Neighborhood Guide

Mapping the West Loop’s Development Boom

Pay a visit to the West Loop and you’ll quickly notice a flurry of developments underway. Our friends at Curbed Chicago mapped out the latest projects now happening (or proposed) in Chicago’s West Loop. Major fixtures in the neighborhood include tech tenants, like Google, and fast food giant, McDonald’s (coming in 2018). From corporate offices, hotels, restaurants, residential buildings and beyond, the West Loop is booming and becoming one of the hottest neighborhoods in Chicago.

 

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the West Loop, as of July 2017:

 

845 W. Madison

Status: Proposed
“Large sites typically spawn large developments and that is certainly the case when it comes to the redevelopment of the former H2O+ facility at 845 W. Madison. Spanning an entire block, the proposed project from the John Buck Company and GREC hopes to deliver 586 units spread across two 17-story towers and street-fronting townhouses designed to hide the development’s parking garage. The project was first presented to neighbors at 627 units but has since been downsized.”

 

110 N. Carpenter Street

Status: Under Construction
“Potentially the West Loop’s biggest catalyst for change, the future corporate headquarters of McDonald’s has been fast-tracked by the city of Chicago. Replacing Oprah’s former Harpo Studios, the 600,000-square-foot facility from developer Sterling Bay and architect Gensler was first presented to neighbors in June of 2016and managed to get zoned, land permits, and break ground in just a handful of months. The block-sized structure is about half way to its final height.”

 

801-811 W. Fulton

Status: Under Construction
“Developer Shapack Partners is behind a 7-story, 70,000-square-foot office building replacing a parking lot just south of the Fulton Market District gateway signage. The masonry and concrete building was designed by HPA to reflect the area’s existing industrial warehouses and will feature 80,000 feet of ground floor retail when complete. The project recently landed its first construction permit.”

 

Fulton West

Status: Under Construction
“Originally planned as offices for an insurance firm, the building at 1330 W. Fulton was left abandoned and in a half-built state for a number of years before being resurrected by developer Sterling Bay. Once completed, the new nine-story building will feature a rooftop deck and parking for 610 vehicles. Online company review site Glassdoor and vacuum maker Dyson have signed-on as tenants in the soon to open 290,000-square-foot building.”

 

Nobu Hotel

Status: Under Construction
“Following a somewhat turbulent gestation and approval process, Nobu Hospitality Group is finally moving forward on its new boutique hotel and restaurant. Originally proposed as 12-story design, the project was cut down to eight levels before finally re-emerging as an 11-story building from Modif Architecture. The hotel is expected to contain 119 guest rooms and a 10,000-square-foot Nobu restaurant from namesake star chef Nobu Matsuhisa. Plans also call for an indoor pool, event space, and a rooftop lounge. Foundation work on the hotel (finally) began in May.”

 

For an interactive map, additional developments and details, visit Curbed Chicago.

 

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Homes, Neighborhood Guide

5 Hottest Wrigleyville Properties for Sale Now

wrigley rooftop real estate

2016 was a triumphant year for the Chicago Cubs — and for the team’s home neighborhood, Wrigleyville. The Cubs became World Series champions (for the first time since 1908) and the historic win renewed real estate development in the surrounding areas of Wrigley Field. Wrigleyville is one of the most vibrant and iconic neighborhoods in the city of Chicago. Beyond its rich history rooted with the Cubs, Wrigleyville remains a well-known spot for entertainment, dining and nightlife, and of course, America’s favorite pastime.

Check out these 5 hot homes for sale now in Wrigleyville:

 

3755 N Janssen Ave – $2,450,000

6 Bed / 5 Bath

3755 N Janssen Ave Chicago

Make yourself at home in this beautifully appointed single family residence. Boasting 5,250 total square feet, you’ll find 4 fireplaces, two wet bars, a wine cellar, and an eco-friendly green roof with solar panels.

 

3729 N Wilton Ave Unit 1S – $899,000

3 Bed / 4 Bath

3729 N Wilton Chicago

New construction duplex-down, featuring multiple outdoor spaces suitable for entertaining. Luxury finishes and oak hardwood floors throughout, all located on a tree lined one-way street.

 

3531 N Janssen Ave – $3,695,000

6 Bed / 3 Bath

3531 n jansen chicago

Designer-inspired single family home located on an extra wide lot within the Blaine School District. Dramatic ceiling heights and top-of-the-line finishes create a grand feel throughout the home. Outdoor space includes a raised terrace with fireplace and a private, landscaped backyard.

 

3725 N Kenmore Ave Apt 4 – $799,900

3 Bed / 3 Bath

3725 Kenmore Chicago

Check out the incredible skyline view of Wrigley atop this private rooftop deck. Lots of light fills this spacious 3 bed / 3 bath property, located within steps of Wrigley attractions, restaurants, shops and 2 blocks to El transportation.

 

3639 N Wayne Ave – $2,850,000

6 Bed / 5.5 Bath

3639 N Wayne chicago

This single family home blends traditional and modern elements seamlessly, featuring a custom kitchen, luxurious master suite, impressive wine cellar and an expansive roof deck. All steps away from Wrigley Field and Southport Corridor.

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Drink, Eat, Events, Get The List, Life, Neighborhood Guide, Shop

The Top 10 Things To Do And See In Uptown Chicago

Many Chicago neighborhoods come close, but not many surpass the rich and culturally colorful history of Uptown. From things to do, bites to eat, and places you ought to see, here is a simple guide to some highlights of Uptown.

Beauty House Beauty Supply • 1041 W Wilson Ave

Look no further: anything you’ve been looking for, here is where you’re going to find it. This Uptown cosmetic shop is perhaps the finest beauty house in the city. Hair enthusiast and product junkies alike will find that this long-time staple is like a candy shop. Bags are checked in at the front door, and if you’re using a plastic card, your purchase must total $10 and onward. But, beyond that, there are endless aisles full of all your hair, hair care, skin, nails, and jewelry needs.

The Godfather’s Famous Pizza • 1265 W Wilson Ave

Another best in the city, “Godfather’s Pizza” is too mouth-watering for words. They’ve got stuffed pizzas, and puffed pizzas, pan pizzas, and thin crust pizzas, right on Wilson Avenue. There’s an eclectic menu full of other classic Italian bites, delivering to nearly 30 of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods for only $2.50.

Green Mill Cocktail Lounge • 4802 N Broadway St

Nothing sounds sweeter than a cocktail lounge with connections to Chicago mob history. It’s been around since 1907, and can be seen in movies such as Thief (1981), Soul Food (1997),  and High Fidelity (2000) to name a few. While you won’t catch Al Capone sitting in his favorite booth, or Jack McGurn’s men literally being cutthroat, you will find the sweet jazz and blues and poetry performances incredible. Get in early, because this place has a tendency to fill up.

Montrose Beach

The beach of Uptown, and a superbly popular beach for beach-goers,  there’s plenty of fun in the sun to be had. Wind up playing volleyball, or sitting under an umbrella, enjoy the complimentary WiFi. There are concession stands, kayak rentals, water-sport rentals like jet-skis, and plans had been made for a simulated wave pool. There’s even a fenced-off dog beach for a man and his best friend to play.

Black Ensemble Theater Company •  4450 N Clark Street

This theater company is at the epicenter of productions involving Black-American culture. You’ll enjoy musicals celebrating infamous black musicians and performers like Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson, and Billie Holiday. One of the greatest aspects of this company is the role it plays in contributing to Chicago’s emerging Theater Town image. The company once performed at 4520 North Beacon Street, but have been performing in this new state of the art 50,000-square-foot Cultural Center since November 18, 2011.

West Argyle Street Historic District

Once a suburb called “Argyle Park,” and now Chicago’s first and only shared street, Asia on Argyle is just that. There’s a hodgepodge of Vietnamese, Chinese, Camboadian, Laotian, and Thai restaurants, bakeries and shops. Window shop and find duck roasting before your eyes. You’ll probably want to stop by Lao Sze Chuan and try the dry chili chicken while you’re there.

Wilson Red Line Uptown Station

While the Popeye’s is more of a throwback, and renovation of the Wilson Red line stop is already underway, the stone infrastructure of the Uptown Station will still remain in its architectural greatness. If you’ve traveled in and around Uptown during the past several decades, this station will always hold some sort of significance to you and bring you that good ole’ nostalgia.

 

Racial Reconciliation Mural • N Sheridan Rd & W Sunnyside Ave

The Unique Thrift Store on Sheridan is now something of the past, but for now, the mural along the wall of the building still stands. The mural has a rich history, which you can check out here, and is filled with symbolism and messages of faith. Completed in the mid-1990s, this art is worth taking a look at before anything could possibly happen to it.

Aragon Ballroom • 1106 W Lawrence Ave

The most awe-fulfilling factor that makes Uptown one of the greatest communities to ever grace Chicago is it’s very rich history. Not so long ago, people would flock to the ballroom from all over the city and surrounding suburbs, to partake in dance, concerts, and a melee of other uses. It was built in a Moorish architectural style, where the interior resembled a Spanish village, earning the Spanish name of “Aragon.” Today, the venue has continued to be used as the hot spot for concerts, live-recordings, and other events.

Riviera Theatre • 4746 N Racine Ave

This concert venue that fits about 2,500 people was built in 1917 at the intersection of Lawrence, Broadway and Racine. At one point, in the late 1980’s, it was a private nightclub. Since 2006, it’s been owned by Jam Productions. This June, catch Future Islands and Portugal. The ManBlack Daniels and Electric Guest in concert.

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