West Loop Parking Lot Targeted for 2-Tower 1,000+ Apartment Plan
Feb20

West Loop Parking Lot Targeted for 2-Tower 1,000+ Apartment Plan

There are two things that never give up hope: Dogs, and the surface parking lot next to Heritage Green Park. Model of 625 West Monroe by SMDP. The 250-space West Loop slab at 601 West Monroe Street has been the subject of at least four redevelopment plans since we started publishing 18 years ago.  From a modest 20-something-story office tower to smdp’s angular 38-story BP Tower to the 75-story office slant floated in 2013....

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South Loop’s Newest Apartment Tower Gets Retailed
Nov16

South Loop’s Newest Apartment Tower Gets Retailed

If it feels like things are really moving in the South Loop these days, they are.  So far, 95 people have moved in to the Aspire apartment building at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  And the first business is getting ready to move in to the building, as well — GeeFit Boot Camp. November 2020 photo of Aspire Residences, 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) If you’ve ever seen us slouched in one of the auditorium seats at the...

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South Loop Building’s Amenities Include Its Own Artist
Jul28

South Loop Building’s Amenities Include Its Own Artist

The game of amenity one-upmanship among Chicago’s residential buildings has seen some interesting developments over the years.  Last century, valet parking and private grocery stores were considered the utmost in swish living.  The 2000’s brought us residents-only frivolities like video game machines, poker rooms, and boxing rings. Last decade we saw amenities turn to human-powered services, with valet trash...

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CTA to Wicker Park Building: No Fat Bricks
Jul20

CTA to Wicker Park Building: No Fat Bricks

Losing weight is hard.  If it was easy, there wouldn’t be an entire industry built around it.  But you can’t just call up Weight Watchers and ask Marie Osmond to help you knock a few pounds off an overweight building. Rendering of Alcove Wicker Park That was the dilemma faced by Vermillion Wicker Park LLC recently when it got a letter in the mail from the Chicago Transit Authority.  Some smart people did the math...

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A Look at the Chicago Union Station Renovation
Jun28

A Look at the Chicago Union Station Renovation

If you’ve spent any time in the West Loop, you may have had a chance to completely ignore the western side of Union Station. Whether you were rushing to get the 125 bus, headed to Beggar’s for a slice of pepperoni and a nice side salad, or hoofing it across the Kennedy for a little after-work nightlife, there are plenty of reasons to never look at the western facade of this building. Chicago Union Station (File) Since a...

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Another Downtown Construction Project Stopped by COVID-19
Jun23

Another Downtown Construction Project Stopped by COVID-19

For the second time in two weeks, we get news that a big downtown Chicago construction project has been halted. The Chicago Tribune reports that plans for a $185 million observatory at the top of the Aon Center are on hold because of the pandemic. Aon Center Observatory rendering The paper says the owners are waiting to see if a “potential treatment or cure” is developed in the near-term, and if any design changes have to...

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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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