Another Oak Street Retail Upgrade About to Start
Feb15

Another Oak Street Retail Upgrade About to Start

The not-so-gradual transformation of East Oak Street from a collection of upscale retailers tucked inside a genteel street of Grey Gardens-esque townhouses into a  collection of slightly-less-upscle retailers preening themselves inside a gilded allée of modern box-shaped bird cages continues. The latest transformation comes at number 46, which was torn down late last year, and then late last week given permits to start construction on...

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Shoptalk: Michael Breclaw Climbs Aboard the FitzGerald Milk Wagon
Jun10

Shoptalk: Michael Breclaw Climbs Aboard the FitzGerald Milk Wagon

There’s a new face peering around the oddly rounded timber columns of FitzGerald Associates in the West Loop.  It’s Michael Breclaw, formerly of OKW Architects, just a few blocks away. At OKW, Mr. Breclaw was Director of Design.  After 14 years there, he’s now moved to FitzGerald where he takes the role of Associate Principal. And because we know you want to add him to your LinkedIn circle, here’s his link....

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Brooklyn Bowl Strikes the Fulton River District
Jan12

Brooklyn Bowl Strikes the Fulton River District

Construction crews from W. E. O’Neil are hard at work at 832 West Fulton Market on what will soon be Chicago’s very own Brooklyn Bowl. Not to be confused with Brooklyn Boulders at Morgan and Monroe in West Town (though Brooklyn Bowlders, a gym where you climb walls and knock down pins as you go, would be cool), Brooklyn Bowl will combine a spacious, fancy bowling alley with event and retail space. In the works for what...

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Brooklyn Bowl Rolls A Strike With the (Ordinarily Cranky) West Loop Crowd
Oct15

Brooklyn Bowl Rolls A Strike With the (Ordinarily Cranky) West Loop Crowd

A West Loop community meeting devoid of naysayers is about as rare as an 8 p.m. Saturday reservation at Girl & The Goat. But that was the case Tuesday evening when Convexity Properties asked West Loopers for their blessing on a rezoning proposal. The property in question is a musty old three-story building at 832-856 West Fulton Market. Convexity is pursing a zoning change to allow 18,000 square feet of retail at ground level...

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