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8 Jan 2020

Lumen Tower in Playhouse Square is one step closer to completion


The topping out ceremony was held for the Lumen Tower in Playhouse Square across the street from theaters once scheduled for demolition. The act signifies the completion of major construction as the final beam is raised into place.

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26 Nov 2019

Albion Residential Completes Luxury High-Rise Apartment Development in Illinois


Albion Residential, a Chicago-based firm specializing in the acquisition and development of luxury rental apartments, completed its first-ever branded development, the Albion Oak Park.

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5 Oct 2019

RXR Realty Celebrates Groundbreaking On Major Expansion Of Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus


This month Long Island University and RXR Realty celebrated the commencement of a multimillion-dollar capital improvement project at the institution’s Downtown Brooklyn campus. Located near the buzzing intersection of Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues, the improvement plan arrives as part of an initiative to modernize existing academic and recreational facilities. Key elements of the project include the construction of a new athletic field, fitness and wellness facilities, academic spaces, and a 34-story residential high-rise.

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12 Aug 2019

Old Michigan Avenue building ready to bite the dust for glassy apartment and hotel tower


Just weeks after securing a zoning change from city officials, developer Sterling Bay is moving forward with its plans to demolish an older building on Michigan Avenue near Millennium Park and replace it with a 46-story mixed-use tower.

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2 April 2019

Another Downtown Parking Lot About to Bite The Dust


Midwest Property Group in River North is the developer of this project. You may remember it from 200 Squared in The Loop. The design is by The Lamar Johnson Collaborative in West Town.

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15 June 2018

Demolition makes way for mixed-use Mid-Market development


Local developer Group i is constructing 242 residences and 232 hotel rooms above 13,000 square feet of ground floor retail and a 2,000-square-foot space that will house a nonprofit at the corner of Turk and Taylor streets.

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28 Nov 2018

Long-delayed Philly stadium casino sets 2020 target for start-up


South Philadelphia's long-delayed Live! Hotel & Casino Philadelphia will be up and operating in two years, just a few hundred feet from the outfield wall of Citizens Bank Park, according to its developer.

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5 Dec 2017

300-unit residential building planned in Navy Yard


In Navy Yard, another residential building is planned, this time with a ground floor that will house an “active residential amenity space,” topped by approximately 300 units. Located at 950 South Capitol Street SE, the 130-foot-high, C-shaped building will include a closed court, landscaped courtyards, and a shaded pedestrian pathway.

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6 July 2018

30-story mixed-use tower to move into old Newman Center site


A plan for a 30-story tower proposes bringing 420 apartments, and 4,000 square feet of retail to the old Newman Center building in University City.

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5 Nov 2018

Massive, block-sized rental development readies for construction in the West Loop


A prime West Loop lot at 845 W. Madison Street, vacant since the demolition of the former H2O Plus lotion and shampoo manufacturing facility in January, is ready to begin its transformation into one of the neighborhood’s most substantial apartment projects to date.

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25 Oct 2017

18-story tower on North Broad next to Blue Horizon breaks ground


Construction has finally begun on a new 18-story tower on North Broad next to the Blue Horizon boxing venue, nearly a year after plans for the project were first announced.

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24 Oct 2017

A closer look at Greektown’s upcoming ‘The Van Buren’ apartment development


Construction crews at the northwest corner of Halsted and Van Buren in the Greektown corridor of Chicago’s West Loop are moving into high gear on a new 12-story development. Known simply as “The Van Buren,” the transit-oriented project is expected to deliver 148 residential units, ground floor retail space fronting Halsted, and 65 interior parking stalls spread across its first and second levels.

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6 Oct 2017

Chinatown’s Eastern Tower Community Center finally breaks ground


After 16 years, countless design proposals, years of fundraising, and navigating plenty hiccups along the way, Chinatown has officially and finally broken ground on the Eastern Tower Community Center at 10th and Vine.

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2 Oct 2017

The Van Buren will break ground Wednesday morning in Greektown


Once known simply as “808 West Van Buren,” The Van Buren will break ground in an official ceremony Wednesday morning at its Greektown construction site at Halsted and Van Buren Streets.

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14 Sep 2017

Fifty Floors and Still Rising at One Bennett Park


One of our favorite construction projects of 2017 has reached a milestone. Construction at One Bennett Park, the condos-over-apartments stack at 451 East Grand Avenue has reached the 50th floor. That means with this latest concrete pour, the Related Midwest skyscraper is at 71% of its eventual 70-floor stature. If you’d like to measure its progress in height, then it’s up to 540 feet; or 65% of its eventual 836-foot height.

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22 Aug 2017

So this is what One South Halsted looks like from the ground


There are two things we need to get used to about One South Halsted around the B.U.C. South Loop Bureau. First, we no longer have our stellar overhead perspective of the 44-story apartment tower from Fifield Companies and F&F Realty. And second, it looks like we’ll need to stop using One South Halsted as a moniker, as it appears 727 West Madison is not only the address, but the name, of the project. No one asked us, but the extra syllables from that pair of 7s just don’t flow well as when you have a one-word number in the there. “One” plays. “One” works. Oh well. We’ll adjust.

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3 Jul 2017

1136 South Wabash gets a name change. Meet Eleven40


In the midst of ongoing progress at 1136 South Wabash comes new signage announcing a new name: 1136 is now Eleven40. Follow that link to a whole bunch of shiny new renderings of the SCB-designed tower, as it continues upward toward its ultimate 26 stories. The CA Ventures – Keith Giles production will have 320 apartments and is being built by Lendlease. Spring 2018 is the projected opening.

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23 Jun 2017

One Theater Square starting to rise in Newark

Aristide Economopoulos

The new building One Theater Square across from NJPAC is starting to rise. Tuesday June 13, 2017. Newark, NJ, USA (Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media for

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20 Jun 2017

27-story Uptown apartment tower scores full construction permit
The project will deliver 373 residential units to the corner of Montrose and Claredon


The North Side’s next lakefront high-rise has been cleared to keep climbing towards its 27-story final height. Known as Eight Eleven Uptown, the development landed a full, $45 million construction permit yesterday. In the works for many years to replace the 3.4-acre vacant site of the old Cuneo Hospital—later home to Maryville Academy—at the corner of Montrose and Clarendon, the project received its first foundation permit back in February of this year.

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16 Jun 2017

1136 South Wabash keeps glowing…errrr, growing… in the South Loop


Forgive my faux pas. Must be all those yellow forms and the shiny yellow Liebherr adorning 1136 South Wabash that confused me. But it sure is hard to miss.

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16 May 2017

An early look inside the West Loop’s ‘Landmark’ apartment tower


While the 30-story apartment building rising just north of the Eisenhower Expressway at 1035 W. Van Buren may not open until later this summer, developer Related Midwest was keen to get us on site for a sneak peek at its upcoming rental project. Dubbed Landmark West Loop, the 300-unit high-rise was designed by New York architect Morris Adjmi in collaboration with local architect of record GREC. The result is a bold and rather masculine looking building that would be equally at home in both Chicago’s West Loop and Manhattan’s Meatpacking District.

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22 February 2017

30-Story West Loop Apartment Tower Will Open This Summer

Stephanie Lulay

A 30-story luxury apartment tower now under construction on Van Buren will begin leasing this summer. Called Landmark West Loop, the 300-unit apartment tower at 1035 W. Van Buren is expected to be the first new West Loop apartment tower to open this year when it opens in August, said Michael Ellch, vice president of Related Midwest. The apartment tower will offer a mix of studio, convertible one-, two- and three-bedroom units with a number of amenities including an outdoor pool.

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17 February 2017

Recently green-lit Greektown skyscraper wastes little time digging in


It’s been just over two weeks since the 44-story One South Halsted apartment tower landed a construction permit to begin work in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood and workers are already taking advantage of our mild winter and drilling the building’s large caisson support system. Flanked by both a Whole Foods and Mariano’s, the building site is just west of downtown’s Kennedy Expressway. The cylinder-shaped skyscraper replaces a parking lot used by the neighboring Crowne Plaza hotel. The lot was closed days after the permit was issued.

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13 February 2017

One Bennett Park Reaches 100

Chicago Architecture

It’s not exactly a secret that One Bennett Park is one of our favorite recent projects in Chicago. It’s tall. It’s different-looking (for Chicago). It’s in Streeterville. What’s not to like?

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