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Old March 11th, 2015, 10:24 PM   #461
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I posted this is a satellite city sub-thread, but was deleted for some reason - figured it merited a posting here.

http://www.siteselection.com/issues/...top-metros.cfm



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'Frank Sinatra once famously crooned, “My kind of town, Chicago is.” These days he would be joined by a chorus of business and industry executives who have chosen to invest in the Windy City. In fact, 385 companies either expanded or located in Chicago in 2014, resulting in the city being named Site Selection’s Top Metro in the US for the second straight year. The consecutive wins are a pleasant endorsement, says Jeff Malehorn, president and CEO of World Business Chicago.

“Winning back-to-back speaks to the economic leadership and the work being done here in the city and the region,” he says, tipping his cap to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, assorted partner organizations and the business community.

Chicago’s appeal is hardly surprising. The city’s boasts outstanding transportation and logistical assets, including two international airports, a rail hub and seaport, and stands at the crossroads of major Interstates. Chicago and the region are home to a wealth of talent educated at some of the nation’s premier colleges and universities. Foreign companies looking for a US home are drawn to the city’s diverse ethnic population. “Any company outside the US can look to Chicago and see a home,” says Malehorn.'

Basically, regardless of issues about underfunded state and City pensions (Chicago), that clearly doesn't take away from Chicago having a highly balanced economy, like NYC (albeit 1/3 of the size).
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Old March 16th, 2015, 01:24 AM   #462
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Various construction photos I took earlier today.

City Hyde Park, slighly blurry (sorry!)


RICe cube #1


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Bonus! Just love the depth of this shot


25 W. Randolph


200 N. Michigan


Wolf Point #1, from last weekend
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Old March 31st, 2015, 03:21 AM   #463
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New Renderings Emerge for West Loop Hotel & Office Highrise



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When news broke late last year that a Goettsch-designed hotel and office tower was coming along to replace the parking lot at 590 West Madison, the story came with a single image of the building. Over the weekend, a handful of new renderings of the project along with a stacking plan showing that 11 floors will be devoted to hotel rooms surfaced on the SkyscraperPage forums. The plans also show that the 581-foot tower will also come along with a restaurant at both the top and bottom floors. The project also has a new website which reveals that the 300,000 square foot hotel component will feature about 330 rooms. In addition to its hotel component, the 41 story tower will offer 616,000 square feet of office space beginning at the 19th floor.








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Old March 31st, 2015, 03:28 AM   #464
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NU Wildcats Building New $220M Lakefront Fieldhouse



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Northwestern will finally begin construction on a roughly $220 million sports complex on the Evanston lakefront, after a series of big donations helped the university hit its fundraising goal for the project, according to Crain's. Hopefully a new facility helps Fitz and the Wildcats improve on last year's record. Named after repeat donors Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan, the new Ryan Fieldhouse will be a multipurpose facility for indoor football practice, intramurals and a variety of other events. Designed by Perkins + Will, the sleek facility will offer what appears to be pretty incredible views of the lake and Chicago skyline from the south. Renovation of the nearby soccer and lacrosse field and field hockey field, along with the creation of an outdoor football practice space, are also part of the plan. NU plans to file a permit request with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin work.
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Old March 31st, 2015, 03:40 AM   #465
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Hyde Park's Embattled Vue53 Development is Ready to Dig In



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After a long wait, it appears that the new Vue53 development near 53rd Street and Kenwood Avenue in Hyde Park is finally about to break ground. A recent post on the SkyscraperPage Forums provides a photo of a laminated sign attached to the perimeter fencing at the site, indicating that McHugh Construction plans on starting excavation duties around March 26, 2015. McHugh is a major general contractor and is often seen on large projects downtown, producing skyscrapers such as Aqua and The Regatta in Lake Shore East. The site was previously home to a Mobile gas station and carwash as well as an adjacent surface parking lot. The proposal calls for a 13 story building featuring 267 apartments and 30,000 square feet of retail with a distinctively modern design which was produced by the studio of Valerio Dewalt Train Associates.
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Old March 31st, 2015, 03:43 AM   #466
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Residential & Office Towers Planned For Tricky River North Lot



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Downtown Alderman Brendan Reilly announced in his newsletter that Centrum Partners will be holding a public meeting later this month to present a building proposal for the parking lot at 215 W Hubbard to the community. The property in question contains a challenging design constraint due to the elevated L tracks that curve through the northwest corner of the lot, which made it seem like that property would remain a parking lot for life. And yet, thanks to the leaked design renders, we have a look at exactly how that L-curve will be handled — with a curved building. The development actually includes two buildings, the curvy 8-story office building inside the bend of the L tracks on the corner, as well as a 22-story residential tower further to the west on Hubbard.




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A Look at the Three Towers Rising Along the Chicago River






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36 Story SOM Designed Hotel & Apartment Tower Proposed



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A new mixed-use proposal for the corner of Superior Street and Wabash Avenue would bring a Skidmore, Owings & Merrill-designed 36-story apartment and hotel tower to River North. Crain's is reporting that Christopher Carley and New York-based Symmetry Property Developments plan on submitting the proposal to the city soon, which would include a Tryp Hotel, a Wyndham chain mostly based in Europe, and a Gibsons Restaurant Group proprty called Cathedral Tower on the ground floor (probably a play off the nearby Holy Name Cathedral). This would be one of the first SOM tower projects in Chicago in a long time, and would try to take advantage of a potentially symbiotic relationship between tenants and guests, much like the new North Water apartments and the Loews Hotel in Streeterville.
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New 'No. 9 Walton' Condo Tower Proposed for the Gold Coast

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While the latest building boom in the Windy City is bringing thousands of new apartment units to the greater downtown area, new condominium construction seems to be coming at a slow trickle. However, a new condo project is targeting that demand for new units in the high end market of the Gold Coast neighborhood. The Chicago Architecture Blog has uncovered details about a new tower proposal for the southwest corner of Walton and State, currently an empty lot roughly four blocks away from the 4 East Elm project going up in the Gold Coast. According to the post, the proposed tower by JDL Development would feature just 67 residences spread over 34 stories, suggesting a seriously upscale development with massive condos. The proposed tower won't go over well with tenants at Walton on the Park, who'd see their view compromised by a new neighbor to the north. It's probably a little early to worry, though, since details and permits are still forthcoming.

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River Point and Wolf Point West


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130 North Franklin Officially a Thing


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Back in January of this year, we told you about an odd piece of legislation filed by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly regarding a surface parking lot in the western part of The Loop. At the time, we told you it meant that Tishman-Speyer was finally ready to pull the trigger and build a new skyscraper at 130 North Franklin Street. It turns out, we couldn’t have been more right.

One of our Loop Spies tells us the alderman has called a public meeting to discuss the skyscraper. It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the proposed tower, but it appears the design has been slightly refined.

Back in January, the latest intelligence had it at 48 stories, now it’s 51. It’s now also listed as having 190 parking spaces, down from 200.

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151 North Franklin Forging Ahead, Could Break Ground This Fall

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Remember that great big blue skyscraper that the John Buck Company wanted to build at the corner of North Franklin and West Randolph Streets? The one that they shut down a Walgreens and a Chinese take-out joint to build, but to date nothing has happened? Well, stuff’s happening; you just can’t see it.

Loop Spy Dan shared a bit of information with us straight from the developer, that one major tenant is already signed up for the building, and when a second one can be brought on board, they’ll be ready to start. The comment from the Buck Company indicated that it hopes to button up the second deal this summer so that construction can begin in the fall.

This comes immediately after a public meeting for 130 North Franklin was called by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly. At this rate the corner of Franklin and Randolph could see two huge new skyscrapers under construction simultaneously just six months from now.
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Construction to Begin on New River North Apartment Tower



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An apartment tower planned for a site near the old Cabrini-Green is ready to grow legs. Initially unveiled early last year, the plan from developer Fifield Companies will deliver 310 apartment units to 347 W Chestnut Street according to a newly issued construction permit. The 28 story Pappageorge Haymes-designed tower will also include about 6,000 square feet of ground floor retail. Similar to many of the other apartment towers springing up throughout the greater downtown area, this project will include a plethora of amenities like an outdoor pool and spa, outdoor fire pit, outdoor grill kitchens, a gym and screening room.
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Old April 12th, 2015, 08:39 AM   #476
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Wanda Tower Plan Now Up to 93 Stories as Developers Wow Crowd with Drawings

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LAKESHORE EAST — More than 500 people packed a Downtown hotel ballroom to catch a glimpse of what could be the next tower redefining Chicago's skyline.

Wanda Tower at 381-383 E. Wacker Drive would rise 93 stories tall as opposed to the previously reported 88 stories, Chicago-based design architect Jeanne Gang said at the meeting Monday night.

At 1,144 feet, Wanda would be the third-tallest tower in Chicago if built.


The more than $900 million project, which Magellan Development hopes to open by 2019, would include 405 luxury condominiums and 169 hotel rooms. It would create 420 permanent jobs and generate $19 million in new real estate tax revenue for the city.

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This would be another unique contribution to the Chicago skyline by the very creative Jeanne Gang, and send out a strong signal that Chicago is back to building big.
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