Big Changes in the Works on North Orleans Street
Aug20

Big Changes in the Works on North Orleans Street

There’s a giant crane in the sky at 347 West Chestnut Street, and it’s trying to tell us something. Specifically, that work has been ongoing since we last visited the intersection of Chestnut and Orleans. That was back in June, when Fifield Companies held groundbreaking ceremonies for its latest Cabrini-Green neighborhood development, Next. Once the gold shovels had turned dirt and attendees had downed ahi tacos faster...

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Status Update: State & Chestnut Still Not Ripe
Aug19

Status Update: State & Chestnut Still Not Ripe

A couple of days ago a Chicago Architecture Blog operative buzzed by the new skyscraper at 845 North State Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast to check on the progress of the residential tower.  We were all surprised when the pictures came back showing it still not quite finished. The building, designed by friends-of-the-blog SCB, was approved by the city in early 2013 and was under construction a few months later.  It’s being...

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New Fence Parks Itself at 205 West Hubbard Street
Aug18

New Fence Parks Itself at 205 West Hubbard Street

Wait…is that possible? Probably not. More likely, work is getting ready to start at 205 West Hubbard Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Why else would you fence off half of your parking spaces? Look for those Divvy bikes to be moved soon from the corner of Hubbard and Wells Streets so construction can begin on the new 9-story office building and its accompanying 22-story residential tower proposed by developer...

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Status Update: Union Station Transit Center
Aug18

Status Update: Union Station Transit Center

  The Union Station Transit Center (300 South Canal Street) is moving forward, trying to take some of the snarl out of the mess that is South Canal Street.  The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell rapidly transited the Loop on a Divvy bike to bring us these pictures of the construction progress. The completed project will serve as an intermodal connector linking commuters on Amtrak and Metra trains with CTA buses....

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The Most Unusual Chicago Building Permit of the Year
Aug17

The Most Unusual Chicago Building Permit of the Year

It’s no secret that Navy Pier is going to replace its current Ferris wheel with a bigger, better, more modern wheel. Nevertheless, it’s kind of strange to see it come across your desk in black and white: EXISTING OPEN AIR ASSEMBLY: REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING FERRIS WHEEL, INSTALLATION OF NEW STRUCTURAL SUPPORT SYSTEM FOR FERRIS WHEEL, INSTALLATION OF NEW USER LOADING DECK, INSTALLATION OF NEW CANOPY, AND INSTALLATION OF...

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Status Update: MiLa Gets Glasses
Aug17

Status Update: MiLa Gets Glasses

Remember back in the early 2010s when all the pretty girls decided it was cool to wear glasses?  Even if they didn’t have a vision problem, they’d click over to Warby Parker and try to order some granny horns with clear glass in them? Well, the prettiest new skyscraper in The Loop got new glasses recently, and one of our photographers was there shortly afterward to capture the very very blue wrapped around the base of 200...

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833 North Clark Ready To Rise and Shine
Aug17

833 North Clark Ready To Rise and Shine

Months after the ceremonial groundbreaking, and weeks after demolition crews pulled up the landscaping and tore down the kinda cool pergola in the middle of the surface parking lot, construction is finally about to begin on the residential skyscraper at 833 North Clark Street. Permits were issued last week to get things rolling, and as always the city of Chicago is a fan of brevity: Foundation and Superstructure only for a new...

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What’s New at Old St. Mary’s?
Aug14

What’s New at Old St. Mary’s?

When last we checked in on Old St. Mary’s back in May, the South Loop church had just been granted permission by the city to build an addition onto the facility at 1500 South Michigan Avenue. We Slooped our way down there Wednesday to see how they’ve progressed, and were able to take a quick look around the Mazur Construction workplace. Designed by Charles Newman of Newman Architecture in Naperville, 11,000-square-foot*...

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Status Update: Construction at the Confluence
Aug13

Status Update: Construction at the Confluence

Chicagoans just can’t get enough pictures of the triple skyscraper construction happening at the downtown Chicago River confluence.  You know it.  We know it.  How often in any major city do three huge skyscrapers go up on a riverfront location within yards of each other?  Not very often. With that in mind, our Fulton River District spy sent over another batch of photographs showing the work being done on Wolf Point West, which...

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Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District
Aug12

Marriott Marquis Chicago Plants Roots in Prairie District

The new Marriott Marquis Chicago broke ground in the South Loop’s Prairie District back in July, and since then, construction crews have stopped breaking it, and are now drilling, digging, scooping, and shaking that same ground to its very core. Located at 2121 South Prairie Avenue, the newest addition to the McCormick Collection will be directly connected to McCormick Place, offering the ultimate convenience for guests and...

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