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Old December 5th, 2009, 06:19 PM   #181
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^Great update and synopsis SpyGuy. This is one of the less glamorous stories of the Greater Loop. It has been a long time coming, but it continues the trend of making the Loop a livable, 24hr community. The residential density continues to increase. Even more so with the coming of 225 W. Wash., 200 W. Lake, 565 Quincy, Tailor Lofts and the pending Jefferson/Washington rental tower. All will contribute to the 24 hr pedestiran community.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 12:13 AM   #182
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I'm not sure when, but the Expression by Lavazza cafe is open in MetraMarket. Didn't try the coffee but it basically has the same look as the ones in Streeterville.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 07:13 AM   #183
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http://www.suntimes.com/business/199...ower15.article

Investors to be ready to build if market improves
January 15, 2010
BY DAVID ROEDER AND FRAN SPIELMAN


An investor team that includes two Bridgeport businessmen and a specialist in industrial cleanups is trying its luck with high-rise housing. They have proposed a 33-story building at 519 S. Clinton, just west of the vacant Old Main Post Office.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 04:45 PM   #184
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235 West Van Buren and TheWit are proud to announce the arrival of their first child, 519 S. Clinton.
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Old January 21st, 2010, 08:42 PM   #185
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Bahahahahahahaha!

Is that a garden on the parking podium? Or a non-accessible green roof?
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Old January 22nd, 2010, 04:10 PM   #186
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After being hidden for many years, Tailor Lofts' clock tower has finally been revealed. I believe it's also illuminated at night now, but I'll have to check again some other time.

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Old February 11th, 2010, 08:33 AM   #187
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http://www.chicagojournal.com/News/0...ar_post_office

Tower pitch near post office
Permission for 33 stories, 276 units sought

02/10/2010 10:00 PM
By MICAH MAIDENBERG


A Bridgeport-based trucking magnate wants permission to build a 33-story tower just west of the old and new main post office. Eventually.
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New owner at 1260 W. Madison
Records show Jameson founder Huzenis bought parcel

02/10/2010 10:00 PM
By MICAH MAIDENBERG


A giant of the Chicago real estate world has taken control of an empty parcel on a prominent West Loop business corridor, the plans for which sparked a contentious debate in the neighborhood several years ago.
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Old February 19th, 2010, 03:40 AM   #188
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Costa's - goodbye



809 W Randolph - office conversion

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Old February 24th, 2010, 08:31 PM   #189
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YoChicago made a mention of Catalyst (http://www.areyoucatalyst.com/) and it's the first i've heard of it. Anyone have any more info?
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Old February 24th, 2010, 10:35 PM   #190
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809 W Randolph - office conversion

The building itself looks bland and easy to miss, but the section and rendering looks really impressive...there is a good chance this little building will have some great interior spaces to it.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 02:12 AM   #191
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YoChicago made a mention of Catalyst (http://www.areyoucatalyst.com/) and it's the first i've heard of it. Anyone have any more info?
Not much to say about it - a condo tower designed by Lagrange with a Walgreens at the base. A case where, sadly, the second design turned out to be worse than the first.

In other news, it looks like the Hellenic Museum is starting construction in earnest. Good timing now that the other side of Halsted is a vacant lot.
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Old February 26th, 2010, 05:08 AM   #192
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Any word on what's going to happen to the Costa's site?

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Old March 5th, 2010, 07:23 AM   #193
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i've been a long time lurker on this site, but decided to register finally

anyone ever hear of The Gateway? there's a WLCO meeting for this new development on the block of Madison-Halsted-Monroe-Green for a new retail-hotel development

saw it on westloop.org

anyone else have any info on it?


also, gotta say this cuz it's been bugging me, but since i live near Pure, i gotta say that is one of the most hideous buildings i have ever seen, some developer needs to go in, get rid of all the now dirty white cladding and put some glass on that building or something

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Old March 5th, 2010, 07:50 AM   #194
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i've been a long time lurker on this site, but decided to register finally

anyone ever hear of The Gateway? there's a WLCO meeting for this new development on the block of Madison-Halsted-Monroe-Green for a new retail-hotel development
We'll see what they present at that meeting, but this was the old proposal:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...&postcount=138
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Old March 5th, 2010, 05:23 PM   #195
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http://www.suntimes.com/business/199...ower15.article

Investors to be ready to build if market improves
January 15, 2010
BY DAVID ROEDER AND FRAN SPIELMAN


An investor team that includes two Bridgeport businessmen and a specialist in industrial cleanups is trying its luck with high-rise housing. They have proposed a 33-story building at 519 S. Clinton, just west of the vacant Old Main Post Office.
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Bahahahahahahaha!

Is that a garden on the parking podium? Or a non-accessible green roof?
Yeah, it's quite silly, isn't it? What they could have done, was place the parking garage underground somehow, and cover it with a walkable garden open to everyone. But then that would deprive them of street-level retail space? I don't know, I can't really tell from the picture, is the first floor of the parking building supposed to be retail space? (Aside from the portion directly beneath the tower, which is obviously retail space).

I'm not too crazy about this development, because when you think about the perspective of the pedestrian walking alongside it, you don't really experience any architectural value of the building, unless you're across the street. But I do like the proposed color scheme.

In any case, I welcome development and densification in West Loop-West Gate-Greektown, and I can't wait until the day that this area is a contiguous dense area with Little Italy/Taylor St and Pilsen, including somehow covering that portion of the Eisenhower Expressway. Long shot?

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I love developments like this...take an older building with gorgeous brick, even if the shape of the building overall is a bit bland, and put it to new use. I'd rather work in this type of office than a skyscraper.

I'm guessing that the entire front wall of the first floor was, at some point during the middle of the 20th century, knocked down to create that commercial all-glass wall. It would be nice if the renovators planned to reintroduce some brick into the lower front facade as part of the building's renovation, in order to restore some of that original charm of the building.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 01:11 AM   #196
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Community meeting on:
The Gateway - Monroe & Halsted
A retail and hotel development

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
6-7:30 PM
Merit School of Music
38 S Peoria
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This is what was originally planned:

Chitown- Diamond JV along with Antunovich Associates has developed a quintessential mixed-use urban infill project adding additional life and excitement to a vibrant and growing neighborhood fabric. The Gateway is an exciting new development leading the way into Chicago's Greektown neighborhood. The redevelopment of an existing surface parking lot along legendary Halsted Street will offer retail tenants varying sized floor plates of flexible and contemporary space with ample covered parking on the "main street" of this electrifying near west side neighborhood.
This city block project consists of a 30-story 228 unit luxury residential tower rising from a landscaped pool deck, multiple parking levels and ground floor retail space. Adjacent to the residential tower parcel is the proposed hotel / retail block fronting on Halsted Street and wrapping the corners at Monroe and Green Streets. The retail block consists of multiple tenant spaces on the ground floor with a half city block space on the second floor suitable for a major grocery store or other large tenants. A 175 room five-story U-shaped hotel building sits amid a landscaped swimming pool terrace on top of the parking decks. The hotel building offers spectacular views of the loop skyline and is just around the corner from the lively Greektown entertainment district.



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Old April 1st, 2010, 09:17 AM   #197
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I think this development is a fantastic idea....that corner has been screaming for developmetn for years.....iI just hope it doesn't affect two of my fav bars.....Emmitts and richards
Yeah your right. It is really a good news to hear that that place will going to be develop.
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[QUOTE=spyguy;54316585]Community meeting on:
The Gateway - Monroe & Halsted
A retail and hotel development

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
6-7:30 PM
Merit School of Music
38 S Peoria
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Good news.
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Old April 12th, 2010, 07:05 AM   #199
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Haymarket Pub and Brewing

at the old location of bar louie on halsted and randolph

...I wonder if they're tearing it down, or building a new building there. I walked by there today and noticed that all the old windows on the 1st floor are now bricked up.

...and btw, Rock Bottom beer is delicious

http://www.chicagoreader.com/gyrobas...wFullText=true

Pete Crowley's been a craft brewer all his adult life, but he was weaned on Milwaukee's Best Light and Keystone Light. In college, he says, "I thought Spaten Oktoberfest was craft beer. That was the special beer I would drink when I wasn't drinking garbage."

After graduating from South Carolina State in 1993, he hitched a ride with a friend to Colorado, "just to do it." For their first outing in Aspen they picked Flying Dog Brewpub out of the Yellow Pages because they thought the name was funny. "I'd never had a hoppy beer, I'd never had a craft beer," says Crowley. "I had no idea, and I was blown away. I absolutely fell in love with it."

He wasn't planning to stay in Colorado, but then he befriended the bar manager at Flying Dog, who gave him a job as a bartender and waiter. Soon Crowley was helping out in the brewery, cleaning out the mash tun, carrying bags of grain, and finally actually making beer. He didn't leave Aspen until 1997, when he took a job at Broadway Brewing Company in Denver. Less than 24 hours later he was offered an assistant brewing position at the Rock Bottom Brewery in downtown Denver; from there he moved to the Cleveland location as head brewer, and then to the downtown Chicago location, where he's spent the past ten years as senior brewer.

His last day there will be May 1. Crowley's in the process of launching his own place, Haymarket Pub and Brewing, in the West Loop. The 250-seat brewpub, in the former Bar Louie space at 741 W. Randolph, will include a bar, a beer garden, a dining area, an open kitchen, an open brewery, and an events space that will be the new home of the Drinking & Writing Brewery, a currently itinerant theatrical group.

Crowley and John Neurauter, his friend and partner in the venture, had been searching for the right space for more than two years. When they toured the Randolph Street location, "it just clicked that it was also part of the old Haymarket Square," Crowley says. "The whole labor movement and fair labor practices started there . . . and the wives of a couple of the martyrs became very famous civil rights activists. The history of the square is so rich that it really made the location and the space fit perfectly."

In keeping with that history, Crowley and Neurauter plan to serve "food for the working classes." There'll be pizza, rotisserie chicken, and sausage, plus plenty of vegetarian options. "We want to be the casual hangout pub where you get off of work, and whether you dug holes all day or worked in the financial district, you go and sit and have a pint and be relaxed," Crowley says.

As for the beer, they'll be serving about 12 of their own brews, focusing on classic Belgian and contemporary American styles as well as hybrids of the two. About a decade ago Crowley traveled to Belgium and became fascinated by the beers there. "They're very delicate, very complex . . . the use of spices, the use of candy sugars, the use of odd, fun things that you can put in beer is really interesting. A lot of lager yeasts and ale yeasts are just kind of straightforward neutral; the malt and the hops contribute the flavor to the beer. Most Belgian yeasts contribute a lot of flavor, a lot of aroma, so it makes the beer really complex."

After he came back he began experimenting with the style. "And then as I became comfortable with Belgians, I started falling in love with hops," he says. "I've never made more IPAs in a year than I did in 2009." Belgian beers, which tend to be light and yeasty, aren't traditionally heavy on the hops, but Crowley has started combining the two styles to make hoppy Belgian ales. He likes the way that, for example, the bitter hops balance out the citrusy yeast in the Crow and the Sparrow, a beer currently on tap at Rock Bottom that he'll be taking with him to Haymarket.

Crowley's creations for Rock Bottom have won top honors at national and international beer festivals, and he bristles at any suggestion that because it's a chain it might be inferior to smaller breweries. He recalls a recent discussion on Beer Advocate's Web site: "Someone didn't like an IPA that Brian Shimkos from Flossmoor Station had made. And they said, 'What do you expect from an ex-Rock Bottom brewer?' I said, 'That's funny, because the two top-rated breweries on the Web site are Surly and Three Floyds, and they're both run by ex-Rock Bottom brewers. It was like, dude, you're not making any sense."

Crowley, who currently serves as president of the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, is passionate not only about Rock Bottom's products but also other local beers. In fact, at Haymarket he's planning to have about eight "guest taps" to spotlight other area brews. "There's a lot of local beer now," he says, "and it's good. So I don't want to have ten beers on tap from overseas when there's great beer right here."

"Right here" increasingly means the city of Chicago rather than the suburbs. The last two years have seen the launch of Metropolitan Brewing in Ravenswood, Half Acre in North Center (which contract-brewed in Wisconsin for about two years before building a facility in town), and Logan Square's new Revolution Brewing; a brewer called Pipeworks is looking at locations in Garfield Park and hopes to start selling beer in the next six to nine months.

Crowley thinks that's just the beginning. Partly, he says, the recent surge is due to the recession: declining rents and property values have made it feasible to build in the city. Brewing equipment takes up a lot of room, and square footage in Chicago hasn't always come cheap. But more than that he sees a general upswing of interest in craft brewing: "Craft beer was really the only part of the entire beverage segment that showed growth in 2009. Craft beer is hot."

Crowley and Neurauter plan to expand their brewpub into a brewing and bottling facility, the way Goose Island has. But about a third of their 8,000-square-foot space is already devoted to the brewery, and there's no room to grow. So if and when it gets to that point, they'll have to find another location for the production arm.

They're also scouting locations for another brewery and restaurant, this one in a LEED-certified building that uses reclaimed and recycled materials. The place will be "much more driven by zero waste, green building, ecofriendly practices—everything from composting all the food waste and grains to reusing the gray water for other functions in the restaurant," Crowley says. "But that's down the road."
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Old April 16th, 2010, 01:43 AM   #200
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Chicago Journal article on The Gateway project. I'm sure you'll be surprised to read that some residents are complaining about the height, but I'll only post the part about the corner bank building.

http://www.chicagojournal.com/News/0...iliar_critique

A familiar critique
By MICAH MAIDENBERG


What about the existing building?
...The property is owned by Nebel Inc., according to public records, a Illinois-registered entity that lists Alexandre Bavastro as its president and Frederick Bavastro as its secretary.

Sy Taxman didn’t name them specifically at last week’s meeting, only referring to “two brothers” who live in Monaco and who rebuffed his firm’s attempts to involve them in the Gateway project.

Taxman said his team had given up on incorporating their building in the plans. “They’re very unrealistic,” he said, especially about parking issues.
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