Status Update: Getting Down With 200 North Michigan
Oct13

Status Update: Getting Down With 200 North Michigan

The sight of a tower crane is enough to make even the most jaded Loop walker glance skyward while waiting for a crosswalk signal to change.  And while most of us have to be content with looking up at cranes, Loop Spy Daniel gets to look down on them.  He sent in this photograph of the crane at 200 North Michigan Avenue, which is helping build the city’s newest 41-story tower, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture....

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Bridging the 606 Trail at Milwaukee Avenue and Beyond
Oct13

Bridging the 606 Trail at Milwaukee Avenue and Beyond

Luis Benitez spends a lot of time thinking about bridges. Benitez is the chief engineer for the City of Chicago and it’s not uncommon for him to receive a late night phone call about one of the city’s 377 bridges. It usually isn’t good news. Sometimes, a truck driver will misjudge clearance width or height. It does neither the truck nor the bridge much good when that happens. That’s the cue for Benitez to get to the scene and make...

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Wrigley Renovation Underway
Oct12

Wrigley Renovation Underway

The latest expansion and renovation of Wrigley Field is officially happening.  Grounbreaking ceremonies were held on Friday and work is already underway of the half-billion dollar project that includes moving the ballpark outward, building a new office building and hotel, and a number of other updates. The Cubs are hoping the first phase of construction will be complete by opening day next year.  But that requires some cooperation...

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At Long Last: Groundbreaking for 200 North Michigan
Oct04

At Long Last: Groundbreaking for 200 North Michigan

After chronicling the saga of 200 North Michigan ad nauseum for the last year, we’ve reached an important milestone: The official groundbreaking of 200 North Michigan Avenue. Having watched the old 200 North Michigan Avenue building being rent piece-by-piece until there was nothing left but scattered bricks and lakeshore loam, it is now time to build the new building in earnest. 200 North Michigan is dead; long live 200 North...

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Rees Real Estate Relocation Rolls Down the Road
Oct01

Rees Real Estate Relocation Rolls Down the Road

The first part of the Rees House relocation happened this morning, and Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell was there bright screaming early in the morning to catch the action. The big show has yet to come—Moving the 126-year-old, 187-ton Rees House ever-so-gently from 2110 South Prairie Avenue to 2017  South Prairie Avenue to make way for McPier’s new DePaul arena and event center.  That happens next month. You...

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545 North McClurg Good to Go; Construction to Begin Any Second Now
Sep30

545 North McClurg Good to Go; Construction to Begin Any Second Now

Gentlemen, start your bulldozer engines! The City of Chicago has issued construction permits for the foundation of 545 North McClurg, the 45-story mixed-use development formerly known as 410 East Grand. Designed by friends-of-the-blog, SCB, it is a joint project between Chicago’s Golub and Boston’s The General Investment and Development Companies.  G.I.D. describes the building thusly: The project will be constructed on...

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A Ditch Called Wanda: Early Signs that Chicago’s Next Supertall Tower Isn’t Just a Paper Tiger
Sep29

A Ditch Called Wanda: Early Signs that Chicago’s Next Supertall Tower Isn’t Just a Paper Tiger

When a massive Chinese conglomerate that most Americans have never heard of announced it was going to splash out almost a billion dollars to put up an 1,150-foot-tall tower in Lakeshore East, you could hear the critics scoffing from Berwyn to Beijing.  We’ve seen lots of proposals on paper over the years for huge projects all around downtown Chicago, and very few of them have ever made it past the press release and a...

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Status Update: The Quinlan School of Business
Sep26

Status Update: The Quinlan School of Business

These are heady days for Chicago’s crane enthusiasts.  Yellow and red lattices are swinging around the city’s airspace like mosquitoes at a northwoods cookout.  And one of those cranes is helping build Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business at 2 East Pearson Street. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell swung by recently and took these pictures of the progress.  The building, designed by...

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From the Mucky Banks of the Chicago River Rises Edifice Rex
Sep26

From the Mucky Banks of the Chicago River Rises Edifice Rex

Rising from a sliver of mud squeezed between a very active rail yard and the South Branch of the Chicago River is the West Loop’s newest skyscraper.  Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell stopped by the construction site for 150 North Riverside to see how things are going, and one thing is certainly leading to another. Bulldozers, cranes, excavators, and more are thrashing through the muddy loam with all the...

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Status Update: A Streetview of Chicago’s Future Googleplex
Sep25

Status Update: A Streetview of Chicago’s Future Googleplex

Google has an army of talented young mathmagicians who spend their days thinking of new ways for the marketing giant to spy on us.  So, we sent our talented young photographer, Daniel Schell,  to spy on how far things have come with Big G’s new Fulton River District outpost.  His streetviews show us that the baby Googleplex is really coming along. Sterling Bay is redeveloping the former Fulton Market Cold Storage building at...

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