Status Update: 1000 South Clark
Aug19

Status Update: 1000 South Clark

The land is clear, and foundation work has begun on the South Loop’s latest residential block.  1000 South Clark will be a 29-story, 469-unit apartment building designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. Developer JDL Development describes it this way: In partnership with iStar financial, JDL is creating 1000 South Clark, which will be the most progressive building in the South Loop sub-market and will raise the bar of...

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Status Update: TAIotRIC
Aug19

Status Update: TAIotRIC

The vacant lot at 355 East Erie Street is just a memory as the Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago takes shape.  Construction has been underway for more than a year, yet the building is only up to its ninth floor.  That’s not unusual for hospitals, as they are considerably more complicated than an office building or an apartment block.  You may remember it took four years to build the nearby 22-story...

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Status Update: Founding 200 North Michigan
Aug19

Status Update: Founding 200 North Michigan

A space that was once crowded with tourists ordering lattes is now crowded with heavy equipment building Chicago’s newest skyscraper. Caissons are being drilled in the lakeside loam to support what will eventually be 41 stories of apartments at 200 North Michigan Avenue.  The blue glass tower, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL, is the latest major change in a three-block stretch of Michigan Avenue that even 42nd Ward Alderman...

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Status Update: The Colors of AMLI Clark & Polk
Aug18

Status Update: The Colors of AMLI Clark & Polk

Chicago’s AMLI is pushing forward with its latest project—a two-building mid-rise complex snuggled between South Clark Street and the Metra train tracks leading into LaSalle Street Station.  The pair of 12-story L-shaped buildings replace a failed project originally slated for this property that would have been two 50-story apartment towers with a 1,000 homes.  Sort of the South Loop’s own Presidential Towers. What you see...

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Status Update: 1345 South Wabash
Aug15

Status Update: 1345 South Wabash

The small building that made a big splash in the South Loop last year is starting to rise from the earth. 1345 South Wabash is a 15-story condominium block being developed by CMK Companies.  You can see in these pictures that the parking garage that will make up the building’s podium is already well underway.  It appears that work so far is concentrated on the ramps, which are hard next to the storage building next door. CMK is...

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Status Update: Hubbard Place
Aug14

Status Update: Hubbard Place

It’s been a while since we checked in on Hubbard Place (360 West Hubbard Street) in River North, and guess what… it’s pretty much done. People have been living in the building since October of last year, but as you can see from these pictures, there are still some finishing touches behind those orange barrels that have to be taken care of before the place won’t sound like a construction zone anymore. Hubbard...

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Status Update: 1 East Chestnut
Aug13

Status Update: 1 East Chestnut

  The new residential tower going up on the corner of State and Chestnut in Chicago’s Gold Coast is steadily climbing into the sky.  1 East Chestnut is part of a two-building development going up on Loyola land, but only half of it will officially serve the Loyola community. The residential skyscraper is being developed by Newmark, while the adjacent classroom building is being developed by the university.  While it would...

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New Hancock Center Videos Will Make You Wet Your Pants
Aug12

New Hancock Center Videos Will Make You Wet Your Pants

  Five years ago we had the opportunity to hang out of a broken 50th-floor window at the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue).  Naturally, we took a video and posted it on this blog.  That was child’s play compared with the videos being posted on YouTube these days by a steeplejack (is that the right term?) going by the handle L1irnwrkr. He’s working on a project to remove the top 100 feet of the western...

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Status Update: Starting a New Colony in The Loop
Aug11

Status Update: Starting a New Colony in The Loop

Chicago’s venerable Old Colony Building (407 South Dearborn Street) is undergoing a transformation.  CA Ventures is turning the 120-year-old Holabird & Root office building into student housing.  When it opens, it will have 488 beds in 108 residences. Uptown Spy Dan sent in these photos of the work well underway.  If you’re the sort of person who has a library of Chicago building photos, you may not quite recognize it....

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Status Update: Madison at Racine Entering the Final Stretch
Aug06

Status Update: Madison at Racine Entering the Final Stretch

It’s been a little over a year since ground was broken on Madison at Racine, the eight-story residential block going up on Madison at Racine (1212 West Madison Street), and it looks like it’s getting close to done. West Town Spy Adam sent in a fresh batch of pictures showing the construction progress.  It’s hard to believe this was just a hole in the ground not too long ago.  Now the FitzGerald Associates-designed...

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