If Everyone in Chicagoland Chips in $100, We Can Buy The Vista Tower
Feb01

If Everyone in Chicagoland Chips in $100, We Can Buy The Vista Tower

It’s been said that you should always trust your gut.  Well, we didn’t.  And that’s why we’re bringing you this story on Thursday instead of last Friday. Last Friday we wrote a story laying out the dots for readers to connect.  It was a speculation piece about whether China’s now-fourth-richest man would start shopping around Chicago’s Vista Tower development.  But we shelved the piece because...

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Red Line Extension Gets a Path, But Will It Go Anywhere?
Jan30

Red Line Extension Gets a Path, But Will It Go Anywhere?

The City of Chicago has announced the route it wants the CTA’s Red Line to take when work begins on its southern extension. The project has been the dream of commuters, and the campaign promise of many a politician for decades.  While it’s possible to take a subway to the northern, eastern, and western extremities of Chicago, the far south side has been relegated to bus service. At a news conference, Mayor Rahm Emanuel...

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2018 Begins With a Flock of Cranes in Chicago’s Skyline
Jan02

2018 Begins With a Flock of Cranes in Chicago’s Skyline

You may have seen it on New Year’s Eve, while standing out on the snow-packed sidewalk, sipping the last 312 from the emergency stash on the back porch, gazing up at the illegal neighborhood fireworks display and thinking that for one moment all is right with the world.  It’s the cranes in the sky over the city of Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who last year outed himself as a fan of construction cranes, noted in his Twitter...

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Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60
Nov14

Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60

The city of Chicago reached a milestone today.  With the erection of the tower crane at Belgravia Group’s Renelle on the River, that makes 60 tower cranes in the Chicago sky. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a noted fan of tower cranes, visited the site of the bKL-designed building person to mark the occasion. While Census Bureau numbers show Chicago’s population dwindling, downtown’s residential, hotel, and office development...

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North Side’s Serpentine Underbridge Now Underway
Oct10

North Side’s Serpentine Underbridge Now Underway

After several years of watching Chicago’s near northwestish side enjoy the benefits of its celebrated, elevated, urban park, the mid-northish side is now getting in on some of the 606 love. Except this time, it’s called the 312 RiverRun.  And it promises to be way more awesome than the already world-renowned High Line clone a few dozen blocks away. While the 606 was formed from a recycled elevated freight rail line, the...

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New CTA Washington/Wabash Station Gets Raves on Debut Weekend
Sep05

New CTA Washington/Wabash Station Gets Raves on Debut Weekend

The Chicago Transit Authority’s new Washington/Wabash L Station racked up oodles of likes, plus one’s, and shares over its inaugural weekend.  And that was in real life.  Social media folk liked it, too. In its first few hours of operation, reactions from the crowds of travelers eager to get a whiff of that new train station smell ranged from a star-struck “Oh, shiny!” to a fully suburban “Awesome!”...

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First Steps Toward Redeveloping the Reese Hospital Site; Several Million to Go
Jun05

First Steps Toward Redeveloping the Reese Hospital Site; Several Million to Go

The City of Chicago has taken the first baby steps forward in its effort to transform the former Michael Reese Hospital site into something more than a scar on the lakefront. Mayor Rahm Emanuel made the announcement late last week with a roll-call list of companies that will be in charge of the project, including… Farpoint Development Draper & Kramer Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives McLaurin Development Partners Bronzeville...

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Draft North Branch Framework Breezes Through Approval Process
May22

Draft North Branch Framework Breezes Through Approval Process

If it seems like it took just ten days for the city’s North Branch Industrial Corridor Framework to go from “draft” status to “approved” by the Chicago Plan Commission, that’s because it did. Most interested citizens barely had time to put their kids to bed, step on a few Legos and pour themselves a Bacardi and Coke before settling down to read the city’s 126-page outline of their...

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City’s North Branch Crystal Ball Getting Clearer
May08

City’s North Branch Crystal Ball Getting Clearer

The future of Chicago is today, now that the city has released its draft North Branch Industrial Plan, outlining the expansion of high-density downtown Chicago northwest along the Chicago River. The plan is a blueprint for knitting together 760 acres of current and former industrial properties, brownfields, and assorted other spaces into a cohesive string of neighborhoods along the much coveted Chicago River. It’s as much a...

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New Construction at the Old Post Office Continues
Mar20

New Construction at the Old Post Office Continues

If you’re an eagle-eyed driver, you may have been able to spot some of the subtle signs of construction work going on at Chicago’s Old Main Post Office which spans the Eisenhower Expressway on your way out of town. For those of you who prefer to keep your eyes on the road, or have other commuting routes, you’ll be happy to know that there actually is work going on at the concrete leviathan beached on the west bank of...

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