Crane Planted for New Fulton River District Skyscraper
Sep18

Crane Planted for New Fulton River District Skyscraper

With The Loop to its east, and West Town to its west, it’s surprising that we don’t see more hot skyscraper action in the Fulton River District these days. For those of you interested in towers between the two hyperactive markets, Fulton River Spy R. has got your back. 352 North Union under construction in September, 2021 (Courtesy of Fulton River Spy R.) R. sent in these photos of a shiny red crane now rising amid the...

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Five Building Goose Island Project Seeks Approval This Week
Aug15

Five Building Goose Island Project Seeks Approval This Week

Canadian builder Onni Group heads to the Chicago Plan Commission this week to ask for permission to transform the old Greyhound bus yard at the southern tip of Goose Island into a mixed-use skyscraper community called Halsted Point. April, 2021 rendering of Halsted Point (via Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture) The design by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture includes over 2,600 new residences, a 28-story hotel, a supermarket, a...

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Skyscrapers and 2,600+ New Homes Planned for Goose Island
Apr19

Skyscrapers and 2,600+ New Homes Planned for Goose Island

These days every real estate developer and his horse seems to have a plan for a 2,000+ home mega project in downtown Chicago. The latest cowboy to push through the bat-wing doors of this saloon is Vancouver’s Onni Group, with Halsted Point. April, 2021 rendering of Halsted Point (via Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture) You may remember Onni from its work-in-progress, transforming Atrium Village into the quad-towered Old Town Park....

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Canada Goose Island Lark For Dog Depot Ferreted Out
Feb11

Canada Goose Island Lark For Dog Depot Ferreted Out

While many people expected the enormous project called 700 at the River to be the next big thing to happen on Chicago Avenue, Canadian developer Onni Group has just put another dog in the race, dishing about its off-the-chain redevelopment plans for the old Greyhound yard at the southern tip of Goose Island. The old Greyhound service yard (via Apple Maps) The Chicago Tribune (no longer related to Tribune Media which owns 700 at the...

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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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