What Goes Up Must Come Down at Old Town Park
Jul22

What Goes Up Must Come Down at Old Town Park

Every crane that rises to bring another skyscraper to the city of Chicago must eventually return to earth.  Even at Old Town Park. Old Town Park under construction (July 2019. Courtesy of Brianbobcat.) Brianbobcat sent in the photograph above that he snapped from a passing CTA Brown Line train.  It shows a tower crane coming down at the multi-tower development that is replacing Atrium Village in five phases. The new Old Town-adjacent...

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Less Height, More Parking: 352 North Union Moving Ahead
Apr09

Less Height, More Parking: 352 North Union Moving Ahead

It’s been a couple of years since we last heard a peep out of 352 North Union. But it appears that Vancouver’s Onni Group is ready to get busy on the 450-foot residential tower in Chicago’s Fulton River District. 2015 rendering of 352 North Union (on the right) Except that it’s not going to be 450 feet tall anymore. The City of Chicago recently approved the developer’s request to shorten the building down...

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Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week
Oct15

Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week

If there’s a skyscraper nerd in your office, don’t be surprised if he calls in sick on Thursday.  That’s the day the Chicago Plan Commission considers the largest number of new skyscrapers for downtown Chicago since August of 2014, when four new towers were on the docket. This time, there are 11 major buildings in play: 700 at the River in River West 1,500 total residences 497 car parking spaces Total FAR: 8.1...

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353 West Grand Gussied Up and Ready for the Chicago Plan Commission
Sep24

353 West Grand Gussied Up and Ready for the Chicago Plan Commission

River North’s next de-luxe apartments in the sky-ay-ay may rise at 353 West Grand.  The project, which has been in the works since 2013, is finally ready to head to the Chicago Plan Commission for a vote. Canada’s Onni Group is trying to turn the space that used to be the Clark and Barlow hardware store into a 38-story residential tower with 356 new homes. The first version of the project, unveiled in 2015, was a 32-story...

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Onni Adjusts Its Plan For 353 West Grand, But Is It Enough?
Jun25

Onni Adjusts Its Plan For 353 West Grand, But Is It Enough?

Some skyscrapers go from announcement to completion in a couple of years.  Others take longer.  353 West Grand, a proposal from Vancouver’s Onni, is one of the ones taking the more ponderous route. We’ve known since 2013 that something big was coming to the southwest corner of Grand and Orleans, the former location of the Clark and Barlow hardware store.  In 2015, Onni put forward a plan from River...

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353 West Grand Debuts Tonight.  Again.
Jun18

353 West Grand Debuts Tonight.  Again.

Last week we told you that the residential skyscraper planned for the corner of Grand and Orleans in River North is back on.  Tonight we find out if it’s on like a lunch date with your mom, or on like Donkey Kong.  Whatever that means. Onni is the semi-familiar name behind this project to replace the old Clark and Barlow hardware store at 353 West Grand Avenue with 356 new homes in a 38-story tower.  The Canadian developer is...

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Three Years Later, a River North Skyscraper is Redesigned and Reproposed
Jun11

Three Years Later, a River North Skyscraper is Redesigned and Reproposed

It’s been a little while since the last proposal for a residential skyscraper in River North.  But things are starting to roll again. In an e-mail to constituents, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly announced that 353 West Grand is in play again.  You may remember that address as the former home of the Clark and Barlow hardware store. It’s been a little over a year since we last wrote about this property.  Back in April of...

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Old Town Park Erasing Atrium Village
Aug22

Old Town Park Erasing Atrium Village

It looks like we could soon see a second tower rising at Old Town Park, the Old Town-adjacent development by Canuck company Onni Group that’s slowly erasing the venerable, if time-worn, Atrium Village. In the photo above sent in by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!, you can see the steel skeleton of the first building (known cleverly as Building 1) is up to the 25th story of its eventual 32 story height. The next phase will be a 31-story...

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Geotechnical Crews Get a Taste of 353 West Grand
Apr03

Geotechnical Crews Get a Taste of 353 West Grand

After wasting half a day going back-and-forth to the big orange home improvement megamart trying to repair a single-handle Moen bathtub faucet (insert string of expletives here), my wife asked me the question, “Are there any more hardware stores anymore?” How timely! Because just as she said those words my phone, which was previously in a continuous loop of plumbing repair videos, concidentally lit up with an incoming...

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The New Atrium Village’s First Tower Picks Up A Floor
Mar06

The New Atrium Village’s First Tower Picks Up A Floor

The transformation of a quiet, some might say bucolic, corner of downtown Chicago into a bustling planned community is about to kick into high gear. It’s been a little over a year since the foundation permit was issued for the first residential tower in the rebuilding of Atrium Village (1140 North Wells Street).  Now with the parking podium in hand, the City of Chicago has issued a permit for the tower portion of the building....

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