The Latest Chicago Skyscraper Trend is Holes In the Roof
Sep27

The Latest Chicago Skyscraper Trend is Holes In the Roof

If you’re the sort of person who stops and looks skyward when you pass a construction site to admire the work being done and the building being created, you may have noticed a new trend in Chicago skyscrapers: Holes. No fewer than three recently-opened residential blocks feature holes in their uppermost concrete slabs in order to allow light to penetrate to the common areas below.  We’re talking about The Marquee at...

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New 20-Story Hotel Proposed for Fulton Market Area
Jul21

New 20-Story Hotel Proposed for Fulton Market Area

That sizzle you hear drifting across West Town isn’t flame broiled goodness being charred on the roof deck of some hipster dot-com startup’s offices.  It’s the neighborhood’s searing real estate market, that simply cannot build fast enough. The next big project on the list: A 20-story hotel at 801 West Lake Street.  That’s the southwest corner of Lake and Halsted, just north of Randolph Street and just...

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Closing the Gap at The Parker Fulton Market
Apr06

Closing the Gap at The Parker Fulton Market

We’re only a matter of days away from seeing the final pieces of glass added to the upper floors at The Parker Fulton Market. Shapack Partners‘ 29-story apartment tower at 171 North Halsted Street broke ground in the West Loop back in Winter 2015. 14 months later, Focus Construction crews are just three floors away from sealing the whole thing off from the outside world. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Booth Hansen,...

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Slice of Life: Rookie Reporter Fooled By Non-Pool
Jan08

Slice of Life: Rookie Reporter Fooled By Non-Pool

We’ve watched The Parker Fulton Market (171 North Halsted Street) grow from our perch atop the Chicago Architecture West Loop bureau for months now. We saw the glass go up; we saw the tower crane come down. But just because it can be seen from here doesn’t mean we shouldn’t see it from there. It’s a quick walk over to North Halsted, so the decision was made to venture over to the construction site, and once...

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The Parker Fulton Market Tops Out at Halsted and Lake
Dec17

The Parker Fulton Market Tops Out at Halsted and Lake

Sometimes you can just sense change in the air. Such was the case this morning, when we flung on the lights at the Chicago Architecture West Loop Bureau, looked out the window, and saw the tower crane at The Parker Fulton Market (171 North Halsted Street) has been lowered below the top floor. That can only mean one thing. A top-out. We reached out to Focus Development, Inc., the general contractor and developer (along with Shapack...

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171 North Halsted Brings the Pane, Gets a Name
Nov10

171 North Halsted Brings the Pane, Gets a Name

There are two things you can write to get a reaction out of the staff at The Chicago Architecture Blog: “New Glass!” and “New Name!” But something one should never do is announce both of those phenomena without making sure you’re not blocking the fire exit. Such was the case Monday, when we scrambled on foot over to Lake and Halsted to confirm rumors the Booth Hansen-designed residential tower at 171...

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