Fulton River District Skyscraper Surging Forward
Dec30

Fulton River District Skyscraper Surging Forward

The people behind 344 North Canal aren’t wasting any time. Just days after presenting a plan for the 33-story skyscraper to the public, The Habitat Company has already filed paperwork with the city so it can start construction.  December 2019 diagram of 344 North Canal The SCB-designed tower plan is kitted out with 343 residences, 141 bicycle parking spaces, and 1,400 square feet of retail space.  Address: 344 North Canal Street...

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Wayback Wednesday: Hubbard Place Under Construction
Dec18

Wayback Wednesday: Hubbard Place Under Construction

For today’s look into the photo archive, we go back seven years to December 14, 2012 — Seven years ago. Hubbard Place under construction in December 2012 (file) That’s where we find Hubbard Place under construction at 360 West Hubbard Street in River North.  The 43-story sister of Kingsbury Plaza brought another 450 new homes to the neighborhood in 2014. But in this photo from two years earlier, you can see McHugh...

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Habitat’s Skyscraper Forest Spreads to Fulton River District
Dec16

Habitat’s Skyscraper Forest Spreads to Fulton River District

The next Habitat/SCB residential skyscraper to adorn Chicago’s River North neighborhood won’t actually be in River North.  It will be across the river in the Fulton River District.  But you won’t need a 23andMe test to know this is one of the family.  You can tell just by looking at it. December 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal That 344 North Canal looks so similar to other skyscrapers nearby should set off our...

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33-Story Banquet Coming to the Fulton River District
Dec02

33-Story Banquet Coming to the Fulton River District

What’s better than a State Street Thanksgiving parade stuffed with Jesse White Tumblers?  How about a 33-story skyscraper stuffed into the Fulton River District?  42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly went all Father Christmas on us Thanksgiving eve, letting the development cat out of his red velvet bag.   November 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) The pope’s nose at...

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While NY and SF Struggle, Chicago Readies for More Public Housing
May13

While NY and SF Struggle, Chicago Readies for More Public Housing

One of Chicago’s oldest public housing projects is about to become Chicago’s newest mixed-income housing project, and is getting ready to welcome thousands of new residents. Rendering of Lathrop Homes (via Related Midwest) The landmark Lathrop Homes property along the North Branch of the Chicago River is being redeveloped by River North’s Related Midwest, Bickerdike Redevelopment, and Heartland Housing into 1,116 new...

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8 East Huron Ready to Sign on the Dotted Line
Sep07

8 East Huron Ready to Sign on the Dotted Line

If you’re looking for luxury digs near Holy Name Cathedral, but don’t feel like spending $70 million to combine the top four floors of an unnamed hyper-lux skyscraper under construction nearby, CA Ventures has the building for you. You can now pre-live at 8 East Huron, the 26-story Valerio Dewalt Train Associates-designed building that recent went into pre-leasing mode on the corner of State and Huron in the city’s...

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SRO Watch: Habitat’s East Park Getting $7m Renovation
Feb13

SRO Watch: Habitat’s East Park Getting $7m Renovation

The Habitat Company, one of the few big Chicago developers who aren’t afraid of the poors, is pouring seven million dollars into renovating an S.R.O. in East Garfield Park. The East Park S.R.O. is a five-story building just two blocks from the park and its magnificent and historic fieldhouse.  It features 152 furnished homes, each with its own bath, full-sized appliances,  and even air conditioning. According to the construction...

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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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Looking Ahead With Habitat President Matt Fiascone
Jan23

Looking Ahead With Habitat President Matt Fiascone

It’s been about 16 months since we checked in with The Habitat Company to see what’s going on with the River North developer.  The big news, obviously is that there’s a new name on the door of the big office.  Matt Fiascone is now running the show, and was nice enough to answer some questions for us via e-mail.   Editor: How was 2014 for Habitat? Matt Fiascone: 2014 saw us complete the lease up of Hubbard Place...

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Shoptalk: New Honcho at Habitat
Dec19

Shoptalk: New Honcho at Habitat

There’s a new leader over at The Habitat Company.  Matt Fiascone is taking the lead at the development company, known most recently for its Hubbard Place residential tower (360 West Hubbard Street) in River North. Check out the press release below for the deets: The Habitat Company, a leading property manager and developer, is pleased to announce that Matt Fiascone has been promoted to president of the organization. As...

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