Prentless Whisper: Is This The Calm Before the Form?
Jul15

Prentless Whisper: Is This The Calm Before the Form?

  Two months after the official — and strangely semi-private — groundbreaking ceremony for Northwestern University’s new biomedical research tower, things are starting to stir at 333 East Superior Street. It is not yet beating a dead horse to mention that this was formerly the location of Bertrand Goldberg’s bulbous but beloved Prentice Women’s Hospital, which was torn asunder (first and last time I’m...

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500 North Milwaukee: One Big Crane, One Big Hole
Jul15

500 North Milwaukee: One Big Crane, One Big Hole

Many a tear were shed along the Milwaukee Avenue corridor as crews spent the spring ripping apart the hallowed edifice in the 500 block at Grand Avenue. Ok, that’s bunk. As you may recall from the tone of our story back in April, that place even gave eyesores a bad name. It would have surprised no one to see area residents cheering on demo crews as the last few bricks tumbled to the ground. And gone it is. The mile-high crane in...

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Slice of Life: The Barge in Charge
Jul13

Slice of Life: The Barge in Charge

At the confluence of the Chicago River and its North Branch three skyscrapers are  currently going up, transforming the skyline in this corner of the city. One of those buildings is 150 North Riverside.  Designed by friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners, the building’s core is sunk into the earth between two railroad tracks. Those tracks will eventually be decked over with a park, and when the tower gets high enough above the...

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New Design For Wolf Point South, West Towers — Now With 53% More Awesome
Jul12

New Design For Wolf Point South, West Towers — Now With 53% More Awesome

Wolf Point West is making steady progress towards its final height along the edge of the Chicago River, rapidly obliterating the views of literally dozens of people on the other side of the river, sending property values plunging to near zero overnight, and forcing condo owners to eat Purina Cat Chow to make ends meet. Meanwhile, up in Connecticut, starchitecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli has been quietly revamping its plans for phases...

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Status Update: Homewood-Hampton Taking Shape in West Loop
Jul09

Status Update: Homewood-Hampton Taking Shape in West Loop

When Gotham City found itself in trouble, it’d illuminate the Bat Signal, alerting Batman all was not well with the world. Here at The Chicago Architecture Blog, we look to the sky for signs of construction, not trouble. In our city, we have Progress, with a capital P, which rhymes with C, and that stands for Construction. And nothing points the way to an exciting construction project like a big honking crane stretching for the...

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Argyle Street Transformation *Not Quite* Started
Jul07

Argyle Street Transformation *Not Quite* Started

Monday, in this very space, we let you know the final phase of the Argyle Street transformation was officially underway. This morning, anticipating loud machinery tearing holes in pavement, I set out to watch things get done. Welp… Turns out, I’m a little early. After trekking on foot all the way over to the construction area (Editor’s Note: You had to walk one block, Dan) I found that, in fact, it is not a...

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Just a Moment… Don’t Call it 545 McClurg Anymore
Jul07

Just a Moment… Don’t Call it 545 McClurg Anymore

The only thing we like less than a surface parking lot is a skyscraper with a terrible name.  In most cases, the worst possible name arrives when a developer or owner decides to just go with the building’s address for a name.  It’s like when someone calls their dog “dog.”  Or when an artist creates an enormous, dramatic work of art and calls it “Study #4.”  It is the very definition of insipid....

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Status Update: This Crane’s Chicago Business
Jul07

Status Update: This Crane’s Chicago Business

The hotel sammitch being built on the west side of downtown Chicago should soon make its mark in the city’s skyline. West Loop Spy Kurt sent in this photo of the crane for 108 North Jefferson going about its business of building Chicago’s latest hotels — a VOA-designed 23-story combination Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites. Construction work has been underway since at least April, but Kurt tells us that the official...

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Walton No. 9 Is Alive
Jul06

Walton No. 9 Is Alive

There’s nothing like the smell of fresh diesel smoke in the morning.  Especially when that smell comes from a big yellow digger freshly delivered to the site of a future skyscraper. Gold Coast Spy Brian pinged our TIP LINE with the photograph above.  He snapped it this morning at the site of what will eventually become No. 9 Walton (9 West Walton Street).  At 35 stories and just over 400 feet tall, it’s not going to be the...

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Status Update: Navy Pier Flyover
Jul06

Status Update: Navy Pier Flyover

The Chicago Department of Transportation is making swift progress on the hike/bike/run/walk/skate/whatever bridge and ramp complex that will help non-drivers bypass the chaos of the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Navy Pier Land. More towers and more spans will soon go up, making the Navy Pier Flyover look even more like the high-tech bridge that it is. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has the skinny in this e-mail he sent to...

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