Restoration of the Village Theater Facade in Old Town Looks Pretty Spiffy
Sep17

Restoration of the Village Theater Facade in Old Town Looks Pretty Spiffy

It’s been a very long time since Old Town’s Village Theater stopped entertaining people and became a hulking presence lurking a Starbucks’ throw from the lovely and historic Germania Club next door.  Now we’re getting a look at the results of a project to restore that facade to its former splendor. September 2019 construction of Fifteen Fifty on the Park (provided) In the photograph above you can see that...

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55-Home Project Breaks Ground in Wicker Park
Aug26

55-Home Project Breaks Ground in Wicker Park

A new development near the intersection of Milwaukee and Division will bring a little more density to the Polish Triangle area. Alcove Wicker Park consists of a seven-story condo block with 43 homes, plus an additional dozen townhouses.  They’re expected to be available next year. Rendering of Alcove Wicker Park (August 2019. Courtesy of @properties.) It’s a Vermillion Development project designed by Hirsch MPG.  In line...

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From House of God to House of Bob in Ukrainian Village
Aug12

From House of God to House of Bob in Ukrainian Village

As Chicago evolves, we’ve seen a number of its holy places left behind.  While some are unlucky and are abandoned, others find a new purpose as places to live in a town with a housing needle inching toward the “crisis” end of the gauge. The Revival, August 2019 (Courtesy of @properties) The latest building to be born again is the former Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, at 921 North Hoyne in...

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New Pix of New Building Next to Lincoln Park’s Village Theater
Mar18

New Pix of New Building Next to Lincoln Park’s Village Theater

Ordinarily, we love old buildings. It took a while for us to develop an appreciation for the Mid-century Modern aesthetic, and even certain brutalist forms are starting to seem less tacky these days. But when demolition permits were issued for the dump-o-riffic diner building on the corner of North and Clark across from the Chicago History Museum, not a tear dropped on our battle-scarred MacBook Air’s keyboard. And that’s...

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There’s Action at 808 Wells in River North [u]
Apr02

There’s Action at 808 Wells in River North [u]

It’s only the makings of a sales office, but the structural work happening on the lot at 808 North Wells Street in River North is a definite sign 808 Wells is more than just a figment of someone’s imagination. River North Spy Liz sent us the above photo, showing the one-story temporary sales center Smithfield Properties is setting up in anticipation of the 24-story Berkelhamer Architects design they’re...

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Status Update: 4 East Elm Tops Out
Oct09

Status Update: 4 East Elm Tops Out

4 East Elm, the luxury condo tower from Chicago’s own Convexity Properties, has topped out at, you guessed it, 4 East Elm Street. Kelly over at @properties, the firm providing marketing and sales support for the project, sent a note letting us know things are moving along as planned. The LEED-certified 24-story Gold Coast building by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz will have just 35 condominiums, but don’t think...

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