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Old Posted Aug 29, 2020, 5:53 PM
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^ Is that a pedway to connect the buildings?
The new build is considered Phase II of the MCA Apartments... I'm guessing Phase II will have a separate entrance, but the skybridge is to allow for direct indoor access to the amenities in Phase I.

They have a beautiful rooftop, I've had the privilege of visiting a few times.
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Old Posted Aug 31, 2020, 3:38 AM
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318 N Capenter is a fantastic new construction building.
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Spotted soil testing today at that vacant lot at Chicago and Cleveland, the one where developers were eyeing a new hotel tower.
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Spotted soil testing today at that vacant lot at Chicago and Cleveland, the one where developers were eyeing a new hotel tower.
Boring design, but it would be good for the area despite the immediate proximity to the Cabrini Rowhouses. Despite living only a ten minute walk from there, I would not want to stay in a hotel there, but ostensibly out of towners wouldn't know better and it would be good for the companies in the Groupon building and help with pulling more restaurants that direction. And help continue the enclosing of Chicago Avenue as sort of the edge of downtown.

Has anyone heard anything more about the proposal at the SE corner of Chicago and Franklin?

Or about the site of the former Carson's on Wells?

I'm hoping that the methadone clinic on the NW corner of Franklin and Chicago will eventually relocate so that that vintage brick building might be renovated into something that more of the current area residents might use. When it opened, a lot of its patients lived in either the River North SROs or Cabrini Green, but currently I think most of their customers are driving in from further west so being closer to the highway might be better for everyone. The methadone clinic next to the Found Hotel on Wells seems like a candidate for relocation, too, for the same reasons.

I hope the vacant lots on Chicago between Franklin and LaSalle can fill in over the next decade. That would do a lot to help make the whole of Chicago Ave East of the River to Fairbanks one bustling mile-long strip. Making it a strip of restaurants could be cool, a River North answer to Randolph Street - proposed nickname the Manga Mile, lol. Or if it included a lot of specially shops maybe Merchants Mile. With two intersecting 'L' lines, it could really handle a ton of North Siders seeking a night out.

It's pretty amazing how fast One Chicago is going up. I'm glad to see it happening, although it will add 3-4 minutes to my walk to Whole Foods once that relocates. I really wish there was a grocery store in western River North. I am thankful for the Aldi at Division and Wells now, though.
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It's pretty amazing how fast One Chicago is going up. I'm glad to see it happening, although it will add 3-4 minutes to my walk to Whole Foods once that relocates. I really wish there was a grocery store in western River North. I am thankful for the Aldi at Division and Wells now, though.
Whole Foods is moving one block north... I can't imagine it's that much further out of the way than the current location.
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Boring design, but it would be good for the area despite the immediate proximity to the Cabrini Rowhouses. Despite living only a ten minute walk from there, I would not want to stay in a hotel there, but ostensibly out of towners wouldn't know better and it would be good for the companies in the Groupon building and help with pulling more restaurants that direction. And help continue the enclosing of Chicago Avenue as sort of the edge of downtown.

Has anyone heard anything more about the proposal at the SE corner of Chicago and Franklin?

Or about the site of the former Carson's on Wells?

I'm hoping that the methadone clinic on the NW corner of Franklin and Chicago will eventually relocate so that that vintage brick building might be renovated into something that more of the current area residents might use. When it opened, a lot of its patients lived in either the River North SROs or Cabrini Green, but currently I think most of their customers are driving in from further west so being closer to the highway might be better for everyone. The methadone clinic next to the Found Hotel on Wells seems like a candidate for relocation, too, for the same reasons.

I hope the vacant lots on Chicago between Franklin and LaSalle can fill in over the next decade. That would do a lot to help make the whole of Chicago Ave East of the River to Fairbanks one bustling mile-long strip. Making it a strip of restaurants could be cool, a River North answer to Randolph Street - proposed nickname the Manga Mile, lol. Or if it included a lot of specially shops maybe Merchants Mile. With two intersecting 'L' lines, it could really handle a ton of North Siders seeking a night out.

It's pretty amazing how fast One Chicago is going up. I'm glad to see it happening, although it will add 3-4 minutes to my walk to Whole Foods once that relocates. I really wish there was a grocery store in western River North. I am thankful for the Aldi at Division and Wells now, though.
I wonder what the odds are on the Cabrini Rowhouses getting demolished in the relatively near future.
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Rehab facility planned for River North redevelopment

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A local nursing home operator wants to redevelop the vacant former headquarters of the American Library Association in River North into a medical rehabilitation and recovery center, according to a proposal announced by 42nd Ward Ald. Brendan Reilly.

Oak Brook-based Restorative Care Institute plans to open a 98-bed skilled nursing facility at 50 E. Huron St., where it is seeking approval to overhaul the five-story former ALA building with three new floors and a glass exterior, project plans show. Reilly said in a newsletter to downtown residents that the company hopes to open the location by August 2022.


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Something going up next door to that? Looks like that other building is being torn down or gutted.
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318 N Capenter is a fantastic new construction building.
Just weird that they contrived a "vertical expansion" on a brand-new building.
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Just weird that they contrived a "vertical expansion" on a brand-new building.
The old building was so very disposable.
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Whole Foods is moving one block north... I can't imagine it's that much further out of the way than the current location.
The entrance will be on the corner of Chicago and State. Whole Foods is on Huron two blocks south, and the entrance is about 2/3rd of the block West of State. Currently it's a four minute walk for be from my door to Whole Foods and 8 minutes to Chicago/State, a four minute difference.

It's not a huge issue, but if I have a choice I take the Brown Line much more often than the Red Line because it's nearer. And four minutes sounds much more reasonable walking when you're not carrying thirty pounds of groceries or anything requiring both hands in the rain.

I'm constantly surprised by people who consider themselves urbanists who really think that moving ones closest grocery store from 4-5 minutes away to 8 minutes away isn't a significant change in convenience, because it is. Go ahead and sound like a tough guy who has no trouble adding minutes to his grocery shopping and I'll keep expressing the reality that once you're over 40 little inconveniences are increasingly annoying.

Also, entire market segments exist because people don't want to add five minutes to a trip. Why do people pay more for a soda at the corner market than at the grocery store a few blocks away that is cheaper - because it's annoying to add five minutes to every trip, that's why. Convenience is huge, and 4vs8 is huge in convenience.
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Can confirm..4 minutes can make a big difference when you are having to carry groceries home by hand. Ultimately you deal with it but it still is a bit noticeable.
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Red tower crane being set up on the Fulton Market Labs building.
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1123 W Randolph (Randolph & May) was issued a new construction building permit today. It's supposed to be 6 stories tall but only 9 units. The first 2 floors are to be retail space. Building height will be a few inches under 70 feet tall, although the very top of the structure could reach 80-85+ feet tall.

Via BuzzBuzzHome (https://www.buzzbuzzhome.com/us/1123-west-randolph)


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^Another parking lot buts the dust. What a great location-right on the Randolph Blvd. Fulton Market continues to roll. Most important for this building is the finishes..318 Carpenter has set the bar.
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I was walking on Randolph, and on the lot katty/kitty corner to the 1123 W Randolph project mentioned above, there is an active excavator moving some dirt around. This is also Randlolph and May but other side of street. Snapped a pic of permit. Think it may be part of the 'Amylu Collection'. Curious if anyone knows more.

https://chicago.curbed.com/2019/7/31...ylu-collection

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