Obama Foundation Picks Its Chicago Ground Team
Jan31

Obama Foundation Picks Its Chicago Ground Team

We now know who going to do the grounds for the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side. The Obama Foundation has chosen Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Site Design Group, and Living Habitats to be the landscape architecture team for the south side’s most anticipated museum in decades. You may remember New York’s MVVA from such Chicago hits as Maggie Daley Park and the 606.  Chicago’s Site Design Group is...

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IIT Main Building to Become Apartments
Jan31

IIT Main Building to Become Apartments

A year after we first told you about plans from a Cleveland developer to turn the Main Building at Illinois Institute of Technology into housing, the official announcement has been made. “We are thrilled that Main Building will be renovated in a way that contributes to our community as well as the vibrancy of our campus life,” said Illinois Tech President Alan W. Cramb. “This project will honor the architectural legacy of Main...

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McHugh’s Hiltons Break Ground in the South Loop
Jan31

McHugh’s Hiltons Break Ground in the South Loop

It’s been almost three years since we first told you about McHugh Construction’s plans to turn an under-utilized lot near its South Loop headquarters into a new hotel, and now that dream is officially a reality. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held this past Friday for the building at 123 East Cermak Road, which will contain — count ’em — three Hilton-flagged hotels: The Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick...

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Want to Swim in the Chicago River? Then Use Your Voice
Jan31

Want to Swim in the Chicago River? Then Use Your Voice

Regional governments and quangos are coming together with a plan called Great Rivers Chicago to clean up, take back, and otherwise return the waterways of Chicagoland to recreational use.  We’ve discussed this on and off over the years as bits of the plan have been revealed.  Now it’s your turn to discuss it. There will be a public meeting Thursday, February 16th at the Chicago Maritime Museum in Bridgeport (1200 West 35th...

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How One Bennett Park Sold Me on Virtual Reality in Real Estate
Jan30

How One Bennett Park Sold Me on Virtual Reality in Real Estate

I consider myself a tech-savvy guy.  I had an e-mail address before there was an internet.  When I leave my house, robots wake up and clean my floors.  Thanks to a homebrew home automation system, I haven’t touched a light switch in a year.  Even the eggs in my refrigerator are networked, and send me text messages when they’re going to expire.  But I could never get behind the notion that strapping a cell phone to my face...

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Taking a Whack at the 53-Story Skyscraper Proposed for 110 North Wacker
Jan30

Taking a Whack at the 53-Story Skyscraper Proposed for 110 North Wacker

One thing is very quickly leading to another when it comes to the 80-story skyscraper proposed for 110 North Wacker.  The project was only just recently announced, and a week later the paperwork has already been filed with the city to make it a reality.  For a building of that size, with no anchor tenant, developer Howard Hughes Corporation is certainly moving along like a spruce goose. The new Goettsch Partners-deesigned tower will...

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New Residential Block to Bring Target to Loyola Students
Jan30

New Residential Block to Bring Target to Loyola Students

A proposed new residential building just north of the Broadway/Devon/Sheridan intersection in Rogers Park could mean new housing opportunities for some students, and a Target store on the doorsteps of others. The project’s name is The Concord at Sheridan and is at 6418 North Sheridan Road, immediately north of the Caroline Hedger Apartments, a 22-story Chicago Housing Authority senior’s block.  Right now the land is vacant...

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Chicago Exports: Goettsch Goes Big In Shenzhen
Jan26

Chicago Exports: Goettsch Goes Big In Shenzhen

Today we continue our 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 architecture. Friends-of-the-Blog...

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A bKL Family Portrait in Lakeshore East
Jan25

A bKL Family Portrait in Lakeshore East

A single photo can say a lot. In this case, what the photo below is doing is documenting the growth of bKL Architecture. Joe Zekas of YoChicago! snapped the photo from Aqua, the celebrated building where bKL has its offices. Also in view, on the left, is bKL’s The Coast (2013, 345 East Wacker Drive) — 45 stories of residential delight along the Chicago River. In the bottom of the frame, you can see bKL’s colorful and...

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The Loop’s Newest Residential Building Just About Buttoned Up
Jan25

The Loop’s Newest Residential Building Just About Buttoned Up

The corner of Lake and Wells is a hard place to photograph anything, especially buildings.  If the rattle and hum of the L junction above doesn’t drive you insane, everywhere you look there are steel girders, bundles of wires, and swarms of pigeons getting in your way. So leave it to Joe Zekas at YoChicago! to find a way to show the entirety of Thomas Roszak’s Linea building going up at 215 West Lake Street. He took the...

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