New Christian Dior Store About To Energize Former Bertrand Goldberg Recording Studio
Aug15

New Christian Dior Store About To Energize Former Bertrand Goldberg Recording Studio

  The positively horizontal, vaguely industrial, commercial building at 935 North Rush Street is about to start a new chapter in its already interesting life. Most recently, it was an Urban Outfitters location. But U.A. moved up the street to 1100 North State Street a few years ago. Now permits have been issued to start construction on the second of two new tenants to fill the retail space: a new Christian Dior store. 931 N. Rush...

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The West Loop’s Newest Office Tower Gets Down and Dirty
Aug15

The West Loop’s Newest Office Tower Gets Down and Dirty

Demolition is a thing of the past, and construction is well underway at 625 West Adams Street, the office building sometimes known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower. Professional photographer Michael S. Lyons tripped our tip line with his latest batch of photos showing crews busy with the elevator core, foundation pour, and drilling machines that roar. When complete, 625 will rise 22 stories into the West Loop sky with 400 parking...

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Chicagoland’s Most Striking New Building Looks Almost Done; No, It’s Not in The Loop
Aug11

Chicagoland’s Most Striking New Building Looks Almost Done; No, It’s Not in The Loop

It’s always nice when a company understand that having great architecture is part of putting together a good work environment for its employees. Witness the soon-to-be-former McDonald’s headquarters in northwest suburban Des Plaines, or Frank Lloyd Wright’s SC Johnson campus up I-94 in Racine, Wisconsin. Of course, it’s easier to be all idealistic about architecture when you’ve got acres of empty (and cheap!) prairie as a canvas....

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The Park at River Point is Starting to Look Like a Park
Aug09

The Park at River Point is Starting to Look Like a Park

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been following River Point for eight years. Back when it was approved in 2008, it was just known as 444 West Lake, and the park along the riverfront was just a dream. The narrow riverwalk portion of the project has been open for quite a while, and now the 1.5 acre elevated riverfront park looks like it’s getting close to becoming reality, too. The park is elevated because in reality, it is a cap for the...

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Marriott Autograph Tops Out in Streeterville
Aug09

Marriott Autograph Tops Out in Streeterville

The latest hotel to wedge itself into a tiny downtown space appears to have topped out. Streeterville Spy Paul sent in the photo above, showing the future Marriott Autograph hotel, designed by Koo and Associates, at 228 East Ontario Street. The last time we checked in on this building, it had a full compliment of gear busily making hay while the sun was shining. Now the climbing forms for the elevator core are gone, though work...

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City Issues First Construction Permit for 93-Story Wanda Vista Tower
Aug04

City Issues First Construction Permit for 93-Story Wanda Vista Tower

Just days after the latest round of soil sampling crews showed up at 375 East Wacker Drive, the city of Chicago has issued the first construction permit for the billion-dollar Wanda Vista Tower. Permit number 2727451 was issued on August 3rd and gives Magellan Development permission to start work on the massive road-straddling skyscraper’s foundation.  Specifically, it’s caissons.  Here’s a baby firehose: Address:...

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Mirror, Mirror, in the Skyline…
Aug04

Mirror, Mirror, in the Skyline…

When I was a little baby journalist, busy getting my high school newspaper shut down for publishing provocative prose, I had a principal who constantly drilled into the student body the one notion he swore would lead us to success in life: “Always be in the right place at the right time.” It’s unlikely that Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! had the benefit of Father McHugh’s advice the way I did. But Mr. Zekas was,...

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Neighbor Views: What’s Going Up in Brookfield
Aug04

Neighbor Views: What’s Going Up in Brookfield

  Lots of people love quadcopters. Lots of people hate them. But nobody doesn’t like the videos they produce — elegant ballets of gyrostabilized goodness, like fisheye Steadycams in the sky. Pepper Construction and Tri-North Builders put together the video above, showing the progress made so far on The Corners of Brookfield, located along I-94 just outside of Milwaukee. When complete, The Corners will be a mixed-use...

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Downtown Riverwalk Running Toward Completion
Aug03

Downtown Riverwalk Running Toward Completion

The Chicago Department of Transportation takes a lot of heat for things like potholes and plowing side streets. But when it comes to big infrastructure projects like bridges and bike lanes, it certainly does get shit done. One project that’s coming together much quicker than would seem possible is the new Chicago Riverwalk sections being built along the south side of the river’s main channel. It was less than three years...

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It’s Soil Sampling, Not Site Prep, But Still Progress on the Vista
Aug02

It’s Soil Sampling, Not Site Prep, But Still Progress on the Vista

The rumbling going on in Lakeshore East right now isn’t the echoes of work being done on skyscrapers across the river in Streeterville.  It’s soil sampling happing at the future site of the Wanda Vista Tower, 375 East Wacker Drive. Eagle-eyed Loop Spy Jon tucked a photograph of the work (above) into our tip line a few minutes ago, and below you can see pictures from our friends at Building Up Chicago. We’ve shown you...

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