South Loop Air Rights Neighborhood In Play Again
Feb26

South Loop Air Rights Neighborhood In Play Again

Recently I was watching House Hunters on HGTV and a couple was looking at condominiums in the South Loop.  Someone commented that the view of Soldier Field from the unit they selected would remain unobstructed.  I told my wife, “No it won’t.  Those air rights have already been bought for development.”  Such are the perils of high-rise living in Chicago. The approximate boundary of what was once called The Gateway (via Apple Maps)...

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New South Loop CTA Station Chugging Along
Jan28

New South Loop CTA Station Chugging Along

When plans for The 78 were unveiled, one of the line items that gave us the warm and fuzzies was the notion that the South Loop might be in line for another new L station.  That idea is taking another step from being a mystery dot on a stylized map to becoming something concrete. A public meeting has been called to discuss revised plans for the new CTA Red Line station at The 78.  You’ll remember that The 78 is the seven billion...

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South Loop’s Chamfered Champ Gets Nipped, Tucked
Feb01

South Loop’s Chamfered Champ Gets Nipped, Tucked

A new skyscraper proposed for the South Loop’s Wabash corridor is getting taller before it’s even started. At a meeting tonight hosted by third ward alderman Pat Dowell, a revised design for 1326 South Michigan was revealed.  Visually, there’s not much different.  But a couple of important bits have changed. First, much to the delight of hard-core skyscraper enthusiasts, the SCB-designed building’s height has...

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Raphael Viñoly Tower to be South Loop’s Tallest Skyscraper; Could be a Twin
Sep23

Raphael Viñoly Tower to be South Loop’s Tallest Skyscraper; Could be a Twin

The long-vacant corner southeast corner of South Michigan Avenue and East Roosevelt Road is getting a building worthy of its prominent position in the South Loop. Plans have been unveiled for an 829-foot-tall skyscraper at the location which would be the tallest in the South Loop, and 13th tallest in the city of Chicago, behind the Park Tower up the street at 800 North Michigan Avenue. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Zachary...

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New Green Line Station Attracts New South Loop Apartment Tower
Sep23

New Green Line Station Attracts New South Loop Apartment Tower

Just as the CTA Blue and Brown lines attract development on the North Side, the new Green Line Cermak/Chinatown has drawn a proposal seeking to take advantage of Chicago’s new Transit Oriented Development ordinance. The proposal was made public at a community event last night hosted by 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell.  The developer is the South Side’s own Draper & Kramer. It’s asking the city for a zoning change at...

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Tennis, Anyone? XS Tennis Village Breaks Ground In Washington Park Area
Jul02

Tennis, Anyone? XS Tennis Village Breaks Ground In Washington Park Area

A host of city dignitaries including 3rd Ward Alderman Pat Dowell and Mayor Rahm Emanuel were on hand earlier this week for the groundbreaking of a new XS Tennis Village at 5256 South State Street in the Robert Taylor Homes neighborhood. The planned 112,000-square foot tennis facility is being developed in partnership with the Chicago Housing Authority. It’s intended to be a focal point in the Washington Park neighborhood where tennis...

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