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Old October 18th, 2007, 06:06 PM   #1121
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Old October 18th, 2007, 07:57 PM   #1122
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damn those wind turbines are cool!

also that eco-bridge is just awesome! it looks like you can walk along it so imagine walking along and looking back at downtown Chicago with the Chicago spire towering in front of you...amazing to say the least.
I am so sold on that thing, its awesome. throw a jogging path on there too. how cool would that be.
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Old October 18th, 2007, 08:10 PM   #1123
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I know...I'm so jealous of you guys in Chicago.
I'd move there in a heartbeat if I didn't have ties here...
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Old October 18th, 2007, 09:51 PM   #1124
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A case drilling rig is being delivered to the site next to the AMA building on State.
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Old October 19th, 2007, 02:25 AM   #1125
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BP considering West Loop sites for new tower
Oct. 18, 2007
By Eddie Baeb


Real estate sources say BP, which had been considering whether it would consolidate its suburban Chicago jobs in Houston or downtown, has been looking for about 350,000 to 400,000 square feet of office space. BP requires floors as large as 50,000 square feet to accommodate its trading operations, those sources say.

In the last couple months, BP has had presentations on at least three prospective sites, including:

* 601-625 W. Monroe St., a site between Jefferson and Des Plaines streets that’s controlled by Chicago-based Fifield Cos.
* 645 W. Madison St., between Des Plaines Street and Interstate 90-94. The site is controlled by MR Properties LLC.
* 240 W. Randolph St., the site of a Walgreens store and parking lot at the northeast corner of Randolph and Franklin streets. Chicago developer John Buck Co. has an option to acquire the property.

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As BP is in the energy biz, it would make sense for them to want a very eco-friendly tower like that Destefano proposal BVictor showed us a few weeks ago.
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Old October 19th, 2007, 02:56 AM   #1126
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Or one of Smith & Gill's
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Old October 19th, 2007, 03:37 AM   #1127
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Well either way it sounds like they will be anchoring a new building and more parking lots will be gone. I forget is the 240 W. Randolph St. they are talking about the proposal that was talked about when 155 N.wacker came about that also included a plaza that some didn't take to?

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Er... John Buck planned a plaza for the 245 W. Randolph site, instead of a building. Of course, if BP were interested in working with Buck to build a tower, I'm sure they'd drop their plaza idea in a heartbeat.
The render I am talking about had a tower with a plaza not a plaza without a tower. The render just showed the base though.
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Old October 19th, 2007, 03:56 AM   #1128
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I forget is the 240 W. Randolph St. they are talking about the proposal that was talked about when 155 N.wacker came about that also included a plaza that some didn't take to?
Er... John Buck planned a plaza for the 245 W. Randolph site, instead of a building. Of course, if BP were interested in working with Buck to build a tower, I'm sure they'd drop their plaza idea in a heartbeat.

I personally hope they choose the 645 West Madison site. I'm sick and tired of all the surface lots along the Kennedy.
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Old October 19th, 2007, 06:28 AM   #1129
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Good news about BP. Sucks that they are reducing there overall Chicago workforce, but, another sign that the major corps are heading DT in order to recruit young talent. The burb interstate office parks are turnoffs to many young professionals.
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Old October 21st, 2007, 02:40 AM   #1130
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First noticed today - the CTA 'L' tracks on Wabash are getting a long overdue makeover: Maroon paintjob, which finally matches the look of the beautiful downtown river bridges.

The beige L tracks meeting the maroon bridges has been an outright heinous sight!

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Old October 21st, 2007, 04:53 AM   #1131
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Er... John Buck planned a plaza for the 245 W. Randolph site, instead of a building. Of course, if BP were interested in working with Buck to build a tower, I'm sure they'd drop their plaza idea in a heartbeat.
The plan was/is (from W to E): 155 N Wacker, plaza, Franklin St, mirror plaza, future Buck office tower.
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Old October 21st, 2007, 07:43 AM   #1132
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spyguy didn't you have a render of the massing of the building showing from the Kennedy view? If it was you and you still have it can you post it again?
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Old October 25th, 2007, 12:10 AM   #1133
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Since this will soon become a paid article, I'll just tell you right now that there aren't too many interesting details beyond the first two paragraphs. This is the same company that runs the Allegro, the Burnham, and soon will operate the new Palomar in River North.

Kimpton to convert building to boutique hotel
Oct. 24, 2007
By Alby Gallun


(Crain’s) — Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants plans to convert a 27-story vintage office building in the East Loop into a boutique hotel with about 220 rooms.

The San Francisco-based boutique hotel chain has agreed to buy the 186,000-square-foot building at 203 N. Wabash Ave., which sits just south of the Hotel Monaco, a Kimpton-run property. Kimpton emerged as the buyer after Denver-based hotel developer Sage Hospitality Resources LLC backed out of a contract to buy the property, say people familiar with the transactions.

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Old October 25th, 2007, 05:11 PM   #1134
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^ I think Mr. Downtown has to fiind new office space.
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Old October 25th, 2007, 06:33 PM   #1135
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^So will the law firm my friend works for. First, they were booted out of 188 W. Randolph and now this.
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Old October 26th, 2007, 03:17 AM   #1136
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I'm on the board of a nonprofit housed at 203 N. Wabash. Our lease runs through May 2010.
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Old October 31st, 2007, 04:44 AM   #1137
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I don't know if there's already a thread for this, but the redesign of 401 S. Wacker looks amazing!!

I love the qoute: "Now we have a design that is worthy of a Wacker Drive address."

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Old October 31st, 2007, 05:48 AM   #1138
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Down with parking lots!!!
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Old November 15th, 2007, 01:42 AM   #1139
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http://chicagorealestatedaily.com/cg...ws.pl?id=27120

School moving Chicago campus, HQ to Michigan Avenue
By Eddie Baeb


Argosy University is moving its Chicago campus and headquarters to Michigan Plaza, where the school has leased about 71,000 square feet on two levels.

The university, which was formed in 2001 by a merger of the Chicago-based American School of Professional Psychology with two other colleges, plans to start moving some offices in the summer to the two-tower complex at 205-225 N. Michigan Ave. and begin holding classes there in the fall.
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Old November 15th, 2007, 01:45 AM   #1140
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Developer to buy Michigan Avenue site
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Mr. Warman signed a contract over the summer to buy the 16,000-square-foot site at 300-310 N. Michigan Ave., currently home to a Walgreen’s, Radio Shack and Subway restaurant, according to people familiar with the transaction. An exact price could not be determined, but one source estimated it in the $30-million range, slightly less than the $32 million that Miami-based Peebles Corp. agreed to pay for the property last spring.

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But the two dropped the idea, deciding that the recent credit crunch would make it tough to secure financing for the project, says Mr. Roti, who still plans to convert the Motor Club into a 300-room hotel.
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