The 12-story office building at Harper Court topped off in September, so why the mid-winter attention? Well, because it's actually starting to look like that thing in the renderings. Designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, the rather mundane building is mostly significant for its intensification of activity along 53rd Street. University of Chicago and L.A. fitness are anchoring the 150,000-square-foot construction, and a host of smaller businesses will follow. Just behind the office building, tucked onto Harper Ave, is the forthcoming Hyatt Place hotel which expects to have 130 rooms ready for occupancy by the end of 2013. Oh, and the lovely Harper Theater reopened last week as a five-screen movie house. Hooray!
·Harper Court Redevelopment Begins to Transform 53rd Street [Curbed Chicago]