Articles by Ian Achong

Rush Specialty Hospital. Photo by Jack Crawford

Rush Specialty Hospital Takes 30th Place In 2023 Countdown

We continue our 2023 countdown with the 30th place going to the Rush Specialty Hospital at 516 S Loomis Street in Little Italy. Located on the northwest corner of the intersection with W Harrison Street, the building is receiving its final touches as construction quickly wraps up prior to winter. The project is a collaboration between the Rush University System and Select Medical, with GWG3 Architecture working on its design.

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424 S Wabash Avenue. Rendering by Pappageorge Haymes

Caisson Permits Issued For 424 S Wabash Avenue In South Loop

Initial permits have been issued for the mixed-use development at 424 S Wabash Avenue in the South Loop. Located just south of the intersection with E Van Buren Street, the new tower would replace a vacant lot most commonly used as a surface parking lot for the surrounding businesses. The team at DAC Developments is leading the project under the direction of Adam Rezko, with local firm Pappageorge Haymes working on its design.

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Initial Details Revealed For Mixed-Use High-Rise in Near North Side

Initial details have been revealed for a mixed-use development at 1565 N Clybourn Avenue in Near North Side. Sitting on the northeastern corner of the intersection with N Halsted Street, the proposal was announced in a recent newsletter from second ward alderman Brian Hopkins. The project is being developed by New York-based The Georgetown Company, though an architect is currently unknown.

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American Blues Theater Opens at 5627 N Lincoln Avenue In West Ridge

An opening has been held for the new home of The American Blues Theater at 5627 N Lincoln Avenue in West Ridge. Sitting just north of the intersection with W Bryn Mawr Avenue near Rosehill Cemetery, the theater repurposed a vacant one-story commercial building. The project was led by the theater company itself with Morris Architects Planners acting as the architects while Schuler Shook supplied the theater systems.

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Plan Commission Approves Thrive Exchange In South Shore

Plans have been approved for the first phase of Thrive Exchange at 7901 S Exchange Avenue in South Shore. Sitting right on the intersection with E 79th Street, the project will replace a pair of existing buildings next to the Cheltenham/79th Street Metra station. The proposal was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission, led by developer DL3 Realty and designed by local-firms KOO Architects and Site Design Group.

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