Articles by Ian Achong

City Council Approves Two Mixed-use Developments in Wicker Park

The Chicago City Council has approved two mixed-use developments at 1235 N Ashland Avenue and 1301 N Ashland Avenue in Wicker Park. Located on two separate lots just north of the intersection with N Milwaukee Avenue and across the street from Wicker Park Commons, both of the proposals will replace five-existing buildings in total dating back to the late 1800s. Grand Properties Acquisitions, LLC is behind both with local firm Hanna Architects working on their design.

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Bally’s Temporary Casino Moves Closer To Completion

An additional approval has been granted for Bally’s temporary casino within the Medinah Temple at 600 N Wabash Avenue in River North. In the works since Bally’s won the famed city casino bid last year, the temporary location has been quickly coming together in the last few months while awaiting a summer opening. The renovation of the historical structure is being led by Rhode-Island based Bally’s along with STL Architects and SOSH Architects working on its design.

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Details Revealed For Fifth Third Arena Expansion in Near West Side

Potential details have been revealed for the full build-out of the Fifth Third Arena at 301 S Damen Avenue in the Near West Side. Located on the southeastern corner with W Jackson Boulevard and bound by the Eisenhower to the south, the multi-phase plan will eventually replace a vacant lot just west of the arena. The overall plan is being led and developed by the Chicago Blackhawks as they seek to begin with an arena expansion.

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Plans Revealed For Mixed-Use Development In Near West Side

Initial details have been revealed for a new mixed-use development at 116-138 S Paulina Street in the Near West Side. Located on the northwest corner with W Adams Street and bound by the CTA Pink Line tracks to the west, the proposal will replace a vacant lot bound by a surface parking lot to the north. Now City Church Chicago is moving forward with plans for a multi-phase complex in the works for multiple years, though no architect has been mentioned.

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1300 W Lake Street

Plan Commission Approves Tower At 1300 W Lake Street In West Loop

The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the mixed-use development at 1300 W Lake Street in the West Loop. Located on the northwest corner with N Elizabeth Street in the growing west end of the neighborhood, the proposal was first revealed in March of this year before going in front of the Committee on Design. Now Loukas Development receives another approval for the slightly redesigned tower from bKL Architecture.

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