Articles by Jack Crawford

Evo Union Park

Final Cladding Brings West Loop’s Evo Union Park Closer to Finish Line

Final face brick installation can be seen along Evo Union Park, an 11-story residential development approaching completion at West Loop’s 1454 W Randolph Street. Within this $64 million undertaking, developer Marquette Companies has planned for 242 total apartment dwellings, ranging from convertible layouts through two-bedroom residences. There will also be a total of 87 parking spaces and 48 bike storage slots housed within the ground-floor garage.

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300 N Michigan Avenue

300 N Michigan Avenue Wraps Up Glass Installation as Countdown’s Eighth-Place Entry

At eighth place in Chicago YIMBY’s year-end countdown is 300 N Michigan Avenue, a 47-story mixed-use skyscraper developed by Sterling Bay at the northeast corner of The Loop. Rising 523 feet to its pinnacle, this nearly complete tower will house retail within its podium, a hotel on floors six to 15, and apartments on the 17th through 46th floors. The hotel portion will be a 280-key CitizenM, while the residential portion, dubbed “Millie on Michigan” will yield a total of 289 rental units.

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140 N Ashland Avenue. Rendering by Brininstool + Lynch

Demolition Prep Begins at 140 N Ashland Avenue in Near West Side

Just south of the CTA L’s Ashland station, fencing can be seen around a three-story midcentury building, which upon its imminent demolition will be replaced by a new 12-story mixed-use building development. This 154-foot-tall project by Marquette Companies will integrate with a five-story 1920’s-era building at the south end of the block. The 140 N Ashland Avenue property previously housed the Women’s Treatment Center, whose operations are currently downsizing and prompted the organization to relocate.

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Tribune Tower conversion

Tribune Tower Renovation Ranks 10th in Year-End Construction Countdown

The edifice’s story begins almost exactly 100 years ago, when The Chicago Tribune newspaper held a public competition to design its new headquarters. The key guideline was to design the “most beautiful office building” in the world, with over 260 submissions vying for that title and a first prize of $50,000 (roughly $800,000 in 2021). The winning entry was the Neo-Gothic design by New York-based Raymond Hood and John Mead Howells, whose dramatic Neo-Gothic design came to fruition with the tower’s completion in 1925. The Chicago Landmark would serve as the Tribune’s headquarters for another 93 years, up until its 2018 relocation to One Prudential Plaza. Upon the departure, the property was sold for $240 million to co-developers CIM Group and Golub & Company.

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1123 W Randolph Street

Final Touches Seen at 1123 W Randolph Street in West Loop

With scaffolding now removed and final facade and interior touches underway, we now have a final picture of the six-story 1123 W Randolph Street development in West Loop. Planned by Interra Realty at the corner of Randolph Street and May Street, this mixed-use mid-rise is poised to accommodate retail space on the first two floors and nine apartment units on the remaining four floors.

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