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Renovated office space in Winnetka

874 Green Bay Winnetka

My itinerary last Friday and Saturday started in Winnetka and moved on to Evanston, Park Ridge, the city and Highland Park. BJB Evanston, one of our sponsors, has a renovated retail / office building at 874 Green Bay Rd in Winnetka, at the intersection of Tower Rd and Green Bay. The building is in the ...

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

Construction update: Catalyst, 111 W Wacker, River Point and more

Catalyst, 630 W Washington

Recent visits to the roof of Hubbard Place in River North and a penthouse at K2 in the Fulton River District gave me good vantage points to look at the progress of a number of developments. Workers are completing the second floor of Catalyst, a 22-story, 223-apartment building pictured above at 630 W Washington in ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on July 15, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A stalled 1K Fulton and Google rumors

1K Fulton

Ever since Crain’s reported that Google is considering a move to the new 1K Fulton development in the West Loop commenters at various websites have treated the deal as a fait accompli that would precipitate imminent change in the area. Here’s how Crain’s phrased the impact: If a deal is struck, it would dramatically reshape ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on June 17, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

A Fulton Market Cold Storage update

Fulton Market Cold Storage

We don’t normally cover office developments – unless they’re likely to have an impact on demand for nearby residential properties. That appears to be the case with the redevelopment of the Fulton Market Cold Storage building, 1000 W Fulton, into 1K Fulton. The building is in the largely-industrial Fulton Market neighborhood. The building has made ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 30, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

The Loop’s blue building on LaSalle Street

10 S LaSalle

All that remains of the circa-1910 Otis Building at 10 S LaSalle is four stories of its original façade, and it’s all you may have ever noticed of the 37-story tower that replaced it. I’d passed the building many times without ever looking up to see the 1986-vintage skyscraper behind the classic terra cotta and ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on April 4, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Is the West Loop the next hot neighborhood?

West Loop Chicago

For years, the West Loop has been one of those neighborhoods that’s always on the verge of becoming hot but never quite catches fire. The past few years, however, have seen a quiet accumulation of infrastructure improvements, commercial and office development, and plans for new residential developments that may finally enable the West Loop to ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on March 7, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Will Fifield “tack on” a hotel and 350 apartments to a West Loop office tower?

Chicago's West Loop

We haven’t added Steve Fifield‘s site at 601-625 W Monroe in the West Loop to our list of new downtown apartment projects, because current plans call only for a 40-story office tower. The current plans are subject to change, according to Crain’s Chicago Real Estate Daily: “This is a city of skyscrapers,” Mr. Fifield said. ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on February 18, 2013
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Fulton Market impact development underway

Fulton Market Cold Storage

An “impact development” is one that’s likely to spur substantial change in its immediate area. The Fulton Market neighborhood in the West Loop is an interesting, mixed-use area with only sparse residential development. The make-over of the 1923-vintage Fulton Market Cold Storage Building, which is currently in the demolition phase, will add a large number ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 14, 2012
ChicagoDowntown / Loop

Keeping up with the Wolf Point development

Aerial view of Wolf Point, Chicago

Wolf Point is an iconic site at the junction of the North, South and Main branches of the Chicago River. A proposed three-tower residential and office development at Wolf Point has drawn a great deal of interest and will continue to do so as the project proceeds to final approvals and construction. The project’s size, ...

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Posted by Joe Zekas on November 6, 2012