Overshadowed, but Undeterred, Small Chicago Buildings Defy Enormous Neighbors
Aug09

Overshadowed, but Undeterred, Small Chicago Buildings Defy Enormous Neighbors

Every once in a while you’ll see in a magazine, or on the intarwebs, some small house or building that is being loomed over by an enormous neighbor. The stereotype is that this sort of thing happens when a little old lady refuses to sell her lifelong home to some big, evil skyscraper company, so the billionaire owner builds around her, blocking out all of her light and air, while twirling a pencil-thin mustache and kicking...

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1200 North State is Gone. Long Live 1200 North State
Aug09

1200 North State is Gone. Long Live 1200 North State

If your muscle memory keeps bringing you to the corner of State and Division when you need to use a cash machine, you really should stop that. The Chase bank at 1200 North State Parkway closed months ago. And as we can see in this photograph from Gold Coast Spy Joel, the building is gone now, too. 1200 North State under construction (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Joel) In its place will rise an 11-story residential building designed by...

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Lots of Progress at the Clark and Division Residential Topper
Aug09

Lots of Progress at the Clark and Division Residential Topper

A lot has changed at the corner of Clark and Division Street since the days when the only reason a lot of people went there was in search of a flop house, an after-hours bar, or they accidentally got off the Red Line a stop too early or too late. The CTA rebuilt the L station, Fifield rebuilt the Jewel-Osco, and several neighboring buildings are also being rebuilt. 1201 North Clark under construction (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Joel)...

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Gold Coast SRO Marks its Twain Between Old and New
Nov06

Gold Coast SRO Marks its Twain Between Old and New

We’re huge fans of affordable housing.  Possibly because in the past we’ve been poor: sold blood to pay the rent poor, lived in the windowless basement of a 7-Eleven poor, taped used cardboard boxes together for furniture poor, etc.  And while all that is (hopefully) behind us now, we’re haunted by the fact that the majority of Americans are just an unexpected medical bill away from living under a bridge. So any time...

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Clark Street Building’s Vertical Expansion Expanding Vertically
Nov05

Clark Street Building’s Vertical Expansion Expanding Vertically

It’s been a couple of months since we last checked in on the construction progress at 1201 North Clark Street.  Recently Gold Coast Spy Joel ambled by and took the picture below so we can all get caught up. 1201 North Clark under construction (Courtesy of Gold Cost Spy Joel) You can clearly see the distinction between the now gutted original four-story brick-clad building, and the four stories being added to its top.  The...

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