The Cooper: Southbank’s First Tower Now Officially Open
Oct30

The Cooper: Southbank’s First Tower Now Officially Open

The South Loop’s residential expansion continues with an official grand opening of The Cooper, Lendlease’s new apartment tower at 720 South Wells Street. The Cooper is the first new residential building going in at Southbank. Four more are coming, as Australia’s Lendlease transforms the former wasteland between Roosevelt Road and River City into a new enclave along the Chicago River.  It’s like Lakeshore East,...

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South Loop’s Southbank Development Gets Its First Residents
Sep25

South Loop’s Southbank Development Gets Its First Residents

Southbank, the northern portion of what used to be the Riverline development south of Roosevelt Road, has its first people living in its first residential tower.  People have started moving into The Cooper (720 South Wells Street), a 29-story building that is the first of five planned for this project. The Perkins+Will-designed building brings 452 new homes to the South Loop, in one of three new projects hugging the Chicago River....

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Lendlease Rolls Out The Barrel for The Cooper at Southbank
Jun06

Lendlease Rolls Out The Barrel for The Cooper at Southbank

We were going to make a bunch of silly puns about barrels of monkeys, or being over a barrel, or fish in a barrel, but we won’t.  Except for that one in the headline about rolling out the barrel.  That was clever. In case you don’t know, “cooper” is another word for someone who makes barrels for a living.  And “The Cooper” is the name of a new residential building in the South Loop where you could...

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Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank
Apr11

Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank

After its split with CMK over the development of the Riverline project, Lendlease has come up with a name for its portion of the project on the east bank of the Chicago River: Southbank. Southbank is the portion of the development, designed by Perkins+Will, that runs from Harrison Street down to Polk.   The portion from 9th Street on down to Roosevelt Road is being developed independently by CMK after the two decided to split...

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CMK and LendLease Divorce, Cut Riverline Baby in Two
Mar14

CMK and LendLease Divorce, Cut Riverline Baby in Two

A couple of companies building a neighborhood in the South Loop apparently don’t remember their Old Testament, because River North’s CMK and Australia’s LendLease are going their separate ways, and slicing their baby in two. Dating someone overseas is always tough. The Chicago Tribune has the scoopage. Even though both sides are talking, neither is airing its dirty laundry.  After all, both have done successful...

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Plans Come Together For Riverline’s Public Spaces
Feb28

Plans Come Together For Riverline’s Public Spaces

The massive Riverline development that’s going to bring thousands of new homes to Chicago’s South Loop is progressing noisily along South Wells Street, and more quietly behind-the-scenes. Since November of last year, various city departments have been chewing over a 550+ page document from Michigan Avenue architecture firm Perkins+Will and West Loop landscape architects Hoerr Schaudt outlining some of the features of the...

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River City Battens Down the Hatches While Work Ramps Up Downstream
Dec12

River City Battens Down the Hatches While Work Ramps Up Downstream

Word  on the intarwebs (via Sloopin’) is that there’s a lot of dozing going on along South Clark Street these days.  And we don’t mean the sleepytime kind. Several neighbors have spotted heavy machinery making mincemeat of the trees, bushes, and squatters’ quarters scattered across the immense and vacant scrubland between Roosevelt Road and 15th Street-ish.  That’s where seven months ago, Mayor Rahm...

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South Loop Mega Development Could Sport Wood
Oct12

South Loop Mega Development Could Sport Wood

(Nobody else would go there, so we had to.  Like you’re surprised.) Chicago’s newest planned community may attract attention for more than its fabulous views, or riparian delights.  It may become the home of the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper.  The building is being penciled in at Perkins+Will’s Riverline development just south of Harrison Street.  The news was broken by ArchDaily a week ago, but the content...

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Riverline, Chicago’s Next Big Community Breaks Ground in the South Loop
Sep13

Riverline, Chicago’s Next Big Community Breaks Ground in the South Loop

The biggest thing to hit the South Loop since Museum Park is now under construction along South Wells Street. Riverline will eventually welcome 3,600 new families to the neighborhood in a combination of townhouses and apartment towers.  The Perkins+Will-designed neighborhood also includes 16,000 square feet of retail space, almost six acres of parkland and, yes, a riverwalk. In all, there will be ten large buildings erected on the...

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Shove over, weedy lot. Here comes Riverline!
Mar30

Shove over, weedy lot. Here comes Riverline!

The first heavy machinery arrived in a derelict patch of the South Loop yesterday, eager to bite into the loam and build downtown Chicago’s next planned community. When finished, Riverline will fill the vacant space south of Harrison Street, north of Roosevelt Road, and west of Wells Street along the South Branch of the Chicago River. It will eventually be composed of 2,700 homes in five towers, plus a smattering of townhouses,...

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