Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari unload Lake Forest home for $3.6 million

The celebrity couple listed their North Shore mansion in May for $4.75 million After six months and a few price cuts, the Lake Forest home of former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and reality TV star Kristin Cavallari has sold. Purchased through a land trust in 2014 for $4.25 million, the mansion first listed in May for $4.75 million. It found a buyer late last week for $3.6 million, according to Chicago Tribune reporter Bob Goldsborough. The deal means a financial loss for the celebrity duo, who have since resettled in Nashville. Constructed in 2014, the Cutlers’ former North Shore abode sits on a 1.6-acre wooded lot near Lake Michigan. At 11,000 square feet, the roomy mansion sports seven bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, and many luxury amenities. Other notable features include a designer kitchen, home theater, half-court indoor basketball court, wine cellar, four-car garage, and private access to the lakefront. The identity of the home’s new owner is not publicly known at this time...

New six-story office building ready to rise along Lincoln Avenue

The structure is part of the larger Lincoln Common development at the former Children's Memorial Hospital site A relatively sleepy stretch of Lincoln Avenue that long grappled with reduced foot traffic and high retail vacancy after the closure of the nearby Children's Memorial Hospital is ready to host a new, six-story commercial structure. Part of the larger $350 million Lincoln Common project, the upcoming brick-clad building at 2350 N. Lincoln Avenue was awarded its full construction permit over the weekend. Google Street View 2350 N. Lincoln Avenue. Boasting ground floor retail topped by five levels of loft-style office space, the new building will rise just across from the six-acre parcel once occupied by the demolished hospital’s main tower. Here, work is underway on its replacement—a pair of 20-story, mixed-use high-rises containing roughly 540 apartments and even more retail space. The duo started foundation work in June, sprouted a pair of tower cranes in Augu..

Amazon reps reportedly spotted touring Chicago’s former Finkl Steel site

The North Branch property is a central part of developer Sterling Bay’s bid to lure Amazon’s coveted HQ2 to Chicago While things have been relatively quiet on the Amazon front since Chicago submitted its official bid for the ‘HQ2’ second headquarters last month, representatives from the Seattle-based e-commerce giant were recently spotted in the Windy City. According to a source reported by Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun-Times, Amazon reps were observed at Lincoln Park’s former Finkl Steel plant taking notes and photos. The 28-acre property is a key piece of developer Sterling Bay’s sprawling, 100-acre Lincoln Yards campus envisioned for the banks of the Chicago River’s evolving North Branch Corridor. Estimated to cost $10 billion, the mixed-use mega-development would also encompass the city’s former vehicle fleet maintenance facility and several other parcels. Twitter/ChicagoDPD The now-vacant land of the former Finkl site dominates the center of this aerial photo of Chicago’s..

Pretty Colonial lists in Chicago’s Beverly community for $339K

The charming three-bedroom home is family-friendly and move-in ready Located in the heart of Chicago’s South Side, the Beverly neighborhood is known for its large stock of reasonable single family homes with good sized yards. Take for example this cute brick colonial that listed for sale earlier today. The classic-looking home featuring three bedrooms, two acceptable looking full baths, a sun porch, and a large unfinished basement. A short walk from the Beverly Metra stop, the property sports large front and rear lawns, a wood deck, and, according to the listing notes, a new two-car garage. Asking $339,900—or just $169 per foot—the home is solid bargain for a buyer looking for a family-friendly, suburban style house but is also keen to hang on to that 606 Chicago zip code. 10641 South Hamilton Avenue, Chicago IL [Estately] Previous Beverly coverage [Curbed Chicago]

Striking church-to-dance-studio conversion project breaks cover in Lincoln Park

The glassy redesign would preserve parts of 142-year-old former Hermon Baptist Church Rendering courtesy of bKL Architecture Lincoln Park’s former Hermon Baptist Church is poised to get a fresh lease on life as a modern dance studio enveloped in an angular glass and metal exoskeleton. The newly unveiled proposal for 1754 N. Clark Street calls for the historic 142-year-old church’s brick facade to be prominently incorporated into an architecturally bold facility designed by Chicago’s bKL Architecture. After a handful of failed or blocked redevelopment attempts, the latest plan for property will see the site become the future home of Chicago’s Giordano Dance Company. Founded by retired Broadway hoofer Gus Giordano in 1963, the organization purchased the property for an undisclosed amount in April of this year. The proposed crystalline structure will rise only slightly higher than the existing church—a bone of contention among neighboring condo owners that derailed earlier high-rise..

Watch Chicago’s drawbridge system in action

This 183-year-old movable bridge network offers a fascinating look into Chicago history Famous for its deep-dish pizza and cold winters, the Windy City also happens to be the ‘drawbridge capital’ with its 52 movable bridges, more than any other city in North America. Chicago lies on a key water route between the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes, and these bridges were constructed to accommodate heavy ship traffic without impeding land travel across the Chicago river. The city build its first drawbridge in 1834 with a modest timber structure and chain lifts—picture any bridge you would see above a Medieval castle moat. Throughout Chicago’s history, new bridge projects drew inspiration from the architectural styles of the moment, like Art Deco, Beaux-Arts, and Modernism. Now, almost two centuries after the first structure was built, things work quite differently. 43 of the original 52 drawbridges still operate, with the help of 108-horsepower motors and enormous counterweights...

Chicago Tribune confirms pending departure from its iconic namesake tower

The newspaper will set up shop at Chicago’s One Prudential Plaza in mid 2018 After 93 years as Tribune Tower’s most famous tenant, the Chicago Tribune confirmed its upcoming move out of its eponymous Mag Mile building. The newspaper will move three blocks south of the river to One Prudential Plaza in the second quarter of 2018. According to Trib reporter Ryan Ori, the company will lease 137,000 square feet worth of space in the 41-story tower overlooking Millennium Park. Forever associated with the paper and one of Chicago’s most iconic buildings, the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower was the winning submission from architects John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood in a design competition held in 1922. While the Michigan Avenue building was designated a Chicago landmark in 1989, its future is a little unclear at the moment. The historic high-rise and a neighboring parking lot were sold last summer to LA-based developer CIM Group and Chicago-based partner Golub & Co. for $240 million. The the duo..

New Chicago Architecture Center working toward 2018 opening

The riverfront center will be the new home of the Chicago Architecture Foundation Work on the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s brand new Chicago Architecture Center is moving into high gear. Earlier this week, a $4.7 million construction permit was issued for the riverfront project which will eventually become CAF’s new base of operations following the organization’s 25 year stint in the old Railway Exchange Building. Located at 111 E. Wacker Drive, the 20,000-square-foot space will feature an interior designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. The renovation is part of a larger project to overhaul the Mies van der Rohe-designed Illinois Center office complex. Renovation work commenced in early 2017. Situated just across the river from Foster + Partners’ glassy Apple store, the upcoming Chicago Architecture Center will provide convenient access to the CAF’s fleet of architectural tour boats and house a lecture hall, gift shop, and the Foundation’s famous mi..

Old-school Lincoln Park row house with historical details lists for $1M

There’s plenty to like about this 1890 beauty Offering the kind of character and old-school details that more expensive neighboring new constructions can only dream about, this charming 19th century Lincoln Park row house is perhaps the anti-McMansion. Featuring a long, almost shotgun-like layout, the structure dates back to 1890 and features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, and a bright and attractive second floor library. Beyond its great location in one of Chicago’s most desirable neighborhoods, the property also sports extensive original millwork, fireplaces, hardwood floors, stained glass windows, and high ceilings. As far as drawbacks, the kitchen could probably benefit from a 21st century refresh and the walk-out basement looks very unfinished. The 2,200-square-foot greystone hit the market today for a cool $1 million—representing the first time the property has been available for more than 20 years. According to public records, it last changed hands in 1996 for a m..

New design for the development replacing Edgewater’s Woodruff Arcade?

The project also has a new name that references the historic building being lost Image courtesy of Ward Miller/Preservation Chicago The interior gallery of the Woodruff Arcade. A seven-story development slated to replace Edgewater’s 1923 Woodruff Arcade at the southeast corner of Sheridan Road and Devon Avenue is apparently back with an updated design. The mixed-use project calls for 58 rental apartments above 9,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space and could be delivered by fall 2018, according to latest information commercial real estate brokerage firm Edgemark. Previously dubbed ‘Loyola Gateway,’ the revised design is now being marketed as ‘The Arcade’ as an homage—and painful reminder—to the historic building that will bite the dust for the new development. According to the Edgewater Historical Society, the critically endangered Woodruff Arcade is the last of its kind in the city. Considered a forerunner of the modern shopping mall, two-story commercial arcades like..

Planned apartment conversion for Consumers & Century buildings adds more units

If approved, the rental development at 202-220 S. State will be more dense than previously reported A plan to convert a pair of long-empty historic Chicago Loop office buildings into rental apartments is looking to move forward with a higher number of units than previously reported. According to a zoning application recently filed with the City of Chicago, the proposed redevelopment of 202-220 S. State Street as grown in density from 429 to 490 dwellings. The multi-structure project includes the 1913 Consumers Building as well as the adjacent 1915 Century Building. After year of sitting empty and in the hands of the federal government’s General Services Administration, both properties are in the process of being sold to developer CA Ventures for a reported $10.4 million. In addition to renovating the historic—but deteriorated—existing offices into new residences, the plan also calls for a glassy addition from Antunovich Associates to be constructed along the south side of the Hola..

New look for the Willis Tower’s Metropolitan Club coming in 2018

The 66th and 67th-floor private club is getting a complete makeover As work continues on a $500 million project to reposition the lower levels of Chicago’s tallest building into a new dining and retail destination, plans are also afoot to overhaul the Willis Tower’s private Metropolitan Club. Occupying the 103-story building’s 66th and 67th levels, the 40,000-square-foot space will be getting a complete design makeover. Updates include a new bar with a live entertainment area, a collaborative co-working space, and a “Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired” dining room, according to a recent scoop from the Chicago Tribune. The redefined space will also reportedly drop the “club” from its name to be simply known as The Metropolitan. Construction is slated to begin in early 2018 and wrap up in the fall. Planning to stay put for at least another decade, the Metropolitan’s longtime owners, ClubCorp, have extended their lease on the space through 2029. The Dallas-based company’s existing contract w..

Eight Pilsen Homes Have Sold for $600K or More This Year

Price per square foot has nearly tripled in the last five years, data shows.

Washington Park artist residences ready to move forward

When completed, the translucent JGMA-designed structure will appear to glow from within An unorthodox-looking four-story affordable housing development is ready to break ground in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood. Designed by Chicago-based JGMA, the translucent, multi-colored project at the corner of South Michigan Avenue and Garfield Boulevard has landed its first construction permit. Dubbed the KLEO Life Center, the mixed-use development will feature ground floor retail topped by 58 residences marketed toward artists and their families. According to the city of Chicago—which is providing both land and TIF subsidies for the project—49 of the apartments will be offered at an affordable rate for households earning up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income. The remaining nine units are expected to be rented at market rate. Amenities include a fitness room, bike storage, and a communal gathering space. The permit also specifies the inclusion of 33 parking spaces. JGMA The Wa..

Condo-to-apartment deconversion in Lakeview ready to welcome first renters

The remodeled high-rise at 420 W. Belmont is move-in ready With apartments continuing to hold steady as the most lucrative sector of Chicago’s real estate market, the complicated process of “deconverting” existing condominiums into freshly refurbished rental units is gaining popularity. One such project in the Lakeview neighborhood is ready to start welcoming its first tenants. Google Streetview 420 W. Belmont Avenue. Situated at 420 W. Belmont, the 206-unit Wave Lakeview apartments occupy the 30-story 1967 tower that was once known as Bel Harbour condominiums. The largest Chicago deconversion project to date, Wave comes from New Jersey-based developer Strategic Properties of North America. While some of the building’s mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments are listed as move-in ready, the address was curiously granted a $5 million renovation permit only yesterday. The scope of the work involves replacing unit finishes including lighting, door hardware, kitchen appliance..