Chicago’s new 758-unit Trump Tower made front page news again yesterday after a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter spent more than four hours in blustery conditions on Saturday delivering the building’s communications “spire.” Now, Chicago’s newest luxury hotel and condominium building is officially the second tallest building in the United States at 1,361 feet – just 90 feet shorter than the Sears Tower.

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Living in Chicago means witnessing the constant renewal and development of the city. Downtown this often takes the form of grand-scale high-rises like the Trump Tower or the more ambitious Chicago Spire. From my office in the John Hancock Center (a site developed by my grandfather in the ‘60s), I can see the tower cranes looming over The Elysian, a new 60-story hotel/condominium high-rise going up to the west of us.

Icons like these may grab the big headlines, but there are smaller developments underway that are just as exciting for the neighborhoods they affect.

For the residents of Old Town and Lincoln Park, these kinds of projects are on the horizon. Each of them is significant and has the potential to enhance home values in the surrounding area.

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