October 2017

There are 13 blog entries for October 2017.

If you’re searching for something to do on Halloween night, Downtown Chicago has some great options.

Navy Pier

First up, head to Navy Pier for the last showing of the Haunted Maze. The event includes a carnival like you’ve never experienced before.

The final day of the event just happens to be Halloween night. From 5pm-8pm take your own self-guided tour, winding your way through the fun.

Halloween parade

A parade is definitely fun for the kids, but this parade is just as fun for the grownups. The Northalsted Halloween Parade kicks off at 7:30pm on Halloween night.

Don’t be fooled by the title, this parade is actually part flash mob, part giant party. Expect to watch the Chicago Thriller flash mob’s take on Michael Jackson, a costume

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Chicago boasts some impressive loft buildings, many of them situated on the city’s North Side. And if you're someone who happens to be in the market for a new loft somewhere in Lakeview, Lincoln Park, or even Roscoe Village, here are a few great spots to begin your search: 

2600 N. Southport

Once a factory, the Amhurst Lofts invite new residents with such desirable features as exposed rafter ceilings, a common rooftop deck and underground parking. As well, some of the lofts of 2600 N Southport also provide wood-burning fireplaces. 

Originally constructed in the 1920s, the building was converted over to lofts in the late 1980s, with three stories of options to choose from. With high ceilings and plenty of open space, the building offers room for

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Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood is where you’ll find some of the Windy City’s most expensive properties on the market. And one of this is reportedly off the market.

According to Crain’s, a stunning Gold Coast mansion over on Bellevue Place recently sold for $7.5 million—the highest price paid for a Chicago area home in 2017. Prior to this most recent mega-deal, a home on Grant Place in the highly desirable Lincoln Park neighborhood traded for $7.2 million back in January and held the top spot until now.

The Gold Coast mansion sold featured six bedrooms, seven full bathrooms, and all sorts of jaw-dropping interiors, much like you’d expect from any multi-million home in one of downtown Chicago’s most expensive neighborhoods.  

As noted by

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One Chicago developer is pulling out all the stops when it comes to efforts to lure another Amazon headquarters to the area. The proposal offers the possibility of a new concert and sports venue close to the Chicago River, and Sterling Bay is even reportedly in discussions with city leaders, production companies and professional sports leagues about a possible partnership.

As of late, the outline includes a network of riverside buildings, interconnected via a walkway from upper levels of two towers. As well, plans also call for a so-deemed “urban campus”, featuring an open quad between rows of much taller towers.

State and city leaders made a formal bid for the new headquarters a couple of weeks ago. It includes the possibility of nearly a dozen

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Another expensive condo has reportedly hit the market in Trump Tower, this  time a unit owned by the former United Chairman and CEO. Officially listed back on the 12th, the lavish residence sits up on the building’s 34th floor and features two bedrooms, 3,437 square feet of living space, and a price tag of $4.675 million—almost double the 2013 purchase price of $2.375 million. 

Not many condos have sold in Trump Tower for what’s being asked outside of the top floor penthouse that traded in 2014 for $17 million, an 87th floor unit in 2013 that traded for $5.85 million, an 88th floor unit that traded for $5.166 million in 2009, and an 87th floor uni that traded for $5.15 million also in 2009. 

With quite a few customizations, however, and some

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A site formerly earmarked for a new condo tower could soon instead bring new townhouses to the area of Polish Triangle. Last summer the developer released plans to construct a 12-story condo tower at Noble Square and Wicker Park, but has since come out with a new plan for nearly two-dozen townhouses at the site.

With designs from locally based Wheeler Kearns Architects, the modernly constructed townhomes are set to be accented with metal and concrete exteriors. As well, each home is also slated to include elevated outdoor space behind the property, with the backyards and a shared courtyard topping the development’s single-story parking garage. 

Construction on the new homes is set for later this fall, with expected delivery of the townhomes to come

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A new skyscraper could soon soar to new heights in the West Loop, where developers are making plans for a new 51-story tower. Slated for a site just off ‘Restaurant Row’, plans call for 300 new residential units, more than 200 parking spaces and some new commercial space in Fulton Market.

The recently filed zoning application sheds some light on the project, calling for a slender structure that’s much different in design than many of the existing low-rise buildings that surround the site. The same developer bought up the land for the now proposed tower, as well as some of the existing buildings a couple of years ago, and dubbed the project 900 West.

While phase one already has retail tenants signed to inhabit the rehabbed low-rise buildings next

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The proposed construction of two towers in River North could generate a new contender when it comes to the city’s tallest structures. A newly submitted application calls for one of the towers to rise 1,011 feet, or rather 76-stories. If all goes as planned, the development would make that building one of Chicago’s tallest.

The second tower is planned to rise up 45-stories high, or rather 583 feet. Altogether, the two buildings would deliver more than 900 new residential units, upwards of 650 parking spaces, and a large amount of retail and office space. There are reports that the residential units will include mostly rentals, but also some condos. 

While renderings of the project have not been publicly released, the two towers will rise from a

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A former office building will soon be transformed into apartments, as part of a conversion project involving the old Hartman Building. Located at 30 E Adams Street, the building dates back to the mid 1920s, and is well known for housing Miler’s Pub on its ground level.

The city just approved a permit allowing the developer to start work on the project. The conversion involves transforming the building into more than 170 rentals. It’s projected the cozy units will each occupy around 500 square feet.

Along with the residential units, reports suggest that amenity space will be added to the building’s 13th and 14th floors. As well, a new elevator penthouse will join the 15th floor of the building.

The conversion project is just one of a number of

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A new mixed-use development could soon be coming to River West. Developers recently submitted a zoning application to construct a 23-story structure at the corner of Carpenter and Milwaukee. 

Plans call for replacing a one-story building and parking lot that currently reside at the site, while also rehabbing a mid-rise office building. In all, the proposal would bring more than 200 new residential units, office space and some ground level retail space to the area. There would also be parking for nearly 100 cars and storage for upwards of 160 bicycles. 

The development still needs approval of a zoning change from manufacturing to downtown mixed-use. If all goes through, though, the new development will go up right across the street from a new

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