Chicago Cheat Sheet: 2 arrested for climbing 72 stories of Vista Tower scaffolding

Also, the century-old Gately’s Peoples Store torn down after being gutted by fire

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Jun.June 10, 2019 05:00 PM
Vista Tower (Credit: iStock)

Vista Tower (Credit: iStock)

Two arrested after trying to climb Vista Tower

Two suburban men were arrested after they climbed up construction scaffolding being used to build the Vista Tower in Lakeshore East. Police were called to the under-construction skyscraper in the 300 block of East Wacker Drive Saturday evening after someone saw the men on the scaffolding some 72 stories in the air. Officers were waiting for the men when they came back to earth. They’ve been charged with reckless misconduct and criminal trespass. [Chicago Tribune]

Historic department store demolished after fire

The longtime home of a department store in Roseland was torn down over the weekend after it was gutted by a fire. The blaze tore through the vacant Gately’s Peoples Store at 11201 South Michigan Avenue early Friday. The damage was so extensive the building had to be demolished. The business was called Peoples Store before James Gately bought it in 1917. The Roseland store closed in 1981, and a second Gately’s in suburban Tinley Park shuttered 13 years later. [Block Club]

Planet Fitness adding more northwest suburban gyms

Planet Fitness signed leases for three new locations totaling more than 60,000 square feet in the northwest suburbs. The New Hampshire-based chain will lease 20,800 square feet at Schaumburg Court at Barrington and Schaumburg Roads in Schaumburg; 21,000 square feet at The Oaks at Oakton and Lee streets in Des Plaines; and 19,000 square feet in Palatine. CBRE’s Joe Parrott represented the landlord in each deal. [GlobeSt.]

Luxury apartment complex planned for Winfield Town Center

Winfield village officials are poised to approve a $35 million luxury rental complex in its Town Center. Chicago-based Synergy Construction Group wants to build the 163-unit Winfield Station apartments on land south of train tracks along Winfield Road. The five-story building would have 15 efficiencies, 90 one-bedrooms and 58 two-bedrooms. According to a preliminary deal with Synergy, the village would waive $430,000 in permit fees and give the developer $100,000 in tax increment financing incentives once the building is completed. [Daily Herald]

Corvias teaming up with IIT on dorm project

A Rhode Island-based provider of military and student housing is partnering with the Illinois Institute of Technology to redevelop Bailey Hall on the Bronzeville campus into a 330-bed dorm. Corvias will develop and manage the project once it’s completed in time for the fall 2020 semester. The nine-story building was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and opened in 1955. It has been closed since 2007. [GlobeSt.]

More industrial development coming to Elk Grove Village

Several new industrial projects are planned along Devon Avenue in Elk Grove Village. Magic Trucks plans to open a 13,600-square-foot dealership and maintenance facility at 228 East Devon. Seefried Properties, meanwhile, wants to four residential and business properties at 202-224 East Devon into two spec warehouses. Both projects still need village approval. [Daily Herald]


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