Articles by Jack Crawford

633 S LaSalle Street

Construction Nears Halfway Mark for 633 S LaSalle Street in South Loop

Construction at 633 S LaSalle Street in the South Loop area has progressed, with structural work nearing the halfway mark. This 18-floor residential building, undertaken by The Collective, is being developed on a site that was formerly a surface parking lot. The design of the building is tailored for co-living, comprising 117 apartment suites with a capacity to accommodate up to 381 residents.

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Residential Development Takes Shape at 1101 Church Street in Evanston

Construction is progressing for the redevelopment of an existing church and a new addition at 1101 Church Street in Evanston. Developed as a joint venture partnership by Bob Ranquist, John Searls, and Chris Dillion, the 30-unit project incorporates the existing Sojourner Covenant Church, built in 1911 and closed in 2018. Philadelphia-based ISA is the architect behind the plan, which has been dubbed “Lodge Evanston.”

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Optima Verdana Now Fully Complete in Downtown Wilmette

Optima, Inc. has completed the Optima Verdana rental complex in downtown Wilmette. The property, which opened its leasing office this past May, has achieved a 72% occupancy rate. Designed by David Hovey Sr. and David Hovey Jr., the new building offers 100 units, comprising one-, two-, and three-bedroom layouts, as well as penthouses. These units vary in size from 660 to 2,790 square feet, with monthly rents ranging between $3,000 and $12,000.

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