Grant Park About To Get Another Border Skyscraper
Apr04

Grant Park About To Get Another Border Skyscraper

The already impressive collection of architecture that lines Chicago’s Grant Park is about to get another trophy in the case. The City of Chicago has issued its first building permits for the tower expansion of the aging Essex Inn. FOUNDATION AND CONCRETE STRUCTURE UP TO THE UNDERSIDE OF THE 6TH FLOOR FOR A PROPOSED 56 STORY 479 DWELLING UNIT RESIDENTIAL BUILDING; 84 PARKING SPACES; GROUND FLOOR RETAIL; ALL AS PER PLANS While...

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We’ve Got a Tower Crane, How ‘Bout You?
Aug02

We’ve Got a Tower Crane, How ‘Bout You?

Now you’ve got that stuck in your head for the rest of the day, thanks to West Loop Spy Kurt who not only sent in the crane photos for today’s crane update, but also suggested the cheeseball headline. There was no way we were going to pass that one up. The crane is for 165 North Des Plaines Street, the 14-story, 199-unit residential building designed by GREC Architects for Gerding Edlin and being powered into place by...

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Ascend Real Estate Group Finds its Niche in Near North
Jun27

Ascend Real Estate Group Finds its Niche in Near North

The rapid re-population of the greater Carbrini Green area is getting a boost from its newest skyscraper — Niche 905 at 905 North Orleans Street.  Technically, 905 is just across the street from the Cabrini border, in the Near North Side neighborhood, but it contributes to the growing vitality of this neighborhood’s modern-day renaissance. Niche 905’s ceremonial topping-out event was held recently, as the 18-story building...

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West Loop’s Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Reaches The Top
Apr22

West Loop’s Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Reaches The Top

The combination Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn at 108 North Jefferson Street has risen as high as it will go in the West Loop. Jupiter Realty broke ground on the project back in April of 2015, in a neighborhood between the Chicago River and Kennedy Expressway short on hotel rooms. When Power Construction is finished, the Homewood Suites ledger will include 128 rooms, while Hampton Inn will house 210 rooms. (That’s 338 rooms total,...

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Tip Line Yields More Details About 165 North Des Plaines
Apr04

Tip Line Yields More Details About 165 North Des Plaines

“The tip line, she runneth over,” famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot never said.  That’s because he didn’t work at Chicago Architecture.  And because he wasn’t real. He was just a recurring protagonist in Agatha Christie books. But the point remains, that the little tip line has been particularly fruitful these days, stimulating the little gray cells beyond words.  Some items we can share. Others are...

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2950 North Sheridan Really is Underway
Mar29

2950 North Sheridan Really is Underway

It’s true. We’ve seen it with our own eyes. A new residential tower from Wirtz Realty Corporation is going up at 2950 North Sheridan Road in Lake View. That much we know for sure. What don’t we know? The number of stories. A building permit issued by the City of Chicago January 28 states “new construction of a 18-story residential tower.” The announcement from Alderman Tom Tunney’s (44th Ward)...

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30 East Balbo Gets Busy In a Hurry
Mar23

30 East Balbo Gets Busy In a Hurry

It’s been several hours since we’ve updated you on the status of 30 East, the 16-story apartment tower coming to 30 East Balbo Avenue in the South Loop. We’re here again to remind you that time is money. And money can’t be wasted. Which is why, just one day after the City of Chicago signed off on the foundation permit for 30 East, crews from Power Construction and Lindahl Bros. descended on the site to get...

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30 East Balbo Readies for Foundation Work
Mar22

30 East Balbo Readies for Foundation Work

A 16-story residential tower is officially on the way to 30 East Balbo Avenue in the South Loop, now that the City of Chicago has issued a building permit to get foundation work underway: Foundations only for a proposed 16-story residential high-rise with first floor retail and 134 total units (81-dwelling units and 53-efficiency units) Yesterday’s permit means the gravel trucks on-site today will soon be replaced by caisson...

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Niche 905 Progresses in Cabrini-Green
Mar22

Niche 905 Progresses in Cabrini-Green

Niche 905, the 18-story apartment tower by friends-of-the-blog FitzGerald Associates Architects, continues at 905 North Orleans Street in Chicago’s Cabrini-Green neighborhood. Being built on the former parking lot of the St. Luke Church of God in Christ on the west side of Orleans Street, Niche 905 will deliver 202 new apartment, fully loaded with all the modern amenities today’s renter expects from new construction, come...

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Essex Inn Shows Off New Tower to South Loop Community
Mar01

Essex Inn Shows Off New Tower to South Loop Community

High rises were on everyone’s minds at a community meeting in the South Loop hosted by the Near South Planning Board Monday night at the Hilton Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue. You may even want to refer to the Hilton as the “gracious host,” because one item on the agenda pertained to the ambitious plans of the hotel’s next-door neighbor. The Essex Inn, at 800 South Michigan Avenue, wants a room upgrade. Not...

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