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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Skyscraper at Former Pizza Joint More Than Pie in the Sky
Jun20

Skyscraper at Former Pizza Joint More Than Pie in the Sky

The skyscraper at 167 West Erie that is in the process of replacing the flagship Gino’s East pizzaria, which replaced the Planet Hollywood restaurant, is making rapid progress in River North. Construction crews are busy as bees, as you can see in the photo above sent in by Joe Zekas over at YoChicago!.  The building’s central core is starting to peek out over its immediate neighbors, even as it competes for sky with...

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Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 7: SOM’s LSE
Mar09

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 7: SOM’s LSE

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. We do a lot of reporting about Lakeshore East on this blog. We were there when the first dirt was turned in 2003. We were there for the groundbreaking of The Tides, The Regatta, The Chandler, the townhouses and shops, and the singular Aqua tower. Heck, at one time...

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Two River North Skyscrapers Get Positive Reception At Coming-Out Party
May19

Two River North Skyscrapers Get Positive Reception At Coming-Out Party

A pair of River North residential high-rise developments received positive feedback from locals at the official coming-out party on Monday evening. Magellan Development presented plans for both buildings—a 39-story tower at 167 West Erie Street and a 38-story tower at 720 North LaSalle Street. The height would have thrown my West Loop neighbors into a state of apoplexy, but for River North folks, a 400-foot-tall building is probably...

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Another River North Tower to Replace Another River North Landmark
May12

Another River North Tower to Replace Another River North Landmark

Another crane may rise along the LaSalle Street corridor soon, and River North may lose another unofficial landmark. Just two blocks south of where Magellan Development wants to put up a 38-story residential tower to replace the Howard Johnson’s, it wants to put up a 39-story residential tower to replace the former Gino’s East pizzeria and Mitchell’s soda shop. Early this year, Gino’s moved down the street to...

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