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Old October 20th, 2014, 04:33 PM   #401
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Imagine my disappointment when a 'mystery tower' turns out to be a tower whose design is unknown, rather than a tower whose sole purpose is the cataloguing and storage of mysteries.

You walk into the lobby and approach the receptionist: "Is this 545 Lakeshore East?"

"I don't know, sir. It might be. Oooooohh...."
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Old October 30th, 2014, 08:29 PM   #402
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Construction of Block 37 Apartment Tower Officially Underway



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Yesterday, reps from developer CIM Group along with Alderman Brendan Reilly and Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially "broke ground" on Block 37's new apartment tower, which will fit right on top of the existing five story shopping center. By sheer numbers, the 34 story tower will become the largest apartment project in the Loop in decades when it delivers the 690 apartment units planned for the site. The very first signs of construction appeared a couple of weeks ago when some equipment and a lone piece of steel frame appeared on Block 37's roof. However, it is very clear at this point that something is coming up as the project's construction moves into full gear.


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Old October 30th, 2014, 08:39 PM   #403
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Is the Massive Lake Meadows Redevelopment Back On?



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Back in 2008, when Lost was still on TV and Chicago was in the final throes of the previous building boom, local developers Draper & Kramer came up with a plan to raze the 70 acre Lake Meadows apartment development on the South Side and completely redevelop it as a new planned residential community by building almost 20 new towers totaling 7,845 residential units and over 500,000 square feet of retail over a 30-year period. It was an epic idea, reminiscent of such planned communities as the so-far successful Lakeshore East and the not-so-successful South Works plan. The city approved the Lake Meadows redevelopment plan, but as the economy took a spin the project flatlined. But now, rumors are swirling that Lake Meadows might be back on the table.

Last week, a request for bids was submitted for a project that meets the description of the old Lake Meadows redevelopment plan to a T, from the 7,845 residential units to the 500,000 square feet of retail. Keep in mind, a developer requesting bids from contractors doesn't necessarily mean the project is moving forward; it could simply mean that someone was morbidly curious about what such a thing would cost. On the other hand, a bid request was our first tip-off that Lakeshore East's long-rumored Site O project was finally happening which turned out to be true...
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Old October 30th, 2014, 09:04 PM   #404
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Here's What the Gateway's Apartment Tower Will Look Like



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Construction of the West Loop's Gateway apartment tower is currently underway, but here is an updated look of what the Antunovich Associates designed building will look like when it is finished. Though the newer design does not represent a complete departure from its previous renderings, it does offer a lot more detail, and gives a much better impression of what folks can expect to see in the near future.
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Old October 30th, 2014, 09:17 PM   #405
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Construction of DePaul Arena Will Begin in January 2015



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As the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (McPier) prepares to move the landmark Harriet F. Rees House from its current location to a lot just a block away, the organization that owns and operates McCormick Place is preparing for its next big project: building a new arena. McPier is currently seeking construction contractors for the ambitious project, which is expected to begin January 20, 2015 according to a listing on the bid-monitoring site BidClerk. According to the timeline McPier unveiled in August, the $173 million arena is expected to be completed by February 2017. Once completed, the Pelli Clarke Pelli-designed arena will become the home to DePaul University's athletic program, and will also host other large events.








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Old October 30th, 2014, 09:21 PM   #406
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Imagine my disappointment when a 'mystery tower' turns out to be a tower whose design is unknown, rather than a tower whose sole purpose is the cataloguing and storage of mysteries.

You walk into the lobby and approach the receptionist: "Is this 545 Lakeshore East?"

"I don't know, sir. It might be. Oooooohh...."
Well [unfortunately] the mystery is solved:

Say Hello to the New bKL-Designed Tower for Lakeshore East




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Old October 30th, 2014, 09:46 PM   #407
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The new apartment tower being erected at 545 North McClurg in Streeterville isn't the only project that developer Golub & Company will soon bring to life, as the developer has recently secured the construction permit for a project that has been in the works for nearly three years. Back in November 2011, the company announced that it would build a 35 story tower on a site that was at the time a city owned property, however there was no movement on the project until this past September when the property was surrounded by fences and signs indicating that the parking lot had been closed. This led us and others to wonder if the project was finally moving forward. However, the mystery was finally solved yesterday when the city issued a construction permit to the developer to build a 397 unit, 40 story tower at 1001 S. State Street.


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Construction Crews Dig In at 545 North McClurg Court



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The construction of a new 45 story apartment tower is now underway in Streeterville. Located at 545 North McClurg Court in the heart of the neighborhood, the new tower will deliver 490 apartment units, 5,200 square feet of retail space and a 290 space parking garage when the project is completed. Developer Golub & Company has been working on the project for nearly four years, and last month the city issued the company construction permits to begin erecting the Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) designed tower.


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Old October 30th, 2014, 10:08 PM   #409
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River North Apartment Tower Has New Name & Renderings



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The new apartment tower that developer Fifield Companies is planting near the former Cabrini-Green site has a new name: Avant. Short, but sweet. The tower itself will not be as short, as it will stand at 28 stories when it is eventually completed. Designed by Pappageorge Haymes, the sleek glassy structure will deliver 306 new apartments to the booming River North neighborhood
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Old October 30th, 2014, 10:24 PM   #411
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great projects!! Is great see so many buildings U/C in Chicago
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Old October 30th, 2014, 10:29 PM   #412
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Old October 31st, 2014, 04:13 AM   #413
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Old November 5th, 2014, 12:18 AM   #414
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While the Spire may be dead, Related Midwest is dropping hints about a replacement:

Related Drops Hint Regarding 'Architecturally Significant' Chicago Spire Replacement

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At this time, it is still uncertain what Related may have planned for the site, but according to a statement from the developer, it sounds like Related knows that there will be a lot of voices calling for a tall, architecturally significant tower to fill in the hole in the ground that was dug out years ago for Santiago Calatrava's spiraling supertall.

In a written statement, Related Midwest's President Curt Bailey has indicate that:

We are pleased to have resolution on 400 N. Lake Shore Drive, the site of the former Chicago Spire project. We recognize the importance of this site to the City of Chicago and look forward to creating an architecturally significant and thoughtful development befitting this premier location. We are proud to have a long track-record of developing landmark buildings with world-class architects like 840 N. Lake Shore Drive, 500 N. Lake Shore Drive, Park Tower, 340 on the Park and most recently, 111 W. Wacker Drive. We look forward to continuing that legacy on this marquee site.

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Old November 5th, 2014, 12:26 AM   #415
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How the Lucas Museum Design Will Change Chicago's Lakefront



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Yesterday, during a press conference at the Waldorf Astoria, Chinese architect Ma Yansong of MAD Architects unveiled his design concept for the future Lucas Museum of Narrative Arts and told reporters that his concept — a seven-story, dome-like structure that gently slopes towards a halo-like observation deck — represents a "new type of architecture." That may be an understatement. Yansong's renders may not reveal a sponge-like structure, however, Yansong has dropped a controversial design that would certainly provide a new look for the city's lakefront but also is highly likely to be contested by the organization Friends of the Parks. The proposed 110 foot tall structure as revealed, will be built from stacks of precisely cut stone, and would be something like a gleaming white temple to computer-aided organic design, standing in sharp contrast to the steel-framed skyscrapers in the background. As one Twitter user commented, the Museum Campus lakefront may soon get another UFO-shaped structure.






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Is the Jagged-Glass 130 N Franklin Finally Moving Forward?



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We last heard about real estate firm Tishman Speyer's angular glass office tower project for Franklin and Randolph over a year ago, but now the project appears that it may be finally moving forward. The 49 story, 696 foot commercial office tower was designed by a joint effort between Gensler, Krueck & Sexton, and Thornton Tomasetti, and according to a source close to the project, is expected to begin construction around March 2015. Krueck & Sexton gained much renown in the architectural design world for their design of the Spertus Institute on Michigan Avenue, with an angular glass design said to be the inspiration for Roosevelt University's Vertical Campus tower, and a theme that clearly continues in this tower.
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New Jewel Flagship Store & 35 Story Apartment Tower Proposed for Clark Street

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Next week, Alderman Bob Fioretti will host a community meeting to discuss a plan to bring a new flagship Jewel grocery store and a 35 story apartment tower to the northwest corner of Clark and Division. The plan to stack apartments on top of the four story building at 1201 North Clark Street will also be discussed at the meeting.

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As Temps Drop, Construction Continues Along Chicago River

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Goettsch Designed Hotel & Office Tower Planned for West Loop



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Chicago's latest building boom won't be stopped, and developer Joseph Mizrachi wants to get in on the mad dash for office tenants and hotel guests with a new 41 story tower that would replace a surface parking lot at 590 W. Madison. The sleek, glassy tower is designed by Goettsch Partners, the same architects who designed the currently-under-construction 150 North Riverside just a few blocks away, and would compete in a growing crowd of downtown hotel and office towers. According to Crain's, the plan calls for a four-star hotel with 350 rooms and roughly 600,000 square feet of office space stacked on top. Crain's also suggests that if this plan does make its way through the planning and approval process, it could be built rather quickly — possibly well under two years.
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