It’s the End of the Beginning at Ogden Commons
May27

It’s the End of the Beginning at Ogden Commons

The $200,000,000 mixed-use project that is replacing two public housing projects reached a milestone recently.  Construction has topped out at the building which represents phase one. Construction of Ogden Commons in Spring 2020 Ogden Commons replaces the Chicago Housing Authority’s Ogden Courts and Lawndale Complex in North Lawndale.  SCB designed the project for The Habitat Company.  It’s being built by McHugh...

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Skyscraper Poised to Erase Familiar Chicago Warehouse
May26

Skyscraper Poised to Erase Familiar Chicago Warehouse

If you spent Memorial Day Weekend in quarantine fretting about people in the park executing their God-given right to spread a deadly virus to strangers (“I’m fine...*hack*hack*hack*“), or wondering about the phlegm warriors hocking loogies onto the CTA Brown Line platform (Is there no Zyrtec in Ravenswood?), then you might have missed the news that the Chicago Plan Commission turned its thumb up to the plan to build...

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New South Loop Residential Tower Coming Online + Notes About Moving During COVID
May18

New South Loop Residential Tower Coming Online + Notes About Moving During COVID

If you’ve been looking for a transit-friendly apartment in the South Loop, a new option is about to open up. Draper and Kramer is now pre-leasing homes at Apire Residences, just a block from the CTA Green Line Cermak-McCormick Place stop, and a very short walk away from the Red Line Cermak-Chinatown station. May 2020 rendering of the Aspire Residences (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) When the building at 2111 South Wabash opens...

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Fulton River District Skyscraper Proposal Moves For Approval
May17

Fulton River District Skyscraper Proposal Moves For Approval

A blow-out proposal for a residential skyscraper to replace the Cassidy Tire warehouse in Chicago’s Fulton River District is ready to roll into the Chicago Plan Commission. December 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal While many skyscraper development plans get deflated in high-pressure negotiations with retread politicians, shock — 344 North Canal is groovy, and  has strutted from its December mounting to Thursday’s...

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Chicago’s New Second-Tallest Building Gets Plan Commission Approval
May11

Chicago’s New Second-Tallest Building Gets Plan Commission Approval

The biggest thing to hit Michigan Avenue since Cap Streeter’s 35-ton steamboat has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission. Tribune Tower East is now passed the hardest parts of its approval process, and will soon be legally permitted to climb 1,442-feet into the Chicago skyline. November 2019 rendering of Tribune Tower East (via CIM Group) In spite of numerous tweaks over the last year, up top the CIM Group and Golub...

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Work Begins on Replacement for North Lawndale Public Housing
Mar09

Work Begins on Replacement for North Lawndale Public Housing

Construction has begun on a mixed-use project in North Lawndale that replaces the Chicago Housing Authority’s Ogden Courts and Lawndale Complex public housing projects. Rendering of Ogden Courts (Courtesy of The Habitat Company) Ogden Courts was two buildings with about 140 homes.  It closed in 2005.  The Lawndale Complex was 187 homes in six buildings.  It came down at the turn of the century. They are being...

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Plan For 113-Story Magnificent Mile Skyscraper Hits City Hall
Jan16

Plan For 113-Story Magnificent Mile Skyscraper Hits City Hall

A new 1,400-foot-tall skyscraper slated for the Magnificent Mile has taken a big step forward on the shiny glass road from fantasy to fantastic. Plans for Tribune Tower East have officially been filled with the city.  January 2020 diagram of Tribune Tower East November 2019 rendering of Tribune Tower East (via CIM Group) The building will have 113 floors of hotel rooms, apartments, and condos; and climb 1,442 feet into the sky.  This...

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Fulton River District Skyscraper Surging Forward
Dec30

Fulton River District Skyscraper Surging Forward

The people behind 344 North Canal aren’t wasting any time. Just days after presenting a plan for the 33-story skyscraper to the public, The Habitat Company has already filed paperwork with the city so it can start construction.  December 2019 diagram of 344 North Canal The SCB-designed tower plan is kitted out with 343 residences, 141 bicycle parking spaces, and 1,400 square feet of retail space.  Address: 344 North Canal Street...

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Wayback Wednesday: Hubbard Place Under Construction
Dec18

Wayback Wednesday: Hubbard Place Under Construction

For today’s look into the photo archive, we go back seven years to December 14, 2012 — Seven years ago. Hubbard Place under construction in December 2012 (file) That’s where we find Hubbard Place under construction at 360 West Hubbard Street in River North.  The 43-story sister of Kingsbury Plaza brought another 450 new homes to the neighborhood in 2014. But in this photo from two years earlier, you can see McHugh...

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Aspirational South Loop Apartment Tower Gets Topped Out, Named
Dec17

Aspirational South Loop Apartment Tower Gets Topped Out, Named

The newest residential opportunity to sprout next to a new CTA L station is edging toward completion.  2111 South Wabash topped off recently, and during the surprisingly earmuff-free ceremony (are 180’s not a thing anymore?) it was announced that the building will be called Aspire Residences. December 2019 rendering of the Aspire Residences (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) Aspire is an SCB design being built by Power Construction...

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