3-Eleven Now 10-4 For New Residents
Jan24

3-Eleven Now 10-4 For New Residents

The latest Catholic Church parking lot to become a skyscraper is now open for business.  3Eleven, at 311 West Illinois Street, has begun accepting move-ins The skyscraper, designed by West Town’s FitzGerald Associates for The Loop’s The John Buck Company, features 245 homes across 25 stories.  It’s also immediately next door to Assumption Catholic Church, so at least the neighbors are quiet.  Except for weddings....

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3Eleven Rising Above River North
May16

3Eleven Rising Above River North

“Three Eleven” is more than just a 90’s band from Omaha.  More than the city’s non-emergency hotline.  Soon it will be the newest residential tower in River North. Joe Zekas at YoChicago! sent in the photo above showing the impressive progress The John Buck Company’s 3Eleven is making, snug between the CTA’s elevated Brown/Purple line tracks and Assumption Catholic Church. When it opens in January...

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300 North Michigan Penciled in for a Tower — Again
May05

300 North Michigan Penciled in for a Tower — Again

An old commercial building in the NoMiSoRi (North Michigan South of the River — pronounced “No Misery”) micro-neighborhood is in play again. The former retail and office building that was most recently a Walgreens, but originally constructed as a warehouse, has been the subject of this kind of talk before. Especially after The John Buck Company and bKL Architecture took a nearly identical space a block south and turned it...

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The Loop Loses a Crane, But Gains a Skyscraper
Apr04

The Loop Loses a Crane, But Gains a Skyscraper

Seeing a crane removed from the Chicago skyline is always a bittersweet affair. We love seeing those big red and yellow (but never green or blue) zig-zaggy arms swinging to and fro, adding to the electricity of simply being downtown. But the aerial calisthenics have to end eventually, and when they do a shiny new skyscraper appears in its place. That’s what’s happening in the picture above, sent in by Loop Spy Chris. It...

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A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors
Feb21

A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors

The second Chicago building in recent years to bridge the separation of church and real estate developer is making a dent in the River North skyline. 3Eleven is a 24-story skyscraper rising at 311 West Illinois Street. The location used to be the parking lot for Assumption Catholic Church: the vibrant, but dilapidated Italianate church that used to be the hub of River North back when it was Chicago’s original Little Italy.  A...

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Glazed and Enthused at The Loop’s New CNA Center
Jan23

Glazed and Enthused at The Loop’s New CNA Center

The signs around the building still read “151 North Franklin,” but nobody’s looking at those signs, anyway.  These days people are keeping a keen eye on the windows going in to the new CNA Center on the corner of Franklin and Randolph Streets in The Loop. Loop Spy Chris was the first to drip glazing photos into our tip line, as you can see above. And Joe Zekas from YoChicago! sent in the photo below, putting The John...

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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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Big Names, High Hopes for Chicago Union Station Redevelopment
Sep14

Big Names, High Hopes for Chicago Union Station Redevelopment

The redevelopment of Chicago Union Station and the surrounding properties continues to creep along like a  Hiawatha Service train a stuck behind yet another Canadian National freight mess. The latest bit of news is that Amtrak has narrowed down the list of developers (well, developer groups) to just four.  Not surprisingly, the developers are mostly deep-pocketed heavy hitters.  But we’re additionally pleased by the high caliber...

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“CNA” Stands For “Crane Now Arriving”
Jul26

“CNA” Stands For “Crane Now Arriving”

  Well, that was quick. Just a day after we told you the city of Chicago approved the permits for full construction of the new office tower at 151 North Franklin Street comes another permit — this one for a flippin’ huge crane. 151 N. Franklin St. Permit issued for new construction Phase 1 Temporary construction of World Free Standing Tower Crane Model Potain MR608 Who doesn’t love the MR608?  Especially with its new...

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John Buck Company About to Put the “See” in Chicago’s New CNA Center
Jul25

John Buck Company About to Put the “See” in Chicago’s New CNA Center

Three years ago we were the first to tell you about a new building for 151 North Franklin. One year ago, we were the first tell you the parking lot at Randolph and Franklin closed. Ten months ago we brought you the first pictures of the demolition of the adjacent Walgreens. Seven months ago we were the first to tell you that the building would be called the CNA Center. Five months ago we were the first to show you work starting on the...

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