West Town’s SPECTRE Lands on Paper
Dec28

West Town’s SPECTRE Lands on Paper

The latest vision for a building to replace the surface parking lot at 801 West Lake Street has been filed with the City of Chicago.  SPECTRE is a project of neighborhood outfit Shapack Partners, with San Francisco’s Gensler at the virtual drafting table.  It’s worth mentioning that on some maps, this property is marked “The Green,” but we’re going with SPECTRE because that’s the name in city...

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Meeting Tonight Could Determine if Spectre Looms Over West Loop
Nov29

Meeting Tonight Could Determine if Spectre Looms Over West Loop

The murky waters at the corner of Green and Lake should clear later today, when real estate developer Shapack Partners unveils its latest plan for the chunk of land in the hot West Town neighborhood. There have been several proposals for this location recently, including one approved by the city just a few years ago for a 14-story office building. The most recent proposal, called “Spectre,” surfaced two months ago....

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New 20-Story Hotel Proposed for Fulton Market Area
Jul21

New 20-Story Hotel Proposed for Fulton Market Area

That sizzle you hear drifting across West Town isn’t flame broiled goodness being charred on the roof deck of some hipster dot-com startup’s offices.  It’s the neighborhood’s searing real estate market, that simply cannot build fast enough. The next big project on the list: A 20-story hotel at 801 West Lake Street.  That’s the southwest corner of Lake and Halsted, just north of Randolph Street and just...

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Closing the Gap at The Parker Fulton Market
Apr06

Closing the Gap at The Parker Fulton Market

We’re only a matter of days away from seeing the final pieces of glass added to the upper floors at The Parker Fulton Market. Shapack Partners‘ 29-story apartment tower at 171 North Halsted Street broke ground in the West Loop back in Winter 2015. 14 months later, Focus Construction crews are just three floors away from sealing the whole thing off from the outside world. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Booth Hansen,...

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Another Hotel Planned for What’s Left of Chicago’s Meatpacking District
Jan28

Another Hotel Planned for What’s Left of Chicago’s Meatpacking District

If you set foot in the Fulton Market area, you’re in Jeff Shapack’s domain. Jeff is the founder of Shapack Partners, and possibly the neighborhood’s biggest advocate, both in the scene and behind the scene. For a “behind the scene” example, it’s rumored that Jeff personally is financing the powering of the recently completed Fulton Market gateway sign until the city can work through some financial issues. His most recent “in the...

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Slice of Life: Rookie Reporter Fooled By Non-Pool
Jan08

Slice of Life: Rookie Reporter Fooled By Non-Pool

We’ve watched The Parker Fulton Market (171 North Halsted Street) grow from our perch atop the Chicago Architecture West Loop bureau for months now. We saw the glass go up; we saw the tower crane come down. But just because it can be seen from here doesn’t mean we shouldn’t see it from there. It’s a quick walk over to North Halsted, so the decision was made to venture over to the construction site, and once...

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The Parker Fulton Market Tops Out at Halsted and Lake
Dec17

The Parker Fulton Market Tops Out at Halsted and Lake

Sometimes you can just sense change in the air. Such was the case this morning, when we flung on the lights at the Chicago Architecture West Loop Bureau, looked out the window, and saw the tower crane at The Parker Fulton Market (171 North Halsted Street) has been lowered below the top floor. That can only mean one thing. A top-out. We reached out to Focus Development, Inc., the general contractor and developer (along with Shapack...

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171 North Halsted Brings the Pane, Gets a Name
Nov10

171 North Halsted Brings the Pane, Gets a Name

There are two things you can write to get a reaction out of the staff at The Chicago Architecture Blog: “New Glass!” and “New Name!” But something one should never do is announce both of those phenomena without making sure you’re not blocking the fire exit. Such was the case Monday, when we scrambled on foot over to Lake and Halsted to confirm rumors the Booth Hansen-designed residential tower at 171...

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Curve on the Kennedy Now Visibly Curvy
Sep01

Curve on the Kennedy Now Visibly Curvy

What we at the Chicago Architecture Blog have taken to calling The Curve on the Kennedy (171 North Halsted Street) might conjure up nightmares for Chicago drivers. What exactly do we mean? The angled segment through Hubbard’s Cave? The constant jam as you veer west at the Edens junction? The turn at Nagle before you hit the home stretch on the way to O’Hare? Wow. Now that we list them out, we see your point. And apologize...

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Shapack Partners Unveil Two Fulton Market Mid-Rises At West Loop Community Meeting
Mar04

Shapack Partners Unveil Two Fulton Market Mid-Rises At West Loop Community Meeting

West Loop residents got a preview of two proposed Fulton Market developments–and a chance to speak their minds–on Tuesday evening. Both properties will require a rezoning to C3-5 designation as planned developments. Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. and the West Loop Community Organization hosted the gathering at the Merit School of Music. About 60 residents listened intently to the presentation by developer Jeffrey Shapack,...

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