Here's a few interesting things I noticed
1) Northeastern Illinois' new building at 3390 N Avondale was granted a $22 million building permit on 5/20. It looks like they added 5000 sq feet to the plan for a total of 60,000 sq feet. Also calls for 200 parking spaces (does not specify if surface or a garage or both). The thing is, this broke ground in November of 2012. I wonder what the hold up was?
2) 1041 W Madison looks to have a new 4 story retail building constructed with 3 new apartment units sometime in the near future (probably). This is not far away from the new 216 unit apartment complex at Madison & Racine that just broke ground yesterday.
It appears Smitten Boutique is in this space right now. Perhaps the owners are going to tear it down to build a new, larger building with more income space for themselves (i.e. rental units).