North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones
Oct07

North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones

A North Side bottleneck that has stalled commuters since your grandpa paid a nickel to ride to Wrigley Field is finally being dealt with. Ground has been broken on the Red-Purple Bypass Project, which will allow the CTA’s Brown Line trains to bypass the Belmont junction, even though its color does not appear in the project’s name. At some point, someone, somewhere thought this was a good idea. (via Apple Maps) When...

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Milwaukee Corridor Gets Another Residential High Rise
Jul16

Milwaukee Corridor Gets Another Residential High Rise

Another new residential building is coming to the Milwaukee Avenue corridor.  740 North Aberdeen will have its official groundbreaking ceremony in Chicago’s River West neighborhood today. Rendering of 740 North Aberdeen (Courtesy of Fifield) The project from Fifield will bring 188 new apartments in an 11-story building to a triangle of land a block south of Chicago Avenue, and a block off of Milwaukee Avenue. The building...

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Building’s Up, Crane’s Down at Alta Grand Central
Jul15

Building’s Up, Crane’s Down at Alta Grand Central

If you’re a fan of construction cranes, then cast not ye gaze down South Clark Street.  For there, you will not spy the yellow-boned monster that once loomed over Alta Grand Central (207 West Harrison Street). Alta Grand Central under construction in June 2019 (courtesy of Loop Spy Jody) A couple of days ago, Loop Spy Jody got to watch as the Liebherr 420 EC-H 16 that helped build this two-tower residential building graced...

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Alta Grand Central Makes a Grand Entrance in the South Loop
Apr02

Alta Grand Central Makes a Grand Entrance in the South Loop

There’s more than daffodils and tulips pushing out of the ground in the South Loop these days. There’s Alta Grand Central. Coincidentally, we received photographs of its construction progress from multiple people recently. Rendering of Alta Grand Central Alta Grand Central is a pair of 14-story residential towers at 207 West Harrison Street bring built for D2 and Wood Partners by Walsh Construction. It was designed by...

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Washington Park is the Next Neighborhood to be Transformed by CTA Renovation
Jun19

Washington Park is the Next Neighborhood to be Transformed by CTA Renovation

Seventeen years after its last renovation, the CTA’s Garfield Green Line station (320 East Garfield Boulevard) is getting another makeover.  Starting now. Ground was recently broken on what is called the Garfield Gateway project.  We first reported on it in July of 2016, when $25 million federal tax dollars were allocated to transform the dilapidated transit hub into a modern commuter portal. The city has come up with the...

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Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point
Nov09

Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point

There’s something to be said for a rainy autumn day in Chicago.  Something about the drizzle pattering off the pale yellow leaves of the few remaining ash trees in the city’s medians.  And the low-hanging clouds that turn the city of skyscrapers into a busy village.  And then there’s the mud. The people at Wolf Point know about mud.  You may remember last month the hole being dug for Pelli Clarke Pelli’s East...

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A Cold Bridgeport Welcomes Studio Gang’s Hot Boathouse
Dec06

A Cold Bridgeport Welcomes Studio Gang’s Hot Boathouse

On a cold Sunday morning, Bridgeport and the 11th ward welcomed two firsts: the first snow of the season, and the shiny new Eleanor Boathouse. The metal clad boathouse stands out as a new public icon in the ever-changing South Side neighborhood. Located in a brand new public park, Park 571 (2860 South Eleanor Street), the boathouse is intended to create new connections between the Chicago Parks District, Chicago Public Schools...

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Big Names, High Hopes for Chicago Union Station Redevelopment
Sep14

Big Names, High Hopes for Chicago Union Station Redevelopment

The redevelopment of Chicago Union Station and the surrounding properties continues to creep along like a  Hiawatha Service train a stuck behind yet another Canadian National freight mess. The latest bit of news is that Amtrak has narrowed down the list of developers (well, developer groups) to just four.  Not surprisingly, the developers are mostly deep-pocketed heavy hitters.  But we’re additionally pleased by the high caliber...

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Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below
May25

Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below

  Do you love parks?  Of course you do! Do you love construction?  Of course you do! Like chocolate and peanut butter, the good people over at Walsh Construction have put together parks and construction into a single video about their work creating great urban open spaces in Chicago. You’ve seen the big green Walsh logo in places high and low across this city.  When it comes to parks, it was the general contractor on...

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Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane
Apr14

Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane

Construction is far from over at the combined developments of Moment and Sienna Flats in Streeterville, but with the tower crane having been lowered and sent on to its next assignment, it’s easier to count down the days to completion than to count up the days from groundbreaking. Moment, the residential tower portion of the Golub project, is well over half-glassed. The 45-story tower will deliver 490 luxury apartments to 545...

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