McHugh’s Hiltons Break Ground in the South Loop
Jan31

McHugh’s Hiltons Break Ground in the South Loop

It’s been almost three years since we first told you about McHugh Construction’s plans to turn an under-utilized lot near its South Loop headquarters into a new hotel, and now that dream is officially a reality. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held this past Friday for the building at 123 East Cermak Road, which will contain — count ’em — three Hilton-flagged hotels: The Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick...

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A bKL Family Portrait in Lakeshore East
Jan25

A bKL Family Portrait in Lakeshore East

A single photo can say a lot. In this case, what the photo below is doing is documenting the growth of bKL Architecture. Joe Zekas of YoChicago! snapped the photo from Aqua, the celebrated building where bKL has its offices. Also in view, on the left, is bKL’s The Coast (2013, 345 East Wacker Drive) — 45 stories of residential delight along the Chicago River. In the bottom of the frame, you can see bKL’s colorful and...

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The Loop’s Newest Residential Building Just About Buttoned Up
Jan25

The Loop’s Newest Residential Building Just About Buttoned Up

The corner of Lake and Wells is a hard place to photograph anything, especially buildings.  If the rattle and hum of the L junction above doesn’t drive you insane, everywhere you look there are steel girders, bundles of wires, and swarms of pigeons getting in your way. So leave it to Joe Zekas at YoChicago! to find a way to show the entirety of Thomas Roszak’s Linea building going up at 215 West Lake Street. He took the...

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Wintrust Arena Starting to Approximate its Renderings
Jan24

Wintrust Arena Starting to Approximate its Renderings

The South Loop’s new multi-purpose arena is taking shape at 2130 South Prairie Avenue.  You can see in these photographs sent in by South Loop Spy Joel that the squircle-shaped exterior walls are mostly up, and there’s even some glass to be seen. “But wait,” I hear you say.  “Wasn’t this building supposed to be all kinds of light-n-airy glass so that it wouldn’t be a dead space for the...

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Latest O’Hare Expansion Moving Along Nicely
Jan24

Latest O’Hare Expansion Moving Along Nicely

The expansion of American Airlines operations at O’Hare airport’s Terminal 3 is moving along.  Back in October of last year we told you that the project had been issued permits to start foundation work.  A few days ago, more permits came fluttering out of City Hall, these for the general construction of the new gates: SUPERSTRUCTURE, ARCHITECTURE, MECHANICAL, ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, & FIRE PROTECTION BUILD OUT IN THIS...

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4 Steps to Make the 115-Story Thompson Center Replacement a Reality
Jan23

4 Steps to Make the 115-Story Thompson Center Replacement a Reality

Late last week a group of rural state legislators released some sketches showing a shiny, twisting 115-story skyscraper replacing the neglected Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street.  Immediately, skyscraper nerds from Forest Park to Park Forest wet themselves. The details of the Thompson Tower are a 1,700-foot-tall mixed-use building with a hotel, residences, and an observation deck.  An alternate plan calls for several...

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Glazed and Enthused at The Loop’s New CNA Center
Jan23

Glazed and Enthused at The Loop’s New CNA Center

The signs around the building still read “151 North Franklin,” but nobody’s looking at those signs, anyway.  These days people are keeping a keen eye on the windows going in to the new CNA Center on the corner of Franklin and Randolph Streets in The Loop. Loop Spy Chris was the first to drip glazing photos into our tip line, as you can see above. And Joe Zekas from YoChicago! sent in the photo below, putting The John...

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Astrolab Condos Ready to Rock It
Jan23

Astrolab Condos Ready to Rock It

You can trade your pencils for pens on this one.  The modest Near North condominium block marked down for 61 West Erie Street is a “go.”  The Chicago Plan Commission recently gave it the green light. There were a few stumbling blocks along the way, but nothing that LG Development couldn’t be solve with a few more aggressive setbacks, and a fat sack of cash to help illuminate Erie Park and its riverwalk. We call it...

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465 North Park Bringing a Variety of Homes to Streeterville
Jan17

465 North Park Bringing a Variety of Homes to Streeterville

A formerly vacant lot in the heart of Streeterville is well and truly on its way to becoming the home of a tall, proud, residential skyscraper. Professional levitator, Joe Zekas of YoChicago! send us this photograph looking directly downward on the Illinois Street construction site for 465 North Park Drive. When complete, the tower — designed by Pappageorge Haymes for Jupiter Realty, MetLife, and Allstate — will climb 48 stories into...

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Work Ready to Start on The Loop’s Newest Old Residential Building
Jan16

Work Ready to Start on The Loop’s Newest Old Residential Building

Huey Lewis once informed us that it’s hip to be square.  And apparently it’s still hip to live inside the geospatial square former by the Chicago Transit Authority’s elevated rail lines that we call The Loop.  To wit: Work is about to start on yet another residential building in the heart of said Loop. The project is at 29 South LaSalle Street. Currently it’s just another 100-year-old office building that once...

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