Another River North Condo Block Tops Out/Off
Dec03

Another River North Condo Block Tops Out/Off

There will soon be 38 more options for people who want to live in River North.  That’s the number of condominiums that will be available soon at Three Sixty West, the Belgravia Group building going up at 360 West Erie Street. Three Sixty West topped out recently, and is expected to start welcoming new homeowners in the spring of 2019.  It’s already 60% sold. When we last reported on Three Sixty, the GREC design was slated...

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Condo Block Plotted for Erie and Sedgwick in River North
May08

Condo Block Plotted for Erie and Sedgwick in River North

It’s hard to believe we can finally report this, but surface parking lots are becoming an endangered species in River North. The latest slab of tar to go bye-bye will be on the northeast corner of West Erie Street and North Sedgwick Street.  The project is called Three Sixty | West. Yes, that’s a vertical pipe character in the middle of the name.  It’s only slightly more pretentious than design firms that use plus...

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New Residential Block to Bring Target to Loyola Students
Jan30

New Residential Block to Bring Target to Loyola Students

A proposed new residential building just north of the Broadway/Devon/Sheridan intersection in Rogers Park could mean new housing opportunities for some students, and a Target store on the doorsteps of others. The project’s name is The Concord at Sheridan and is at 6418 North Sheridan Road, immediately north of the Caroline Hedger Apartments, a 22-story Chicago Housing Authority senior’s block.  Right now the land is vacant...

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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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Hand Lotion and Hair Care Yield to Housing in the West Loop
Oct10

Hand Lotion and Hair Care Yield to Housing in the West Loop

If you’ve lived in the West Loop for a while, you may have been one of the thousands who lined up once a year for the big sale at H2O+’s warehouse at 845 West Madison Street. It was an opportunity to score quality health and beauty aids at low low prices. But now that H2O, like the Lucas Museum, has skedaddled from Chicago to San Francisco, the John Buck Company has big plans for the block at the heart of the West Loop. It’s a...

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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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West Town’s Ace Hotel Coming Up Spades
Jun20

West Town’s Ace Hotel Coming Up Spades

They’ve gone from spades to cranes at the site of the new Ace Hotel joining the club of newcomers in the heart of the Fulton Market District of West Town.  Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! beamed over the photo above, showing work moving along nicely on the project across the street from 1K Fulton, the new Midwest headquarters for multicolored tech giant Google. The $35 million hipster hotel at 311 North Morgan Street was designed...

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Ghosts, Fake Butter, and Digging the Boring Construction at One Bennett Park
Jun06

Ghosts, Fake Butter, and Digging the Boring Construction at One Bennett Park

It’s all work work work work work at 451 East Grand Avenue, the future home of One Bennett Park, the 69-story condos-over-apartments snack pack by Robert A.M. Stern   Related Midwest. Dozers are digging, and caisson crews are boring into the supple lakeside loam that characterizes this corner of Streeterville.  You can see the busy beavers in the photos above and below from Joe Zekas over at YoChicago!.   But what will they find...

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New Hyde Park Hotel to Cater to U of C Visitors
May24

New Hyde Park Hotel to Cater to U of C Visitors

The latest hotel plan for the Hyde Park neighborhood is moving forward.  The Chicago Plan Commission as approved  plans from suburban Cleveland developer Smart/Olympia Illinois to turn a surface parking lot at East 53rd Street and South Dorchester Avenue into a seven-story hotel with up to 100 rooms. Last fall, neighbors of 1401 East 53rd express concern about what the GREC-designed hotel will do to traffic on the street, which is...

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Two Downtown Chicago Hotel Developments Up For Approval This Week
May16

Two Downtown Chicago Hotel Developments Up For Approval This Week

You can’t spell “hotel” without the word “hot,” and that describes downtown Chicago’s hospitality market.  From office building conversions to new construction, it seems like every developer with a dollar and a dream is eager to put a mint on your pillow. Two downtown hotel projects go before the Chicago Plan Commission this Thursday morning.  One highly anticipated.  The other… flying under...

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