Lincoln Commons Plan Gets Tweaked
Sep17

Lincoln Commons Plan Gets Tweaked

It’s been four years since the plan to replace the old Children’s Memorial Hospital with a mixed-use development called Lincoln Common was approved, and it’s still getting some refinement. Construction of the two main towers in the McCaffery Interests and Hines development topped off long ago, and busy construction bees are buzzing all over the property, completing its 92,000 square feet of retail space, 60 condos,...

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Lincoln Common Getting Drilled, Losing Retail
Jul17

Lincoln Common Getting Drilled, Losing Retail

No one ever said that construction was a quiet trade.  And having spent too many years living next door to Chicago skyscrapers being constructed, I can say the king of all noisemakers is the caisson drill (no, not that caisson drill). People in Lincoln Park are going to get an earful starting this week, as the big Lincoln Commons project starts caisson work on the main triangle of what used to be the Children’s Memorial Hospital...

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Two 20-Story Twin Towers On The Way To Lincoln Park
Jun19

Two 20-Story Twin Towers On The Way To Lincoln Park

This past Wednesday and Thursday were good days for Hines, McCaffery Interests, the government of Abu Dhabi, and anyone else counting on the redevelopment of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital property in Lincoln Park into a new mixed-use micro-neighborhood called The Lincoln Common.  That’s because the City of Chicago issued construction permits for the two biggest components of the enormous project. The first nod came...

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Permits Issued for Nellie Black’s Doppelgänger in Lincoln Park
Mar27

Permits Issued for Nellie Black’s Doppelgänger in Lincoln Park

The City of Chicago has issued a construction permit for a new building just down the block from the intersection of Halsted Street, Lincoln Avenue, and Fullerton Avenue.  Belmont Village (700 West Fullerton) is also known as Building H of the massive demolition and redevelopment of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park into a new mixed-use development called The Lincoln Common. DIRECT DEVELOPER SERVICES: NEW 7...

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McCaffery Eyeing West Town For Another Office Building
Nov15

McCaffery Eyeing West Town For Another Office Building

At One River Place (619 West Chicago Avenue), there is a statue of the Spirit of Progress, with her torch hefted high, lighting the way for the caduceus of commerce. When completed in 1928, she stood atop the soaring tower of the Montgomery Ward Building on Michigan Avenue (now 6 North Michigan). She was later relocated to her current perch as the Ward empire expanded and required more floor space. Strangely, Progress is pointing...

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Chicago Lakeside Officially Dead, But Thanks for the New Road!
Aug08

Chicago Lakeside Officially Dead, But Thanks for the New Road!

The massive redevelopment of the brownfield that was once U.S. Steel’s South Works is officially dead. Crain’s Chicago Business pronounced it so last week when it reported that U.S. Steel has hired Cushman & Wakefield to sell the property — in whole, or in pieces — to a developer. The previous developer, McCaffery Interests, couldn’t make Chicago Lakeside happen. It was an ambitious plan — The largest master-planned development in...

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Demolition Days at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park
Jun08

Demolition Days at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park

It’s not every day that you get to see a hospital building being demolished.  Unless you live near Rush University Medical Center, where several came down very recently.  Or in Streeterville, where the old Prentice was turned to dust.  Or in Prairie Shores where the Michael Reese complex fell. OK, so Chicago has no shortage of hospital buildings being forcibly removed from existence a piece at a time.  But the latest one make...

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Big Muscle Brought in to Help Redevelop Lincoln Park Children’s Hospital Site
Jun01

Big Muscle Brought in to Help Redevelop Lincoln Park Children’s Hospital Site

The long, drawn-out process of turning the former Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park into something useful and vibrant got a serious kick in the pants today. McCaffery Interests, which has been spearheading the project through its contentious days, has brought in Houston mega-developer Hines to help out with the project.  It wants to start demolition soon to have the entire project completed in 2018. Hines is also part...

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📹 Children’s Hospital Redevelopment Passes One Green, but Caution Flags Abound
Feb21

📹 Children’s Hospital Redevelopment Passes One Green, but Caution Flags Abound

After months of angst, anger, and bewilderment there is finally some real forward movement in the redevelopment of the former Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park. In a marathon session at City Hall yesterday, the Chicago Plan Commission heard from dozens of neighbors weighing in on the project that would turn the empty hospital into a $350 million residential, commercial, and retail complex, designed by Joe Auntonovitch. You...

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