Hudson and Huron: A River, A Lake, and Two Chicago Skyscrapers
Aug25

Hudson and Huron: A River, A Lake, and Two Chicago Skyscrapers

This skyscraper construction update is a two-fer: The Hudson, at 750 North Hudson Avenue; and 400 West Huron… at 400 West Huron Street. We have frequent tip line flyer Joe Zekas from YoChicago! to thank for the double-shot of construction goodness. It’s hard to tell who’s leading this River North race, as 400 West Huron appears to have just about reached its ultimate height of 15 stories. Meanwhile over at 750, it...

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There’s Action at 808 Wells in River North [u]
Apr02

There’s Action at 808 Wells in River North [u]

It’s only the makings of a sales office, but the structural work happening on the lot at 808 North Wells Street in River North is a definite sign 808 Wells is more than just a figment of someone’s imagination. River North Spy Liz sent us the above photo, showing the one-story temporary sales center Smithfield Properties is setting up in anticipation of the 24-story Berkelhamer Architects design they’re...

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There’s a New Crane In Town
Dec18

There’s a New Crane In Town

Here’s a bit of news that isn’t really news anymore in Chicago: There’s a new crane in the sky in River North. Just two blocks south of the glorious Christmas Crane we showed you Wednesday, Smithfield Construction Group has erected a tower crane as work begins at 400 West Huron Street. It is there crews will be erecting a 15-story condominium tower, having received official go-ahead from the City of Chicago via...

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400 West Huron Demolition Clearing the Way For… 400 West Huron
Sep28

400 West Huron Demolition Clearing the Way For… 400 West Huron

400 West Huron Street, and its next-door neighbor at 410 West Huron, will soon live only in the memories of those who dined at Scoozi restaurant, and those who cruised by with their cameras to document their destruction. And Heneghan Wrecking Company is making short work of it. Permitted for demolition by the City of Chicago August 27th, the two lots are being cleared to make way for a new 15-story residential building. Which, for the...

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New River North Residential Tower is a Headscratcher
Aug03

New River North Residential Tower is a Headscratcher

Have we mentioned that the River North real estate market is hot?  How hot, you ask?  Red hot, like the back of your thighs squeaking down a shiny metal slide on a sunny August day.  Boiling hot, like pouring tar on a flat black roof when it’s 100 degrees out.  Blistering hot, like the roof of a fat guy’s mouth when he bites into a greasy slice of pizza straight from the oven.  Yeah, it’s that hot. And so it’s...

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Another Residential Tower Flowing Into River North
Dec22

Another Residential Tower Flowing Into River North

River North is going to get another new residential building. The Chicago Plan Commission greenlit 400 West Huron Street late last week.  Chicago Architecture Blog managing editor Mary Chmielewicz was there when the vote was taken, and if you follow our Twitter or Facebook feeds, then you got the alert instantly. 400 West Huron will be a 15-story building with 46 residences, designed by Berkelhamer Architects for developer Smithfield...

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Status Update: The Location of 805 North LaSalle
Aug22

Status Update: The Location of 805 North LaSalle

Have you noticed the signs around the construction site at 805 North LaSalle Street?  They’re not so much signs as giant ransom notes spelling out “Location” like a 1980’s art director who’s just fired up MacWrite for the first time. San Francisco font aside, what developer Smithfield Properties is trying to accomplish here is a great idea.  It calls the concept “affordable luxury.”  We call...

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New Near North Skyscraper Will Preserve Piano History, Bury Your Childhood
May20

New Near North Skyscraper Will Preserve Piano History, Bury Your Childhood

“Here we grow again!” said nobody at Smithfield Properties last week when it submitted its plans to the City of Chicago for a 34-story residential building on the corner of West Chicago Avenue and North LaSalle Street. Over the last couple of decades Smithfield Properties has been instrumental in transforming Chicago’s Near North Side from acres of warehouses, small factories, and surface parking lots into a...

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