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11 Must-Visit Food Halls Across the U.S.
The word “food court” usually brings to mind the same-old joints serving the same-old stuff: sickly sweet chicken teriyaki, leaden slices of pizza and doughy, dry cinnamon buns. Not anymore. Today’s food halls are far more ambitious, taking in some of the finest chefs, artisans and purveyors in town. Take a tour of 11 gastro-emporiums across the country that are that are redefining what it means to be a food court. MORE+

Chicago vs. NYC foodie smackdown: Who eats better?
The James Beard Foundation on Tuesday announced that its awards ceremony honoring the best chefs and restaurants is moving to Chicago after 24 years in New York City. It’s more proof that Chicago is home to one of the country’s hottest restaurant scenes. But who’s got the better eats? MORE+

Le Pain Quotidien Rises Up This Spring

The hallowed name of Le Pain Quotidien is scheduled to lead us into temptation starting in April or May, when the Belgium-born, New York–based bakery/restaurant chain opens its first outpost in a Chicago-area colony inside the Chicago French Market (135 N. Clinton St., West Loop). MORE+

French Market: A Strategy for Lunch
First-time visitors at the 32-vendor French Market in the Ogilvie Transportation Center in the West Loop may find themselves dazzled by its bounty of sights, sounds and aromas—paralyzed by choice, even. MORE+

Delicious Happenings at Metramarket
Amid the bustle and baguettes, it's easy to forget that there used to be loads of vacant space underneath the Metra tracks at Ogilvie Transportation Center. Since opening in December '09 during the pit of the recession, the $35M MetraMarket has ballooned into a high-traffic restaurant and retail destination, highlighted by the 15k SF French Market. MORE+

Delicious Happenings at Metramarket
Amid the bustle and baguettes, it's easy to forget that there used to be loads of vacant space underneath the Metra tracks at Ogilvie Transportation Center. Since opening in December '09 during the pit of the recession, the $35M MetraMarket has ballooned into a high-traffic restaurant and retail destination, highlighted by the 15k SF French Market. MORE+

Chicago French Market Welcomes Da Lobsta
West Loopers no longer need to travel to the Gold Coast to get their Da Lobsta fix. The newly opened outpost in the French Market - already home to Little Goat Bread, Wisma, Beavers Donuts and Pastoral - will serve the eatery's signature lobster roll (blue crab or shrimp can be substituted), along with innovative twists on the classic. MORE+

How Saigon Sisters Won Over The Foodie Crowd
When Mary Aregoni decided to venture into the food and restaurant business four years ago, she wanted to avoid biting off more than she could chew... Aregoni caught wind of small spaces that were available in the Chicago French Market, which opened on Clinton Street in 2010. MORE+

Ovie at Ogilvie Transports Train Station Dining
Glamorous cross-country train travel might still exist only in movies, but Ovie Bar & Grill, on the ground floor of the Ogilvie Transportation Center, almost can make you feel you're about to catch the 20th Century Limited. (Where's my cute little overnight case, again?) MORE+

Our 5 Favorite Food Halls in America
Food halls are the new food trucks. Across the U.S., these new and newly renovated culinary temples are luring artisanal producers, specialty purveyors, even high-end dining spots. MORE+

Market Fresh
We started with 26. Now we have 30 solid vendors with only one slot left. By the time this story prints, it should probably be filled. Our latest additions are Bebe’s Eatery, Beavers Coffee + Donuts, Lillie’s Q and Le Cafe du Marche. MORE+

Best of Chicago 2013: Best Gourmet Market
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Little Goat Bread Opening in Chicago French Market
On Friday, June 7, Chef Stephanie Izard will bring Little Goat Bread to the Chicago French Market. This marks the first time Izard is expanding Little Goat Bread beyond the walls of her newly opened West Loop diner Little Goat to serve downtown Chicago. MORE+

U.S. Equities Signs O'Vie Bar and Grill, Increases Leasing Activity at MetraMarket
U.S. Equities Realty announced increased leasing activity at MetraMarket in the Ogilvie Transportation Center, including the addition of O'Vie Bar and Grill, a 12,680 square foot upscale restaurant and grill at the West Loop destination. MORE+

Chicago French Market Announces Four New Vendors
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Market Research — Sizing up Chicago’s first marché
Located in the Ogilivie Transportation Center, Chicago French Market is a welcome addition for Loop commuters and nearby concrete-canyon dwellers. MORE+

Green Thoughts: Chicago French Market
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French Market Opens
No one with an appetite will be able to resist the offerings at the Chicago French Market, which opened Thursday as part of MetraMarket in the Ogilvie Transportation Center. MORE+

Chicago French Market Celebrates Grand Opening in Chicago's West Loop
Chicago’s first and only year-round, European-inspired indoor market gives consumers convenient, permanent and personal access to local artisans, farmers and purveyors selling an expansive assortment of food, wine, small batch goods and flowers. MORE+

More than 25 Local Artisans will make Chicago French Market an Enticing Culinary Destination
Chicago’s first and only year-round, European-inspired indoor market gives consumers convenient, permanent and personal access to local artisans and purveyors selling an expansive assortment of food, wine, small batch goods and flowers. MORE+

CVS/PHARMACY Grand Opening in Metramarket
U.S. Equities has announced that CVS/pharmacy, the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chain, with approximately 6,900 stores celebrated the grand opening of its newest downtown Chicago location in MetraMarket on September 20, 2009. MORE+

Diverse Local Artisans to Make Chicago French Market an Enticing Culinary Destination
Local culinary favorites Pastoral, Vanille Patisserie and Flip Crepes are among the many local vendors to be featured at Metramarket’s French Market. MORE+

U.S. Equities Realty Signs Lavazza to Metramarket
The award-winning Espression by Lavazza offers a genuine Italian café experience to Chicagoans with its innovative coffee beverages and creative café menu. MORE+

Bensidoun brings French style, open-air markets to the U.S.
Bensidoun is bringing a little bit of France to Chicago. Actually, rather a lot of France. So far the Paris-based company has established 11 French-style open-air markets on American soil, most of which are in suburban Chicago. MORE+

U.S. Equities Realty’s MetraMarket Begins Construction
Urban Restaurant and Retail Marketplace Plans to Open in Summer 2009. MORE+

From Bleak to Bistro
Seven years after it was proposed, construction is set to begin Thursday on a European-style market in the concourse of the Ogilvie Transportation Center in the West Loop. MORE+

Metra to Open Marketplace Under Ogilvie
After years of delay, work will begin next week on transforming a two-block stretch of decrepit storage and parking space under the Metra tracks at the Ogilvie Transportation Center into a retail and dining center, officials said Friday. MORE+

MetraMarket Bags $25 Million Construction Loan
Despite a difficult environment for accessing debt for commercial real estate projects, about $25 million in construction financing has been secured for Metramarket, a retail development in Chicago's West Loop. MORE+

Metra Embarks on Retail Project
Metra riders, your long wait for brie and aspirin is near an end. Seven years after it was proposed, work will get under way soon on a project to transform a 100,000-squarefoot concourse at Ogilvie Transportation Center into a mix of stores and restaurants. MORE+

U.S. Equities Secures Financing for Metramarket
U.S. Equities Realty, a leading full-service real estate firm, announced today that it has arranged and secured construction financing for Metramarket, a 100,000-square-foot retail and restaurant development in Chicago’s West Loop. MORE+

At Metra Stop, Fresh Foods to Spice Up Ride
Starting next year, Metra commuters who pass through Ogilvie Transportation Center will be able to buy everything from fresh baked goods to produce at a French-style market that is one of two anchor tenants in the long-awaited MetraMarket project. MORE+

Vivid Seats punches ticket to West Loop office building
Vivid Seats Ltd. is moving into a new headquarters in the West Loop in a deal that triples the total Chicago office space for the fast-growing online ticket broker. MORE+

Hotels are in, office is out for proposed West Loop high-rise
Jupiter Realty Co. has changed course again on its proposed West Loop high-rise, opting to fill it with hotel rooms instead of apartments or office space. MORE+

River Point office development adds third tenant

The developers of River Point, the 52-story office tower under construction in the West Loop, have landed their third tenant: an Australian company that leases out temporary office space to high-end tenants. MORE+

Investor Mizrachi looks to build one West Loop tower, sell another
Florida investor Joseph Mizrachi wants to build a hotel and office tower in the West Loop while selling an office building several blocks away that he hopes will attract offers of $335 million or more. MORE+

Developers pitch 28-story apartment tower for West Loop
After buying a parcel at Halsted and Lake streets in the West Loop, a development venture is seeking the city's blessing to build a 28-story apartment tower there. MORE+

Another apartment development brewing in West Loop
With one West Loop apartment project winding down later this year, Focus Development Inc. and an Atlanta investor have found a site for their next one just a few blocks away. MORE+

Nobu Officially Confirms West Loop Hotel for 2016
Opening Nobu Hospitality will officially be joining the Chicago hotel boom with its entry in the West Loop, the company announced this afternoon in a press release. MORE+

Australian investor jumps into West Loop land grab
An Australian real estate firm is buying a West Loop sausage factory about a block north of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios, betting that the neighborhood's rapid development will continue. MORE+

Oprah cuts her last commercial ties to Chicago
Oprah Winfrey, who put an obscure stretch of the Near West Side on the map when she moved her television show there in 1990, is set to sell Harpo Studios for around $32 million to a Chicago developer making its own dramatic imprint on the neighborhood. MORE+

Chicago's new hotspot for tech startups
When Dan Wagner went looking for bigger space for his fast-growing startup, Civis Analytics Inc., he wanted cool, affordable loft space downtown near other tech companies.Sounds like River North, right? Yes. But increasingly it also describes Chicago's newest tech hot spot, the Near West Side just beyond the Kennedy Expressway.... MORE+

Fast-growing Twitter moving Chicago office to 111 North Canal
Twitter Inc. is spreading its wings in Chicago, planning to move to new digs in the West Loop to accommodate its fast-growing staff. MORE+

West Loop apartments fetch $32.5 million
A development venture that converted a West Loop warehouse into 74 high-end apartments sold the property for $32.5 million, another sign that investors are taking note of the neighborhood's renaissance. MORE+

Hyatt Hotel Planned for Downtown Site
A venture of OTO Development paid $3.7 million for an 8,100-square-foot parcel at 28 N. Franklin St., where it plans to build an 18-story, 206-room Hyatt Place hotel with about 3,000 square feet of meeting space, confirmed Todd Turner, co-founder and vice president of real estate for the Spartanburg, S.C.-based developer... MORE+

Growing Google grabs more space in West Loop office project
Before even moving its Chicago office to the meatpacking district, Google Inc. is beefing up with another 52,000 square feet there. The Mountain View, Calif., technology giant in June said it had leased 200,000 square feet at 1000 W. Fulton Market... MORE+

William Blair moving headquarters to new West Loop tower
William Blair & Co. signed a letter of intent to anchor a proposed 53-story office tower along the Chicago River, the second big ground-up office project to get under way since the recession. The investment firm is working to finalize a deal to move its headquarters to more than 300,000 square feet in the 1.2 million-square-foot tower at 150 N. Riverside Plaza... MORE+

West Loop Newcomer Would Rise 31 Stories, Feature Robotic Parking
Robotic parking, eh? We'll do you one better: robotic valet parking. That's the contrivance that developers of the proposed 725 W Randolph apartment tower have engineered to help sex up and 'green' their project. And, as the Chicago Architecture Blog (CAB) is reporting, it certainly seemed to aid in Tuesday's community presentation with the majority of 100 or so attendees expressing fondness for the 31-story, 220-unit tower. MORE+

Wolf Point Site Prep Begins! Next Up: bKL's West Tower
Curbed's been on high alert since last week, when bKL Architecture principal Thomas Kerwin cautioned us to watch for site activity at Wolf Point. And yesterday, preparations for bKL's West Tower began. MORE+

Taste the Family Brandy at Rhine Hall Distillery
Scenes from a pre-opening party at a new father-daughter distillery in the West Loop. MORE+

Airplane Internet Firm Gogo wins its way to downtown Chicago
In one of the largest corporate moves from the suburbs to downtown in recent years, in-flight Internet provider Gogo Inc. is finalizing a lease for more than 230,000 square feet in the West Loop. MORE+

Harpo Considering Sale of West Side site
Harpo Inc. is considering selling some of its West Side studio campus. Oprah Winfrey’s studio has hired real estate firm Eastdil Secured LLC to market the property, said Nicole Nichols, a Harpo spokeswoman. MORE+

"Kennedy cap" proposal in a jam over costs
If downtown Chicago is to grow, it most likely is to grow to the west, beyond the commuter train stations. And that brings the future push for development up against the trench that contains the Kennedy Expy. MORE+

City unveils Chicago Tech Plan
Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the Chicago Broadband Challenge, which called for outfitting public parks, beaches and other spaces with free Wi-Fi. It also contemplated building out a super-high-speed "gigabit" network for business users in 15 commercial corridors, including the West Loop and the Illinois Medical District. MORE+

The Catalyst Passes the Midway Point in the West Loop
Marquette Companies' 19-story Catalyst Tower has been under construction at Washington & Desplaines since March, and today's drop-by shows work has reached the 13th floor. MORE+

After Google deal, developer cooks up plans for nearby properties
Believing demand for office space far exceeds supply in the meatpacking district, the developer bringing Google Inc. to the area is loading up on at least eight more properties in the neighborhood. MORE+

Developers propose West Loop park spanning over Kennedy Expressway
Architect Scott Sarver, principal of SMDP Studio, an international architecture firm based in Chicago, and Steven Fifield, founder of Fifield Companies, a development firm that has built or acquired several West Loop residential and office properties, have created a proposal to build an eight- to 12-acre public park passing over the Kennedy Expressway between Washington Boulevard and Adams Street in the West Loop. MORE+

DLA Piper moving to new West Loop office tower
DLA Piper LLP today said it would become the second tenant at River Point, the sole office tower under construction in downtown Chicago. The law firm has a letter of intent to lease about 175,000 square feet, with options to add more…DLA has about 210 lawyers in Chicago, its second-largest U.S. office. MORE+

Soho House hotel developers plan office conversion nearby
Food halls are the new food trucks. Across the U.S., these new and newly renovated culinary temples are luring artisanal producers, specialty purveyors, even high-end dining spots. MORE+

Hotels could be the next course on West Randolph
With crowds packing its acclaimed restaurants and thousands of office workers relocating to the neighborhood, Chicago’s meatpacking district now wants visitors to lie down and stay awhile. MORE+

Google to Move to West Loop
Google plans move its Chicago office to the Fulton Market-area of the West Loop starting in 2016, Jim Lecinski, the head of the company’s Chicago office and its vice president for U.S. sales and service, announced Thursday. MORE+

Has Google outgrown River North
The Mountain View, Calif.-based technology giant is in talks to move its Chicago office to the city’s meatpacking district, where it would lease more than 200,000 square feet, sources say. MORE+

Soho House Lands Construction Loan For Green Street Project
Real estate capital markets advisory firm Mission Capital Advisors, LLC obtained a $44M contruction loan on behalf of the joint local venture charged with developing the boutique hotel and social club Soho House Chicago. MORE+

Soho House Confrims 2014 Opening
With 3 Restaurants It’s been a few years in the rumor mill and it’ll be another two before it opens, but Soho House has officially confirmed it is coming to Chicago. MORE+

Developer gets loan: “It was like wrestling down a greased pig”
A joint venture led by the Marquette Cos. has broken ground on a 223-unit apartment tower in the West Loop after landing a construction loan for the project. MORE+

Hines to develop Chicago office tower
Plans are underway for a 45-story office tower in the West Loop in downtown Chicago. MORE+

BP Moving 1,200 Workers to the Merc
Oil giant BP PLC said Tuesday that it plans to move about 1,200 employees from the western suburbs to space in the Chicago Mercantile Exchange in Chicago. MORE+

EGI Sells 50%-Occupied 300 W. Adams for $23M
CHICAGO—Samuel Zell and EGI Properties have sold the 12- story building at 300 W. Adams to Chicago-based Sterling Bay Cos. The sale price was $23 million, or about $96 per sf, says executive director John Gavin, with Cushman & Wakefield, which represented the seller along with Paul Lunstedt and Brian Nagle. MORE+

Kennedys, developer plan big Wolf Point project
Crain’s — A joint venture including the Kennedy family and a Texas developer aims to transform a long-vacant riverside property just west of the Merchandise Mart into a massive hotel, residential and office project anchored by an 89-story skyscraper. MORE+

43-story, mixed-use building set for Loop
A decades-old surface parking garage will be replaced with a mixed-use building with 329 apartments. Hinsdale-based Midwest Property Group Ltd. will develop the project at 200-218 W. Lake St., through an entity called 210-218 W. Lake LLC, according to Lorie Bush, a Department of Planning and Development project manager who spoke to the Chicago Plan Commission. MORE+

Recycled Paper Greetings moving to West Loop
Recycled Paper Greetings Inc., which needed a cash infusion in April from the private-equity firm that bought the company 18 months ago, is planning to move its headquarters downtown. MORE+

A lot to soak up in the Fulton River District
Neighborhood is lively, peaceful at the same time. MORE+

Construction Complete on Echelon at K Station
CHICAGO — Construction was recently completed on Echelon, a 350-unit apartment building at 353 N. DesPlaines St. in the K Station development. Work is currently underway on Alta and Cirrus in the $750-million K Station, which is being developed by a joint venture of Chicago-based Fifield Cos. and Pacific Life Insurance Co., based in Newport Beach, CA. MORE+

Reschke changes plan for West Loop site
Crain’s — Chicago developer Michael W. Reschke is reworking his plan to develop a long-vacant riverside site in the West Loop, opting to build a hotel and apartments there instead of condominiums.The revised proposal for the parcel at 150 N. Riverside Plaza would include a 300-room all-suites hotel and a 665-unit luxury apartment tower, says Mr. Reschke, who has controlled part of the site for 19 years. MORE+

Fifield, Partner Eye $400M in Multifamily Builds
CHICAGO — Fifield Cos., based here, is forming a joint venture with Pacific Life Insurance Co., headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, to develop and finance apartment communities. The joint venture plans to develop up to $400 million in projects during the next two years. MORE+

Developer planning 2nd apartment tower downtown
As it gets ready to break ground on a 389- apartment high-rise in the Loop, Jupiter Realty Corp. is drawing up plans for another tower just five blocks to the west that would include as much as 150,000 square feet of office space and 300 to 400 apartments. MORE+

Fifield Wraps 37-Story Apartment Tower
CHICAGO — The Fifield Cos. is wrapping up construction of the Residences at Left Bank, a 37-story luxury apartment building at 300 N. Canal St. The tower, located in the Kinzie Station/Fulton River District, includes 451 apartments in 18 floor plans, including six penthouses. MORE+

Rental Tower Beefs Up as Start Nears
CHICAGO — A long-awaited multifamily rental building planned for the corner of Des Plaines and Kinzie streets will be slimmer, taller and have 35 more units than originally expected. Revised unit, 39-story building at the southeast corner, were endorsed Friday by the plan commission. MORE+

6-tower project planned $750 million residential complex set for area that housed Kinzie Station
A Chicago-based developer intends to build a $750 million residential project near downtown that it said will have enough scope and variety to be a new neighborhood. It would include six residential towers with 2,451 luxury apartments, parking for 2,000 vehicles and 40,000 square feet of retail space, plus a Jewel/Osco supermarket. MORE+

 

 
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