Alderman Stalls One Chicago Square Towers
Dec05

Alderman Stalls One Chicago Square Towers

Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins has asked that the $700 million One Chicago Square project be scotched from the agenda for the Chicago Plan Commission’s December 21st meeting.  At that meeting, the commissioners could have approved the project, which would have sent it sailing through the rest of city council and on to the construction phase. Citing intense interest, and the sheer size of the project, which would build...

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Holy Name Tower Gets a Name, Little Opposition
Oct24

Holy Name Tower Gets a Name, Little Opposition

Two weeks ago we told you about a proposal to fill the surface parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral with a shiny new dual-skyscraper project.  Now we know a little more about it. About a dozen dozen people turned out for a public meeting about the $700 million complex, which is being called One Chicago Square (1 West Chicago Avenue).  The people in attendance at the event hosted by 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins...

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Plans Filed For Soaring Cathedral District Skyscraper, and Holy Name is it Big
Oct11

Plans Filed For Soaring Cathedral District Skyscraper, and Holy Name is it Big

For the third time in recent years, an underutilized Chicago Roman Catholic church parking lot will be replaced by a skyscraper.  This time, it’s across the street from Holy Name Cathedral; and as would seem appropriate for the parking lot of the archbishop, this thing is huge. “Seventy-six stories!” is what the headlines have been crying all day since the plans were filed with the city for what we’re going to...

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No. 9 Walton Getting Yet Another Height Boost — And More
Aug21

No. 9 Walton Getting Yet Another Height Boost — And More

It might be time for the construction barriers surrounding No.9 Walton (9 West Walton Street) to be re-painted with the slogan “Here we grow again!” For the third time since it was first approved by the city, the skyscraper is going to get taller. Back in 2006, when toner first fused to paper on this project, it was going to be a respectable addition to the corner of State and Walton, joining its little sister Walton on...

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Very First Indication That the Holy Name Tower is On Its Way
Jul20

Very First Indication That the Holy Name Tower is On Its Way

We’ve been waiting for years for Holy Name Parish to do something tall and skyscraper-like with the surface parking lot it maintains across the street from its cathedral at 735 North State Street.  We thought it was most likely to come a few years ago when the cathedral suffered a series of unfortunate water and fire incidents with its roof.  But it wasn’t until just this past April that Crain’s Chicago Business...

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Holy Name Property Finally In Play
Apr05

Holy Name Property Finally In Play

We’ve been telling you for years that one of the hottest pieces of property in the city — one just begging to be developed — is the parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral.  And with churches across Chicago unloading real estate left and right, it was only a matter of time before Holy Name Parish followed the lead of Old Saint Pat’s in the West Loop and Assumption Parish in River North and turned its parking...

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Controversial Maryville Project Gets Greenlight Paperwork
Feb20

Controversial Maryville Project Gets Greenlight Paperwork

Chicago’s newest luxury lakefront high-rise is about to take off at the corner of Montrose and Clarendon.  It’s best known as the Maryville Project, which is replacing the demolished Columbus-Maryville children’s shelter that was originally erected as Cuneo Hospital in 1957.  Friday the City of Chicago issued the first construction permits for the huge breeze-blocking tower that’s using the address 811 West...

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A Whiff of Construction No. 9
Sep01

A Whiff of Construction No. 9

It’s Thursday, and time to check in again with the progress being made at No. 9 Walton, the building that Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture designed for JDL Development at 9 West Walton Street. The Gold Coast tower is quietly rising next to its sister property and block-mate, Walton on the Park at 2 West Delaware Place. Though “quietly” may not be the word you would use if you live nearby, like Gold Coast Spy Tim who...

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It’s a Race to the Top on Wells Street
Aug30

It’s a Race to the Top on Wells Street

If you love a good construction site, then Wells Street is the place to be. We’ve shown you this area before, back when it was just foundations on either side of North Wells Street between Erie and Ontario. Now that 167 West Erie and its neighbor across the street, 640 North Wells are both well on their way toward completion, it makes for a much more compelling scene, captured by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!. 167 is a 39-story...

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No. 9 Walton Strives to be a Ten
Aug24

No. 9 Walton Strives to be a Ten

Just a couple of days ago we told you that the hyper-lux condo pile going up at 9 West Walton Street was given permission to climb an extra two stories. Now Gold Coast Spy Brian has deposited a photo in our tip line showing how far the building is progressing. Right now it looks like it’s about even with the amenities deck at 10 East Delaware, across the street. That would put it right about six stories tall. Only 31 more to go!...

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