Chicago’s NEXT Apartment Tower Arriving Three Months Early
Jul06

Chicago’s NEXT Apartment Tower Arriving Three Months Early

Here’s something we don’t see every day.  Or week.  Or year.  It’s an announcement from Fifield Companies that its newest residential tower, NEXT (347 West Chestnut Street), is going to open — get this — three months early.  Not since the puppet bicycle took to the Loop have so many downtown observers done a double-take. Ordinarily, developers like to be vague about construction milestones.  After all, nobody wants...

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Next Up at Next: Glass
Dec16

Next Up at Next: Glass

Another day, another Chicago construction project with pretty new windows. This time, it’s at Next Apartments (347 West Chestnut Street) in the Cabrini Green neighborhood. And this is another shining example of why we love the CTA elevated trains; we noticed the glass first from the Chicago Avenue platform, and then from the Brown Line train as we sped past. And not just a window here and there. Oh no. Next has glass on all four...

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Status Update: WAY UP-dates
Oct23

Status Update: WAY UP-dates

We’ve already told you our feelings on Aon Center stealing the show at Open House Chicago 2015. One of our favorite features of Aon’s 71st-floor vantage point, as well as the one high atop the Kemper Building‘s 41st-floor observation deck (new windows!) was being able to look out across the city and check on the progress of several construction projects. It’s one thing to stand at street level and look up to...

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What’s Next? So Far, It’s Five Floors and Counting
Sep22

What’s Next? So Far, It’s Five Floors and Counting

Of course, we’re just having fun with the name. Next refers to the new residential tower from Fifield Companies at 347 West Chestnut Street in Chicago’s Cabrini Green neighborhood. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Pappageorge Haymes, the 28-story high-rise will bring 310 luxury rental apartments to this redeveloping area. Having the word “luxury” in the description means Next has to be loaded with...

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Big Changes in the Works on North Orleans Street
Aug20

Big Changes in the Works on North Orleans Street

There’s a giant crane in the sky at 347 West Chestnut Street, and it’s trying to tell us something. Specifically, that work has been ongoing since we last visited the intersection of Chestnut and Orleans. That was back in June, when Fifield Companies held groundbreaking ceremonies for its latest Cabrini-Green neighborhood development, Next. Once the gold shovels had turned dirt and attendees had downed ahi tacos faster...

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Latest Cabrini-Area Residential Tower Breaks Ground
Jun10

Latest Cabrini-Area Residential Tower Breaks Ground

With ceremonial shovels, gawking bankers, and a background of construction equipment, Fifield Companies broke ground on its newest residential tower yesterday, called Next at 347 West Chestnut Street. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell was there as brass shovels sliced into soil for the ceremonial groundbreaking, as he was several months ago when backhoes gouged the earth for the first time in the building’s...

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New Cabrini Green Tower Construction Now Underway
Apr16

New Cabrini Green Tower Construction Now Underway

No ribbons to cut.  No hands to glad.  No gourmet food trucks from which to nosh.  Just a very long plywood wall and lots of earth-moving equipment is how life starts for the new residential tower at 347 West Chestnut Street in Cabrini Green. Formerly known as Avant River North, the building is now being called NEXT, and is being developed by Fifield Companies. When complete, it will rise 28 stories into the Chicago skyline, with 305...

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