Water street

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Elwood's Liquor & Tap opening on Water Street

Published May 28, 2019

Elwood's Liquor & Tap will soon open on Water Street in the former Rosie's Water Works, 1111 N. Water St. Rosie's closed in 2018 after 30 years in business.

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BMO announces new Downtown office tower

Published Dec. 8, 2016

BMO Harris Bank announced this morning that it will replace its seven-story parking garage on Water and Wells Streets with a 25-story office tower expected to be open by late 2019. The BMO Harris Financial Center will also include a new parking structure facing Broadway.

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Urban Spelunking: Former Laacke & Joys complex

Published May 3, 2016

Rarely have I felt the pressure to write one of these spelunking stories so quickly. But, in this case, time might be of the essence. That's because last week I got a tour of the trio of buildings that were home to Laacke and Joys before it vacated a couple years ago and demolition was expected to start if not quite any minute, then certainly any day.

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A. Werner Silversmith maintains silver lining on Water Street

Published July 22, 2015

Bookended by AJ Bombers and Water Street Brewery, Water Street is famous for three Bs: bars, burgers and bros. The tightly packed combination of those things has made the area a popular nighttime hot spot. Yet amongst all of the bars and clubs is something unexpected: A. Werner Silversmith, a buried treasure - quite literally considering its glass cases and shelves containing shimmering, beautifully repaired silver pieces - hiding in plain sight.

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Wangard's Brady and Water project moves forward

Published Feb. 11, 2015

The old Habhegger Wheel and Axle building at 1701 N. Water St., near Brady, is completely down now and Wangard's project to bring residences and retail to the space is underway.