Plans Come Together For Riverline’s Public Spaces
Feb28

Plans Come Together For Riverline’s Public Spaces

The massive Riverline development that’s going to bring thousands of new homes to Chicago’s South Loop is progressing noisily along South Wells Street, and more quietly behind-the-scenes. Since November of last year, various city departments have been chewing over a 550+ page document from Michigan Avenue architecture firm Perkins+Will and West Loop landscape architects Hoerr Schaudt outlining some of the features of the...

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Cabrini-Area Office Proposal Back and Bigger Than Before
Feb27

Cabrini-Area Office Proposal Back and Bigger Than Before

Eleven months ago we told you about a proposal to add a little “work” to the live-work-play mix in the redevelopment of the greater Cabrini Green area of Chicago.  It was for a modest, but glassy, six-story office building designed by Piekarz Associates at 863 North Orleans Street.   Now that project is back, and all grown up — appearing in city paperwork as a full-fledged 13-story office high rise.  It’s the...

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Obama Library Price Jumps 50% in 9 Months
Feb27

Obama Library Price Jumps 50% in 9 Months

It was already the biggest cultural landmark to come to the South Side in a generation.  Now it’s going to be the biggest financial injection into the region of Chicago in modern memory. Just nine months after former president Barack Obama stated that he needed a billion dollars to build his presidential library and museum, that price is now reportedly $1.5 billion. The news was broken by the New York Post’s Richard...

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The Most Chicago Photo of the Week
Feb24

The Most Chicago Photo of the Week

Every now and again a photograph is able to summarize a city.  For Los Angeles it could be a palm tree reflected in sunglasses.  For New York, any number of images of the Statue of Liberty.  For Chicago, we nominate the picture below, taken by Joe Zekas at YoChicago!: On the surface, it’s just another construction shot of The Sinclair going up in the city’s Gold Coast.  But there’s more to it than that.  It captures...

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Northwestern’s MRC2 is Hard Core
Feb23

Northwestern’s MRC2 is Hard Core

Streeterville’s new MRC2 building is slowly climbing into view at 320 East Huron Street.  In the photo supplied by Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, you can see a steel grid facing the street has already reached its second level and continues to climb.  But don’t look for the concrete core of the building to go much farther. The Perkins+Will-designed building, which has the given name of Northwestern University’s Louis A. Simpson...

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Just Out of the Ground and Already the Vista Tower is Bracing for Chicago Wind
Feb22

Just Out of the Ground and Already the Vista Tower is Bracing for Chicago Wind

One day way back in 2003 we wandered up on East Upper Randolph Street and gazed down at a lone bulldozer grading the warm brown earth that once was an urban golf course into the gentle slopes that would one day characterize Chicago’s Lakeshore East development.  The construction work hasn’t stopped since. Though we’re 14 years into this blog writing about Lakeshore East, and almost 48 years since it was first...

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No. 9 Walton Peeks Out, Says “Hai, Guyz!”
Feb22

No. 9 Walton Peeks Out, Says “Hai, Guyz!”

The recent warm weather reminds us that pretty soon everything from tulips to turtles across Chicago will soon be peeking out of their winter hibernation and stretching toward the sun. Not waiting for an invitation is No. 9 Walton, the über-swish condo block that will soon function as Astor Street-in-the-sky.  Joe Zekas from YoChicago! sent in these photos of ol’ 9 peeking out from behind the 39-story Walton on the Park. Number...

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A Photo Tour of Legat Architects’ New Gurnee Studio
Feb21

A Photo Tour of Legat Architects’ New Gurnee Studio

We’ve toured the offices of dozens and dozens of architecture firms in Chicago over the last 14 years.  A few look just like any other office churning out widgets and paperwork. But most are clearly designed to inspire their employees, impress their investors, and demonstrate that architecture is a both a creative art and a science. Legat Architects recently opened a new studio in north suburban Gurnee.  It’s about 15...

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A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors
Feb21

A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors

The second Chicago building in recent years to bridge the separation of church and real estate developer is making a dent in the River North skyline. 3Eleven is a 24-story skyscraper rising at 311 West Illinois Street. The location used to be the parking lot for Assumption Catholic Church: the vibrant, but dilapidated Italianate church that used to be the hub of River North back when it was Chicago’s original Little Italy.  A...

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Controversial Maryville Project Gets Greenlight Paperwork
Feb20

Controversial Maryville Project Gets Greenlight Paperwork

Chicago’s newest luxury lakefront high-rise is about to take off at the corner of Montrose and Clarendon.  It’s best known as the Maryville Project, which is replacing the demolished Columbus-Maryville children’s shelter that was originally erected as Cuneo Hospital in 1957.  Friday the City of Chicago issued the first construction permits for the huge breeze-blocking tower that’s using the address 811 West...

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