Franklin Street Lot Leveled, Now on With the Show!
Dec02

Franklin Street Lot Leveled, Now on With the Show!

If you’re the sort of person who’s in the habit of getting your prescription refills and 40-ounce beers for the Metra ride home from the Walgreens at 240 West Randolph Street, well… stop doing that.  The store is no more. Loop Spy Mike sent us a photo from the rear of 155 North Wacker Drive showing that what once was a parking lot and a drug store and one of the city’s best dive Chinese restaurants is now the...

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215 West Lake Tower Won’t Intrude on Monk’s
Jul30

215 West Lake Tower Won’t Intrude on Monk’s

Beloved neighborhood tavern Monk’s Pub won’t see a wrecking ball anytime soon.  In a telephone call with developer Mike Moceri, he confirmed to The Chicago Architecture Blog that the footprint for his planned 215 West Lake Street tower will not step on the historic drinkery.  215 West Lake is currently a low-slung parking garage. 215 West Lake, you’ll remember, is being designed by architect Thomas Roszak for a plot...

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JeffJack Apartments Taking Shape As Newest West Loop Amenity-Heavy Residential Development
Oct16

JeffJack Apartments Taking Shape As Newest West Loop Amenity-Heavy Residential Development

You have to figure one of the best things about being an architect is seeing your vision become reality. What looked good on the rendering is even more striking once the concrete is poured and design elements begin to take shape. A great example is the new JeffJack Apartments at the corner of Jefferson and Jackson in the West Loop. The Thomas Roszak Architecture team offered the Chicago Architecture Blog a behind-the-scenes tour of...

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601 West Jackson High-Rise Gets Thumbs Up From West Loop Neighbors
Jul01

601 West Jackson High-Rise Gets Thumbs Up From West Loop Neighbors

New high and mid-rise residential developments have been popping up like daisies in the West Loop in recent months. It’s not uncommon at community meetings for architects describing new structures to field questions from residents fretting about parking, lack of green space, and blocked views. So it’s a bit unusual when a community meeting ends without rancor and neighbors satisfied with plans for a new development. But that’s...

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