Renovation of Historic Bridgeport Theater Starts
Oct13

Renovation of Historic Bridgeport Theater Starts

We’ve been fans of the Ramova Theater ever since we first caught of whiff of its funk while walking down South Halsted one autumn day in 2004. The stench of decay and hopelessness made us look up from our Bridgeport News, cross the street, and spend a few minutes standing in the sun-crisped leaves sizing it up. Our summary at the time: She’s a character actor of architecture. One of those pieces that looks a dog’s...

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New Hotel Opens on Navy Pier
Mar18

New Hotel Opens on Navy Pier

Since the South of France is not going to happen for you this Spring, maybe it’s time to consider a little post-COVID staycation action. To that end, a new hotel, called Sable at Navy Pier has opened — you guessed it — at Navy Pier. And unlike those gasthauses that proudly proclaim “Mag Mile” in their titles even though they’re actually half way to Sheridan, this hotel is actually on Navy Pier. Image of Sable...

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Chicago Skyscraper Developers Adjust to Work-From-Home Era
Oct26

Chicago Skyscraper Developers Adjust to Work-From-Home Era

We love working from home the way a Sox fan loves a bar fight.  But not everyone has the luxury of a private balcony from which they can watch a hawk disassemble a pigeon on the roof of the Bankers Building during a Zoom meeting. Some Chicago developers are making changes to their buildings in order to make them more attractive to those who find themselves suddenly without offices or classrooms. The latest is NEMA Chicago, the...

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It’s the End of the Beginning at Ogden Commons
May27

It’s the End of the Beginning at Ogden Commons

The $200,000,000 mixed-use project that is replacing two public housing projects reached a milestone recently.  Construction has topped out at the building which represents phase one. Construction of Ogden Commons in Spring 2020 Ogden Commons replaces the Chicago Housing Authority’s Ogden Courts and Lawndale Complex in North Lawndale.  SCB designed the project for The Habitat Company.  It’s being built by McHugh...

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McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever
May18

McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever

Way back in April (this one fell through the cracks, sorry, we’re terrible people), Chicagoan Sawyer Morgenthaler turned seven years old.  Having a birthday during the COVID-19 lockdown is bad enough.  But since Master Morgenthaler lives in the South Loop, he couldn’t be treated to the celebratory suburban drive-by birthday parades that we see on the local TV news all the time.  Still, young Sawyer...

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Chicago Architecture Firm Happy to Not Be Needed Today
May06

Chicago Architecture Firm Happy to Not Be Needed Today

While you were sequestered in your micro apartment exchanging accusing stares with your cat (she totally ate the last Yoplait), the boffins down at bKL Architecture have been fighting the good fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. And now their part is done. The Loop designers of glassy things that scrape the sky have completed their mission of banging out protective face shields with a stable of 3D printers.  Face shield production at...

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New River West Apartment Building Tops Off
Nov18

New River West Apartment Building Tops Off

The latest residential block on the Milwaukee Avenue Corridor has topped off.  740 North Aberdeen was designed by FitzGerald Associates for Fifield and is expected to be open by this time next year. November 2019 rendering of 740 North Aberdeen (Courtesy of Fifield Cos) When complete, the building will be 11 stories tall with 188 apartments over 2,400 square feet of retail space and 80 parking spaces.  McHugh Construction is doing the...

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South Loop Won’t Be Saddled with Another Parking Lot
Apr10

South Loop Won’t Be Saddled with Another Parking Lot

What’s up with all the parking lot news lately? Two weeks ago we told you that demolition is underway in the parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral to make way for One Chicago Square. Then last week we told you that the parking lot at 450 North LaSalle is destined to become an office building. Then two days ago we wrote about two parking lots in River North that will soon be pining for the fjords. Now another...

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Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building
Aug13

Three Hotels Open In One South Loop Building

As the area around McCormick Place undergoes its largest transformation in years, a trio of new hotels has opened — all in the same building at 123 East Cermak Road. Hilton planted three of its flags on the southwest corner of East Cermak Road and South Indiana Avenue, directly across the street from the massive convention center’s West Building. Chicago has seen double-decker hotel buildings before, but this triple-decker...

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The Sinclair is Now Officially Open for Business
Sep28

The Sinclair is Now Officially Open for Business

One of the most dramatic transformations in recent Gold Coast history has been pulled off by Fifield Companies, Jewel-Osco, and SCB. The Sinclair (1201 North LaSalle Street) had its grand opening this week, welcoming an estimated 1,201 guests to the new residential tower that now stands where a vaguely scary, certainly run-down Jewel-Osco glowered just a few years ago. Even the Gold Coast has gritty corners, and this was one of the...

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