It’s Never Too Early to Think About Warm Floors
Aug24

It’s Never Too Early to Think About Warm Floors

The calendar still reads August, but the kiddos are headed back to school, Halloween candy displays are in the supermarkets and before you know it there will be a nip in the air and you’ll wonder where your snuggly threadbare Bulls sweatshirt is. There’s no reason to sound the alarm about another Lake Shore Drive carmageddon snow-in just yet.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead for winter, especially if...

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Sun Rises in the East; River North Gets Another Residential Tower
Aug24

Sun Rises in the East; River North Gets Another Residential Tower

It must be a day ending in “Y” because we have news about a residential tower in River North.  640 North Wells has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission, bringing the number of new residential skyscrapers greenlit for River North this year to 7,854. 640 North Wells will replace hyper-sarcastic mock diner Ed Debevic’s, a perennial favorite of tourists looking to get roughed up in the big city in a Disney-safe...

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Coming Soon to a Loop Near You: 130 North Franklin
Aug24

Coming Soon to a Loop Near You: 130 North Franklin

Late last week the Chicago Plan Commission gave its nod to the construction of 130 North Franklin, the faceted, fascinating, Krueck+Sexton office tower that is going to put yet another surface parking lot out of our misery. As described on the K&S web site, it’s the first Chicago project by New York developer Tishman Speyer since the economy ate itself in 2008. The exact height of this skyscraper has been something of a...

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Goettsch’s Park Tower Gets Thumb’s Up in SFO
Aug24

Goettsch’s Park Tower Gets Thumb’s Up in SFO

Today we begin a new series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of...

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