Logan Square Congress Theater’s Makeover

One investor is looking to restore Congress Theater to its grandeur amid a hot real estate market in Logan Square. Michael Moyer’s past projects include the Loop’s Cadillac Palace Theater. Now, he has commissioned Woodhouse Tinucci Architects to renovate Logan Square’s historic movie palace, which seated 2,500 moviegoers in its heyday. Design plans for the Congress Theater makeover include a vertical marquee as well as residences on-site and across Rockwell Street from the theater. The vacant lot will be the site of a 10 story building with 120 residences. Ald. Joe Moreno's office has requested a community review of the design. [caption id="attachment_23546" align="alignleft" width="1900"] Steele Consulting's Latest New Construction by Logan Square[/caption] The Steele Consulting Group has seen Logan Square develop from...

Open Produce Owner’s Hyde Park Wine Shop Pitch

Hyde Park residents raised a toast to a local business owner’s proposal to open a wine shop during a community meeting. Open Produce owner Steven Lucy told his neighbors on July 14 that a niche exists for his proposed wine and craft beer store on 1448 E. 57th St.  He expects to see interest from diners frequenting nearby B.Y.O.B. restaurants. Business owners at the meeting supported the idea for improving dining experiences in a neighborhood with limited access to liquor licenses. In response to concerns that he might switch to cheaper alcohol, Lucy said his grocery store Open Produce has not changed its stock of quality alcohol since it got a liquor license last year. Most of the roughly 50 people at the meeting voted...

Logan Square Joins Nation’s Coolest Neighborhoods

Tourists as far as Berlin are beating a path to the ‘Midwest Headquarters of Hip’, and it’s not downtown Chicago. Logan Square is one of the nation’s coolest neighborhoods according to a survey by commercial real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield. Using factors like walkability and restaurant availability, it named Logan Square one of North America’s 15 ‘hottest urban retail markets’. [caption id="attachment_24884" align="alignleft" width="800"] 1528 N Washtenaw[/caption] The report noted that Logan Square’s growth can be traced to the 2007 opening of its Farmers Market , and its more recent restaurant boom.  Logan Square is also linked to its trendy neighbors through The 606 trail. The Steele Consulting Group has led new construction in the area including 1528 N Washtenaw...

Achieve a Luxury Look using an Open Floor Plan

An open floor plan, like a brightly lit room, can make your home feel more spacious, inviting, and even lavish. Ranquist Development provided a sneak peek of their open floor layouts in their latest luxury condominium project  coming to the border of Woodlawn and Hyde Park. The four story, 19-unit condo will replace a parking lot at 1400 E Hyde Park Blvd. Architectural renderings of the units boast open floor plans brightly lit by windows spanning the wall. The developers and Campbell Coyle Real Estate announced the proposed development last month and expect occupants by late 2017. The luxury units share features of the Steele Consulting Group's trademark SC Integrity homes, which combine living areas into gathering spaces that promote freedom of movement. [DNAinfo] [caption id="attachment_24788" align="aligncenter"...

Hyde Park’s New Whole Foods Announces Grant

30 lucky middle school teachers will chew over the history of ancient foods and distill it into course material thanks to a grant from United Health Foundation and Whole Kids' Foundation, a partner organization of Whole Foods. [caption id="attachment_24806" align="alignleft" width="450"] Source: Marc Monaghan/Hyde Park Herald[/caption] The University of Chicago's Oriental Institute received the $25,000 grant  during the grand opening for Whole Food's City Hyde Park location on June 22. “The highly anticipated Whole Foods is a significant milestone in the overall effort in bringing in commercial anchors to the community,” said Hasani Steele, CEO of the Steele Consulting Group. The Institute will hold a five-day training session for 30 5-8 grade Chicago-area teachers. Afterwards, the teacher will incorporate the histories of food and nutrition...

Obama Presidential Library Architect Named

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama chose architects they had ‘great chemistry’ with to lead their library's design, according to the Obama Foundation. The foundation selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects of New York City out of seven candidates released in December. Foundation chairman Martin Nesbitt said the architect behind the U. of C.’s Logan Center for the Arts (pictured above) impressed the presidential couple. The foundation also named Interactive Design Architects of Chicago as partner in design. The two-year design process begins once the foundation chooses either Jackson or Washington parks as the library’s future home. [DNAinfo] Obama Presidential Center News: Obama Presidential Library's Impact on Woodlawn Obama Presidential Library Discussed as Near South Side Redevelopment Project Steele Consulting Group works with...

25 New Woodlawn Homes Slated Near U. of C.

Woodlawn will be the site of 25 new homes in another sign of the benefits of living near U. of C. Just south of U. of C.’s Law School, construction will begin on a mixture of single families, townhomes and condominium on the 6100 and 6200 blocks of Greenwood. Architectural firm Studio Dwell – known for its North Side projects – will bring a contemporary look to the development. KMW Communities bought the land parcels from the city of Chicago at $461,500 and is expected to finalize the purchase in July.  The homes will range from $300,000 for the condos to $600,000 for the larger 4-bedroom houses. [DNAinfo] Recent News Around Woodlawn: U. of C. Reveals New Plans for Expanded Woodlawn Charter...

Bronzeville’s Forum Links Arms with Small Investors

A legendary Chicago ballroom and venue for black musical acts, Bronzeville’s Forum has no lack of historical currency. But the century-old building was nearly demolished in 2011 as it searched for a new owner. Developer Bernard Loyd saved the building, hoping to convince investors to buy into his $25 million redevelopment plan. At first, Loyd was limited to wealthy investors because of a federal securities law that classified ‘accredited investors’ as having at least $1 million in net worth. However, changes in federal securities law in May created a new class of small investors. Loyd wants to raise $100,000 on a new platform for small investors called Wefunder. He hopes the new regulations will encourage people to develop on the South Side....

2016 GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD WINNERS

Steele Consulting Group won six Good Neighbor Awards at the annual Chicago Association of REALTORS ceremony for its innovative and inspiring developments. Additionally, RE/MAX Premier Properties agent Hasani Steele took home the Top Renovator award for the first time in the residential and multi-unit construction category. Steele works with developers to provide real estate services from conception/design and development to pre-sales. "These awards really speak to the members of my team. Everyone who works at SCG puts in a lot of effort and believes in my vision," said Steele. "The extra efforts made in perfecting our designs sets us apart." Thank you to all our developers and supporters for your commitment. Take a peek at our 2016 Good Neighbor Award winners below: [metaslider id=24082]     Steele Consulting Group...