New details have been revealed for the renovation of the common spaces of Merchandise Mart at 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza in River North. Originally announced in January of 2022 and building on the last major round of renovations in 2016 when it became The Mart, construction is now progressing with further details and renderings on the refined plans. The New York-based property owner Vornado Realty is behind the project with the local office of Gensler working on the design.
Details have been revealed for the mixed-use expansion of the Black Ensemble Theater (BE) at 4453 N Clark Street in Uptown. Located directly across the street from the theater’s current home just south of the intersection with W Sunnyside Avenue, the new structure will expand the campus to create a cultural corridor. Originally imagined in 2009, the theater is now moving forward with enlarged plans dubbed ‘The Free To Be Village’ designed by Nia Architects, Gensler, and Site Design Group.
The St. Regis Chicago has taken its last major step forward towards completion with the opening of its hotel component at 401 E Wacker Drive in Lakeshore East. Going by the same name as the tower itself and occupying the first 11 lower floors, the hotel and the residences above are being run by St. Regis Hotels and Resorts which is a subsidiary of Marriott. The interiors of the were designed by Gensler with Studio Gang and bKL Architecture working on the overall tower developed by Magellan Development Group.
With the structural work reaching its 399-foot peak, the 24-story mixed-use building at 360 N Green Street is now rapidly progressing with its facade installation. The new Fulton Market tower, developed by Sterling Bay, who owns an array of nearby properties at various stages of development, will offer a mix of offices, 5,400 square feet of retail, and tenant amenities across 500,000 square feet of floor space.
A preliminary permit for interior demolition has been granted in preparation for the revitalization of the Cameron Building at 240 N Ashland Avenue in the Near West Side. Situated on the southwest corner at the intersection with W Fulton Street, the historic clocktower building has been vacant for several years and is now proposed as the new headquarters for local incubator mHUB. The non-profit organization is driving the initiative, while Gensler is now confirmed as the project architect.