Construction Workers Busy as Beavers at Cabrini Green
Sep17

Construction Workers Busy as Beavers at Cabrini Green

An Oregon real estate developer is beavering along with its first project in Chicago. 625 West Division in Goose Island will be a 240-unit apartment building when it’s completed in May of next year.  Gerding Edlen Development is hoping to land LEED Gold status for the 18-story building designed by GREC Architects. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell captured these scenes of construction work well underway on the...

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A Gold Coast Groundbreaking at State and Elm [u]
Sep16

A Gold Coast Groundbreaking at State and Elm [u]

  Construction of a new residential tower is underway in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for 4 East Elm (1147 North State Street/4 East Elm Street) earlier today. Designed by friends-of-the-blog, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the 335-foot-tall, 27-story tower will feature just 35 residences. And instead of being a square, the western side of the building is angled inward, providing those rooms with views...

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Status Update: Halsted South of Armitage
Sep15

Status Update: Halsted South of Armitage

The long-vacant lot on the east side of North Halsted Street just south of Armitage Avenue is now under construction.  The former tbree-story building at 1927 North Halsted was demolished in 2005, and since then the fairly large parcel has been an uncharacteristically empty space with a nice fence. Our photographer Daniel Schell brings us these pictures of construction crews working on the basement of the new building.  It will be two...

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Status Update: Wolf Point Rocks.  No, Really.
Sep11

Status Update: Wolf Point Rocks. No, Really.

We know you love Wolf Point.  We love it, too.  And if the numbers provided to us by Google prove anything, it’s that you can’t get enough of those sweet sweet Wolf Point construction photos.  Well, you’re in luck, my slobbering friend. One of our anonymous downtown spies sent in a bunch of new Wolf Point photos, and man things are chugging right along.  The whole site has been surrounded by stones along the...

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Status Update: The New Chinatown Library
Sep08

Status Update: The New Chinatown Library

The City of Chicago’s latest library is taking shape down in Chinatown.  The new Chinatown Branch Library (2100 South Wentworth Avenue) is going up on a triangle-shaped piece of land that used to be a parking lot a block north of the CTA Red Line station.  Our Daniel Schell took these photos showing the steel framework which will help the main portion of the building assume its final shape — a three-sided oval. Not...

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Status Update: Eye on the Wolf
Sep05

Status Update: Eye on the Wolf

The first of three skyscrapers to be built at Wolf Point is growing by leaps and bounds.  Our Daniel Schell shot these pictures of the construction progress of Wolf Point West, the residential tower going up at the confluence of the Main and North branches of the Chicago River. Wolf Point West is being developed by Magellan Development and was designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture.  When it opens next year, it will have...

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Yet Another Incarnation for an Ogden Slip Warehouse
Sep04

Yet Another Incarnation for an Ogden Slip Warehouse

We don’t cover a lot of renovations here on the Chicago Architecture Blog, but what’s happening on the edge of Ogden Slip in Streeterville is a little more than your averages self-certified toilet installation. Bill O’Kane is turning the 106-year-old River East Center (401 East Illinois Street), formerly known as the North Pier Terminal Building, into about 300 fancy loft apartments.  It’s just the latest...

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Status Update: Pan’s Aerie Labyrinth
Sep02

Status Update: Pan’s Aerie Labyrinth

In Greek mythology, Arkadia is the home of the god Pan.  If Pan lived at our Arkadia at 765 West Adams Street in Greektown, he was most certainly have his labyrinth at the very top.  And that’s what this photo by our own Bill Motchan shows—the top of Arkadia, topped off, but still very much under construction. The 33-story tower was designed by FitzGerald Associates, and is being developed by White Oak Realty Partners, which...

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All About the New Skyscraper at 720 North LaSalle
Sep02

All About the New Skyscraper at 720 North LaSalle

  Last week, we were the first to tell you that the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a new residential tower at 720 North LaSalle Street, replacing downtown Chicago's venerable, googie-riffic Howard Johnson's motel. When the paperwork was originally filed with the city back in April, it was a 38-story tower.  What was approved last week was a slightly smaller building - 35 floors, and 382 feet tall.  The...

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Status Update: A Crane in its Place
Sep02

Status Update: A Crane in its Place

A new crane has gone up on the tiny block-and-a-half-long street known as East Wacker Place, and until just a few years ago known as East South Water Street. For those of you abnormally into cranes (you know who you are), it’s a Palfinger PSM 200-8.  The tower is Linden Comansa. Loop Spy Ryan sent in this photo of the crane rising at number 66, where GDS Companies is putting up a 26-atorty Hilton Garden Inn.  This will be a...

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