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

The 56-foot steel cask at the center of the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. | Courtesy of Starbucks The Willy Wonka of coffee has arrived in Chicago...

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Gotham Greens opens a second greenhouse in rapidly redeveloping Pullman
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Gotham Greens opens a second greenhouse in rapidly redeveloping Pullman

Inside Gotham Greens’ new greenhouse which uses a hydroponic system. | Gotham Greens It’s another sign of the neighborhood’s “renaissance,” says...

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What $2,000 rents in Chicago right now
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What $2,000 rents in Chicago right now

Photos courtesy of Joy Kyriakopulos/Domu. Options include an artsy condo in Logan Square and a three bedrooms in Bronzeville Welcome to Curbed...

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Where is Chicago’s affordable housing? A new city tool details data from the last decade
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Where is Chicago’s affordable housing? A new city tool details data from the last decade

Datasets show where the city needs to improve the Affordable Housing Ordinance Affordable housing is at the center of Mayor Lightfoot’s agenda, and...

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Chicago refocuses 28 city planners on neighborhood revitalization
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Chicago refocuses 28 city planners on neighborhood revitalization

A mosaic mural in Chicago. | Carmen Troesser Struggling neighborhoods will get more attention Planning commissioner Maurice Cox was welcomed, and...

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Historic hotel redevelopment of premier Chicago railroad company headquarters seeks landmark status
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Historic hotel redevelopment of premier Chicago railroad company headquarters seeks landmark status

226 W. Jackson Boulevard | Courtesy of Phoenix Development Partners Designed in 1904, the historic building housed headquarters for Chicago & North...

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A tour of Rafael Viñoly’s NEMA Chicago: the city’s tallest rental building
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A tour of Rafael Viñoly’s NEMA Chicago: the city’s tallest rental building

Sublime park and lake views from the tower’s 16th-floor coworking lounge. A self-serve beer tap bar, room service, fitness pros, and exclusive...

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Explore the Midwest through sci-fi buildings, grain silos, and imaginary skyscrapers
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Explore the Midwest through sci-fi buildings, grain silos, and imaginary skyscrapers

Williamson Hall, University of Minnesota. | Photo by David Schalliol/Mas Context A new book, Midwest Architecture Journeys, pays respect to the...

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Illinois marijuana legalization can’t apply to public housing in Chicago
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Illinois marijuana legalization can’t apply to public housing in Chicago

Downtown Chicago building. | Shutterstock Chicago Housing Authority tenants are ruled by federal law and could face eviction Illinois will legalize...

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Century-old former synagogue in Logan Square reborn as apartments, pocket park
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Century-old former synagogue in Logan Square reborn as apartments, pocket park

Pappageorge Haymes Partners The project preserves a historic building and brings public open space to the Palmer Square community A historic Logan...

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Gold Coast apartments get design change from more involved city planners
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Gold Coast apartments get design change from more involved city planners

A rendering of 1212 N. State. | CallisonRTKL/Newcastle Ltd. Here’s the latest plan for 1212 N. State Street A proposed 11-story rental development...

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A group of scrappy preservationists hosts free tours of threatened Thompson Center
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A group of scrappy preservationists hosts free tours of threatened Thompson Center

The Thompson Center’s 17-story atrium has long been a venue for state government as well as activism. | Jay Koziarz Some argue that the “postmodern...

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Mixed-income megadevelopment preparing to rise at former Ickes Homes site
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Mixed-income megadevelopment preparing to rise at former Ickes Homes site

The first phase includes two six-story buildings with a mix of CHA, affordable, and market-rate housing. | Ickes Master Developer JV, LLC The...

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Neighborhoods on South, West sides now have easier access to tools for revitalization
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Neighborhoods on South, West sides now have easier access to tools for revitalization

An aerial view of Chicago’s near South Side. | Shutterstock Cannabis dispensaries will be able to apply for funding A funding tool that helps small...

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Staircase-like office tower breaks ground in Fulton Market
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Staircase-like office tower breaks ground in Fulton Market

The stepped design is meant to transition from the low-rise historic district to the taller developments to the north. | Rendering courtesy SOM The...

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Gold Coast greystone bites the dust for upcoming 22-story tower
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Gold Coast greystone bites the dust for upcoming 22-story tower

16 W. Maple is no more. The building at 12 W. Maple (right) will also be demolished for a new building. | Jay Koziarz Built as a single-family...

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10 historic rehab projects honored with city preservation awards
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10 historic rehab projects honored with city preservation awards

The rooftop deck at the Johnson Publishing Building at 820 South Michigan. | Photo by Darris Lee Harris, courtesy of 3L Real Estate Recipients...

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

Greystone homes in Bronzeville. | Photo by Carmen Troesser A new neighborhood planning division will guide projects A $250 million investment will...

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Transformed Old Post Office building ready to welcome first office tenants
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Transformed Old Post Office building ready to welcome first office tenants

The building’s restored Art Deco lobby is impressive. | Photo by Tom Rossiter, courtesy of Gensler The massive Art Deco building will welcome its...

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Glassy River North office project could rise next to Chicago Avenue CTA stop
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Glassy River North office project could rise next to Chicago Avenue CTA stop

43rd Ward Chicago Avenue is heating up A vacant single-story building located next to the Chicago Avenue Brown and Purple Line stop in River North...

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City planners want more oversight and transparency for megaprojects
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City planners want more oversight and transparency for megaprojects

A conceptual rendering of the One Central megadevelopment slated for the railyard next to Soldier Field. | Landmark Development The public will get...

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Affordable Logan Square rental project clears key zoning vote
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Affordable Logan Square rental project clears key zoning vote

A rendering of 2638 N. Emmett Street. | Landon Bone Baker Architects If approved by the City Council, the seven-story project could break ground...

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South Loop’s ‘1000M’ condo tower to break ground next week
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South Loop’s ‘1000M’ condo tower to break ground next week

Millerhare The 74-story South Loop project is a go Skyscraper fans rejoice, it’s finally happening: The long-discussed condo tower known as 1000M...

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Checking in on Willis Tower’s new retail and dining complex
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Checking in on Willis Tower’s new retail and dining complex

Jay Koziarz The ambitious project welcomes its first tenants—and the public Two years after work started on a massive program to wrap the base of...

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New affordable housing task force will develop policies to address shortage
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New affordable housing task force will develop policies to address shortage

Ukrainian Village neighborhood in Chicago. | Photo by Carmen Troesser The members will examine legislation aimed at developers Within the...

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Scooters are leaving Chicago, but some argue the transit option is a necessity
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Scooters are leaving Chicago, but some argue the transit option is a necessity

Scooters in Chicago. | Shutterstock There’s no timeline for a decision from officials At 10 p.m. Tuesday Chicago’s four-month scooter program...

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New riverwalk and renovated apartments open at historic Lathrop Homes
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New riverwalk and renovated apartments open at historic Lathrop Homes

The new riverwalk swings out over the water as it passes under Diversey Avenue. | Courtesy Related Midwest There’s a circular dog run, winding...

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

Built in 1927, the Clark Adams Building is Chicago’s tallest all-brick building. Years of mismatched masonry repairs give it a patchwork appearance...

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Affordable apartment development brings 48 units to Albany Park
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Affordable apartment development brings 48 units to Albany Park

The 48-unit project replaces a vacant lot at the corner of Montrose Avenue and Bernard Street. | Image courtesy of the Chicago Housing Authority...

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The South Side’s wealth of architectural beauty highlighted in Lee Bey’s new book
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The South Side’s wealth of architectural beauty highlighted in Lee Bey’s new book

The D’Angelo Law Library at the University of Chicago Library, designed by architect Eero Saarinen. | Photo courtesy Lee Bey A conversation with...

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