New details and support has been revealed for proposed upgrades to Union Station in West Loop Gate and regional rail infrastructure. The historic headhouse at 225 S Canal Street just west of the city’s financial district has seen extensive upgrades in the last few years, including having the glass roof of its grand hall restored and sealed. Now it will be the centerpiece of the Midwest’s future rail strategy which is seeking funds from the recently announced $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure bill, led by Amtrak and the City of Chicago.
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Zoning variances have been approved for the mixed-use development at 629 W Lake Street in West Loop Gate. Located on the southeast corner with N Des Plaines Street in the interstitial neighborhood which is seeing a growth in demand for new residential options, it will replace the beloved casual Fast Track restaurant and its parking lot. The development team at the locally-operated Rogers Park Holdings LLC have partnered with Axios Architects and Consultants on its design.
Initial demolition permits have been issued for the mixed-use development at 566 W Van Buren Street in West Loop Gate. Located on the northeast corner with S Jefferson Street, the new structure will replace a large surface parking lot along with two existing commercial buildings dating back to the 1890s. Led by co-developers Riverside Investment and Blue Star Properties, the project is being designed by Antunovich Associates who worked on the recently completed 609 W Randolph Street nearby in a similar industrial style.
Updated renderings have been revealed for the two-tower office development at 655 W Madison Street in West Loop Gate. Located just east of the Kennedy Expressway/I-90, the project plans to replace a large surface parking lot and joins various other proposals in the immediate area cashing in on their proximity to the Loop and West Loop. Chicago based developer the John Buck Company, who has managed the Willis tower in its past, is teaming up with local architecture firms HOK and JGMA on the design of the structure.
The Holiday Inn and Suites at 506 W Harrison Street in West Loop Gate is currently undergoing an extensive interior and exterior renovation. This process overseen by development firm LXG and designed by DxU Architects began in January and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The renovation includes updated guest rooms, a new lobby and public spaces, and enhanced amenities including the rooftop pool deck.