Planned Loop Tower Two Stories Shorter, and 40% Closer to Reality
May20

Planned Loop Tower Two Stories Shorter, and 40% Closer to Reality

It’s been a year and a half since Crain’s Chicago Business let the cat out of the bag about 50 East Randolph Street. Back then, the Thomas Roszak proposal was expected to replace a grungy parking garage with what was speculated to be a 27-story residential tower. Our guess was 35 to 40 stories, and we were totally wrong. May 2019 rendering of 50 East Randolph (Courtesy of the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) Forty-second...

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Another Residential Tower Coming to the Loop
Jan11

Another Residential Tower Coming to the Loop

Yet another residential tower is going to dip its beak into the stream of people coming to live in The Loop. This latest proposal, reported in Crain’s Chicago Business, would see a parking garage on the northeast corner of Randolph Street and Wabash Avenue razed to make way for a 27-story skyscraper. The project at 50 East Randolph Street by Thomas Roszak is on the same block where another parking garage bit the dust to make way...

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The Loop’s Newest Residential Building Just About Buttoned Up
Jan25

The Loop’s Newest Residential Building Just About Buttoned Up

The corner of Lake and Wells is a hard place to photograph anything, especially buildings.  If the rattle and hum of the L junction above doesn’t drive you insane, everywhere you look there are steel girders, bundles of wires, and swarms of pigeons getting in your way. So leave it to Joe Zekas at YoChicago! to find a way to show the entirety of Thomas Roszak’s Linea building going up at 215 West Lake Street. He took the...

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Northwest Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out
Dec07

Northwest Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out

The corner of Lake and Wells Streets has been a hub of activity lately. Not only is it Chicago’s busiest rail junction, it’s also where two residential skyscrapers have gone up in recent years. The latest to rise is Linea, a 33-story edifice designed by Moceri+Roszak for Moceri+Roszak, and which recently topped out. When completed next year, it will have 265 homes in one of those most transit-friendly corners of the city....

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Another Chicago Skyscraper Gets a Female Name: Linea
Oct10

Another Chicago Skyscraper Gets a Female Name: Linea

There are lots of tall buildings in Chicago with men’s names: John. Willis. If you come from the north shore, Chase can be a man’s name. The number of female-named skyscrapers is smaller. Recently we picked up Mila at 200 North Michigan Avenue. And now we have a new one: Linea at 215 West Lake Street. You may remember Thomas Roszak’s 215 West Lake as the 33-story residential tower trying to fill the demand for homes...

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Franklin Street Lot Leveled, Now on With the Show!
Dec02

Franklin Street Lot Leveled, Now on With the Show!

If you’re the sort of person who’s in the habit of getting your prescription refills and 40-ounce beers for the Metra ride home from the Walgreens at 240 West Randolph Street, well… stop doing that.  The store is no more. Loop Spy Mike sent us a photo from the rear of 155 North Wacker Drive showing that what once was a parking lot and a drug store and one of the city’s best dive Chinese restaurants is now the...

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215 West Lake Tower Won’t Intrude on Monk’s
Jul30

215 West Lake Tower Won’t Intrude on Monk’s

Beloved neighborhood tavern Monk’s Pub won’t see a wrecking ball anytime soon.  In a telephone call with developer Mike Moceri, he confirmed to The Chicago Architecture Blog that the footprint for his planned 215 West Lake Street tower will not step on the historic drinkery.  215 West Lake is currently a low-slung parking garage. 215 West Lake, you’ll remember, is being designed by architect Thomas Roszak for a plot...

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More Apartments Pledged for South Loop
Jan01

More Apartments Pledged for South Loop

The architect behind the West Loop’s JeffJack Apartments now has visions of a new building in the South Loop. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that architect Thomas Roszak is part of a trio that plans to rip down the low-slung parking garage at 600 South Clark Street—the southwest corner of South Clark Street and West Harrison Street—and replace it with a 22-story apartment building.  The other partners in the project...

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JeffJack Apartments Taking Shape As Newest West Loop Amenity-Heavy Residential Development
Oct16

JeffJack Apartments Taking Shape As Newest West Loop Amenity-Heavy Residential Development

You have to figure one of the best things about being an architect is seeing your vision become reality. What looked good on the rendering is even more striking once the concrete is poured and design elements begin to take shape. A great example is the new JeffJack Apartments at the corner of Jefferson and Jackson in the West Loop. The Thomas Roszak Architecture team offered the Chicago Architecture Blog a behind-the-scenes tour of...

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New West Loop Apartment Block to Break Ground This Month
Jan07

New West Loop Apartment Block to Break Ground This Month

Half a year ago we brought you the story of 601 West Jackson, the 15-story residential block intended for the southwest corner of  West Jackson Boulevard and South Jefferson Street in the West Loop.  Now it looks like those drawings are going to become reality. Globe Street reports that developers Dan Moceri, Oak Residential Partners, and Thomas Roszak plan to break ground on the building this month, and hope to have it finished by...

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