Very First Indication That the Holy Name Tower is On Its Way
Jul20

Very First Indication That the Holy Name Tower is On Its Way

We’ve been waiting for years for Holy Name Parish to do something tall and skyscraper-like with the surface parking lot it maintains across the street from its cathedral at 735 North State Street.  We thought it was most likely to come a few years ago when the cathedral suffered a series of unfortunate water and fire incidents with its roof.  But it wasn’t until just this past April that Crain’s Chicago Business...

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Here’s a Building Permit You Don’t See in Chicago Very Often
Jul19

Here’s a Building Permit You Don’t See in Chicago Very Often

The newest million-dollar project to get the stamp of approval from Chicago City Hall isn’t a two-flat walk-up in Wrigleyville, or a condo renovation in the Gold Coast.  It’s something else entirely. NEW CONSTRUCTION. HORSE RIDING ARENA. ONE STORY, 15,800SF PRE-ENGINEERED METAL BUILDING. NO HEATING/COOLING, NO FINISHED FLOOR. The last horse riding arena in downtown Chicago was demolished in 2009.  It was the 1929 Chicago...

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South Loop’s Newest Hotel Gets The Green
Jul18

South Loop’s Newest Hotel Gets The Green

The newest hotel project to plant roots in Chicago’s South Loop has been given the green light to go full-throttle. 1101 South Wabash Avenue was once the home of one of those weird one-story, pee-stained, hoboriffic parking garages leftover from yesteryear that still dot downtown Chicago.  Demolition of that garage was completed in February of 2016, and then in December of that year, ground was broken on a new Hilton Homewood...

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Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”
Jul17

Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”

It’s not uncommon for a major construction project to change after it’s already started.  Look at Wolf Point West, which had its 43rd and 45th floor setbacks moved to the 45th and 46th floors, creating two more residences.  Or the Skinner West Elementary School addition which is gaining a floor, long after just three were approved by the city. In the case of Jeanne Gang’s spectacular 95-story Vista Tower going up at...

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Lincoln Common Getting Drilled, Losing Retail
Jul17

Lincoln Common Getting Drilled, Losing Retail

No one ever said that construction was a quiet trade.  And having spent too many years living next door to Chicago skyscrapers being constructed, I can say the king of all noisemakers is the caisson drill (no, not that caisson drill). People in Lincoln Park are going to get an earful starting this week, as the big Lincoln Commons project starts caisson work on the main triangle of what used to be the Children’s Memorial Hospital...

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Paw Prints and Crane Bits Signal Serious Work at Wolf Point East
Jul14

Paw Prints and Crane Bits Signal Serious Work at Wolf Point East

Construction crews are wasting no time turning a dusty patch of River North into downtown Chicago’s newest enclave-in-the-sky. Bulldozers snapped into action just days after the initial construction permits for Wolf Point East were approved late last month.  Now, two weeks into earth moving, the first segments of what looks like a crane have been delivered to the site in front of River North Point, the home of the Sun-Times and...

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Essex on the Park Ready to Take Off
Jul07

Essex on the Park Ready to Take Off

The latest skyscraper to change Chicago’s skyline has been given permission to take off. Essex on the Park (808 South Michigan Avenue) has been given its papers and can now grow to its anticipated height of 620 feet, right across the street from Grant Park. FULL BUILDING PERMIT (FOUNDATION PERMIT ISSUED UNDER 100684545) FOR A PROPOSED 56 STORY 479 DWELLING UNITS RESIDENTIAL BUILDING; 84 PARKING SPACES; GROUND FLOOR RETAIL; ALL...

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465 North Park Starting to Show Her Curves
Jul05

465 North Park Starting to Show Her Curves

There is a point in the construction of every skyscraper where it goes from amorphous chaos of dirt and rebar and transforms into something resembling its future self.  Like when a tadpole sprouts legs and starts to look more like a frog than a ‘wog.  Or when your 12-year-old daughter puts on her first formal dress, and as a father you’re both bursting with pride, and horrified at what might come next. That cotillion...

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Hines Makes it Official: Wolf Point East is Underway
Jun28

Hines Makes it Official: Wolf Point East is Underway

Just 12 hours after we were the first to tell you that construction crews were busy starting work on Wolf Point East, the skyscraper’s Houston developer, Hines, made it official with a press release (below). We were able to break the news for you thanks to Loop Spy Chris, who saw bulldozers, remembered our tip line, and did the right thing. Wolf Point East is the second of three skyscrapers planned for the knob of land that juts...

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Construction Crews Begin Work on Wolf Point East
Jun28

Construction Crews Begin Work on Wolf Point East

Less than a week after the city issued the first permits for Wolf Point East, work is already vividly underway. Loop Spy Chris tipped our line with a photo of excavators excavating, haulers hauling, and bulldozers bulldozing where soon a skyscraper sporting almost six hundred new homes will sprout along the Chicago River. You may remember that this 675-foot-tall tower was previously planned to be a mixed bag of office, retail, hotel,...

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