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Apply for the 21st Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards

Harvest Commons

Applications are now open for the 21st Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA). The CNDAs recognize innovation and best practices in neighborhood development. Established in 1995, the awards “recognize and honor the outstanding achievements in neighborhood real estate development and community building, as well as the essential role that both non-profit and for-profit developers play ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 20, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

New South Loop condos making rapid progress

1345 S Wabash

If you’re at Gioco, Zapatista, Asian Outpost, Flo & Santos or The Scout, head a few feet south from that quintet of outstanding restaurants to check out the progress at 1345 Wabash. The architecturally-distinctive new condo tower is rising rapidly out of the ground on a block that’s a South Loop dining destination, and close ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 8, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

1345 Wabash condos have a focus on design

1345 S Wabash

A focus on design is nothing new for the CMK Companies. CMK has a history of creating architecturally distinctive high-rises that are, according to NewCity Design, “a relief from the so-so-ness of neighboring condo buildings.” At 1345 Wabash in the South Loop CMK has once again teamed up with Brininstool + Lynch, an architecture firm ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 16, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Model grand opening at nearly sold-out Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2

If you’ve been paying attention to the market for new condos in the city you’ve doubtless noted that quality infill projects from established developers have been selling out prior to their completion. Ranquist Development’s Flexhouse2, for example, has only three rowhomes still available at 2640 N Ridgeway in Logan Square. One of those units is ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 11, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Construction update: Flexhouse2 in Logan Square

Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2 is edging closer to occupancy for its Phase I rowhomes at 2650 N Ridgeway in Logan Square, and Phase II units are making rapid progress. Ranquist Development and Sedgwick Investments teamed with award-winning ISA Architects to develop the project, which has 15 innovative rowhomes in its first two phases. A furnished model recently opened ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 21, 2014
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A designer showcase high above Oak Street Beach

1000 Lake Shore Plaza

This 2-bedroom, 2 ½ bath Gold Coast home at 1000 Lake Shore Plaza was completely redesigned by David Yustin. The home has a spectacular great room that spans a large area filled with light from south and east-facing windows. The 38th floor home is listed for sale at $1,000,000. Coldwell Banker’s Meladee Hughes is your ...

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Posted by sponsored post on May 19, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Innovative architecture in Logan Square at Flexhouse2

Flexhouse2

Ranquist Development and Sedgwick Investments have teamed with award-winning ISA Architects to develop Flexhouse2. Flexhouse2 rowhomes are modest, efficient, urban, and cool — appealing to sustainable lifestyle choices. Rather than rigidly defined rooms and hallways, the Flexhouse flows, is more open and allows easy adaptation to a variety of uses and lifestyles. The Flexhouse offers ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 2014
ChicagoNorth Side

Design Planned Property’s new t-shirt and win $500

T-shirt flyer

Have you ever wanted to see one of your designs on a t-shirt? Here’s your chance! Summer is coming and we need a cool new t-shirt! The winning design will be made into a t-shirt and the first place winner will receive $500 (rent credit, check or Amex Gift Cards). Second and third place winners ...

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Posted by sponsored post on April 8, 2014
West suburbsElmhurst

Griffin’s Emery House in Elmhurst, still for sale

Emery House, Elmhurst

It was late January when I toured The Emery House in Elmhurst with Tom Makinney of Coldwell Banker’s Gracik Makinney Group, one of our sponsors. The home was listed for sale in early February, and is still available for purchase at a list price of $1,750,000. The home, at 281 S Arlington, was designed by ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 26, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Mies on Marina City: Don’t do that again

Marina City

In the video, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Michael Darling talks briefly about the “organic” and “sculptural” quality of Bertrand Goldberg’s architecture and some of the architects who influenced his work. In his oral history at the Art Institute Bertrand Goldberg reports Mies van der Rohe’s dismissive summary of Marina City: “Well, everybody has to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on September 20, 2013

Meet John Holabird Jr, architect and Renaissance man

John Holabird screen cap

Holabird & Root, one of Chicago’s storied architectural firms, began in the 1880s and during most of its history a Holabird was an active principal at the firm. John A Holabird Jr may have been the least-accomplished architect of the grandfather – father – son lineage, but he led perhaps the most serendipitous life of ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on August 26, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

235 Van Buren condos are a Walker’s Paradise

Chicago Water Taxi

We’ve previously taken you along on a water taxi commute from 235 Van Buren, the striking Ralph Johnson-designed condo tower at the edge of the Loop. We’ve also noted that 235 Van Buren’s location affords its residents an unusually rich and convenient set of transportation options. WalkScore backs up that opinion by awarding the location ...

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Posted by sponsored post on August 7, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Bruce Graham, a self-described Chicago architect

Hancock Center

When he was a child Bruce Graham‘s dream was to build cities. As the Chief of Design for the Chicago office of Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Graham left an unmistakable stamp on a number of cities. Chicagoans may not know his name, but they know his work, which includes the Hancock Center and the Willis ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 18, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Blair Kamin is back in Chicago

Wrigley Building

Blair Kamin, the Tribune’s award-winning architecture critic, has spent the past year at Harvard as a Nieman Fellow. He’s apparently back in Chicago and has just weighed in on the recently-unwrapped renovation of the Wrigley Building, which he finds to be both “a visual feast” and lacking in some respects. Kamin’s conclusion: The exacting restoration ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 12, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Smith + Gill designs for K2 Apartments, the new hot spot

John Burcher, Smith + Gill

John Burcher, the Director of Interior Design at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, has overseen envelope-expanding projects around the world. Join Burcher for a look at K2‘s common areas in this video as he sketches the design concepts that animated the vision for K2, a new luxury apartment tower in Chicago’s Fulton River District. ...

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Posted by sponsored post on July 1, 2013
News & trendsMarket conditions

Chicago real estate weekly, week ending June 28, 2013

Thumbnail image for Chicago real estate weekly, week ending June 28, 2013

This is the first edition of our weekly recap of Chicago real estate news. Check back each Saturday for a look back at the previous week – and offer your suggestions for improving this feature in the meantime. Market conditions Case-Shiller: House prices rise 12.1% year-over-year Pending home sales soar to six-year high House prices ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 29, 2013
West suburbsOak Park

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unity Temple, a DesignSlinger photography primer

Unity Temple, Oak Park

Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Unity Temple in Oak Park represented a startling new departure when it opened in 1908. It has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and nominated as a World Heritage site. DesignSlinger is an always engaging, richly visual, frequently updated site that focuses on Chicago architecture. Proprietors Jim and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 24, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Lee Bey dishes on the new landmarks

Lee Bey

If you have a few minutes to spare, they’ll be well spent in listening to architecture critic and photographer Lee Bey’s thoughts on mid-century modern buildings and his approach to photographing them. The video includes photographs of Diamond Bank, a 1961-vintage structure at the corner of North Ave and Clark St.

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 19, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Divergent architectural styles book-end Divergent set

Divergent movie set

One of the sets for Neil Burger‘s adaptation of Divergent, a sci-fi flick starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet, is appropriately sandwiched between two of Chicago’s architectural icons. No word on whether the set was designed by Burger’s architect wife. Pictured above, to the north of Divergent’s bleak homes, is Ralph Johnson‘s 235 Van Buren. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 17, 2013
News & trendsArchitecture & design

Hartshorne Plunkard receives two top AIA Illinois prizes

Randolph Tower

Yesterday’s email included the following news release form Hartshorne Plunkard regarding AIA Illinois’ 2013 Honor Awards. We’ve paid visits to both of the projects, and you can have a closer look at them in the above videos. Two projects by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture (HPA) have received top prizes at the 2013 Honor Awards presented by ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on May 29, 2013