9 West Walton Will Get To Reach New Heights
Aug19

9 West Walton Will Get To Reach New Heights

The ultra-luxe condominium building going up at 9 West Walton Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast will be able to continue going up, a little farther than originally planned. Back in June, we were the first to tell you that No. 9 Walton developer JDL Development petitioned the city for permission to add another two stories on to the already-under-construction skyscraper.  The result will be a 37-story building 456 feet tall, up from...

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Howdy, Neighbor! Two Construction Crews on Adjacent Plots
Jul29

Howdy, Neighbor! Two Construction Crews on Adjacent Plots

The people at 810 North Clark Street aren’t complaining about the construction noise at 816 North Clark Street, or vice versa. That’s because both plots are devoid of residents, and populated only by construction crews. Surely in the history of Chicago construction, it’s happened before that two adjacent properties would be under development by different teams and owners. But in our 13 years chronicling downtown...

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Gold Coast Tower Already Under Construction Asks to Grow Taller — Again
Jun24

Gold Coast Tower Already Under Construction Asks to Grow Taller — Again

  It’s not unheard of for the developer of a Chicago skyscraper to ask the city for permission to build a little taller after the plans have already been filed and approved.  It is unusual, however, for a developer to ask for more height after the building is already substantially under construction. That’s what’s happening over at No. 9 Walton, where JDL Development wants to add an additional two stories to its...

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Here’s What The New Near North Mormon Chapel Will Look Like
Jun03

Here’s What The New Near North Mormon Chapel Will Look Like

A couple of days ago we told you that demolition and construction permits have been issued so that the surface parking lot at 816 North Clark Street could be replaced by a Mormon house of worship.  Since then, we’ve heard from the local Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints spokeswoman, who provided us with renderings of what the new building will look like. As you can see, it’s quite conservative, with lots of brick...

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1000 South Clark Ready to be Occupied
May19

1000 South Clark Ready to be Occupied

It’s been a little over two years since we broke the news that a new residential tower would rise at 1000 South Clark Street.   Back then we got a lot of blow-back from angry NIMNYs who said it wouldn’t happen.  Tell that to the people who started moving in to the Hartshorne Plunkard-designed building this past February. Yesterday we got a note from Lendlease (It’s one word now, apparently) that the building is about...

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Addition by Subtraction: Flats No. 800 Clears Some Space.
Apr25

Addition by Subtraction: Flats No. 800 Clears Some Space.

WRECK AND REMOVE A 3 STORY MASONRY MIXED USE BUILDING And it was with those words — actually, it was with two sets of those exact same words, because we’re speaking of two individual buildings here — that 810 and 812 North Clark Street were issued their demolition permits by the City of Chicago, thereby clearing the way for the new project filling the 800 block of North Clark Street. Flats No. 800 is one portion of a...

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Orange is The New Block. The 600 Block of North Wells
Apr18

Orange is The New Block. The 600 Block of North Wells

In an apparent effort to stave off the remote possibility of a scurvy outbreak in the River North neighborhood, crews have slathered the new 640 North Wells site in orange. And it is nothing if not extremely colorful. Lend Lease Construction has been busily erecting JDL Development‘s 23-story rental community on this site. Designed by Chicago firm Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, 640 North Wells will provide River North with...

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No. 9 Walton Digs Deep. Really Deep.
Mar02

No. 9 Walton Digs Deep. Really Deep.

No. 9 Walton, the Hartshorne Plunkard Architects-designed luxury condo tower JDL Development is constructing at 9 West Walton Street in the Gold Coast, is in the midst of a serious excavation undertaking, and we have the scoop. Actually, Lend Lease and Lindahl Brothers have the scoop. And they’re putting it to good use. We stopped by to check out progress on the 35-story, 67-condo tower, and found crews pulling truckloads of...

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Essex Inn Shows Off New Tower to South Loop Community
Mar01

Essex Inn Shows Off New Tower to South Loop Community

High rises were on everyone’s minds at a community meeting in the South Loop hosted by the Near South Planning Board Monday night at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. You may even want to refer to the Hilton as the “gracious host,” because one item on the agenda pertained to the ambitious plans of the hotel’s next-door neighbor. The Essex Inn, at 800 South Michigan Avenue, wants a room upgrade. Not...

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1000 South Clark Opens Its Door to Tenants
Feb15

1000 South Clark Opens Its Door to Tenants

Today’s the day. Townhomes? Duplexes? Not to mention  studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. If you need it, 1000 South Clark has it. And today marks the first chance Chicagoans have to move their stuff in and make themselves at home. JDL Development and iStar broke ground on the Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture design back in 2014, transforming the space immediately north of the South Loop Target store into 469...

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