West Loop’s Newest Residences About to Rise on Des Plaines Street
Oct10

West Loop’s Newest Residences About to Rise on Des Plaines Street

The construction just never seems to stop in the West Loop, where 165 North Des Plaines is about to become the latest residential block to rise between the Chicago River and the Kennedy Expressway. We documented GREC’s 165 quite extensively both before and after it was announced this past spring.  Up to this point, the work has been focused on 156 North Jefferson, which was an elderly office building until recently.  Then it was...

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We’ve Got a Tower Crane, How ‘Bout You?
Aug02

We’ve Got a Tower Crane, How ‘Bout You?

Now you’ve got that stuck in your head for the rest of the day, thanks to West Loop Spy Kurt who not only sent in the crane photos for today’s crane update, but also suggested the cheeseball headline. There was no way we were going to pass that one up. The crane is for 165 North Des Plaines Street, the 14-story, 199-unit residential building designed by GREC Architects for Gerding Edlin and being powered into place by...

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Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street
Apr20

Demolition Crews Tear Into 156 North Jefferson Street

Over the past three weeks, you’ve told you here and here about the new residential project happening at what is now 156 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop, and what will become 165 North Des Plaines Street. Thanks to a couple visits from friends and readers to our Tip Line, we knew to be on the lookout for some demolition work to the rear portions of the North Jefferson address. And pay attention is what we did. Crews from...

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Tip Line Yields More Details About 165 North Des Plaines
Apr04

Tip Line Yields More Details About 165 North Des Plaines

“The tip line, she runneth over,” famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot never said.  That’s because he didn’t work at Chicago Architecture.  And because he wasn’t real. He was just a recurring protagonist in Agatha Christie books. But the point remains, that the little tip line has been particularly fruitful these days, stimulating the little gray cells beyond words.  Some items we can share. Others are...

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Status Update: Xavier Moving Toward Completion at 625 West Division
Aug21

Status Update: Xavier Moving Toward Completion at 625 West Division

The 18-story residential high rise now known as Xavier continues to hurtle towards its Fall opening. The design by GREC Architects is bringing 240 homes to 625 West Division Street, an area rich with urban renewal following the tear-downs in the Cabrini Green neighborhood. A prime piece of real estate situated directly across the street from the new Target store, the 244,000-square-foot building will include ground-floor retail space...

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Status Update: Big Blue Turning Silver on Goose Island
May28

Status Update: Big Blue Turning Silver on Goose Island

For months it’s been a distinctive presence in the Goose Island neighborhood: The mid-sized tower rising at 625 West Division Street’s corporate blue construction safety netting has made it stand out even against Chicago’s legendarily azure skies.  The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell Divvyed by recently and found that as progress continues, the building it slowly turning from blue to silver....

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Construction Workers Busy as Beavers at Cabrini Green
Sep17

Construction Workers Busy as Beavers at Cabrini Green

An Oregon real estate developer is beavering along with its first project in Chicago. 625 West Division in Goose Island will be a 240-unit apartment building when it’s completed in May of next year.  Gerding Edlen Development is hoping to land LEED Gold status for the 18-story building designed by GREC Architects. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell captured these scenes of construction work well underway on the...

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