Overshadowed, but Undeterred, Small Chicago Buildings Defy Enormous Neighbors
Aug09

Overshadowed, but Undeterred, Small Chicago Buildings Defy Enormous Neighbors

Every once in a while you’ll see in a magazine, or on the intarwebs, some small house or building that is being loomed over by an enormous neighbor. The stereotype is that this sort of thing happens when a little old lady refuses to sell her lifelong home to some big, evil skyscraper company, so the billionaire owner builds around her, blocking out all of her light and air, while twirling a pencil-thin mustache and kicking...

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New Renderings of Fulton East
Mar11

New Renderings of Fulton East

The most common request we get around here is “Keep your hands to yourself.”  After that, it’s “Post more pictures, please.”  That second one, we can do.   Rendering of Fulton East (Courtesy of Parkside Realty) Parkside Realty recently sent over these renderings of what it’s believed the penthouse office space will look like when Fulton East is complete in the summer.  ...

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Fulton Market High Rise Tops Off
Dec30

Fulton Market High Rise Tops Off

The high rise at 215 North Peoria Street has risen just about as high as it can.  Fulton East, designed by the Lamar Johnson Collaborative for Parkside Realty, recently topped off at 12 stories. December 2019 photograph of Fulton East. (Courtesy of Parkside Realty) It’s not the largest or most dramatic building to go up in this slice of town in recent years, but it’s another lace in the shoe that helps West Town march...

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Building Under Construction Already Sending Out Good Vibes
Nov12

Building Under Construction Already Sending Out Good Vibes

For those people who crane their necks at the skyscrapers being built around Chicago, the scene doesn’t really change all that much.  The highlight of an urban construction safari might be a wave from a construction worker way up high, or a crane hoisting a port-a-potty into the sky.  Now there’s something else to look for: affirmation. By now you’ve probably seen artist Matthew Hoffman’s message...

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Another Downtown Parking Lot About to Bite The Dust
Apr02

Another Downtown Parking Lot About to Bite The Dust

When we started this publication 16 years ago, one of the questions we were often asked is why there were so many surface parking lots in downtown Chicago. The reasons are complex, ranging from people banking land to sell when it inevitably becomes worth more, to Chicago being less space constrained than cities like New York and London, so car adoption was higher. There are others, but research we did about a decade ago showed that...

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Office Building Penciled in For Illinois and LaSalle
Feb06

Office Building Penciled in For Illinois and LaSalle

As downtown Chicago grows, not all of the projects sprouting up are beanstalks.  Some have to be broccoli: Good, hearty filler that provides essential nutrients for the city’s economy, and are best served covered in cheese. Under the cheese this time is an office building proposed for 450 North LaSalle Street — the corner of West Illinois and North LaSalle — which will erase another evil surface parking lot from the city’s land...

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