901 West Fulton Market to be Scrutinized Tonight
Oct25

901 West Fulton Market to be Scrutinized Tonight

It’s been about three months since we first told you about the development planned for 901 West Fulton Market in what’s left of the city’s eviscerated meatpacking district. Now that 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Junior has called for a public meeting on the project, it’s time for a review. Thor Equities in New York wants to add two story additions onto two existing three-story buildings, and build a new...

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351 West Huron Ready to Go
Sep19

351 West Huron Ready to Go

It looks like work is ready to begin on the mid-rise infill building planned for 351 West Huron Street. Joe Zekas of YoChicago! took the photo above from the Yo One helicopter a couple of days ago. We can see that a big yellow excavator has arrived behind the green construction barriers, and it’s just itching to get to work. How do we know that? Because that’s what excavators do. Bees gotta buzz. Fish gotta swim....

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Scaffolding Coming Down at the Bush Temple of Music
Jul06

Scaffolding Coming Down at the Bush Temple of Music

One of downtown Chicago’s most beautiful buildings is beautiful once more. Near North Spy Joel tickled our Tip Line with the photo above showing the scaffolding coming down from around Flats No. 800, formerly known as The Bush Temple of Music at 800 North Clark Street. The restoration of the building’s intricate facade is part of the city’s Adopt-a-Landmark program.  Cedar Street is turning the 1901 headquarters and...

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A Year After Groundbreaking, Work Begins on Downtown Chicago Mormon Temple
Jun01

A Year After Groundbreaking, Work Begins on Downtown Chicago Mormon Temple

The newest spire about to pierce Chicago’s sky isn’t a fancy apartment tower along the lakefront.  It’s a place of worship. Two permits issued in the last few days show that work is finally going to begin on the very long-awaited downtown Chicago temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 816 North Clark Street.   Currently, its adherents meet in a space shared with three other congregations.  Not...

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City Gives its OK to a Third Huge South Loop Skyscraper
May23

City Gives its OK to a Third Huge South Loop Skyscraper

The south side of Grant Park is going to add another strikingly tall skyscraper to its border and help balance out the north-south heigh discrepancy. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the vertical expansion of the Essex Inn at 800 South Michigan Avenue.  The plan designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture for Oxford Capitol and Quadrum Global calls for adding a 57-story, 575-foot-tall apartment tower just south of the main...

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Up Next… The New Atrium Village
Feb29

Up Next… The New Atrium Village

Work is about to get underway building the largest mixed-use project downtown Chicago has seen in years. Atrium Village (1140 North Wells Street), once a quaint enclave of low-rise homes slightly off-the-beaten-path, is about to join the city’s skyscraper club. We outlined the entire redevelopment project back in November, but here’s a recap: Four residential skyscrapers 30-39 stories tall Dozens of townhomes A school...

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River North’s Parc Huron Earns Top Honors For Energy Efficiency
Jul24

River North’s Parc Huron Earns Top Honors For Energy Efficiency

The luxury rental highrise Parc Huron this week earned a top honor for its energy efficiency. The River North structure at 469 W. Huron Street received the Energy Star certification from the EPA. Previously, Parc Huron had already earned its stripes for environmental design. It was the first rental highrise in the state to receive LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Parc Huron opened in 2010 and was designed...

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