Articles by Jack Crawford

Steppenwolf Theater Phase Two

Steppenwolf Theater Addition Opens for Business In Lincoln Park

Work has completed for the second phase of the Steppenwolf Theater campus expansion in Lincoln Park. This new theater-in-the-round is now open for performances, with 50,000 total square feet of space and seating for 400 patrons. The building at 1646 N Halsted Street, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, also comes with a two-story atrium and lobby, a wine bar and lounge area, as well as a costume shop.

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Morton Salt Development. Rendering by Lamar Johnson Collaborative

New Roof Takes Shape At Former Morton Salt Factory in West Town

Replacement roofing can now be seen taking place atop the main shed at West Town’s former Morton Salt Warehouse. This replacement serves as the first key step in a larger adaptive re-use project, which will transform the former facility into a new entertainment and office venue. Located at 1357 N Elston Avenue, the factory was originally completed in 1930, where it long served as the central production and manufacturing hub for the salt company. In 2017, R2 Companies purchased the aging complex from Morton Salt, while partnering with Blue Star Star Properties and Skydeck (a subsidiary of The Michael Polsky Family Office in Chicago) in the process.

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Schiller Place Apartments. Rendering by Bailey Edward

Brick Installation Underway for Near North Side’s Schiller Place Apartments

Masonry installation has begun to enshroud a trio of residential buildings, known collectively as Schiller Place Apartments in Near North Side. Set to replace a previously vacant lot at 711-749 W Schiller Street, the project will come with a total of 48 apartments ranging from one- to two- bedroom residences. Co-developers Evergreen Real Estate and Structured Development plan for 16 units in each building, with eight total residences designated as affordable.

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