The Colors of Autumn in Chicago From Above
Nov09

The Colors of Autumn in Chicago From Above

Just because Christmas music has been on the radio for a week doesn’t mean we’re done with Fall yet.  Just look at the tops of the eco-striving buildings across downtown Chicago and you can see green roofs turning yellow, orange, and brown faster than that old pumpkin you forgot is on your porch because you don’t go outside anymore. The chestnuts over at YoChicago! roasted these pictures from the roof of 727 West Madison.  Since...

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Status Update: NIMBYs Give Way to The Gateway
Sep21

Status Update: NIMBYs Give Way to The Gateway

The latest Chicago building to call itself “The Gateway*” is finally coming together in Greektown.  You’re probably already familiar with the Mariano’s Fresh Market on the second floor of 40 South Halsted Street.  This is the second phase of that project, and one that for the longest time didn’t seem like it was going to see the light of day. As repeatedly noted by Chicago Architecture Blog reporter Bill...

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Latest Greektown Skyscraper Cut Down Again, Residents Finally Say Opa!
Aug28

Latest Greektown Skyscraper Cut Down Again, Residents Finally Say Opa!

The West Loop’s Gateway Phase II residential development (9 South Green Street) is finally moving ahead. Tuesday night, 130 residents gathered at the Merit School of Music and voiced their approval of the latest version of the residential development at the corner of South Green and West Madison. The meeting was hosted by the West Loop Community Organization and 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett Jr. Like many West Loop meetings where...

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Smaller Greektown Tower Still Unpopular, Gateway II Faces a Murky Future
Feb27

Smaller Greektown Tower Still Unpopular, Gateway II Faces a Murky Future

An overflow crowd of more than one hundred people, most of them West Loop residents, met last night (February 26th) to learn about the latest plans for Phase II of The Gateway — the mixed-use retail and residential tower that remains half-built in the northern end of Greektown. The first part of The Gateway, a retail building anchored by a Mariano’s Fresh supermarket, was completed last year at 40 South Halsted Street. The...

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Greektown Welcomes New Italian Neighbor
Nov05

Greektown Welcomes New Italian Neighbor

From the “Gee, that was fast” file — The Mariano’s supermarket in Greektown is now open at 40 South Halsted. It’s the second grocery store to open in the area in the last year, putting additional pressure on the decrepit Dominick’s grocery store that the neighborhood had been living with for a long, long time. Mariano’s is part of The Gateway development, which is supposed to eventually...

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Demolition Underway For The Gateway Tower in Greektown

We’re seeing the first signs of progress on The Gateway, a new residential tower going in at the corner of West Madison Street and South Halsted Street. Demolition crews are chewing through the rubble of an unremarkable two-story bank, clearing the L-shaped plot for the 312-foot-tall building.  The project also includes a supermarket, and will eliminate a surface parking lot as it wraps around the more substantial building...

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