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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An Ace Shows Its Hand on the West Side
Jan06

An Ace Shows Its Hand on the West Side

In the heart of the Fulton Market neighborhood, next to a king of the internet, giant spades are being used to club the ground in preparation for the new Ace Hotel. If you don’t know jack about the Ace, it has a permit in hand after Portland-based Ace was dealt the all-clear to start construction back in November. Developer Sterling Bay anted up enough of a wager to score prime space, along with a zoning change in the...

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With Controversy Down, Twin Towers Can Go Up
Jan05

With Controversy Down, Twin Towers Can Go Up

Many a teeth were gnashed and many a word were written about the forthcoming “twin-towers” project for the Logan Square neighborhood. Honestly though. we’re over it. You’re more than welcome to go back through our coverage of the community meetings (here and here) if you’d like, but from now on, this space will concentrate on the work being done to move this project forward. Approved by the Chicago Plan...

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Niche 905 Breaks Ground at 905 North Orleans
Nov20

Niche 905 Breaks Ground at 905 North Orleans

The sun cooperated. The wind, not so much. But the cold breeze wasn’t stopping Ascend Real Estate Group from breaking ground on Niche 905, the new FitzGerald Associates-designed 18-story luxury rental tower they’re erecting in a joint effort with Boston’s Intercontinental Real Estate Corp. Bill Wolk, president of Ascend, opened the festivities by thanking everyone involved in the 2-year process of getting Niche 905...

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Status Update: 2950 North Sheridan Now Underway
Oct09

Status Update: 2950 North Sheridan Now Underway

When we visited the site of the new, curvy residential tower at 2950 North Sheridan Road two weeks ago, it looked more like a campground than construction zone. In these urban environs, stumbling upon a heaping mound of firewood isn’t commonplace. But of course, what those neatly-stacked logs symbolized was the clearing of land for the next Lake View East neighborhood project by architect Booth Hansen. Wirtz Realty is building...

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