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spyguy May 16, 2012 8:13 PM

CHICAGO | Hyde Park Development
 
I thought it was about time to finally start a separate thread for all of the projects going in Hyde Park. It's hard to really understand the changes in this area without looking at the whole picture.

So this thread is focused primarily on the transformation of 53rd Street. Feel free to add anything you think is relevant. I will definitely be adding construction photos, new retail tenants, and projects/ renderings in the near future.

http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/3873/53rdmap.jpg

Harper Court
Mixed-use development with office, retail, residential

Phase 1:
Retail podium with structured parking - LA Fitness, Chipotle
http://imageshack.us/m/88/310/hc3v.jpg
http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/1630/hc4a.jpg
Office tower - 150,000 square feet leased to the University of Chicago, retail on first two floors
http://imageshack.us/m/268/1646/hc1v.jpg
http://imageshack.us/m/190/7397/hc2x.jpg
http://img560.imageshack.us/img560/1...6687219116.jpg
http://img836.imageshack.us/img836/5...0353885416.jpg
Hyatt Place Hotel - 130 rooms, winebar/restaurant
http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/265...ect3image1.jpg
http://img406.imageshack.us/img406/7757/hyatt2.jpg
Future phases: residential tower and mid-rises
http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/9782/hyde2.jpg
http://img189.imageshack.us/img189/6083/harpercrt1.jpg
City Hyde Park
179 units
Retail tenants: Whole Foods, Chase bank, Original Pancake House
http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/928/chp06.jpg
http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/9798/chp07.jpg
Harper Theater - renovation
Retail tenants: Five Guys, 5-screen New 400 Theaters with Metropolis Coffee cafe
http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/5...ertheater1.jpg
Former Borders Building -exterior facade changes
Retail tenants: Akira flagship, possible restaurant/entertainment concept
http://img803.imageshack.us/img803/6052/akira.jpg
Clarke's Diner - open 24/7
1447 East 53rd
http://img857.imageshack.us/img857/4...kesjamiema.jpg
Jamie Manley/The Chicago Maroon
Kilwin's chocolate and fudge shop
5226 South Harper

53rd Street Bicycle Station
http://img846.imageshack.us/img846/113/50501207.jpg
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/5...0220120501.jpg
Future Developments:
McMobil redevelopment - graduate student housing and retail
53rd and Cornell - residential and retail building likely (possibly a tower)

BraveNewWorld May 16, 2012 8:19 PM

Awesome stuff there.

the urban politician May 16, 2012 8:46 PM

Spyguy, I vote you MVP among Chicago forumers

untitledreality May 16, 2012 10:09 PM

Mods, can we get a Chicago tag on this thread please?

markh9 May 17, 2012 3:22 AM

Just found this thread. Copy-pasting my Harper Court update I had posted in the Gen Dev thread.

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(from their Facebook page)

April 24th - The site viewed from the McDonald's (Southwest):
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...62120219_n.jpg

April 24th - The Harper Court site viewed from the Hyde Park Bank (North):
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...95005812_n.jpg

April 24th - The office tower viewed from the Hyde Park Bank (Northeast):
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...21870936_n.jpg

May 15th
http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-...46517133_n.jpg

Also, Curbed did an update a few days ago.

untitledreality May 17, 2012 5:07 PM

Have there been any updates regarding Solstice*? I thought I remember reading a blurb mentioning they were going ahead with the work for the school/access drive/park but that there was still no timetable for the building to get underway.

*I know its not 53rd, sorry

spyguy May 17, 2012 7:32 PM

^Nice photo updates.

Quote:

Originally Posted by untitledreality (Post 5704176)
Have there been any updates regarding Solstice*? I thought I remember reading a blurb mentioning they were going ahead with the work for the school/access drive/park but that there was still no timetable for the building to get underway.

*I know its not 53rd, sorry

I wouldn't take the thread title too literally. I actually also wondered whether or not to include all of the University campus stuff or the renovations going on at the Shoreland, etc.

As for your question, everything I've read indicates that Antheus hasn't completely killed Solstice but that it's on the back burner. Unless they switch to apartments, it's going to be a while. The downtown condo market is still pretty dead so what chance does Hyde Park have? On the other hand, if everything above happens (Whole Foods, new restaurants, etc.) a lot more people might consider living in Hyde Park.

rgolch May 18, 2012 3:33 PM

Any way we can tag this thread so it pops up in the Chicago P & C subsection of the forum?

spyguy May 21, 2012 9:20 PM

Some additional unannounced national retail tenants for Harper Court:

Noodles & Company
Ulta beauty
Starbucks in the office tower (I'm not sure if this means that the current Starbucks will close or not)

ardecila May 21, 2012 10:50 PM

It might be just a kiosk. Some kind of in-building coffee shop is pretty much de rigeur for new office buildings. Meanwhile, an office-lobby Starbucks would attract far fewer walk-ins.

spyguy May 25, 2012 7:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 5708267)
It might be just a kiosk. Some kind of in-building coffee shop is pretty much de rigeur for new office buildings. Meanwhile, an office-lobby Starbucks would attract far fewer walk-ins.

It's actually a full-size Starbucks store, accessible both by 53rd and inside the office tower lobby. I'm guessing it'll also have ample outdoor seating since it's on the corner of Lake Park.

Harper Court construction update: you can see part of the facade already on the first floor. The bike station is in the background.
http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/8...9129262710.jpg
Harper Court/ Facebook

53rd Street Bicycle Center - opened this week
Hours and Services:
SUMMER: M-F 7am-7pm, S-S: 9am-7pm
SPRING/FALL: M-F: 7am-7pm, S-S: 10am-6pm
WINTER: M-F: 9am-5pm, S-S: Closed
Bike rental, parking, repairs, showers & lockers, segway tours, and merchandise
http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/2...3050976966.jpg
http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/9...0509793166.jpg
Bike and Park/ Facebook

Dan in Chicago May 26, 2012 11:59 AM

Last week I checked out the new Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. The building features an 11-story tower with great views overlooking the Midway. No two floors are exactly alike. There are several double-story rooms, and it's very colorful inside with a lot of soft walls. The building is open for public viewing until September.

Here are some photos, also viewable here:
http://en.phorio.com/logan_center_fo..._united_states

http://picture.shotsharing.com/photo...s,-Chicago.jpg http://image.shotsharing.com/photo/4...s,-Chicago.jpg http://image.shotsharing.com/photo/6...s,-Chicago.jpg

http://picture.shotsharing.com/photo...s,-Chicago.jpg http://image.shotsharing.com/photo/6...s,-Chicago.jpg http://image.shotsharing.com/photo/8...s,-Chicago.jpg

http://picture.shotsharing.com/photo...s,-Chicago.jpg http://file.shotsharing.com/photo/46...s,-Chicago.jpg http://image.shotsharing.com/photo/1...s,-Chicago.jpg

http://file.shotsharing.com/photo/69...s,-Chicago.jpg http://picture.shotsharing.com/photo...s,-Chicago.jpg http://file.shotsharing.com/photo/38...s,-Chicago.jpg

Ch.G, Ch.G May 27, 2012 5:53 AM

Wow, those photos are great. This is a building for the ages.

Dan in Chicago May 28, 2012 1:30 AM

Thanks a lot! To me this is one of the best buildings in recent years in Chicago. The building has a lot of the future-leaning feel of mid-century modernism without actually replicating that style.

I used to think the facade was wood, but someone here corrected me - it's actually limestone, just with a color and layout similar to wood.

ChiPhi May 28, 2012 3:33 AM

Dan, your pics are amazing. But the more I look at this building, the less I like it. Williams and Tsien are known for their materiality and the swaths of limestone come off one dimensional and bland to me. Maybe I'm a philistine who "doesn't get it," but this building really bores me. I love Williams and Tsien, but this building is increasingly feeling like it isn't their best. I do like the scale changes between the tower and base, but the louvered roof seems a hackneyed choice and the storefront windows feel clinical instead of feeling like the warm-modernity that the pair is known for.

ardecila May 28, 2012 4:36 AM

Give the limestone some time to weather. Right now it looks like it could be precast, but as it weathers it will develop a great texture.

The idea for the limestone-as-brick comes from Mario Ridolfi, and his building's been around for 80 years; the limestone looks fantastic after all that time.

Post Office at Piazza Bologna, Rome (1933)
http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2444/3...772208_b_d.jpg

Dan in Chicago May 28, 2012 9:18 AM

A lot of the walls are a soft rubbery material, which looks nice and creates a comfortable feeling, but I wonder how that will age. The whole place feels super-new right now.

One thing I like is the way it forms almost a cloister together with the Midway Studios. Also it's rare to have an 11-story tower with this level of intimacy (each floor is small & also unique) but combined with an openness thanks to generous proportions and floor-to-ceiling glass. It's almost literally a modern interpretation of an ivory tower. (Both limestone & ivory are mostly calcium I believe.)

The scale changes from the tower to base are definitely one of the best features - even more so on the interior.

untitledreality May 28, 2012 2:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ChiPhi (Post 5714876)
But the more I look at this building, the less I like it.

Architecture is experiential... try to get down to Woodlawn and check it out first hand. The proportions of the building, the material scale and texture are fantastic in person.

ChiPhi May 28, 2012 5:39 PM

^^^
That is so true. I do need to get down there. I saw this and the Mansuetta library when they were U/C last year, but I need to see them now that they are finished. But because of the way I am situated on public transit, I've either got to drive or take nearly 2 hours to get down.

Ch.G, Ch.G May 28, 2012 9:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ardecila (Post 5714915)
Give the limestone some time to weather. Right now it looks like it could be precast, but as it weathers it will develop a great texture.

You think so? IMO, it already looks like what it is. There's texture and variation both up close and afar, evidenced by Dan's photos. You don't find those qualities in precast—at least, not to that extent.

spyguy Jun 1, 2012 5:47 PM

Harper Court office tower growing
http://img815.imageshack.us/img815/1...2100146411.jpg
Harper Court/ Facebook

New Harper Court restaurants:
Ja' Grill Restaurant & Lounge (from Lincoln Park)
Flavor restaurant (Flossmoor)
Park Tavern (Rosemont)

Other:
Not so exciting but Papa John's is opening in the Dorchester Commons strip mall (1418 E 53rd)

A restaurant called South Side Shrimp plans to open this month in the restored Del Prado Apartments at 53rd and South Hyde Park. Speaking of which, according to the Herald, nearly all of the apartments have been leased.
http://img228.imageshack.us/img228/2...e7b0e59673.jpg

markh9 Jun 7, 2012 10:55 PM

More subsidies for Harper Court. The Trib has the story.

Busy Bee Jun 8, 2012 2:05 AM

Did no one else notice the facade panel?

Dan in Chicago Jun 10, 2012 8:42 AM

Harper Court yesterday:
http://image.shotsharing.com/photo/5...r,-Chicago.jpg

Dan in Chicago Jun 22, 2012 2:38 PM

Harper Court two hours ago:

http://image.shotsharing.com/photo/6...r,-Chicago.jpg http://picture.shotsharing.com/photo...r,-Chicago.jpg

And Earl Shapiro Hall on June 15:
http://image.shotsharing.com/photo/1...l,-Chicago.jpg

untitledreality Jun 22, 2012 6:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dan in Chicago (Post 5742924)
Harper Court two hours ago:

Guess they are on a 5 day pour cycle? If so we should see this top out around the end of July.

spyguy Jun 26, 2012 1:09 AM

^Great shots, Dan. I wonder what the University has planned for the Facilities Services building next door.

One more from yesterday:
http://img703.imageshack.us/img703/9...8295469132.jpg
Harper Court/ Facebook

Demolition work on the old Borders building/ Akira
http://img171.imageshack.us/img171/7032/93797460.jpg
53rd Street Blog

I've previously heard of plans to redo the area south of 53rd Street including:
  • Turning the little street (pictured above) in between Borders and the Hyde Park Bank into a pedestrian alley
  • Building a parking garage south of the bank with retail facing the new alley
  • Building another retail building on the southern portion of Borders' parking lot

The Pimp Jun 28, 2012 4:14 PM

This is sooo exciting for Hyde Park! I'm late to the dance. I would like to know if the high rises will actually be built?

spyguy Jul 19, 2012 5:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by The Pimp (Post 5749804)
This is sooo exciting for Hyde Park! I'm late to the dance. I would like to know if the high rises will actually be built?

Which high-rise? The Harper Court one might take a while unless they switch to rentals. I'm not sure if City Hyde Park will be built in one phase or if the larger tower will come later, but read on:

http://hpherald.com/

Antheus seeks own TIF for City HP
By Sam Cholke & Lindsay Welbers


On July 9, a committee of Hyde Park residents approved supporting the redevelopment of the Village Shopping Center with property tax dollars through the creation of a new taxing district.

Hyde Park has committed most of its available tax incentives to the redevelopment of Harper Court. To avoid ending up in line behind Harper Court, the developers of the Village Center are proposing creating a new line for taxpayer support — with them at the front.

The Silliman Group is planning to replace the 1531 E. Hyde Park Blvd. shopping center with a $140 million development with a Whole Foods grocery store and 182 apartments. Silliman is hoping to partially close a $25 million hole in the project budget with local property tax revenue by establishing a new tax-increment financing district in Hyde Park.

spyguy Aug 16, 2012 12:44 AM

Construction update
 
Office tower
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/143...5105382437.jpg
Harper Court/ Facebook

Retail podium
http://img52.imageshack.us/img52/650...6438716639.jpg
Harper Court/ Facebook


Meanwhile, things are starting to happen with City Hyde Park. The existing tenants are already relocating and must vacate by the end of October. Antheus is planning to demolish the buildings in November, according to the Herald.

sentinel Sep 7, 2012 5:15 PM

Harper Court - 9/6 - Office tower appears to have topped-out (or very close to it).

https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphot...21728619_n.jpg

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...3557063&type=1

ardecila Sep 8, 2012 2:56 AM

Whoo. Can't wait for the glass to start showing up. I love this scale of building for Hyde Park. It's the next step towards developing HP into a bonafide secondary downtown, like Evanston or Flushing or something.

Next step: useful rail service to the Loop.

spyguy Sep 13, 2012 5:36 AM

New restaurant/entertainment venue planned for the Borders building: The Promontory

http://articles.redeyechicago.com/20...oint-hyde-park

The Promontory coming to Hyde Park
Owners of Empty Bottle, Longman & Eagle and Evanston's Space team up for restaurant with live music


Empty Bottle’s Bruce Finkelman and Craig Golden, of Space in Evanston, are currently prepping their newest venture, The Promontory (1539 E. 53rd St.), for an early 2013 opening.

...He did confirm that the owners are currently renovating the building and the space will offer live music events and food.

The team behind The Promontory—named after Hyde Park’s nearby Promontory Point lakefront area, which in 1933-1934 housed Chicago’s second World’s Fair—will also include Longman & Eagle chef Jared Wentworth.

Mr Downtown Sep 13, 2012 2:08 PM

Huh? The Century of Progress only went to 39th Street.

alex1 Sep 20, 2012 7:03 PM

A few questions for those of you following Chicago more closely than I can from afar. My wife and I are looking to move back to Chicago and Hyde Park is a natural location for us. It's close to UC, the lake and it's not as infested with national chains like some other neighborhoods are.

Is solstice dead? And what about these new developments like the Village Center; is it on track to be built and will they include condos or will it just be apartments?

markh9 Oct 9, 2012 7:12 PM

Some snapshots from Twitter user @ChrisDillon, retweeted from the @HarperCourt account.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A4yVbDyCcAAbqD9.jpg
Office tower, looking east.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A4yVJkuCIAAGHCN.jpg
Hotel

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A4yU-FICAAA62o5.jpg

Sources:
https://twitter.com/ChrisDillion/sta.../photo/1/large
https://twitter.com/ChrisDillion/sta.../photo/1/large
https://twitter.com/ChrisDillion/sta.../photo/1/large

spyguy Oct 10, 2012 3:19 AM

Today's Crain's article about the TIF proposal for City Hyde Park mentions that the project might also have a T.J. Maxx and Michaels in addition to Whole Foods. Not exactly high-end but about what I was expecting and probably what Hyde Park needs. A City Target would be great, though.

paytonc Oct 10, 2012 4:21 AM

Both Michaels and TJX seem to be on expansion sprees. I guess scrapbooking is more lucrative than I thought.

Quote:

Originally Posted by alex1 (Post 5838589)
Is solstice dead? And what about these new developments like the Village Center; is it on track to be built and will they include condos or will it just be apartments?

Solstice is on indefinite hold. City Hyde Park will be apartments, and its developer is comfortable holding them as apartments (i.e., that's what they usually do). New condo developments are very difficult to finance these days, since the Chicago condo market has been soft for several years; only in the past few months have prices started to turn around. New-ish condos in Hyde Park can be had for great prices (try a few blocks west on 53rd), and vintage? Oh, wow. Huge spaces in beautiful buildings for a song. I'd ask your realtor to take you through some of those co-ops in Indian Village/Chicago Beach just for a peek at how the 1% lived during the Gilded Age.

spyguy Oct 13, 2012 7:41 PM

More eateries on 53rd
 
http://chicago.eater.com/archives/20...-hyde-park.php

Matthias Merges Opening Two Restaurants in Hyde Park, Including a Scaled-Down Yusho, in 2013
Friday, October 12, 2012, by Ari Bendersky


Last month word came that the team behind Longman & Eagle would open the Promontory in Hyde Park. Now the South Side restaurant expansion continues with news that former Charlie Trotter's chef de cuisine and owner of celebrated Logan Square spot Yusho Matthias Merges will open not one, but two restaurants in Hyde Park in 2013, including a scaled-down version of Yusho...


1466 E. 53rd - new "European based" concept
1301 E. 53rd - scaled down version of Yusho

spyguy Oct 19, 2012 3:07 AM

Ulta Beauty confirmed for Harper Court
 
http://www.harpercourtchicago.com/node/33

ULTA Beauty to Join Harper Court

ULTA Beauty, the largest beauty retailer of its kind in the United States, will open in Harper Court in 2013. Harper Court Partners, LLC, a joint venture between Vermilion Development and JFJ Development Company, recently executed the lease with ULTA Beauty for 8,890 square feet on the project’s first floor.

spyguy Nov 18, 2012 4:59 PM

Harper Court now LEED-ND Gold
 
http://img163.imageshack.us/img163/8...1027605548.jpg
Harper Court Chicago/ Facebook
http://img855.imageshack.us/img855/7...2769433671.jpg
Harper Court Chicago/ Facebook

Harper Theater marquee went up recently, looks good
http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/8503/p2hiw.jpg
http://img827.imageshack.us/img827/3874/p3hp.jpg
53rd Street Blog

spyguy Nov 18, 2012 5:10 PM

Some bad news
 
Unrelated, but the University is going to build an 8 story, 1800-car parking garage at 57th and Cottage Grove next to the new hospital pavilion. Terrible that they're going to destroy the older fabric of the neighborhood for a giant garage.

----

Also, City Hyde Park has changed. Antheus has scrapped plans for the second taller tower. The number of units hasn't changed and the remaining tower is now a few floors taller.

http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/4384/cityhydepark1.jpg
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/1...yhydepark2.png

Kippis Nov 18, 2012 6:35 PM

^ Booooooooo.

Can't really complain though. Studio Gang's design looks slick no matter how you dice it. Great addition to the area. This question most likely has already been asked (so please forgive my ignorance), but is there a preliminary start date in place for groundbreaking on CHP? The official site calls for a 2014 opening, but...

Chicago Shawn Nov 18, 2012 6:36 PM

^The high-rise still an excellent design, but that podium sucks; really destroys the whole aesthetic of the project. Studio Gang needs to find a more elegant solution to this. No parking would be nice, but that's not going to happen.

untitledreality Nov 18, 2012 6:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spyguy (Post 5905651)
Unrelated, but the University is going to build an 8 story, 1800-car parking garage at 57th and Cottage Grove next to the new hospital pavilion. Terrible that they're going to destroy the older fabric of the neighborhood for a giant garage.

For all the good that UC has done, and is doing for the neighborhood, the new hospital pavilion and its requirements sure are mucking things up.


Quote:

Originally Posted by spyguy (Post 5905651)
Also, City Hyde Park has changed. Antheus has scrapped plans for the second taller tower. The number of units hasn't changed and the remaining tower is now a few floors taller.

Is is scrapped completely or is it possible they could be following the lead of Harper Court and keeping the option open for a second stage of construction?

spyguy Nov 18, 2012 7:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kippis (Post 5905722)
^ Booooooooo.

Can't really complain though. Studio Gang's design looks slick no matter how you dice it. Great addition to the area. This question most likely has already been asked (so please forgive my ignorance), but is there a preliminary start date in place for groundbreaking on CHP? The official site calls for a 2014 opening, but...

I think they're still aiming to start construction early next year but I suppose that's all dependent on finalizing the TIF (now a smaller amount than before) and financing.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chicago Shawn (Post 5905724)
^The high-rise still an excellent design, but that podium sucks; really destroys the whole aesthetic of the project. Studio Gang needs to find a more elegant solution to this. No parking would be nice, but that's not going to happen.

Well the parking is all underground. The second floor is actually retail, possibly TJ Maxx and Michaels (apparently they don't like or need windows?).

Quote:

Originally Posted by untitledreality (Post 5905746)
Is is scrapped completely or is it possible they could be following the lead of Harper Court and keeping the option open for a second stage of construction?

Completely I believe. The orientation of the remaining tower has changed and I don't think there is any space left for a second lobby/elevator core.

http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/928/chp06.jpg
http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/1...yhydepark2.png

cntodd Nov 21, 2012 6:06 PM

The Akira in Hyde Park on 53rd Street opened today! :)

Article here.

http://fiftythird.uchicago.edu/sites...ra.opening.jpg

J_M_Tungsten Nov 24, 2012 8:44 PM

Today
http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/t...5D5FBBE488.jpg

http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/t...5D6364A91D.jpg

http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/t...5D68FEF65C.jpg

http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/t...5D6EECF131.jpg

http://i592.photobucket.com/albums/t...5D72DF8BF3.jpg

spyguy Dec 8, 2012 6:52 PM

^Nice photos. I still wonder if they'll do anything with that old Starbucks building...

http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/162...8354825722.jpg
Harper Court Chicago/ Facebook

Kilwin's shop now open across the street next to the new theater
http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/1341/kilwins.jpg
53rd Street Blog

CorePower Yoga has signed a lease for the remaining space on the second floor of the old Borders building (now Akira).

And kind of unrelated, but an awesome photo of the new University of Chicago campus:
http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/8...21208at104.png
Tom Rossiter

J_M_Tungsten Dec 8, 2012 6:55 PM

Great shot of the campus. UofC is an impressive place.


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