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Chicago Development News

News, maps, photo galleries, and essays detailing Chicago's development boom, including information on proposals for the West Loop, Lakeshore East, Wolf Point, River North, and other areas.

A closer look at the skyscrapers transforming Chicago’s skyline

Meet the next generation of supertall buildings.

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Mapping the West Loop’s unprecedented development boom

A look at the 58 projects in the pipeline.

Renderings: Inside Lincoln Park’s next luxury condo development

Known as the Orchard, the seven-story project offers 32 residences starting at around $1.5 million.

How one of Chicago’s largest developments is pressing ahead amid the coronavirus crisis

Crews are still taking protective measures as they adapt to dealing with the global pandemic.

11 new developments will bring more than a thousand affordable units to Chicago

Using federal tax credits, the upcoming projects will add 1,083 units to Chicago’s affordable housing supply.

Long-discussed apartment tower ready to rise in Fulton River District

The 32-story building will rise just south of K2 at K Station.

Revised plan for former Chicago Spire site aims to break ground in 2021

The two-tower plan for 400 N. Lake Shore Drive ditches the hotel rooms, slashes parking, and gets a 225-foot haircut.

New development in North Lawndale aims to catalyze community

The Ogden Commons brings housing, retail, healthcare, and film studios to West Side neighborhood.

Rent a River West studio with a futuristic robotic furniture system

Avenir is the first building to have the MIT-created technology

One of Chicago’s oldest private clubs will sell its century-old building

The Standard Club on Plymouth Court will close.

Block-sized project brings nearly 600 rental units—including townhomes—to West Loop

The massive development transforms the former H2O Plus site near Mary Bartelme Park.

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Mapping the 34 high-rises under construction in Chicago right now

Dozens of projects rising over 100 feet are in the works.

In the West Loop, another 200 rental units break ground along Van Buren

A 24-story tower begins its climb next to the Eisenhower Expressway.

How ADUs could transform Chicago into a more affordable, accessible place to live

Here’s what you need to know about the return of coach houses, granny flats, and other accessory units.

Want to live downtown? Renters will have thousands of options. If they can afford it.

Downtown’s luxury apartment boom isn’t ready to give up the ghost just yet.

River North office development next to Chicago Avenue CTA stop moves forward

The proposal replaces a vacant Wal-Mart Express at the corner of Franklin and Chicago.

In Logan Square, studio apartments at former Megamall will start at $1,895

The 220-unit development is expected to welcome residents this spring.

Near the Green Line, this Fulton Market apartment plan is adding even more units

The redesigned project will rise 33 stories and bring 555 rental units to the hot West Loop area.

Inside Wolf Point East, downtown’s newest high-end residential tower

The nearly 700-unit skyscraper welcomed its first renters in January.

The 78 megadevelopment gearing up for phase one construction

The Near South Side project will begin work on 3 million square feet of buildings within the year.

Lightfoot promises reform for Chicago’s controversial TIF system

The city’s tax-increment financing districts aren’t going away, but will face greater scrutiny under the mayor’s plan.

Public-private development will bring a new office tower and firehouse to River North

The long-discussed project will break ground this year and open in 2023.

How Chicago’s vacant Sears stores are getting a new lease on life

Vacant stores offer a unique opportunity for developers to add new housing and retail to Portage Park and Galewood.

In Uptown, developers eye historic lakefront school for 495-unit residential makeover

The proposal would convert the former Immaculata High School into housing and add a new 23-story high-rise.

Massive rental project at Broadway Treasure Island site clears key vote

Plus, three more Fulton Market towers are on the way.

The debate over how Chicago should build affordable housing, explained

It’s a balancing act between progressive city officials and developers.

Anti-gentrification ordinance halts demolitions near The 606 for six months

Supporters hope the measure will allow the city to craft better housing policies to protect long-time residents.

Equinox hotel tower will soar above Randolph Street

The 550-foot proposal would be Chicago’s tallest building west of the Kennedy Expressway.

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15 Chicago developments to watch in 2020

From Vista Tower’s opening to the sale of the Thompson Center, these storylines will define Chicago in the new year

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13 megadevelopments that will transform Chicago

A guide to the massive projects that could change the entire city.

Community councils will guide development at Lincoln Yards, The 78

The city is forming two volunteer groups to provide feedback as the massive projects get underway.

A 50-story tower from developers reshaping the area near Union Station is underway

The office development, Union Station Tower, will open in 2022.

Controversial Fulton Market tower gets commissioners’ OK to rise 495 feet

The 43-story rental development comes from NY architect Morris Adjmi.

The Fulton Market office developments just keep coming

A massive proposal for 1200 W. Fulton is back with a new design.

What’s happening with the Thompson Center sale?

"The Thompson Center has outlived its useful life in its current state," said Governor Pritzker.

Chicago is hiring seven new city planners. Here’s why that matters.

A new, holistic strategy will put citizens at the center of development.

5 projects that will change Chicago in the next decade

Between the mayoral election and a slew of new initiatives, Chicago had a watershed year.

Will new legislation fix Chicago’s affordable housing crisis, or stymie development?

The "Development for All Ordinance" aims to increase affordable requirements and close developer loopholes.

How Fulton Market lost the last of its grit

In the last decade, the neighborhood has become a Disneyfied version of itself.