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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Status Update: Illinois Masonic Expansion in Lakeview
Sep24

Status Update: Illinois Masonic Expansion in Lakeview

With curving walls of glass, and dramatic facade angles in place, the $109 million expansion of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Lakeview is starting to look like the drawings we’ve seen for the last couple of years. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell stopped by the other day and took these pictures of the construction progress.  You can see the three-story project’s intersecting planes of...

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Status Update: Hilton’s Garden Inn Starts to Bloom
Sep23

Status Update: Hilton’s Garden Inn Starts to Bloom

The new Hilton Garden Inn sprouting at 66 East Wacker Place is undergoing a growth spurt.  The soon-to-be 26-story hotel being built for GDS Companies is already up to its 11th floor, according to photos from Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell. The building was designed by GREC Architects, which describes it thusly: Located on a very compact site between two landmark structures – the Chicago Motor Club and the...

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Status Update: What’s Driving the Chicago Motor Club Building
Sep22

Status Update: What’s Driving the Chicago Motor Club Building

Work continues to convert one of Chicago’s best art moderne office towers into a hotel.  The Chicago Motor Club Building (68 East Wacker Place) occupies a prime location just steps from the epicenter of tourist Chicago, but those few steps make a huge difference.  Few visitors, or even locals, have actually seen it in person. It’s not just this building that suffered when obscurity knocked.  When Lakeshore East was built,...

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Status Update: NIMBYs Give Way to The Gateway
Sep21

Status Update: NIMBYs Give Way to The Gateway

The latest Chicago building to call itself “The Gateway*” is finally coming together in Greektown.  You’re probably already familiar with the Mariano’s Fresh Market on the second floor of 40 South Halsted Street.  This is the second phase of that project, and one that for the longest time didn’t seem like it was going to see the light of day. As repeatedly noted by Chicago Architecture Blog reporter Bill...

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