410 East Grand Is Go For Launch
Feb17

410 East Grand Is Go For Launch

If you’ve been looking at the muddy, snowy, machinery-strewn lot at the corner of Grand and McClurg in Streeterville wondering when a skyscraper is going to sprout, the answer is: Now. The city of Chicago has issued a permit to begin construction on the 45-story residential tower, more than four years after the project was approved.  The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell was there just days ago, and took the...

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Status Update: Growing 200 North Michigan
Feb16

Status Update: Growing 200 North Michigan

We’ve been following the development of 200 North Michigan since before it was a thing. Now it’s officially achieved thing status and is rapidly developing into downtown Chicago’s newest and glossiest skyscraper. Designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, 200 North Michigan will be a 41-story residential tower with two floors of retail at the base. It replaced a six-story masonry office building that was built...

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Status Update: How Did That Garden Inn Grow
Feb10

Status Update: How Did That Garden Inn Grow

It’ll be a few months before the tulips start poking their heads up along Michigan Avenue again, but one off-Michigan garden has already fully sprouted. The new Hilton Garden Inn at 66 East Wacker Place has topped out and developer GDS Companies out of Evanston is looking forward to the building going into full  bloom in the next few months.  As you can see in these photos from Loop Spy Daniel, the 26-story building designed by...

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Status Update: Block37.5
Feb03

Status Update: Block37.5

The bits and pieces are coming together for the new residential tower rising above the Block37 mall in downtown Chicago (25 West Randolph Street).  The picture above was taken yesterday by Loop Spy Ryan, and shows that the massive weight-shifting truss that makes the new building work with the old building has been enclosed.  Meanwhile, concrete forms are in place so that the floors of the SCB-designed building can be poured. When...

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Status Update: River Point Rises, Sans Promised Park
Jan28

Status Update: River Point Rises, Sans Promised Park

Remember when it was promised that the office tower portion of River Point wouldn’t be built until the public park was finished?  Yeah, neither does the developer. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell ambled by the construction site at 444 West Lake Street recently and took these pictures of the tower portion rising on the corner on West Lake and North Canal Streets.  Right now the steel frame is about three or...

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Status Update: Old River North Firehouse
Jan27

Status Update: Old River North Firehouse

If you’ve live, work, or wander around River North long enough, you will eventually run across the old firehouse at 228 West Illinois Street. For years it was something of a sad building.  Businesses came and went, but none seemed to be able to breathe permanent life into the former home of Chicago’s Bravest. Then along came Mr. Jones. The Jones is the name of the skyscraper designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and...

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Status Update: 707 North Wells
Jan26

Status Update: 707 North Wells

Eight months after we saw the drawings of 707 North Wells Street, the mid-rise residential building is well underway. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s own Daniel Schell popped by the other day and took these photographs of the construction progress.  As you can see, the tower crane is up, and the concrete core has risen from the ground. When complete, the building will rise 11-stories over the eastern edge of Chicago’s...

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New Northwestern Tower Will Scrape the Streeterville Sky… Eventually
Jan15

New Northwestern Tower Will Scrape the Streeterville Sky… Eventually

If you are hooked up to our Twitter or Facebook feeds, then you were among the first people in Chicago to find out that today the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a new 37-story office and medical research tower at 303 East Superior Street, the vacant lot that used to be Pentice Women’s Hospital. After handily defeating local and national preservation groups that tried to save the old hospital, everyone and...

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SCB Explains the Block37 Residential Tower
Jan02

SCB Explains the Block37 Residential Tower

For the last few months, construction crews have been busy trying to jam an apartment building on top of downtown Chicago’s Block37 mall.  The tower at 25 West Randolph Street is perched on the northern edge of the mall, flush with a very busy street in the heart of the city’s Theater District.  But space constraints weren’t the only challenge that the architects at Solomon Cordwell Buenz had to overcome.  We...

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Status Update: Let’s Start 2015 at 200 North Michigan
Jan01

Status Update: Let’s Start 2015 at 200 North Michigan

Our first Status Update of the year is a building that’s always a curiosity to tourists and locals, 200 North Michigan.  We talked about the tower with friend-of-the-blog, Thomas Kerwin, Principal at bKL Architecture a couple of days ago, and he was nice enough to send along a set of the latest construction photos.  All photographs by Darris Lee Harris Photography.  Please to enjoy. Location: 200 North Michigan Avenue, The Loop...

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