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Inside AMLI River North; Hilton's Expansionary Agenda; More

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And now the latest from Curbed Chicago, covering everything you need to know about the city's neighborhoods and real estate...

[AMLI RIver North, photo: Kevin Dickert]

RIVER NORTH— Curbed took a tour of AMLI Residential's newest apartment building at Clark & Huron, now leasing and slowly populating. The 50-story, 409-unit AMLI River North is as architectural dumbed down as it is amenity rich. See for yourself.

THE LOOP— A 27-story Hilton Garden Inn has designs on a sliver of a parcel between the Motor Club Building and Church of Christian Scientists on Wacker Place. Landowner Magna Hospitality Group let slip the info in a piece of zoning paperwork. This block is already shaping up to be ground zero for smaller-scale budget hotels.

PULLMAN— It happened. The National Park Service has concluded the obvious in reporting that strong justifications exist for granting National Historic Park status to the heart of Pullman. Silly as this whole vetting process is, the recommendations are necessary in getting Congress to consider the designation. Now we just keep waiting.

CHINATOWN— Legendary architectural firm Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill (SOM) is taking on an unusually humble project: designing the replacement Chinatown library branch. The two-story oval building will eat a vacant lot at Archer & Wentworth, right beside the bustling Chinatown Market and Red Line station. At one point, the development was to be more intensive but we're still jazzed to see action.