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Old Posted Mar 4, 2017, 4:12 PM
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831 Emerson returns with a new design

242 units, 175 parking spaces, and a new 7-Eleven





While I think this iteration of the project is generally fine, it seems like the BKL and the developer have really struggled on the design each time.
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Looks a bit like a public housing project. Not a fan.
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The unlikely success of Waukegan's Genesee Theatre

I'm quite amazed at the steady stream volume of big name performances that the Genesee Theatre lands.

Waukegan is your typical rust belt suburb with good bones that has fallen on harder times. Countless old suburban and city movie palaces have been torn down, and in suburbia there are many newer venues closer to the highway, in more affluent areas, and with way more easy parking. In addition, you have competition with Chicago itself which has plenty of music venues.

Yet somehow the Genesee is not only surviving, it's a big draw. How did they pull it off?

I would love to see something like this happen with the Uptown Theatre in Chicago
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Orland park

80,000sq foot mixed use building proposed for Orland Park, with a "luxury Cinepolis theatre" on the second floor and "specialty retail and restaurants" on the first floor.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...320-story.html


http://il-orlandpark2.civicplus.com/....aspx?AID=1215

http://patch.com/illinois/orlandpark...wn-main-street
http://patch.com/illinois/orlandpark...ed-orland-park
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I'm quite amazed at the steady stream volume of big name performances that the Genesee Theatre lands.

Waukegan is your typical rust belt suburb with good bones that has fallen on harder times. Countless old suburban and city movie palaces have been torn down, and in suburbia there are many newer venues closer to the highway, in more affluent areas, and with way more easy parking. In addition, you have competition with Chicago itself which has plenty of music venues.

Yet somehow the Genesee is not only surviving, it's a big draw. How did they pull it off?

I would love to see something like this happen with the Uptown Theatre in Chicago
No great mystery here. Performers go where (they think) their fans are. Looking at the lineup, it seems most of the acts are popular with people in their 40s/50s. Those performers probably assume that their fans are white, middle-class, middle-aged, and largely live in the suburbs - places like Waukegan, or at least the towns around it.

Waukegan has the extra advantage of being a midpoint between Chicago and Milwaukee, so it can draw from both markets. And the Genesee is a historic movie palace with some ambience, unlike pretty much every other venue in Lake County, and it sits in a little Main Street ecosystem of bars and restaurants for people to eat and drink before/after the show.

There are similar lineups at the Arcada in St Charles and the Paramount in Aurora, for many of the same reasons.

It's too bad Waukegan can't parlay this into more downtown development. As you mention, it's got good bones, commuter train service to Chicago and a lakefront location. Unfortunately I think it's a little too far for regular commuters to Chicago, and the downtown has totally been co-opted by Lake County government with a massive cancer of parking lots and ugly buildings. Even the lakefront is still heavily industrial, polluted, and not easily accessible from downtown.
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Pleasant Prairie is in the Chicagoland metro region. The plant will be a half million sq ft


http://www.13newsnow.com/money/busin...nsin/425238859

Gummy bear giant Haribo to build first North American plant in Wisconsin


Jason Stein , Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , WVEC 9:16 AM. EDT March 24, 2017


PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI -- The German giant that originated the gummy bear will open its first North American candy factory in Pleasant Prairie, bringing hundreds of jobs and nearly a quarter-billion dollar investment to the rapidly growing border area, Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday.

Haribo of Bonn, Germany, will invest $242 million in the plant and create 400 jobs there when the factory opens in 2020, the GOP governor said.

"These are well-paying jobs above market (salary) and they tend to offer a full benefit package," Walker said at a Capitol news conference.

Flanked by GOP lawmakers from the area and Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser, a Democrat, Walker said that the company has committed to build the plant but that the state is still finishing negotiations on an incentive package. Pleasant Prairie also is still negotiating the sale of the land, officials said.

Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Chief Executive Officer Mark Hogan said that the state wouldn't be able to talk about the tax credits or other incentives being offered until the contract for them had been signed.

Haribo gets its name from the first letters of the names of its founder Hans Riegel Sr. and its birthplace, Bonn. There in the wake of World War I, Riegel introduced the world to gummy bears, or as they say beside the Rhine River, "Gummibärchen."

The company is as iconic in Germany as popular American candies are here, with a Depression-era German jingle that translates as "Kids and grown-ups love it so — the happy world of Haribo." The company has nearly 7,000 employees worldwide who produce 100 million bears a day.

In a statement, company officials said the announcement caps a long search for the right site to build a massive factory for continuing its growth in the American market.

“Haribo has already been in the process of selecting a location for a first manufacturing facility in the USA for several years. In an elaborate process, we have examined many different sites. We are very excited to announce this important decision today,” said Rick LaBerge, chief operating officer of Haribo of America Inc.

A 438-acre site is being purchased by Pleasant Prairie for $37.5 million to be turned into the Prairie Highlands business park, with streets, utilities and other improvements to be financed through a proposed tax incremental finance district, Village Administrator Michael Pollocoff said. TIF districts work by using the taxes generated by new development to pay off the loans issued to fund infrastructure such as new streets.

A roughly 100-acre portion of the park would be sold, in turn, to Haribo, which would not receive any other local incentives, Pollocoff said.

Pleasant Prairie isn't a stranger to big players in the candy industry — the Jelly Belly Candy Co. also has a warehouse in the village.

"It's Candyland," joked Pollocoff, who noted that food processors are drawn by the area's proximity to Chicago, transportation infrastructure and access to Lake Michigan water.

The Kenosha area has attracted high-profile investments in recent years from companies such as Amazon that have translated into 8,000 new jobs, Walker said.

According to the Kenosha Area Business Alliance, more than $1 billion in capital investment and about 9.5 million square feet of new space have been announced for the county over the past four years.

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Not sure this was ever posted here, but Target is opening a semi-large store next to the end of the Yellow Line in Skokie. The shell of the building is already complete, and it's actually really handsome with a good street presence and quality materials. All parking is in back.

I wish it could be mixed-use and it kind of overwhelms the historic stationhouse next door (now Starbucks), but really nice infill for what it is.


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Downtown Elmhurst project on York, taken today.
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Nothing special architecturally, but this downtown Barrington project is TOD and good density. Drove past it today and foundation work is well underway.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.chica...story,amp.html
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Library lot: Lower price, shorter building
By Bill Smith on April 14, 2017

Evanston aldermen will be asked Monday to authorize the city manager to negotiate a contract to sell the library parking lot downtown for redevelopment as an 11-story office building.
$1 million less for the city in exchange for 3 less floors and a traditional design (not often you see that for an office building), and people are still unhappy.
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Nothing special architecturally, but this downtown Barrington project is TOD and good density. Drove past it today and foundation work is well underway.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.chica...story,amp.html
Wow, this is frickin' amazing for Barrington. The former building on that lot (Atlas Van Lines) was torn down over a decade ago and polluted soil was cleaned up. I always assumed it would become some auto-centric piece of crap.

A previous mayor was voted out largely because he wanted a moderate-density mixed use development in this corner of downtown (the "Golden Triangle"), so I'm glad to see this getting approved in a half-decent form.
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Here's a little update on the highrise proposals currently in the works for downtown Evanston.

Of course, Evanston is a notorious bastion of NIMBYism, so this is all extremely "wait and see".



Northlight Tower - 419' - 37 Floors - res./hotel


source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...ht-tower-would






601 Davis - 353' - 33 Floors - residential


source: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/reale...-ever-building





The Albion - 178' - 16 Floors - residential


source: https://chicago.curbed.com/2017/7/3/...ent-renderings






1714 Chicago - 11 Floors - office


source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...ffice-building






1815 Ridge - 10 Floors - senior living


source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...final-approval






831 Emerson - 9 Floors - residential


source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...on-development
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Downtown Naperville Updates

Quick rundown of some of the development activity in downtown Naperville. Some of these are not the prettiest, but still great to see the downtown area continues to grow.

Water Street Development - 74' - 5 Floors - Retail/Office/Hotel
Status: Completed

source: http://www.dailyherald.com/news/2017...y-expectations

source:http://www.sgwarch.com/water-street-naperville/

North Central College New Hall - 60' 5 Floors - Residential
Status: Completed

source:http://www.bulley.com/projects/new-residence-hall/

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Wentz Science Center - 46' - 3 Floors - Academic
Status: Completed

source:http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...629-story.html

source:https://brilliantfuture.northcentral...r-construction

320 N Ellsworth St - 43' - 4 Floors - Residential
Status: Approved

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http://eagenda.naperville.il.us/sire...doctype=agenda
http://eagenda.naperville.il.us/sire...7093826704.PDF

720 N Washington - 42' - 3 Floors - Retail/Residential
Status: Approved

source:http://www.dhbusinessledger.com/busi...-train-station

Charleston Row Homes - 40' - 3 Floors - Residential
Status: Approved

source:http://www.dailyherald.com/article/2...ess/161208864/

17 Court Place - 35' - 3 Floors - Residential
Status: Approved

source:http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...517-story.html

315 S Main St - 60' - 4 Floors - Retail/Office
Status: Proposed

source:http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...302-story.html

Nichols Library Redevelopment
Status: Proposed

source:http://www.dailyherald.com/news/2017...-in-naperville

5th Avenue Station Redevelopment
Status: Proposed

source:http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburb...829-story.html
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two more evanston higrise proposals were recently announced.

sorry, no rendering released yet.





a 25 story building on the site of a current single story retail building:

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Bill Smith on October 17, 2017 - 10:35am

The owners of The Merion, the senior living community at 1611 Chicago Ave. in Evanston are planning a new high-rise development just to the north of their building.

Alderman Judy Fiske, 1st Ward, says Jeff Michael of Horizon Realty Group had originally contemplated a 34 story building to replaces a row of storefronts between 1621 and 1631 Chicago Avenue.

He's now scaled the plans back to 25 stories, Fiske says, "but I don't support it at that height."
source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...chicago-avenue





a 17 story building on the site of a current surface parking lot:

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17-story building planned for parking lot on Oak
By Bill Smith on October 13, 2017 - 3:52pm

The Trammell Crow Company has scheduled a neighborhood meeting for Thursday, Oct. 19, to discuss plans for a 17-story building with 169 apartments that it hopes to build on a parking lot at 1727 Oak Ave. in Evanston.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Room G300 at the Civic Center.

The project is described as an "active adult" development. No renderings of designs for the building or other details were immediately available from city officials.
source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...ing-lot-on-oak
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updates to the Evanston highrise proposal list:




Northlight Tower - 419' - 37 Floors - res./hotel


source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...ht-tower-would






601 Davis - 353' - 33 Floors - residential


source: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/reale...-ever-building






The Legacy - 261' - 25 Floors - residential


source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...ould-be-condos






1727 Oak - 17 Floors - senior living


source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...lanned-for-oak






The Albion - 166' - 15 Floors - residential


source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...bion-high-rise






1714 Chicago - 11 Floors - office


source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...ffice-building






1815 Ridge - 10 Floors - senior living


source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...final-approval






831 Emerson - 9 Floors - residential


source: http://evanstonnow.com/story/real-es...on-development
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Damn! Evanston about to rival River North over here...
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^ well, keep in mind how NIMBY evanston's city council can be.

these are all just proposals at this point, none of them are U/C, and only the bottom 4 on the list above have even been given approval (all of them after council-mandated height reductions).

and when a building over 300' is proposed in evanston, it's often a precursor to a real estate crash. it happened in the early '90s. it happened in the late '00s. might history be repeating itself?

the city council does approve highrises from time to to, but there are almost always concessions on height, size, unit count, parking, etc. that they first exact from the (evil, greedy, diabolical) developer to appease the mouth-foaming NIMBY horde.
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South Blvd and Harlem - Oak Park

Nov 4

Going up


Not sure what the official term is - kids call em Lincoln log buildings.



Nov 3





On the East end foundation work continues.


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Nov 4

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