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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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source yelp

 

 

 

 

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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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me

 

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

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CRM Properties

 

 

 

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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SpyGuy at SSC

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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!


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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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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Recent video about the 95th Dan Ryan stop on the red line.

http://thesixthward.blogspot.com/2011/10/video-state-of-95dan-ryan.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheSixthWard+%28The+Sixth+Ward%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

 

One of the people interviewed mentions the red line extension.  More info on that here.

http://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/planning/Red_Line_Extension_UPRR_LPA.pdf

 

It would service (somewhat) the historic Pullman neighborhood.  Most people are probably surprised by the stop at 130th, but I guess there must be big plans for Lake Calumet

 

 

 

 

 

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Here's a few shots I took and photoshopped on my iphone.  I think i'm going to go crazy taking photos with the camera on the 4s

 

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Beautiful colors! MI Ave is looking good with that new asphalt.  I was there a couple weeks ago when it was all torn up which was not so pleasant.  BUT I did see the google streetview camera car near your last two shots.  Can't wait to see if I'm there in google maps waiving like a loser.

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Yeah the resurfacing was a really big deal.  The pavement along Michigan Ave had some major potholes and areas around drains were actually collapsing.  Since the resurfacing, my commute time by bike has actually improved.

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Morgan Street Green and Pink line infill station to serve the Fulton Market Neighborhood.

 

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K-Station City / Fulton River District...another new residential highrise part of this huge complex of buildings.  The Kennedy expressway runs beneath where that giant drill bit is sitting.

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^-I can't wait for that station to be finished.  That neighborhood has so much potential to be a lively destination (down the street it already kind of is).  This will make things better :).

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^  I was actually looking at renting a loft a block down a couple years ago, but was discouraged by the fact that there was no transit stop close enough, despite the El passed right by.  Well...it's getting built now.  I'm sure that loft has been rented by now.

 

 

New streeterville tower.  I like it!  Images from Curbed Chicago.  Read more here:

http://chicago.curbed.com/archives/2011/11/10/david-hoveys-streeterville-debut.php

 

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Currently an empty site with double decked street access.  Directly North of it is the Ronald McDonald house tower which is finishing up exterior construction.

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^ Well you have your Kroger Tower. 

 

And just look at the beast of a parking podium.  You know Chicagoans love their free parking when they shop 

 

Another new development I stumbled across.  Conversion of The Fulton Market Cold Storage Building into an office building.

 

I'm aware not everyone is happy with the de-industrialization of Carroll Ave into yuppie central.  But it's a delicate balancing act of keeping the grit while some of these companies move to areas outside the downtown, closer to where their employees live and in more modern facilities.

 

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Here you see the cold storage building in the background behind some converted industrial buildings

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Photos by me

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Looks like Walmart will be opening their next store inside the 3-story The Recycled Paper Greetings Building on Chicago's Northside.

 

http://g.co/maps/3ddgv

 

 

Renderings of the Ravenswood Station Plan.  Lots of commercial, but the residential tower was ditched due to large enough community opposition.  Lame.

 

http://www.centersquarejournal.com/news/ravenswood-station-developers-to-discuss-plans-thursday

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Ravenswood Station is an interesting concept; develop a market and other retail and make sure nobody lives nearby, but provide plenty of parking. Where have I seen that sort of thinking embraced before? Oh .... wait ....

 

 

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Yeah this has been a huge debated issue.  There's a small minority group of us that think Chicago allows waaaay too much parking.  It's the reason Chicago is one of the largest auto-oriented cities in the US.  I'll admit to being a bit hypocritical since I have, and will probably own a car here in the future.  But once you get used to the way the system works, it's very easy to own a car here and drive around the city.

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I looked at the whole presentation, and I liked what I saw.  The parking is in the back, and the storefront is up to the street.  Its also right next to a Metra stop, so the parking lot can double as a "kiss and ride"

 

Ravenswood is pretty densely populated, so there will be plenty of walk up business.

But, to each thier own.  I would kill for a shopping center designed like that in my neighborhood in New Orleans.

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