Video: Construction at 1400 West Monroe
Oct05

Video: Construction at 1400 West Monroe

Critics of the internet say there’s more to life than cat videos. And they’re right.  There are also construction videos. Recently the people putting up 1400 Monroe sent over a video showing how far construction has progressed on the Near West Side residential building. Construction, led by Summit Design + Build, started this past June, and is expected to run into next Summer.  When complete, the JK Equities project will bring 42...

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Lots of Progress at the Clark and Division Residential Topper
Aug09

Lots of Progress at the Clark and Division Residential Topper

A lot has changed at the corner of Clark and Division Street since the days when the only reason a lot of people went there was in search of a flop house, an after-hours bar, or they accidentally got off the Red Line a stop too early or too late. The CTA rebuilt the L station, Fifield rebuilt the Jewel-Osco, and several neighboring buildings are also being rebuilt. 1201 North Clark under construction (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Joel)...

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The New Kid on the Block in Wrigleyville
Jul07

The New Kid on the Block in Wrigleyville

If you ever get to go to a Cubs game again, you’ll find that the tradition of staggering from the bleachers to the Taco Bell across the street is over. The Taco Bell is gone. In its place a new four-story commercial building is rising on the corner of Addison and the space that used to be the Chicago and Evanston Railroad. 1111 West Addison Under Construction (July 2020, Courtesy of Wrigleyville Spy Joel) Wrigleyville Spy Joel...

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You Can Live The “Good Life” In The Old Sears On Lawrence
Jun02

You Can Live The “Good Life” In The Old Sears On Lawrence

If you spent the last few nights watching Chicago police squadrolls crawling around your downtown neighborhood with lights, sirens, and megaphones blaring, you might be thinking it’s time to move to a neighborhood that’s a little less top-of-mind with the crowbar discount set. How about sunny Ravenswood?  That’s where Ravenswood Spy Joel shot these photographs of the repurposing of the deceased Sears store at 1900...

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Groundbreaking Imminent for What May Be the Safest Building in the Midwest
May10

Groundbreaking Imminent for What May Be the Safest Building in the Midwest

The first construction permits have been issued for 1400 Monroe, a new 42-unit residential building planned for — you guessed it — 1400 West Monroe Street on Chicago’s Near West Side. May 2020 rendering of 1400 Monroe (Courtesy of JK Equities) The building was designed by Booth Hansen for Long Island developer JK Equities.  The new homes run from $760,000 for 1,242 square feet with two bedrooms to $2,350,000 for over 3,100...

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Clark Street Building’s Vertical Expansion Expanding Vertically
Nov05

Clark Street Building’s Vertical Expansion Expanding Vertically

It’s been a couple of months since we last checked in on the construction progress at 1201 North Clark Street.  Recently Gold Coast Spy Joel ambled by and took the picture below so we can all get caught up. 1201 North Clark under construction (Courtesy of Gold Cost Spy Joel) You can clearly see the distinction between the now gutted original four-story brick-clad building, and the four stories being added to its top.  The...

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