Tag: West Loop

From condo to rental to vacant land in the West Loop

Five years ago yesterday we picked up on a Crain’s report that Winthrop Properties had decided to build a 23-story rental apartment building rather than the 325 condos it had planned for a site at 1035 W Van Buren in the West Loop. Winthrop acquired the property for $8.2 million in March of 2006. Bank... Read more »

Target and Mariano's opening soon in the West Loop

Two major retail developments that are likely to have a positive impact on the West Loop are well underway. Target broke ground at Jackson and Aberdeen last September, at which time it was slated for completion in July of this year. Mariano’s Fresh Market on Halsted, pictured above, will be opening in what one observer... Read more »

A look at Lucien Lagrange buildings, built and unbuilt

In the above video Lissa Weinstein takes you on a walking tour of six buildings designed by architect Lucien Lagrange: The Park Hyatt, 840 N Lake Shore Dr, The Elysian, 65 East Goethe, 2520 Lincoln Park West and the Ritz-Carlton condos. Lagrange has designed in a variety of styles, but these buildings all showcase a... Read more »

New condo developments in the West Loop

Buyers looking for new construction 3-bedrooms in the West Loop have at least two options available: 1312 W Madison and CA23. The former is offering May occupancy, while the latter won’t be delivering units until late this year and early next year. Phase I is sold out at both projects, and Phase II units are... Read more »

Preview thirteen Sunday open houses in a YoChicago video extravaganza

Thirteen Chicago homes at which we’ve shot video recently are open for viewing on Sunday, May 22. Preview the homes in our videos, then head out to your favorites. Check back often at YoChicago, or search our video page, for a closer look at the places, spaces and faces that make Chicago a great place... Read more »

Did Oprah really make the West Loop happen?

Yesterday’s Chicago Tribune has an article attributing much of the success of Chicago’s West Loop to Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo Studios. A more accurate take is that Oprah had little, if anything to do with the neighborhood’s rise. The Harpo Studios site hosted TV and movie productions, and drew regular crowds, long before Ms... Read more »

Check out West Loop homes at the Randolph Street Market Festival

We’ve always thought that neighborhood fairs and festivals are a great way to try on a neighborhood and see if it fits. You generally get to meet a number of local businesses and residents, sample the local food, and visit real estate open houses in just one trip. Every weekend this summer you’ll find something... Read more »

565 Quincy nears 90% closed, opens new models for closeout push

565 Quincy represented one of the bright spots in downtown’s new-construction market last year. Between that building and 600 Lake Shore Drive, Belgravia Group condos represented a third of all new home sales in the area. According to a new press release from 565 and @properties, fewer than 25 units are still available, and more... Read more »

Presidential Towers, the good and the bad

With 20 entries to its name, Presidential Towers, 555 W Madison St, is the second most reviewed development in the downtown area at Yelp. Why does it have a 2.5 out of 5 right now? Here’s a sampling of what those reviewers had to say: “If you are a newcomer to the city, this is... Read more »

The Chicago French Market: Not yet a success

Last December Joe Zekas and I took a trip to the newly-opened Chicago French Market in the Ogilvie Transportation Center in the West Loop. The market wasn’t quite what we expected, but our disappointment slowly faded as we considered the amount of traffic the center probably got from its intended clientele — the Loop’s daytime... Read more »