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Old October 28th, 2009, 03:02 AM   #401
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^ Not ideal, but looks better than the horrid original design.

I'm willing to see the historic building replaced with this.

Nice find yet again, Spyguy. Damn, you sure live up to your screen name.
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Old February 10th, 2010, 05:41 PM   #402
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http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...ws.pl?id=37057

Default alleged on River North site
By Eddie Baeb, Feb. 10, 2010


A group led by longtime Chicago developer Joseph Beale faces a $7-million foreclosure lawsuit on a prime River North site after two development proposals there failed to materialize.

...Ms. Rodak says that after losing out on a boutique hotel and a John Barleycorn pub, Hawthorn now has a lease in place with upscale Mexican restaurant chain Cantina Laredo.
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Hopefully this latest proposal fails like the rest. I'd rather wait for a proper development to take advantage of this prime site than see a two story chain restaurant.
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Old July 28th, 2010, 06:50 PM   #403
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One article, 2 good updates: a 49-story tower (which was apparently approved in April, but no one seemed to notice):

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AMLI Residential Partners LLC plans to build a 49-story apartment tower in River North after striking a deal with developer Albert Friedman.

Chicago-based AMLI signed a 100-year lease on a 12,617-square foot site on the southeast corner of Clark and Hubbard streets, property records show. The 427-unit building would be just north of the 11-story Greenway Self Park garage, which Mr. Friedman completed last year.

The apartment tower residents would have access to a landscaped deck on the top of the garage that is to include a pool, jogging path and dog runs, according to zoning and property documents.

AMLI expects to start construction next year at the earliest, which would enable the project to be completed by 2013, but the timeline is subject to market conditions, says Stephen C. Ross, AMLI’s executive vice-president of development.
And a grocery store...

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Meanwhile, gourmet grocer Fox & Obel plans to park its second location in the Greenway garage, 60 W. Kinzie St., where the company has signed a long-term lease for 16,000 square feet.

The new store will most likely open during the first quarter of 2011, according to Bill Bolton, who leads the investment group that bought Fox & Obel in 2008. Mr. Bolton is a former CEO of Supervalu Inc., which owns Jewel-Osco.

The new location, which would have close to 300-feet of frontage along Kinzie and Clark streets, is to include a market, café and bistro seating area with a wine bar, much like the flagship store in Streeterville, which opened in 2001 at 401 E. Illinois St. One of the unique features is an outdoor dining area that’s to be open during the warmer months.
Full article: http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.co...ws.pl?id=39010
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Old July 29th, 2010, 05:12 AM   #404
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Yes!!! can't wait to see that go up. Are there any renderings of it yet??
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Old July 30th, 2010, 08:53 PM   #405
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100 year lease, interesting.

Corporations/Family trusts
or there really are vampires or some immortals among us.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 06:32 PM   #406
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Sears to open first Craftsman tool store in Chicago's River North gallery district
By: Thomas A. Corfman August 09, 2010


Sears Holdings Corp. is opening its first Craftsman store in River North, a neighborhood better known for fancy restaurants and art galleries than power saws and monkey wrenches.

In a bid to buff up its well-known line of tools, the retail giant plans to open an “experience” store within 30 days at Huron and Franklin streets, in a six-story loft building that also houses the restaurant owned by celebrated chef Graham Elliot.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 07:00 PM   #407
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^ Zzzz...
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Old August 9th, 2010, 10:23 PM   #408
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Yes!!! can't wait to see that go up. Are there any renderings of it yet??
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Old September 15th, 2010, 08:52 PM   #409
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(double-post...the site is uber slow this week...)
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Old September 15th, 2010, 08:53 PM   #410
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By no means is this a major development, but these days, anything is better than nothing. This is the top of the Reid-Murdoch building (or Brittanica if you prefer). After what seems like an eternity, it is almost finished. Apparently, to my extreme disappointment, it is neither an all-womans workout center (darn) OR a new hip lounge (darn again). It's Whirlpool Corporations training and education center. By the floor count on the liquor license, there is now access into the various floors of the clock tower, which might be kinda neat inside. I'm not digging the red paint job though.

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Old September 16th, 2010, 12:25 AM   #411
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^ Well, if a Whirlpool training center isn't exciting to you I can understand, but if it creates jobs it's probably worth it.

Before restaurants, lounges, workout centers, fancy condos, and neat plazas, a city first and foremost needs jobs to power the whole system.
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Old September 16th, 2010, 03:24 AM   #412
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Yeah, it's not the most exciting thing architecturally, but from a quick search online it looks like it will support ~30 jobs. And there are tons of bars and restaurants opening in River North every month anyway (check out the retail/restaurant thread).
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Old September 16th, 2010, 08:45 PM   #413
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Normally I wouldn't care much about something like this, but since it's what I look at when I turn my chair around at work, I've spent way too much time watching it develop. Hence, my disappointment that it wasn't going to contain dozens of ladies sweatin' to the oldies during my lunch hour. Pity.
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Old September 29th, 2010, 12:24 AM   #414
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Despite the economy, mansion building continues in the area that I guess is referred to 'River West' (where Erie on the Park is located, in that area around Kingsbury St). We've got a mini-Gold Coast arising over there, it seems...
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Old September 30th, 2010, 07:23 AM   #415
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Despite the economy, mansion building continues in the area that I guess is referred to 'River West' (where Erie on the Park is located, in that area around Kingsbury St). We've got a mini-Gold Coast arising over there, it seems...
All pomp no taste nonetheless... is that all one builder? Seems too strange that those two blocks would just happen to form that way by themselves.
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Old October 1st, 2010, 07:56 AM   #416
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Old March 7th, 2011, 11:53 PM   #417
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State & Illinois

I was walking home yesterday and noticed new construction at the NW corner of State & Illinois. Signs looked like a car dealership was being built but the lot seem far too small. Anybody know whats in the works for this site?
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Old March 8th, 2011, 02:23 AM   #418
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I was walking home yesterday and noticed new construction at the NW corner of State & Illinois. Signs looked like a car dealership was being built but the lot seem far too small. Anybody know whats in the works for this site?
Must be that one or two story retail development.

Does anybody know who the tenants will be? Last I heard (on this forum), John Barleycorn is no longer on the list
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Old March 8th, 2011, 06:55 AM   #419
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^Cantina Laredo.
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Old March 19th, 2011, 11:45 PM   #420
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Those blocks were entitled and subdivided by the developer of "Kingsbury Park," the overall Ward's redevelopment scheme. I believe they were then sold individually -- certainly seen a few different realty signs up -- but a few builders snagged multiple lots.
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