Amenities Help Sell Catalyst, The Sleek New West Loop Rental Building
Oct06

Amenities Help Sell Catalyst, The Sleek New West Loop Rental Building

When I moved into my West Loop apartment in 2011, a cool view of the city skyline from the roof—and propane BBQ grills up there—seemed like great add-ons to a living space with high ceilings and stainless appliances. Three years later, the latest rental developments make our place seem positively spartan. Every new high-rise apartment building now boasts more and better amenities. A perfect example is Marquette Companies’ gleaming new...

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Growth Spurt Shoots Catalyst to the Top, Attracts Spies
Nov07

Growth Spurt Shoots Catalyst to the Top, Attracts Spies

If you’ve been following the growth of The Catalyst apartment building (630 West Washington Street) in the West Loop, you may have noticed something — it’s really grown quite a lot in a very short amount of time. The Brininstool+Lynch-designed building had its ceremonial topping out today, complete with a lunchtime feast and prizes for the Lend Lease construction crew that’s making it happen. Catalyst’s...

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Status Update: Catalyst Climbing In The West Loop
Sep01

Status Update: Catalyst Climbing In The West Loop

  The long-delayed West Loop residential building named Catalyst (630 West Washington Street) continues to rise near Presidential Towers.  When completed, it will have 223 residences on 22 floors and a 225-space parking garage. Catalyst gained a small amount of notoriety a few months ago when it was featured prominently during the Blackhawks Stanley Cup Parade.  Construction workers on the second and third floors of the building...

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New Blood May Be The Catalyst For The West Loop
Aug22

New Blood May Be The Catalyst For The West Loop

For years now the surface parking lot at 630 West Washington Street has teased us with its giant sign promising that The Catalyst is coming soon.  Soon may finally have come. The Marquette Companies, out in Naperville, is now in control of the project and plans to break ground in the October-November-December timeframe.  It will be a standard residential tower over retail and parking podium design with 223 homes across 22 stories and...

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