Fifty Floors and Still Rising at One Bennett Park
Sep14

Fifty Floors and Still Rising at One Bennett Park

One of our favorite construction projects of 2017 has reached a milestone.  Construction at One Bennett Park, the condos-over-apartments stack at 451 East Grand Avenue has reached the 50th floor. That means with this latest concrete pour, the Related Midwest skyscraper is at 71% of its eventual 70-floor stature.  If you’d like to measure its progress in height, then it’s up to 540 feet; or 65% of its eventual 836-foot...

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Downtown Chicago Apple Flagship To Open October 20
Sep12

Downtown Chicago Apple Flagship To Open October 20

The opening of the new Steve Jobs theater at Apple Park in Cupertino, California wasn’t the only architecture news of note today. During Apple’s annual iPhone presentation, a portion of the show was given over to the technology company’s Senior Vice President of Retail, Angela Ahrendts. She let the world know that the new Apple Store at Pioneer Court on Michigan Avenue will open October 20th. “Our team has...

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8 East Huron Ready to Sign on the Dotted Line
Sep07

8 East Huron Ready to Sign on the Dotted Line

If you’re looking for luxury digs near Holy Name Cathedral, but don’t feel like spending $70 million to combine the top four floors of an unnamed hyper-lux skyscraper under construction nearby, CA Ventures has the building for you. You can now pre-live at 8 East Huron, the 26-story Valerio Dewalt Train Associates-designed building that recent went into pre-leasing mode on the corner of State and Huron in the city’s...

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Construction Crews Pounding Sand at Wolf Point East
Sep06

Construction Crews Pounding Sand at Wolf Point East

Word on the street is that living near Wolf Point has gone from the dirge of caisson drilling to the relentless pounding of sheet piling being pounded relentlessly. Loop Spy Chris sent in the photograph above showing the ongoing pounding underway at 313 West Wolf Point Plaza.  But we’re told that mere pictures can’t capture the noise and vibrations rippling through the neighborhood.  Such is life in the big city. Before...

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Bell Rings For New South Loop Elementary School
Sep05

Bell Rings For New South Loop Elementary School

For years, Chicago’s downtown parents have lobbied for more schools in the heart of the city.  And the recent influx of hipsters, empty-nesters, and extended families has made the demand even greater. Those anxious parents should get a smidgeon of relief in a little over a year now that City Hall has issued permits for the construction of a new South Loop Elementary School: NEW CONSTRUCTION OF 4-STORY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL; TYPE 1B...

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New CTA Washington/Wabash Station Gets Raves on Debut Weekend
Sep05

New CTA Washington/Wabash Station Gets Raves on Debut Weekend

The Chicago Transit Authority’s new Washington/Wabash L Station racked up oodles of likes, plus one’s, and shares over its inaugural weekend.  And that was in real life.  Social media folk liked it, too. In its first few hours of operation, reactions from the crowds of travelers eager to get a whiff of that new train station smell ranged from a star-struck “Oh, shiny!” to a fully suburban “Awesome!”...

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Controversial Logan Square Building Gets Construction Permit
Aug30

Controversial Logan Square Building Gets Construction Permit

A new apartment building is coming to Logan Square, filling a long-standing gap in the Milwaukee Avenue streetwall. 1980 North Milwaukee was granted foundation permits earlier this year, and just recently received approval to go the full monty. When complete, it will have 132 residences across seven floors.  The total building height will be 96 feet, which may help deaden the sound of the adjacent passing CTA Blue Line L trains for...

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Another Residential Building Hugs The Kennedy
Aug29

Another Residential Building Hugs The Kennedy

Visually, it’s not the most interesting new building in Chicago, but soon a dozen or so people will call it home.  880 North Milwaukee Avenue is the latest in a series of new developments recently approved by the city along the bustling, and sometimes confusing, corridor between Bucktown and Downtown. In the last decade, as the city’s demographics, ward boundaries, and notions about private car use have changed, this...

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Another Vintage Loop Office Building Goes Residential, Gets Taller
Aug28

Another Vintage Loop Office Building Goes Residential, Gets Taller

Almost exactly a year after Crain’s Chicago Business speculated it might happen, the Insurance Center Building (330 South Wells Street) is flipping from office to residential use. The 16-story building was purchased a year ago by a unit of Marc Capital Realty for $10 million.  But it won’t stay 16-stories for long. The City of Chicago has approved plans to add a 17th floor onto the building.  This will serve as common...

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At Wolf Point, the The Caissons Go Rolling Along
Aug24

At Wolf Point, the The Caissons Go Rolling Along

The oh-so-familiar drone of the caisson drill has returned to Wolf Point with a vengeance. After the triumphant completion of Wolf Point West, River Point, and 150 North Riverside there was a temporary quieting in the construction-day cacophony that for the last two years has bounced off the skyscrapers lining the Chicago River.  But that’s all past now that Pelli Clark Pelli’s Wolf Point East (313 West Wolf Point Plaza)...

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