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Rapid change continues, with real estate developers drawing up plans to add hotel rooms, shops and more restaurants and office space in Fulton Market. Any big new Google office here is likely to be in the central area of the city, near Salesforce, Facebook and other tech companies. One World - Nations Online Google's agreement to move from River North to an untested office market gave the area instant cachet, as did developments such as the Soho House hotel and private club in a former rubber belt factory on Green Street. Greg Hinz On Politics. The former Fulton Market Cold Storage building, built in out of reinforced concrete, was a windowless food-storage facility when Chicago developer Sterling Bay struck a deal to buy it in

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That's partly due to the primary tenant—Mountain View, Calif. Google's agreement to move from River North to an untested office market gave the area instant cachet, as did developments such as the Soho House hotel and private club in a former rubber belt factory on Green Street.

As it neared a lease with Google, Sterling Bay raced to buy up as many buildings in the area as it could, knowing change would come fast.

Now, with dozens of properties in the area, including the longtime campus of Oprah Winfrey's former Harpo Studios, Sterling Bay is the biggest investor and developer in the area west of the Kennedy Expressway and Loop skyscrapers. Many longtime meatpackers and food wholesalers have moved, cashing in on soaring property values, or were pushed out by rents they could no longer afford. Rapid change continues, with real estate developers drawing up plans to add hotel rooms, shops and more restaurants and office space in Fulton Market.

Google, which twice added space after its initial lease, plans to move in late this year. June 19, From cold storage to cool offices: Amazon is expected to announce a short list—or at least "shorter" one—of cities for its H2Q sometime this winter. City officials are confident they'll make this cut, but competition for the final award has been extremely intense.

Sounds about right for Chicago. To win Amazon, think like Amazon. Greg Hinz On Politics. January 09, Google eyes Chicago for up to 5,job office. View the discussion thread.

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