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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  All those parking floors

This 39 story will be built in the loop and replace a surface lot.

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Remarkable. Where are people getting the money to build these towers, and where are the residents getting the money to buy/rent units in them?


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^  I think there's a bit of pent up demand, a bit of market recovery that's helping these towers move forward.

 

Peshtigo. 58 stories

I love the design of this tower.

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Grossinger Development.

Currently referred to as such for the auto dealership that formerly occupied the site.  The project includes new condo/apartment towers and midrises.  The historic Cadillac dealership, will NOT be demolished and instead incorporated into the new development

 

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Grossinger Auto that was at this site, moved into the renovated Dayton Street Jukebox factory a couple years ago.

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NorthAndre

 

SoNo Tower seen behind the new Grossinger Auto Dealership will begin construction on the second Tower.  Below is the rendering:

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curbed.chicago

 

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West Loop Office Tower

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curbed chicago

 

Located at Des Plaines and Adams streets, it will rid the west loop of another parking lot.

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I love that car dealership.  I think I remember seeing that in your flickr photostream a while back.  And I like how they are incorporating the historic dealership within the planned development rather than just bulldozing it.

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Yeah I'm happy they are keeping it.  I was worried it would get torn down, but it's definitely part of Oldtown's history.  Hopefully nearby residents don't complain about the height of the buildings, since the area along Wells doesn't really get taller than 7 stories. 

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It's time for a Navy Pier Renovation and expansion!  I stop on by once and awhile to buy a gyro that maybe costs twice as much, and check on things....lookin a bit 90's up in that place.  in the time I've visited the pier since it opened to tourists, it's been added onto so many times, to the point it's looking a bit disorganized.  Maybe the messy atmosphere is a good thing, but it's a bit stressful at the same time.

 

 

Anyway, here's a good article:

 

Pier Review: How the historic pier morphed into a crowded, overpriced mess

http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/248049/pier-review

 

 

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A topic that comes up from time to time is preserving and renovating the Lathrop Homes Housing Project on Chicago's Northside.  It's a very beautiful complex with arches and ornate entryways.  It would be awful if it got torn down.  Currently parts of it are occupied, but most of it is vacant and sealed up until redevelopment plans pan out.

 

http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/2009/todays-news/chicago-debates-fate-of-1938.html

 

The area is a fairly expensive place to live and the area had large commercial boom this past decade

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Clybourn+and+Diversey,+chicago&aq=&sll=41.935423,-87.676306&sspn=0.013568,0.033023&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=N+Clybourn+Ave+%26+W+Diversey+Pkwy,+Chicago,+Cook,+Illinois&ll=41.932941,-87.67924&spn=0.003392,0.008256&t=h&z=18

 

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GAH! It is just me or in the rendering does it appear that the combined height of the parking garage floors is almost half the height of the occupied section of the tower itself. Looks like some poorly planned monstrosity you would see in DT Miami.

 

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  All those parking floors

This 39 story will be built in the loop and replace a surface lot.

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suntimes.com

:-( :cry:

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^ Pretty much.  It may as well be a parking garage entirely

 

So the Grossinger Cadillac development has begun construction and it looks like a new firm was chosen for the design. 

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Curbed Chicago

 

The design is an improvement over what would appear to be ye old traditional vertical strip mall architecture. 

 

 

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From Hayward:

 

AMLI in River North....carrying on the tradition of River North beige.....

 

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Chicago Real Estate Daily / Hayward

 

 

E. Wacker Apartment building. As some people have pointed out, it's extremely contextual with the surrounding buildings.  I like it.

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Chicago Real Estate Daily / Hayward

 

Catalyst in the West Loop.  Last Decade, it was all about the South loop getting towers.  Looks like the West Loop will grow height-wise this decade

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Chicago Real Estate Daily / Hayward

 

Randolph Tower Renovation Progress

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Hayward


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Lake Meadows / Prairie Shores Extension.  This is less than a mile south of McCormick , and north of Bronzeville.  The southeastern part of the lake meadows neighborhood has already been rebuilt into townhomes and 3 story walkups (not visible in renderings)

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These are mostly big projects I'm posting, so here's a small one

 

The new 12th District police station breaks ground. 

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Chicago PBC

 

In the last decade the area had explosive growth.  There's a large highrise planned on the wedge to the left.  Chicago police stations are built off a prototype, and there are other identical buildings in the city.  They are brick, and limestone with a large curving curtainwall.  The interiors have a two story lobby and lots of polished granite.  It's not mentioned whether the roof can be occupied or not, though it sure looks like it in the renderings

 

A west loop highrise

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Curbed Chicago

 

West Loop Nonsense.  Once again, the NIMBYs ruined things and successfully pushed developers to reduce the height of this proposed West Loop office tower.  As demand rises again for more office space, that area will be seeing a lot more.  It seems like Chicago suffers from a curse where anything beyond 800 west can't be built higher than 12 floors.

 

But West loop NIMBYs are nothing like the ones up in Lincoln Park.  For the past year, this has been the most controversial development in the city

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Curbed Chicago

 

Consider this....you have this abandoned HOSPITAL in the middle of your neighborhood, and this ugly addition to it on the back.  Across the street an ugly parking structure.

Let's say a developer comes along.  Promises to demo all the ugly parts of the hospital, replace them with condo midrises and keep the older part but turn it into condos.  Level the ugly parking garage and replace it with a high end grocery store.

 

It seems like a good deal to me, but apparently not the residents...or the alderman.  Fortunately the planning commission and council both approved it....twice actually.  Yet the alderman still tries to appeal or sue over and over.  I'm happy the developer isn't standing down, though maybe the residents deserve to have a rotting abandoned hospital in their backyard. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lake Meadows / Prairie Shores Extension.  This is less than a mile south of McCormick , and north of Bronzeville.  The southeastern part of the lake meadows neighborhood has already been rebuilt into townhomes and 3 story walkups (not visible in renderings)

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I'm no urban planner, but this looks huge. I was looking at the area on Google Earth and man will it change that area.

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Lake Meadows / Prairie Shores Extension.  This is less than a mile south of McCormick , and north of Bronzeville.  The southeastern part of the lake meadows neighborhood has already been rebuilt into townhomes and 3 story walkups (not visible in renderings)

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Wow, call me ignorant, but I wasn't aware there was that much undeveloped space in Chicago. This looks like it would have a, dare I say, Pesht like transformational effect on the area. [sigh]

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Lake Meadows / Prairie Shores Extension.  This is less than a mile south of McCormick , and north of Bronzeville.  The southeastern part of the lake meadows neighborhood has already been rebuilt into townhomes and 3 story walkups (not visible in renderings)

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Wow, call me ignorant, but I wasn't aware there was that much undeveloped space in Chicago. This looks like it would have a, dare I say, Pesht like transformational effect on the area. [sigh]

 

There's actually buildings there....just with a lot of park space in between.  They are all apartment highrises.  I think the reality will be the towers (which are all in great condition) will remain and new towers and midrises will go up in between.  But I think this plan is still years away.  The area has already built way too many housing units and needs time to catch up.  This is a big housing development just south http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Chicago,+IL&aq=&sll=41.834142,-87.606096&sspn=0.054358,0.132093&gl=us&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Chicago,+Cook,+Illinois&ll=41.824821,-87.61219&spn=0.00307,0.016512&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=41.824823,-87.612191&panoid=bXmUP3qYZ13iASaRRuey3Q&cbp=11,102.6,,0,-2.69

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^- Looks like that building is going to add to the blade runner-esque vibe that's been developing in Chinatown lately.  That is if the screens shown are all going to be digital.

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What is surrounding that location? Is it mostly commercial, or is it mixed? I might be a little irritated by constantly flashing screens at night if I lived across the street from that.

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What is surrounding that location? Is it mostly commercial, or is it mixed? I might be a little irritated by constantly flashing screens at night if I lived across the street from that.

 

It's surrounded by industrial buildings and the freeway.  There's some residential structures a block and a half away.  Assuming the building doesn't become an overlay obtrusive billboard, it might get away without having too many complaints.  This particular developer has teased us before.  I hope he can at least get something built.  Chinatown needs some more  highrise stuff.

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The Ritz has obviously made progress since my Dec 20th posting.  Here's a photo taken today on my bike ride.  85 and sunny!!!  Note the reconstruction of the Farwell building, which I'm assuming will be re-awarded historical landmark status.  I'm not exactly sure how that works for historical reproductions, though it worked for the McGraw Hill building down the street.

 

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Hyde Park office tower.  The Harper Court area is getting residential highrises, hotels, office buildings, grocery stores and other stuff, along with the restoration of some older buildings, notably a historic theater.  A former hollywood video will be demolished for this project.  The rest will replace surface parking.  After Hollywood video closed, it briefly became OppShop, a temporary community center for the arts

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/metroblossom/4375104432/#  Hopefully they will return in a new storefront.

 

 

The quality I'm seeing in southside developments seems to be a step ahead of downtown's.  The shorter retail buildings can support towers when the market commands.  These projects are financed, they are moving forward.

 

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Various West Loop, now "New Loop" projects moving forward.  Nothing really over 40 floors, which makes me miss the pre-recession days where 60-80 story towers were regular.

 

All photos from Curbed Chicago

 

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I haven't really updated this lately and a lot has happened.  Here's just a few.  I'll post more later.

 

Looks like Waterview will be moving forward again beginning of 2012.  Currently it's abandoned hulk of concrete at about 26 floors.  Originally slated to be 90, the design will be truncated to just 65

 

george posted this photo by way of skycrapercity and skyscraperpage.com

http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?t=185023&page=7

 

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Here's an update on Roosevelt's new dorms

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NorthAndre

 

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Since when did the Greektown Casino move to The Loop?!?


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Remarkable. Where are people getting the money to build these towers, and where are the residents getting the money to buy/rent units in them?

 

Yeah, I live in Chicago and sometimes wonder the same thing! And this does not ever cover all of the small residential and commercial (condos over retail) infill that is being built all over the place. The economy is not the greatest here either but they continue to build up the urban core; however, a lot of the new proposals are for apartments instead of condos these days. Of course this building is mostly around downtown and in trendy areas. Much of the city is still struggling.

 

The Chicago metro is about 4-5 times the size of that of the three C's and it would be awesome to see just 1/4 to 1/5 of this urban residential development pop up in each of Ohio's major cities! I think a big part of it is that urban living is much more apart of Chicago's culture than you will find in Ohio. The prevailing attitude among people under 40 is that they want to live in the city, and will move to the suburbs only because they have to. Heck, even a lot older empty nesters are moving back into the city. Hopefully as Ohio's cities improve the attitudes will change.

 

Wow, call me ignorant, but I wasn't aware there was that much undeveloped space in Chicago. This looks like it would have a, dare I say, Pesht like transformational effect on the area. [sigh]

 

Frankly, this development seems like a pipe dream to me. It may someday get developed but that would be a long ways down the road. Just to the north of that area in the South Loop there were tons of highrises built over the last decade that are half empty. That area also has no subway stop to serve it, which I see as a problem. It's also a pretty rough neighborhood. There has been some new housing built over there, but I imagine it was a product of the housing boom and it will come to a halt if it has not already.

 

 

 

 

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A good article with renderings of new developments in hoods that don't get talked about much

 

http://archpaper.com/news/articles.asp?id=5582

 

To be honest, I hope the slump will continue to hold off more development in Cabrini Green for now.  This area could have quite a bit of potential to be a great neighborhood if developed properly.  There was alot of excellent new housing in the late 90's, but the recent stuff has been kind of bland.  I'd want some pent up demand to prompt more towers and decent lowrise stuff in this hood.  I'm beyond pleased with the SoNo project.  Nearby, the New City project with its monster parking deck has me a bit concerned though.

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^ It's actually been very quiet. No new construction lately, and building conversions haven't quite happened.  There's a few buildings that I assumed going residential but have just remained and continue to operate as businesses.

 

Seems like it's a different story on the West side though. I think the attention is great.  Lincoln Square has gotten alot of real estate hype lately, and even Humboldt Park.  Though Humboldt Park is a very large neighborhood, it's currently experience a crisis of overcrowding.  With the neighborhood built out, there's nowhere to go but up, yet there's been some pushback toward gentrification, and this recent article speaks of the concern of new development: http://www.chicagonow.com/chicago-muckrakers/2011/08/residents-concerned-skeptical-about-the-future-of-neighborhood-park/

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Gentrification definitively should be a concern.  They really need to come up with a comprehensive plan to incorporate the new development but not push out the older residents.  Isn't Humbolt Park very close to the Puerto Rican Neighborhood?  Also where is Lincoln Square?

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Gentrification definitively should be a concern.  They really need to come up with a comprehensive plan to incorporate the new development but not push out the older residents.  Isn't Humbolt Park very close to the Puerto Rican Neighborhood?  Also where is Lincoln Square?

 

Yep.  It's the only official "Boricua" neighborhood in the States. 

 

You can tell by the GIGANTIC Puerto Rican Flag and all the stores on Division.  It's almost like going to San Juan.

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Gentrification can more easily be regulated through very harsh and stringent historic preservation guidelines.  If it's your goal to preserve all the older historic buildings, you can essentially ban any new construction and encourage renovation and restoration of existing building stock.  Certainly there will still be a gentrification movement as people update older buildings, but not at previous levels Chicago has seen where entire rows of older buildings are leveled for some banal 4 story brick townhomes.

 

The heart of Lincoln Square is located where Milwaukee Ave intersects with Western and Lawrence Avenues.  Like Wicker Park, it has a very intense and definitive commercial district

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The city changed the zoning designation in the historic Motor Row to block future residential development.  It will assist in the preservation of some the buildings and develop the area into an entertainment district.  This is very good news as the area lacks a good business district, but the type of buildings on Motor Row certainly lend themselves to what could be a vibrant place

 

http://www.suntimes.com/7409066-417/city-council-moves-to-transform-motor-row-into-music-row.html

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This fall is really going to be buzzing with new highrise activity and I hope to get a bunch of photos.  But what really has me interested is this project not far from my apartment. 

 

The owners of Atrium Village, a mixed income community intend to upsize their community with more units and enlarged park space.  They would demolish and replace the existing apartment buildings with higher density development.  I really hope the NIMBYs don't kill this one.  The plans also a suggest a brown line station on the L.  There used to be a station there until 1949. 

 

All photos are from archpaper.com

 

ATRIUM VILLAGE

 

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Existing building in Atrium Village

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Below is a view of construction around South of North.  Shops on Fremont will replace demolished lowrise structures in the foreground, and SoNo2 is rising in the background.  Shops on Fremont will be capable of supporting 20-30 floors on their 3-4 story base.  All the small vacant parking lots you see here do have plans.  To the right of the car dealership, the site was cleared to make way for an 8-story midrise, which I don't have renderings for.

 

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The larger building at the back is the one that would support a highrise building

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And while in the area, I haven't heard much about the New City development.  The site has fallen silent.  Look at that massive garage though!

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Mega Update Time! I couldn't catch everything, and there's a few highrises just breaking ground that I'll catch next time.

 

INSTITUTO DEL PROGRESO LATINO HEALTH SCIENCES ACADEMY

Western near Blue Island

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STUDENT HOUSING

18th near Pink Line Station

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PING TOM MEMORIAL PARK EXTENSION

Chinatown

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RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Okay...rather it's just a general panorama, but you can see it behind the Trib.

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BURBERRY FLAGSHIP

North Michigan Avenue

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RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES

North Michigan Avenue

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MULTI-TENANT COMMERCIAL RESTORATION

Oak Street

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ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY

South Wabash Avenue

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MIXED-USE BUILDING

Devon Ave.

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DAMEN HALL REPLACEMENT ACADEMIC BUILDING

Loyola University - Lakeshore

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ADMIRAL

Foster and Marine

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OLDTOWN RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT

Wells St.

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All photos by me / creative commons

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Awesome updates. Thanks!


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I rode past the Motor Club building on Water Street today.  It's one my favorite small art deco buildings.

 

So convenient for this fresh article.  The buyers intend to renovate / restore the building into a boutique hotel. 

http://www.suntimes.com/business/8158503-452/chicago-motor-club-building-due-for-an-overhaul-maybe-a-hotel.html

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