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Old Posted Dec 10, 2015, 4:53 PM
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That quirky Gino's east location with all the writings all over the place, and the tacky, silly but lovable ed debevic's... gonna miss them.
gino's has already moved into a much more attractive and appropriate building over on Lasalle and ed's claims they will reopen in a new space closer to michigan ave. the businesses will still continue as businesses, which is just fine.

but i will never miss tacky, single story, single-use structures in river north, especially those with attached surface parking lots (ed's). there should be absolutely no tears shed over these. the replacements are far, FAR, FAR superior in every conceivable way.
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Shapack is planning a mid-rise hotel in the Fulton Market area (Green/Lake) – 11 stories. No word on operator yet.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/reale...l-a-block-away
Looks like 12 floors - architect is Morris Adjmi
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2015, 5:01 PM
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Looks like 12 floors - architect is Morris Adjmi
Woot, more development along the Green Line! Wouldn't this belong in the highrise thread then?
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Old Posted Dec 10, 2015, 5:14 PM
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Looks like 12 floors - architect is Morris Adjmi
Nice! Thanks for posting. I've seen their work before – did FLATS hire them for one of their new construction Uptown projects?

I really like the work Shapack is doing – he seems to be filling a void in stylish mid-rise projects that Chicago doesn't get enough of. Even his blue glass highrise is a bit more stylish than most of the others going up.
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quick and cheap is not a demerit by itself. the fact that it is still standing and structurally sound 150 years later is a testament to that. if we can still say that about the cheap schlock going up today in the same amount of time than i guess we can have that debate.

i find it elegant, brooding, and a reminder of the old Chicago which is all too rapidly being thrown under the bus. it contributes to the fine grained street level experience. does a building need to be a landmark to consider it worthy of appreciating? we have a city filled with thousands of 2 flats, bungalows, and other similar type "workers cottages". they werent built for nobility, they were built for the everyday working man. are they not worthy of our respect? are those not the types of buildings and architecture Chicago for so long prided itself on?

yes, something happens to a building when it is allowed to age. it gains character. and theres no way to fake it, it takes time. and the way buildings from this era weather is distinctly different than the way glass and steel modern construction does. one gets better. the other does not.

frankly there is no need for ANY vintage building to be demolished in this city given what we have to work with, and how rare and distinctive what we have is from the rest of the United States, and the world for that matter. if we keep it up however we will not have much left to distinctly call our own.
I certainly agree with a lot of what you are saying here. Of course, I would rather see it stay than go, but unfortunately, the land that's available for purchase and subsequent development is what it is, and occasionally it will have an old building on it. If I get bummed about every old building that falls to the wrecking ball, it would be at odds with my desire for progress, and it would be tough for me to deal with (sometimes rationalizing a demo helps with accepting it). It's also a case-by-case analysis for me, and in this particular case, I'm OK losing this one seeing as the improvement to the property is substantial and the value of what's being lost isn't equal or greater than the value of the improvement (in my opinion, of course). But as far as retaining pieces of history, I'm definitely with you; I just have a higher threshold for preservation, I guess.
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Nice! Thanks for posting. I've seen their work before – did FLATS hire them for one of their new construction Uptown projects?

I really like the work Shapack is doing – he seems to be filling a void in stylish mid-rise projects that Chicago doesn't get enough of. Even his blue glass highrise is a bit more stylish than most of the others going up.
Re: FLATS. I don't think so. I think they included some photos of Adjmi's work in their presentations to show the type of style they were trying to copy haha. But Related is working with MA on the Van Buren tower...

And I agree, Shapack is doing very high quality boutique developments, and 171 Halsted/The Parker looks awesome from SolarWind's photos.

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FYI, the tower crane base is already in for the Logan twins and they have already packed up the foundation equipment. They sure are wasting no time.
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This is condo, right?

If so, has Smithfield begun selling units??

If not (although I find this quite unlikely), I'd imagine these will be some of the largest, most expensive (at least chunk price-wise) tower rental units around town....
The Curbed article which covered it said the lawyer for Smithfield wouldn't say if it's condo or apartment. One thing is for sure though - they won't be cheap. 23 floors with 58 units is less than 3 units per floor. I'll bet that there will be numerous floors with no more than 2 floors on them. Maybe a few with more like 4, but I'm sure it'll be luxury and not cheap. There will be some residences with private decks and their own green roofs too.
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^ solarwind, thank you so much for all of your recent and exhaustive construction pics all over town.
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uh the Xavier is complete, no need for renderings anymore

They're just doing interior work now and are leasing currently
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uh the Xavier is complete, no need for renderings anymore

They're just doing interior work now and are leasing currently
You know it's a boom, when you can't track the projects anymore.
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242' at Jackson/Damen, plus whatever that fin adds!!!! The evolution of our second CBD at IMD continues.

Good site plan for Rush, hard sidewalk edges while holding corners and a interior courtyard from Jackson, the better pedestrian street. Not loving the Blackhawks training center with the surface lots against Ogden, but perhaps that is still subject to change.
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With Chicago's MILA residential development now topped off at 444 feet / 135 metres and almost fully clad at the intersection of N Michigan Avenue (MI) and Lake Street (LA), SkyriseCities was guided on an exclusive tour of the 41-storey, bKL Architecture-designed development earlier this week.
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The Sinclair, aka Tower of Jewel. 12/11/2015

Lot of equipment on site. Looks like some of the crane has arrived too by the first picture.





Future home of Viceroy Hotel. 12/11/2015. Looks like the entire facade of the current building has been removed. The stuff you see there are wood slats. I would assume the facade work is done and they'll probably start some sort of construction soon-ish? I'm actually kind of confused. Are they going to demolish the existing building, build a new base that's similar and then attach the facade on there, or are they going to not demolish it and then re-attach the facade once the high rise portion is far along?

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^ looks like the sinclair will be going U/C any day now. probably sometime next week.

boom, boom, boom, boom.
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Old Posted Dec 11, 2015, 8:00 PM
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^ looks like the sinclair will be going U/C any day now. probably sometime next week.

boom, boom, boom, boom.
No doubt - they already have the permits in place to build the foundation and structure thru the 3rd floor. Just need to get all the equipment on site and start, which looks like they're doing. I'll bet it's U/C next week sometime too
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