak Street. The international retail press fawned. Customers oohed and aahed. And as the city coped with what we thought was the worst recession in our lifetimes, this building was seen as a sign of confidence in Chicago’s retail market, and that the Windy City was more than the capitol of just another “hay...

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Deco Like a Gekko: Old Chicago Post Office Gets an Athletic Green Lid
Jun28

Deco Like a Gekko: Old Chicago Post Office Gets an Athletic Green Lid

If you watched Star Trek after Svengoolie on channel 26 Saturday night, you learned that jealousy is a terrible thing. But jealousy is also what makes the real estate world go ’round. Your cousin gets a two-flat in Ravenswood, you get a four-flat in Lincoln Park. Your neighbor puts a trampoline in his backyard, you put in a pool. The dot-com wannabe across town gets its own food truck, your dot-com wannabe puts in a food court...

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Old Chicago Post Office to Get Unexpected Riverwalk Segment
Jun21

Old Chicago Post Office to Get Unexpected Riverwalk Segment

One of the nation’s largest redevelopment projects is chugging away in Chicago’s West Loop.  For the last year, the once-abandoned, century-old Old Chicago Main Post Office building has been filling up with office tenants from PepsiCo to Uber to Ferrara Candy Company.  Now the tenants of what is currently branded The Post Office will get a little bonus green space. The redevelopers of this building, 601W Companies, have...

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Gensler-Designed Plan for 1200 West Carroll Hits City Hall
Jan07

Gensler-Designed Plan for 1200 West Carroll Hits City Hall

San Francisco architecture firm Gensler doesn’t do a lot of work in Chicago, but we’ve been a fan of the blueprint boffins ever since we launched our first architecture web site way back in 1997.  Back then, Google hadn’t been invented yet, and we were in a city littered with Gensler designs; so we learned to appreciate its affinity for easily-relatable facades and its apparent distaste for parking podia.   December...

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Eye Candy: New Renderings of the Willis Tower Renovation
Sep17

Eye Candy: New Renderings of the Willis Tower Renovation

EQ Office continues its half-billion dollar renovation of Chicago’s tallest building from a place exclusively for office workers and tourists into something more integrated with the evolving neighborhood. To that end, it is including  a new food court in Willis Tower’s new retail space, expected to open in 2020.   That Gensler-designed retail space is now called “Catalog,” an acknowledgement of Sears, the...

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