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Sterling Bay Michigan Ave Tower


Seems like 300 N. Michigan Avenue may be getting a new 47-story tower in the middle of all the action! Sterling Bay, without a doubt, has been busy this year. They are currently closing in on final approval for their Lincoln Yards development, the biggest project the area has seen.

The tower plans for Michigan Avenue will include 280 hotel rooms and 290 residential units. This information was given by Alderman, Brendan Reilly. Sterling Bay owns a vacant building on the corner of Michigan and East Wacker. The proposed Tower is supposed to replace  the current building if the project moves forward.

This 523-foot building will consist of 29 floors of residential units and a hotel on the lower 10 floors. The Tower would also include 25,000 square…
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Sterling Bay’s latest tweak made Lincoln Yard buildings less dense and shorter. The revision to their $6 billion mega project was made in hopes of winning City Council approval. Aldermen have expressed that they plan to oppose the development, which is another reason for their revision.

In their new proposal, Sterling Bay reduced their largest skyscraper 650 feet to 595 feet and the developments scope from 15 million square feet to 14.5 million square feet.  On top of that, Alderman Brian Hopkins confirmed that Sterling Bay has agreed to double their affordable housing on Lincoln Yards, which is something he pushed for.

However, Zoning Committee Chairman Alderman James Cappleman (46th) has yet to comment if he is satisfied with the latest changes.

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Photo Credit: Draper & Kramer

A 275-unit tower located two blocks from McCormick Place Convention Center broke ground last week and will open in 2020. The development is a 24-story apartment tower located at 2111 S. Wabash Avenue.  Draper & Kramer, a Chicago Developer, is working on the residential part of the development making plans for a neighboring hotel too.

The development won City Council approval in 2016. The proposed plan at that time,  included the 144-unit hotel that would be on the northwest corner of Wabash and Cermak Road.

Since the proposal, the surrounding area has gotten lots of additions such as a new Green Line station and two other hotels. This spells good news for Draper & Kramer. The firms executive vice president stated

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Lincoln Yards Site

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Megadevelopments Lincoln Yards and 78 fates are now in the hands of the Chicago City Council. Both tax-increment financing districts will receive as much as $2.4 billion in public money.

The approval for the proposed TIF districts came yesterday to finance infrastructure projects. Sterling Bay’s Lincoln Yards project will cost approximately $6 billion and will be located along the Branch of the Chicago River. Related Midwest’s project will cost approximately $7 billion for a mixed-use campus between Roosevelt Road and Chinatown.

The 78 has made more progress than Lincoln Yards so far. The 78 won City Council zoning approval last year. Lincoln Yards on the other hand, still needs approval from the City Council’s

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Photo Credit: Sterling Bay

Lincoln Yards is probably one of the most anticipated developments in the Chicago area this year. As promised, we plan to keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Today, after a heated discussion, Sterling Bay is one step closer to the green light to build their mega project along the Chicago River. The Plan Commission approved Sterling Bay’s revised proposal, which didn’t sit right with residents in the North Side community. They were disappointed with 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins for backing Sterling’s plan so soon after revisions.

The revised plan is more detailed of course. The biggest change is the elimination of the 20,000-seat soccer field they originally proposed. That space will now be

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CA Ventures Development

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CA Ventures recently released an ad in a trade publication that shows a rendering of a tall tower at the northwest corner of Lake and Stetson streets. The site where this project will take place was originally supposed to be the Mandarin Oriental hotel and luxury condos. However, it went into foreclosure and the land was placed for sale over two years ago. 


As you can see from the above picture, the ad leaves us to guess, since it doesn’t provide details; we only know the location. It’s good to note that the company responsible for the ads are well-known for their apartments. Because of this, we can assume that the site will consist of luxury apartments. 


CA Ventures still has a long way to go.

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CTA Red Line Rendering

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Well-known developer Related Midwest proposed to turn 62-acres of Chicago riverfront property in Chicago’s South Loop into a campus with multiple amenities. One of the main features of Related Midwest’s proposal is the new red line station, which Related wanted to build on the east corner of 15th and Clark Street. However, Alderman Pat Dowell is not on board with this location. She refuses to support the $300 million-dollar red line development. This proposed 62-acre project has been nicknamed “The 78” would be a 13 million-square-foot development.


Alderman Dowell went on to say, “While I fully support 'The 78' development as a unique and necessary opportunity for growth in the City of Chicago, I cannot support

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Lincoln Yard Rendering

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An email written by 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins threatens the most ambitious development project on Chicago’s North Side. The development plan, drawn by Sterling Bay, features a 20,000-seat soccer stadium/entertainment district that Live Nation, a popular concert promoter, would oversee. The developments plan is to be located between Lincoln Park and Bucktown. The proposal also includes a 21-acre public space, while the last proposal only included 13.4 acres. However, they need more acreage for public space according to Hopkins.  

Hopkins goes on in his email to say “I am not in support of a major sport and entertainment arena within either of their two planned development districts now under

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RPT Realty, the owner of Webster Place shopping center in Lincoln Park plans to expand the property by introducing two residential towers. Preliminary redevelopment plans has been shown to investors already. Part of the plan will reconfigure the shopping center at Webster and Clybourn avenues, which is 30 years old. Barnes and Noble would close, and the Regal Cinemas movie theater complex will be expanded.

The strategy behind this expansion plan is for RPT to capitalize on its location in comparison to Lincoln Yards, which is a $6 billion project that will be located to the south and west of Webster Place.

One big hurdle that RPT has to get over before the expansion can occur is earning the blessings of Webster Place Athletic Club. RPT and the

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Related Midwest recently encountered a push back from downtown Alderman Brendan Reilly. They proposed to build two skyscrapers on the Chicago Spire site. The reason being has to do with access and safety issues. The proposed project for 400 Lake Shore Drive will need major revisions before gaining the support of Reilly. In order for the City Council to review the proposal, they must first have the approval of the alderman.

Some of the changes that the alderman insists happen before he considers Related Midwest’s proposal consist of; shrinking the size of the podium where the towers will sit since it will restrict access to the site from East North Water Street, removing the hotel from the site, make use of ramps connected to Lake Shore Drive and

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