Construction Underway on New Near West Residential Block
Jun18

Construction Underway on New Near West Residential Block

It’s “Play ball!” out at 1400 West Monroe Street.  That’s where  construction crews are taking a swing at a new 42-unit condo building with “1400 Monroe” stitched on its jersey. May 2020 rendering of 1400 Monroe (Courtesy of JK Equities) JK Equities says its seven-story building, designed by Booth Hansen, is already 40%+ sold.  Prices run from New York Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder, all the...

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COVID Concerns Halt Construction of Michigan Avenue Skyscraper
Jun09

COVID Concerns Halt Construction of Michigan Avenue Skyscraper

South Michigan Avenue is a little quieter these days. Not because of the paucity of tourists or the meagerness of office workers, but because construction on 1000M has been stopped. June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) Construction crews are no longer working at 1000 South Michigan Avenue because of the pandemic that has kept everyone from school children to responsible public leaders away from their daily...

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McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever
May18

McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever

Way back in April (this one fell through the cracks, sorry, we’re terrible people), Chicagoan Sawyer Morgenthaler turned seven years old.  Having a birthday during the COVID-19 lockdown is bad enough.  But since Master Morgenthaler lives in the South Loop, he couldn’t be treated to the celebratory suburban drive-by birthday parades that we see on the local TV news all the time.  Still, young Sawyer...

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Groundbreaking Imminent for What May Be the Safest Building in the Midwest
May10

Groundbreaking Imminent for What May Be the Safest Building in the Midwest

The first construction permits have been issued for 1400 Monroe, a new 42-unit residential building planned for — you guessed it — 1400 West Monroe Street on Chicago’s Near West Side. May 2020 rendering of 1400 Monroe (Courtesy of JK Equities) The building was designed by Booth Hansen for Long Island developer JK Equities.  The new homes run from $760,000 for 1,242 square feet with two bedrooms to $2,350,000 for over 3,100...

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Pictures From the 1000M Groundbreaking
Oct29

Pictures From the 1000M Groundbreaking

Recently we told you that a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the South Loop for 1000M, the 74-story Helmut Jahn-designed residential building.   June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) We also told you that some people are skeptical about this project, but that we’re still believers.  In part because just a few months ago Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development said lawyers for the...

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A South Loop Skyscraper Breaks Ground Without Breaking Ground
Oct28

A South Loop Skyscraper Breaks Ground Without Breaking Ground

It’s been a very long time since groundbreaking meant breaking ground.  Many decades ago the first groundbreaking ceremony I attended was for a television station.  A bunch of guys in suits and hardhats lined up with ceremonial brass shovels, stuck them in a trough of finely milled soil, and in a Blitzkrieg of flashbulbs, turned spades to mark the start of construction.  At that moment, the backhoes fired up...

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Grant Park Skyscraper Courting Overseas Buyers
Feb13

Grant Park Skyscraper Courting Overseas Buyers

If you think that Chicago’s high rise condo buildings don’t have the allure for international buyers that buildings in Miami, London, and Dubai do, you might be wrong. Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) The developers of 1000M (1000 South Michigan Avenue) have designated the 133 condominiums on floors 41 through 47 the “International Collection.” They appear to be smaller units, running from 325 (!)...

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Michigan Avenue’s 1000M Focuses on Inner Space
Jun19

Michigan Avenue’s 1000M Focuses on Inner Space

We don’t do a lot of news about interiors around here.  But then we haven’t heard too much out of 1000M in a while, either.  So that’s why we’re mentioning that the people behind Helmut Jahn’s new Michigan Avenue skyscraper have picked Kara Mann to kit out the inside  of the 74-story tower. 1000M (1000 South Michigan Avenue) replaces a surface parking lot that incredibly has managed to survive for years,...

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Helmut Jahn Proves Better Doesn’t Have To Be Bigger
Mar01

Helmut Jahn Proves Better Doesn’t Have To Be Bigger

Four months after introducing the public to his proposed 1,030-foot tower 1000 South Michigan, architect Helmut Jahn was back in the spotlight Monday night to debut his new-and-improved vision for the site in the South Loop. The court of public opinion voted down the original plan as too tall for the Michigan Avenue corridor. But instead of merely lopping off a couple hundred feet, Jahn went back to the drawing board to create an...

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Jahn Pulls a 1,030-Foot-Tall Rabbit Out of His Helmut
Sep24

Jahn Pulls a 1,030-Foot-Tall Rabbit Out of His Helmut

We’ve known for some time that a new skyscraper was coming to fill in the surface parking lot currently defiling 1000 South Michigan Avenue.  Crain’s Chicago Business broke the news last month, and even told us that starchitect Helmut Jahn had been chosen to work his magic in one of the South Loop’s most visible gaps.  But few could have predicted what would hit the City Clerk’s office today. What Jahn has been...

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