Status Update: British School South Loop
Dec08

Status Update: British School South Loop

By the time you read this, Prince William and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, will be waking up to their first full day in New York, enjoying the smell of fresh urine, the sounds of cabbies arguing over a fare, and the aggressive panhandling of “actors” dressed up in ragged, sweat-soaked cartoon costumes.  All the things New York is famous for. In honor of their visit to the colonies, and because someone in my household is...

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Status Update: Wolf Point Finally Something to Howl About
Dec04

Status Update: Wolf Point Finally Something to Howl About

The surface parking and muddy mess that once was Wolf Point are now officially memories, as the Wolf Point West tower (350 North Orleans Street) begins to stake its claim along the Chicago riverfront. This photo was taken last evening by one of our Fulton River District spies. It shows the residential building–designed by friends-of-the-blog and Chicago’s own bKL Architecture–is up to its 13th floor already. Just 35...

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Status Update: 200 North Michigan Rises
Dec02

Status Update: 200 North Michigan Rises

Just when you thought our devotion to chronicling every last brick and spandrel of the 200 North Michigan project was on the wane, Loop Spy Daniel comes through again. Daniel sent in new photographs taken this morning that show the construction progress on the 41-story residential block going up at the hyper-hot foot of the Magnificent Mile, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture. The photograph at the top was taken hours...

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Video: Mighty Morphin’ Maggie Park
Dec01

Video: Mighty Morphin’ Maggie Park

It’s hard to believe, it’s been two years since construction began on what will very soon become Maggie Daley Park (337 East Randolph Street).  In fact, the two-year anniversary was two weeks ago, when Loop Spy Daniel e-mailed us to let us know that there is a time-lapse video of the construction project from start of work all the way to today. If you have a little under five minutes to spare, it’s a fascinating...

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Moving History in the South Loop
Nov11

Moving History in the South Loop

Moving sucks.  Along with a wedding and a death in the family, it’s one of the most stressful events in a person’s life.  Sometimes it helps to have a professional help you out. Especially when that professional has 240 wheels at his disposal. The big event in the South Loop this rainy day was Wolfe House and Building Movers, quite literally, moving house.  The historic Rees House ever-so-slowly crawled from 2110 South...

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Status Update: How Does Your Hilton Garden Inn Grow?
Nov11

Status Update: How Does Your Hilton Garden Inn Grow?

The Hilton Garden Inn planed at 66 East Wacker Place by GDS Companies continues its beanstalk act.  Loop Spy Nathan sent in these photos showing that what was once thought to be a dead-end alley mere months ago has been transformed into the skeleton of a very narrow skyscraper. When complete, the 26-story limited-service hotel designed by GREC Architects will have 191 rooms, a bar, and a subterranean fitness/business area. These...

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Block37 Residences Has its Official Groundbreaking Sans Ground
Oct30

Block37 Residences Has its Official Groundbreaking Sans Ground

The new apartment tower being perched atop the Block37 mall, transportation, and office complex had its official groundbreaking ceremony yesterday.  But what do you do when you want to have a groundbreaking and there’s no ground to break?  Chips and dip in the pedway. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Milosh Kosanovich was there as the CIM Group hosted 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and a gaggle of real estate types at...

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Eviscerating an Old Friend
Oct27

Eviscerating an Old Friend

  The billion-dollar transformation of venerable* Wrigley Field (1060 West Addison Street) continues, with major changes evident from the outset.  We’ve been to the Wrigley renovation rodeo before, and knew for a long time that the changes would be dramatic, but there’s still something disturbing about seeing diggers hacking the venerable ballpark to pieces before our eyes. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer...

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Status Update: Taking a Shine to a Virgin
Oct23

Status Update: Taking a Shine to a Virgin

The outside of the world’s first Virgin Hotel (203 North Wabash Avenue) is just about done, while work continues apace inside the hotel for its debut in just a matter of weeks. You can see workers applying coats of shiny silver paint to a segment of the building’s decorative facade.  The exterior has been cleaned and repointed from top to bottom.  Even the bits of decoration that nobody outside of this blog will ever see...

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Status Update: Transferring to Block37
Oct20

Status Update: Transferring to Block37

For the last few weeks we’ve been showing you photographs of the latest construction at Block37, where an apartment tower is being added to the mall and office tower. That tower will rest on concrete slabs and a steel truss that will transfer the weight of the new building above onto the existing columns already inside the mall.  In these photographs, you can see the 30-foot-tall steel transfer truss being assembled on the roof....

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