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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Hudson and Huron: A River, A Lake, and Two Chicago Skyscrapers
Aug25

Hudson and Huron: A River, A Lake, and Two Chicago Skyscrapers

This skyscraper construction update is a two-fer: The Hudson, at 750 North Hudson Avenue; and 400 West Huron… at 400 West Huron Street. We have frequent tip line flyer Joe Zekas from YoChicago! to thank for the double-shot of construction goodness. It’s hard to tell who’s leading this River North race, as 400 West Huron appears to have just about reached its ultimate height of 15 stories. Meanwhile over at 750, it...

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At Atrium Village, Here Come the Cranes Again
Jul12

At Atrium Village, Here Come the Cranes Again

The transformation of Atrium Village is about to get a helping hand.  A giant, 100-foot-tall, diesel-powered hand. A permit has been issued for a new tower crane to be erected at 1140 North Wells Street, the place where a bucolic low-scale throwback residential settlement is bring turned into downtown’s next vibrant mixed-use high rise community. The crane’s first task is to help build a 31-story residential skyscraper at...

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Up Next… The New Atrium Village
Feb29

Up Next… The New Atrium Village

Work is about to get underway building the largest mixed-use project downtown Chicago has seen in years. Atrium Village (1140 North Wells Street), once a quaint enclave of low-rise homes slightly off-the-beaten-path, is about to join the city’s skyscraper club. We outlined the entire redevelopment project back in November, but here’s a recap: Four residential skyscrapers 30-39 stories tall Dozens of townhomes A school...

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The Hudson May Now Proceed Upward
Feb29

The Hudson May Now Proceed Upward

If you notice The Hudson with a little extra swagger in its step this week, there’s good reason. This proclamation from the City of Chicago arrived Friday: WORK_DESCRIPTION New construction 25 story mixed use high rise consisting of retail at the first floor, parking at basement through the 3rd floor and dwelling units at floors 3 through 25 with amenity spaces at floors 3 and 4.750 NORTH HUDSON STREET And with those words, the...

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Atrium Village Crumbling Ahead of Massive Redevelopment
Dec30

Atrium Village Crumbling Ahead of Massive Redevelopment

While progress often means something else must go, it’s still a bit jarring to see former residences reduced to rubble. Such is the case in the 1100 block of North Wells Street on the Near North Side, where several buildings at Atrium Village are being torn down in Phase One of a project to redo the development. When complete, developer Onni Group will have provided 1,500 new homes within 4 new residential towers and one smaller...

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Slice of Life: Christmas Crane on the Hudson
Dec16

Slice of Life: Christmas Crane on the Hudson

Tis the holiday season. And while everyone in town trims their trees, there’s always that one home on the block looking to outdo the rest of the neighborhood. And in the River North neighborhood, that would be Onni Contacting. You may have thought you had the tallest Christmas tree in town, but that must have been before you looked down Chicago Avenue at Hudson. For it is there, towering high above the street (actually, a couple...

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The Hudson Begins Flowing Along Chicago Avenue
Dec04

The Hudson Begins Flowing Along Chicago Avenue

The Hudson (750 North Hudson Avenue) is scratching and clawing its way up from the dirt at the corner of Chicago Avenue and Hudson Avenue in the city’s River North neighborhood. Weeks after Case Foundation could be heard boring holes into the earth, crews have been streaming into the site to continue the work. The Hudson, designed by Chicago firm Pappageorge Haymes, will deliver 240 apartments across its 25 stories. Shunning the...

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Getting to Know… 353 West Grand
Jun30

Getting to Know… 353 West Grand

Last week, the details of the new skyscraper planned for 353 West Grand Avenue in River North were unveiled.  It’s a modestly tall 32-story tower that will replace the Clark & Barlow hardware store. The plans provoked the usual NIMBY wailing of “My views! My views! My precious views!” but with a level of theater previously unseen in these public meetings.  One resident of the Sexton Lofts lofted her child in the...

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Sexton Residents Wail About New View-Killing Tower; Former Alderman Stuns by Taking the Blame
Jun22

Sexton Residents Wail About New View-Killing Tower; Former Alderman Stuns by Taking the Blame

If you thought Onni Group, the Vancouver based developer, was done after recently announcing redevelopment plans for Atrium Village, think again. Tonight, Onni revealed its plan to build a 32-story residential tower at 353 West Grand Avenue during a presentation at the East Bank Club. When complete, the tower will sit on the west end of the site while the remaining area will consist of 15,000 square feet of retail space that butts up...

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