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Old November 13th, 2013, 08:52 PM   #221
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Writers Theatre to build Studio Gang-designed theater
Private donations make ambitious project in Glencoe possible



'At an event scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Art Institute of Chicago, Writers Theatre of Glencoe is to announce that it has raised $22 million, enough to begin construction on a new, $28 million two-theater complex for downtown Glencoe, built from the ground up and designed by renowned Chicago architect Jeanne Gang and her Studio Gang Architects.

The announcement is remarkable in several ways. A contemporary building designed with a significant nod both to the Tudor-style architecture of many North Shore homes and to the classical roots of much Writers programming, the new theater is likely to be a transformative building for the affluent community of Glencoe. It will be visible from both the Metra line and the arterial Green Bay Road and will be an economic generator for the village's sleepy downtown, perhaps at the expense of neighboring suburbs with a much longer history of involvement with the arts. The complex will be Gang's first major arts building, and thus her entry into a high-profile arena often associated with the leading likes of Frank Gehry, Peter Eisenman and Rem Koolhaas....'

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entert...,701586.column

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Old November 14th, 2013, 12:50 AM   #222
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Prep work has begun for the West Tower: http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2...west-tower.php

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Old November 14th, 2013, 12:56 AM   #223
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Chicago Spire developer hopes to revive project



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By: Alby Gallun November 13, 2013

The bankruptcy battle over the failed Chicago Spire is moving from Delaware to Chicago under an agreement that also gives the project's developer until mid-March to come up with a plan to pay off its creditors.

Garrett Kelleher, the Irish developer who planned to build the 2,000-foot-tall condominium tower, is feeling confident he can meet that deadline and restart the project, said his lawyer, Thomas Murphy. Mr. Kelleher is in discussions with deep-pocketed investors interested in providing financing, he said. “Garrett Kelleher is very committed to the Chicago Spire,” Mr. Murphy said. “We're coming out of the perfect storm, and Garrett thinks this is the perfect product.”

The Chicago Spire would have been the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, eclipsing even the New World Trade Center in New York, which won that title yesterday.

Yet the fate of the development site at Lake Shore Drive and the Chicago River will be decided in Bankruptcy Court. Related Cos. acquired about $80 million in delinquent debt on the property over the summer, and then filed an involuntary Chapter 11 petition last month in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. Before that, Mr. Kelleher had been wrangling for about three years with creditors that wanted to foreclose on the property.

Judge Kevin Carey on Nov. 8 approved a deal between a Kelleher partnership and Related to move the Chapter 11 case to Chicago from Wilmington. Related and other creditors had objected to the move, calling it delaying tactic, but dropped their opposition as part of a larger agreement that requires the Kelleher partnership to file a bankruptcy reorganization plan by March 14.

A Related executive declined to comment, and a Related lawyer did not return a call.

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Old November 15th, 2013, 12:40 AM   #224
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Proposed Belmont and Clark Tower Now Taller, More Traditional



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LAKEVIEW — Owners of a potential new development on the Dunkin' Donuts lot at Belmont and Clark have revealed an updated design to neighbors — one that's a floor higher but with more set-backs from the street and a more traditional look.

Previously, BlitzLake Capital Partners showed Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) and the Community Directed Development Council a modern 10-story glass building at 3200 N. Clark St.

The newest rendition of the $50 million project is a more traditional looking 11-story building with a glazed terra cotta and glass exterior, three floors of retail, 100 rental units and 116 parking spots.

The new design represents one more story, more apartments and fewer parking spots than the previous version of the plan, taking advantage of a recent ordinance allowing new developments near major transit to offer fewer parking spaces.

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Old November 15th, 2013, 04:53 AM   #227
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Northwestern reveals look of new Kellogg home



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Northwestern University today took the wraps off the design for the new building to house its Kellogg School of Management business school and announced a $350 million capital campaign.

The 410,000-square-foot building, taking over what is now a parking lot, will house Kellogg's full-time MBA program as well as the department of economics. Both are currently located in the Donald P. Jacobs Center. The new building will be next to the Evanston campus's Allen Center, where Kellogg holds its executive education programs. Those programs will remain in the Allen Center.

The five-story building, designed by the KPMB Architects firm of Toronto, should be complete by 2016. It will feature a two-story, 6,600-square-foot space to host dinners and presentations.
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25 Story Hilton Garden Inn At 66 East Wacker Place


The 222' tower will boast 191 rooms.
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Estelle, Rahm on Hand as Massive Harper Court Development Finally Opens



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HYDE PARK — After six years, three aldermen, $250 million and innumerable community meetings, the Harper Court development officially opened in a burst on Friday.

University of Chicago officials, developers, bankers, politicians and neighbors — nearly all of whom could claim some role in shaping the 12-story office and retail tower at 5235 S. Harper Ave. — celebrated the ribbon cutting on a new street created by the development.

“I first moved here in 1977, so I have been waiting a long time myself for this to happen,” said U. of C. President Robert Zimmer at the ceremony opening the development nestled between the new Hyatt hotel and Chipotle and in the shadow of the university’s new office tower.

The festivities were set to continue through Friday evening with a performance by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Estelle and a catered reception.

Chipotle opened in the complex redeveloped by Vermilion Development on Wednesday with lines out the door and L.A. Fitness is expected to open it’s third-floor gym in the coming weeks. Starbucks, Ulta and Villa have already opened locations in the 450,000 square-foot complex. Jamaican restaurant Ja Grill and barbecue restaurant Porkchop are expected to move in over the coming months.

And no sooner is Harper Court open, than U of C takes it over: http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...r-harper-court


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Loews coming along nicely:

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Developer Baking Plans For Skyscraper to Rise on Restaurant Row

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Plans for another West Town apartment tower are moving forward.

We first heard about a new building on the southwest corner of West Randolph Street and the Kennedy Expressway way back in January. Back then it was little more than a blurb in Crain’s Chicago Business, and an indication of about 90 residences.

Then in February, some paperwork was filed with the city of Chicago bumping that number up. Way up. To 31 stories and 190 residences.

Now the current proposal is for a 31-story building with 220 apartments over 260 parking spaces and 3,000 square feet of retail space. Its size and location fit well with the city’s long-term goal of placing a line of skyscrapers along the west side of the Expressway in order to block the sound and visual blight of I-90/94 from Greektown and the West Loop.

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Here are some more images released after last week's groundbreaking:

Northwestern University's new Kellogg Business School 'Global Hub'











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Wolf Point NIMBY lawsuit dismissed

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19-Nov-13 – Saying the amended planned development does not deprive anyone of constitutionally protected property interest, a U.S. District Court judge on Tuesday dismissed the lawsuit filed by a condo association to stop development of Wolf Point.

The Residences at Riverbend Condominium Association – led by Ellen Barry, John Simon, Peter Broido, and William Aylesworth – sued the City of Chicago on May 30, claiming they were denied adequate opportunity to present their opposition to a plan to build three towers on nearby Wolf Point.

They said they were “deprived of procedural and substantive due process of law as well as denied equal protection under the law.”

The rapid growth of their neighborhood, they maintained, had already stressed its infrastructure. Traffic backed up during rush hour and first responders could not quickly reach emergencies.

Judge Amy J. St. Eve did not sympathize. In her analysis, she pointed out that the Riverbend condo owners do not own property on Wolf Point, just adjacent to it. The state law on which they were basing their case, she says, merely outlines the procedure for giving proper notice of requests for zoning variations and does not grant constitutionally protected property rights.

Furthermore, says St. Eve, “Illinois courts do not recognize property values, air, or light as constitutionally protected property interests.”

Site preparation has started. On November 1, construction workers installed fencing, barricades, and temporary signs – and started moving equipment to Wolf Point.

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City-Funded SOM Study Concludes Michael Reese Hospital Best Site For New Casino

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A Chicago casino anchoring a redevelopment that includes the former Michael Reese Hospital site would be more economically viable for the city than a Barack Obama presidential library or a cluster of convention hotels, according to a study Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration released Tuesday.

A hired team led by the Chicago-based architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill was charged with creating a framework to redevelop the 48-acre Near South Side site, but their recommendations extended far beyond that parcel.

The group suggests that the city acquire five adjacent sites totaling more than 21 acres, including land currently home to a McDonald’s, self-storage facility and health center. It also calls on the city to buy the 28-acre Marshalling Yard — McCormick Place’s parking and staging area for trucks.

The wider strategy would allow for the Reese site to be incorporated into redevelopment stretching north to McCormick Place, where the experts envision a “north district” that would include a “large anchor” such as the casino, presidential library or collection of 2,500 convention hotel rooms.

Under all three scenarios, the city would spent more than $200 million to develop roads, sewers and other infrastructure. But the study found that by putting a casino there, the city would receive at least triple the proceeds for the land it acquired compared to the other two options.

As a result, the study found that a casino development would generate $208 million in net proceeds for the city while an Obama library would cost the city $142 million and a hotel complex would cost $199 million. And that doesn’t even include what’s expected to be a large amount of gambling revenue after the casino opens.

“The casino and entertainment district scheme provides positive proceeds to the city, while the presidential library and hotel complex schemes require city investment,” the study concluded.


The White House has offered no indication of where an Obama library might be built. The city already is pursuing two other hotel developments near McCormick Place as part of a development plan near McCormick Place that also includes an arena for DePaul basketball games and large conventions.

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This is stupid. Of course a casino would be much economically viable than a library, but not sure how many social benefits will the gambling bring for Chicago compared to a library that will bring knowledge to the city.
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Beitler Pulls Nearby Tower Plans So 151 N. Franklin Now In The Catbird Seat



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J. Paul Beitler has dropped a plan to build a 23-story office tower in the Loop, boosting a competing proposal for a high-rise John Buck wants to build next door.

With one fewer competitor, Mr. Buck is pushing ahead with his development at 151 N. Franklin St. after raising $145 million in equity for the 36-story building, one of several downtown office projects on the drawing boards. But he still needs city approval and an anchor tenant before he can break ground on the 825,000-square-foot tower.

Mr. Beitler bowed out after his partner in the project at 200 W. Randolph St., Northbrook-based Next Realty LLC, sold the parking garage there to a venture of Chicago-based InterPark Holdings Inc. for $23 million Oct. 28, according to Cook County records. Mr. Beitler's tower would have blocked eastern views from Mr. Buck's building.

“That ensures views to the east and reinforces the Buck location,” said tenant broker Todd Mintz, co-managing director in DTZ's Chicago office. “This will be a big plus for Buck's development.”

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This is stupid. Of course a casino would be much economically viable than a library, but not sure how many social benefits will the gambling bring for Chicago compared to a library that will bring knowledge to the city.
It's not stupid - the Obama library will still happen, but the study, for this SPECIFIC parcel of land is just to suggest that a casino and the potential tax revenue is the better use of the land. People will always go to casinos, regardless of personal, socio-economic conditions. But instead of the tax revenue going to nearby Indiana across the border, why not keep that sorely needed money within the state?

Besides, the library is better located a little further south, at the University of Chicago, where Obama used to teach. The university has plenty of land that they can use for a presidential library..but keep in mind, the president hasn't even decided if he wants the library in Chicago or in Hawaii where he was born, which is a possibility.
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Per BVictor1 on SSP, this building was approved today by the building commission:



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150 North Riverside

53 stories

85,694 sq. ft. site

746'6" CCD ('Chicago City Datum', essentially the 0'-0" mark of the City)
744'6" from the lower level along the river
719'6" from the main entrance/plaza/upper river walk level

$500,000,000 project

1,200,000 sq. ft. building

mid 2014 and complete in 2016 (24 to 30 month) construction timetable

250' linear of river walk

No numbered 13th floor

Randolph Place board spoke up and supported the project.
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