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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.

Vacant Wabash storefronts to get Bauhaus-inspired murals

The hope is to attract new businesses with the public art.

What were Chicago’s most important developments over the last decade?

Which new skyscrapers, parks, and transit stops had the biggest impact in the last 10 years?

33-story apartment tower would replace historic Cassidy Tire warehouse

The proposal adds 343 rental units to Chicago’s Fulton River District.

Fulton Market development boom creeps north, toward River West

Neighbors take issue with a 16-story office project proposed for 400 N. Aberdeen Street.

Will transit-oriented development take off on Chicago South Side?

A 91-unit apartment proposal in Bronzeville could be a sign of more projects to come.

Fulton Market boom moves west as two big projects clear key zoning vote

The developments call for 243 more rental units and 259 hotel rooms.

Supertall Tribune Tower East proposal returns with minimal changes

The updated proposal includes new improvements to Pioneer Court and revised traffic plan.

Can the world’s largest Starbucks perk up Chicago’s Mag Mile?

The Willy Wonka of coffee has arrived.

Tax revenue should go to affordable housing, not megadevelopments, aldermen say

A group of progressive aldermen are calling for TIF reform and a fairer distribution of its revenue.

Gotham Greens opens a second greenhouse in rapidly redeveloping Pullman

It’s another sign of the neighborhood’s "renaissance."

Chicago’s largest food bank plans $50 million expansion on Southwest Side

It will help the organization deliver more meals to elderly folks who can’t leave their homes.

Chicago refocuses 28 city planners on neighborhood revitalization

Struggling neighborhoods will get more attention.

Gold Coast apartments get design change from more involved city planners

The latest design for 1212 N. State Street was influenced by a fresh approach from the Planning Department.

Driving range and entertainment complex pitched for Bucktown’s Vienna Beef factory

The proposal includes 102 heated driving range bays, dining facilities, and a riverwalk extension.

Southbridge megadevelopment preparing to rise at former Ickes Homes

The multiphase Near South Side project is zoned for 972 mixed-income units.

Chicago’s budget proposes aggressive analysis, reforms to TIF districts for developments

‘The days of the TIF slush fund are over,’ says Lightfoot.

10 South, West Side neighborhoods get $250 million boost for transformative public space

A new neighborhood planning division will guide projects.

City planners want more oversight and transparency for megaprojects

The public will get a greater say on projects exceeding 20 acres, 4 million square feet of space, or 4,000 units.

Looking at architect John Ronan’s colorful library and housing project in Irving Park

Check out photos of the bright, modern affordable housing

Affordable Logan Square rental project clears key zoning vote

The 100-unit transit-oriented development earned the backing of the Chicago Plan Commission.

New riverwalk and renovated apartments open at historic Lathrop Homes

There’s a circular dog run, winding river path, and bright units.

Old Loop office building to become Chicago’s largest coliving project

The 1927 Clark Adams Building is poised for a massive residential makeover.

Affordable apartment development brings 48 units to Albany Park

The project replaces a vacant lot at the corner of Montrose Avenue and Bernard Street.

Nine-story coliving project pitched for River North

The transit-oriented development replaces a single-story currency exchange with 108 rentable beds.

Developers add taller residential towers to Michael Reese plan

The proposal includes high-rise housing, retail, a life sciences campus, a Metra stop... and no casino.

Lincoln Park’s Covent Hotel tapped for mixed-income apartment conversion

A proposal would renovate the 1906 building and construct a new seven-story apartment block next door.

Lake Point Tower residents refuse historic conversion to apartments

Owners living in famous building were against the change.

Two hotel projects would bring more than 700 rooms to Fulton Market

The developments include no on-site parking, sparking traffic concerns.

Architect Lucien Lagrange designs 500-foot-tall condo tower for Gold Coast

Slated for 40 W. Oak Street, the project calls for 90 luxury residences and parking for 160 cars.

Historic Kenwood church could become apartments, coworking space

The latest proposal for St. James Methodist Church would preserve more of its sanctuary.

Alderman rejects senior housing development at Six Corners

The 10-story project failed to impress 45th Ward Alderman Jim Gardiner.

Inside River North’s new ‘Renelle on the River’ condos

The 18-story, 50-unit project is open for business.

How cleaning up Lincoln Yards, General Iron will transform the north branch

A look at ongoing efforts to reduce the environmental impact of steel mills, tanneries, and other heavy industry.

Union Station garage closes, clearing path for 50-story tower

The Amtrak-owned garage located will permanently close on September 30.

Two Fulton Market office towers clear key City Hall vote

The Commission also approved a 22-story Gold Coast tower and a lakefront AIDS garden.

Architect, affordable housing developer will lead Chicago Housing Authority

Angela Hurlock will chair the board.

New ordinance slows down condo-to-rental deconversion trend

The ordinance requires 85 percent of owners to approve the bulk sale of condos to developers.

High-rise hotel pitched for vacant site near Cabrini Green

The 24-story proposal calls for 219 guest rooms and parking for 90 cars.

Lincoln Yards TIF lawsuit dismissed by judge

A group of advocacy organizations claimed the project’s $1.3 billion tax subsidy violated state law.