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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Ghost of Hervé Villechaize Guides West Loop Developers to Des Plaines! Des Plaines!
Mar29

Ghost of Hervé Villechaize Guides West Loop Developers to Des Plaines! Des Plaines!

Over the weekend, the ol’ Chicago Architecture Tip Line was visited a number of times by more than one Easter Bunny, who each contributed a piece of chocolate-coated puzzle to help us figure out where the West Loop’s next development will be. The answer is 165 North Des Plaines* Street, where a 14-story building is going to rise.  And soon. In fact, demolition to prepare for the project is going to start next week,...

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An Ace Shows Its Hand on the West Side
Jan06

An Ace Shows Its Hand on the West Side

In the heart of the Fulton Market neighborhood, next to a king of the internet, giant spades are being used to club the ground in preparation for the new Ace Hotel. If you don’t know jack about the Ace, it has a permit in hand after Portland-based Ace was dealt the all-clear to start construction back in November. Developer Sterling Bay anted up enough of a wager to score prime space, along with a zoning change in the...

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Department of Buildings Deals an Ace
Dec01

Department of Buildings Deals an Ace

WORK_DESCRIPTION New construction of a seven (7) story 159 room hotel with underground parking (30 Spaces), 1st floor retail and associated site work as per plans. Green roof is 10,700 SF And with those words, construction can begin on the new Ace Hotel at 311 North Morgan Street in West Town. However, construction will have to wait just a bit longer, as Heneghan demolition crews wrap up work to clear the site. The photo you see above...

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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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Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 10: Try, Try Again
Apr30

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 10: Try, Try Again

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. It was the 19th-century writer William Edward Hickson who popularized the proverb, “If at first you don’t succeed / Try, try, try again.”  It was the über-creepy Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd from the film Diamonds Are Forever who ruined the phrase as...

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West Town Dealt a West Coast Ace
Feb02

West Town Dealt a West Coast Ace

It’s been about four months since Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Ace Hotels, based in Portland, is going to expand the dream of the 90’s to Chicago’s Fulton Market neighborhood.  Now the miniature hotel chain has filed paperwork with the city to plant its flag at 311 North Morgan Street. The building is currently an old warehouse between West Fulton Market and the Metra railroad tracks, across the...

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Status Update: Hilton’s Garden Inn Starts to Bloom
Sep23

Status Update: Hilton’s Garden Inn Starts to Bloom

The new Hilton Garden Inn sprouting at 66 East Wacker Place is undergoing a growth spurt.  The soon-to-be 26-story hotel being built for GDS Companies is already up to its 11th floor, according to photos from Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell. The building was designed by GREC Architects, which describes it thusly: Located on a very compact site between two landmark structures – the Chicago Motor Club and the...

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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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