Slice of Life: Portillo’s (Chocolate-Cake) Shakes Up the South Loop
Apr09

Slice of Life: Portillo’s (Chocolate-Cake) Shakes Up the South Loop

We don’t normally get involved in stand-alone restaurant construction here at Chicago Architecture. But this isn’t a normal situation. This is about lunch. It’s about not having to settle for the 6,284 lunch options already available within walking distance (we take long lunch breaks around here) of our desks. This is about the South Loop getting its very first Portillo’s restaurant. If you have a beef with...

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Slice of Life: 1001 South State. Just Because.
Feb16

Slice of Life: 1001 South State. Just Because.

One of our goals here at Chicago Architecture is to help our loyal readers keep up to date on construction progress around Chicago. When some ground gets broken, when a tower crane sprouts from the ground, when cladding starts climbing the walls, we want you to see it as soon as we do. Just two weeks ago, we tried to do just that, updating you on progress of Solomon Cordwell Buenz‘s 1001 South State, the 41-story apartment...

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1000 South Clark Opens Its Door to Tenants
Feb15

1000 South Clark Opens Its Door to Tenants

Today’s the day. Townhomes? Duplexes? Not to mention  studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. If you need it, 1000 South Clark has it. And today marks the first chance Chicagoans have to move their stuff in and make themselves at home. JDL Development and iStar broke ground on the Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture design back in 2014, transforming the space immediately north of the South Loop Target store into 469...

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As 1345 South Wabash Fills Up, 1333 Builds Up
Jan21

As 1345 South Wabash Fills Up, 1333 Builds Up

If you build it, they will come. So as long as you’re at it, you might as well build two of them. Which is precisely what’s happening in the South Loop. At 1333 South Wabash Avenue, One Triple Three is the second, larger tower from Chicago’s CMK Companies on the same block of South Wabash. Destined to rise 28 stories high, the Brininstool + Lynch design will bring 307 rental units, to include one-, two-, and...

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Grand Opening of 1000 South Clark Just Around the Corner
Jan15

Grand Opening of 1000 South Clark Just Around the Corner

1000 South Clark, the brand-spankin’ new apartment tower at 1000 South Clark Street in the South Loop, looks more and more complete with each passing day. Long gone are the tower crane and construction elevators. Just a few finishers remain on site, getting everything ready for the big debut. The developers, a joint effort by Chicago’s JDL Development and New York’s iStar, are bringing 469 apartments to the...

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1001 South State Street Continues Its Upward Trend
Sep24

1001 South State Street Continues Its Upward Trend

High above 1001 South State Street in the South Loop, our favorite yellow crane continues to preside over the soon-to-be 41-story residential tower. Designed by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the project, due for completion next year, will bring 397 new rental apartments to the neighborhood. It’s no secret that we’re somewhat mesmerized by the lines and colors of this project. Add to that some shiny new glass,...

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Micro Apartments Planned For Printer’s Row
Sep14

Micro Apartments Planned For Printer’s Row

Tiny houses have already gone from curiosity to growth trend. Could doll-sized apartments be the next big-small thing? LG Construction+Development is betting a so-called micro apartment will sell. Curbed Chicago reports that LG is proposing a 15-story apartment building directly across from Dearborn Station. The lot size is small (a quarter-acre), and the units will be, too, averaging 350 square feet. The studio units will are...

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10 Chicago Neighborhoods Kind Of Like The West Loop (And Cheaper)
Aug07

10 Chicago Neighborhoods Kind Of Like The West Loop (And Cheaper)

Once upon a time, the West Loop was an ugly duckling, home to warehouses, meatpackers and little else. Those days are long gone. Nowadays, developers are grabbing up any open space for condos and apartments in the West Loop, with amenities like artisanal cheese-making classes and dog therapists for hipster canines with self-esteem issues. (Actually, I made both of those up, but folks at LG Development, if you’re reading this,...

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Status Update: SCB’s 1001 South State a Wonderland of Lines and Colors
Jul21

Status Update: SCB’s 1001 South State a Wonderland of Lines and Colors

To appreciate the beauty of good architecture, one need simply to admire the built world around us. But what about the partially-built world? At The Chicago Architecture Blog, we know good art when we see it. And what we see going up at 1001 South State Street is a feast for the eyes. The 41-story residential project in the South Loop from friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz is well underway, and we were fortunate enough to...

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Columbia College Gets a New Dorm

The colleges in Chicago’s Loop just keep expanding.  The latest is Columbia College. It’s leasing a 16-story building at 626 South Clark Street, formerly known as the Dwight Lofts.  Sorry I can’t post a photo of the building right now.  I have one, but can’t access it right now since I’m writing this on a train. Columbia is giving up its dorm at Two East 8th Street. Here’s Columbia’s press...

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