Ho Jo No Mo, 165 West Superior Continues To Rise
Apr02

Ho Jo No Mo, 165 West Superior Continues To Rise

The old Howard Johnson motel in River North is but a distant memory at 720 North LaSalle Street. That’s because it was smashed to smithereens to make way for the 34-story high rise officially designated as 165 West Superior. Designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, the 298-unit apartment tower will sit atop a 4-story podium that will house the building’s 109 parking spaces. Atop the podium will be an outdoor lap...

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Unofficial Wells Street Crane Race Officially Over
Mar21

Unofficial Wells Street Crane Race Officially Over

And the clear winner, by unanimous decision, is 167 West Erie, also known as The Construction Site on The East Side of Wells Street, or The Site Formerly Known as Gino’s East, if you prefer. Earlier this month, we showed you the two tower-crane stumps on opposing sides of the street in River North. The crew from Linn-Mathes Construction set their crane stump in the ground back at 167 West Erie Street at the beginning of...

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Slice of Life: There’s a Crane War on Wells Street
Mar09

Slice of Life: There’s a Crane War on Wells Street

As anyone who’s not afraid to make up a good cliche will tell you, skyscraper construction is a marathon, not a sprint. An endurance race meant to be finished, not won. A test of stamina where every finisher is a winner. Or something like that. In the grand tradition of Chicago’s North Side vs South Side baseball battle, there’s a new East vs West standoff shaping up in River North, where two opposing construction...

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A Tower Crane Sprouts in River North
Feb04

A Tower Crane Sprouts in River North

It’s been a weird winter in Chicago. Our most recent weather event, as the Northeast dug out of double-digit snowfall, was a thunderstorm. And that sort of meteorological mayhem can wreak havoc in strange ways. Like tricking plant life into thinking spring has arrived. Which is exactly what appears to be happening in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. At 167 West Erie Street, general contractor Linn-Mathes has planted...

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Next Phase of Parkside of Old Town Rising On West Division
Aug20

Next Phase of Parkside of Old Town Rising On West Division

Redevelopment of Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood continues on the city’s north side, and Holsten Real Estate Development Corporation’s Parkside of Old Town project continues to grow. This particular project, at 459 West Division Street, will bring an eclectic mix of dwelling options when ready for occupation in the winter 2016. At completion, the Landon Bone Baker Architects-design will include 106 dwelling...

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Chicago Architects Build To Fight Hunger
Sep18

Chicago Architects Build To Fight Hunger

Typically, creativity in architecture and design comes to life using construction materials like metal, wood and concrete. Over in the lobby of the Merchandise Mart, 20 teams of creative folks used a less traditional medium: canned goods. Now in its seventh year, CANstruction Chicago is remarkable for the sheer imagination used in the design and construction. Look at the sculptures for a few minutes and you completely forget it’s just...

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