Status Update: We Only Have Eyes for MiLa
Jun08

Status Update: We Only Have Eyes for MiLa

The residential tower at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street known as MiLa climbs ever-skyward.  Loop Spy Daniel looked out his office window at 200 North Michigan recently, and saw quite a show being put on by the workers from Pepper Construction and McHugh Construction— busy as little bees in their yellow netted hive. MiLa was designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture, and is one of the cornerstones in the...

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Slice of Life: Sky Toilets in Flight / Afternoon Delight
Jun05

Slice of Life: Sky Toilets in Flight / Afternoon Delight

Loop Spy Ann had her cameraphone at the ready when she saw the ceremonial changing of the toilets at Block37.  They’re part of the comfort gear for workers putting up the new residential tower on top of the mall at 25 West Randolph Street. For those of you who have never built a skyscraper before, it can take a long time to get from the top where you’re working to the ground floor where there may or may not be a privy....

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Status Update: 410 East Grand x2
Jun03

Status Update: 410 East Grand x2

When it rains, it pours. Today we have a two-fer status update on the SCB-designed residential tower going up at 410 East Grand in Streeterville. Both The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell and Loop Spy Daniel sent in updated pictures of the construction site.  Talk about an embarrassment of riches. Daniel’s pictures are a little brighter than Daniel’s.  It looks like Daniel was there when the weather was...

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Status Update: Three Arts Hardware
Jun02

Status Update: Three Arts Hardware

The transformation of the Three Arts Club Building (1300 North Dearborn Street) into a Restoration Hardware continues. Gold Coast Spy Eric sent in this picture showing progress on the 102-year-old building that is both a city and national historic landmark. We’ve received inquiries about this project from neighbors, and from people as far away as New York, who are all scratching their head about why Restoration Hardware would...

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833 Becomes First of Two Skyscrapers Breaking Ground This Month
Jun01

833 Becomes First of Two Skyscrapers Breaking Ground This Month

It’s been a long time since we heard a peep from the corner of West Chicago Avenue and North Clark Street. But suddenly out of the silence came the scrape of ceremonial shovels in ceremonial dirt followed by the sound of polite applause. Ryan Companies broke ground on 833 North Clark Street this morning in an invitation-only ceremony. Near North Spy Tim sent in these pictures of things getting underway. As you can see, 833 is...

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Status Update: Four East Elm
May29

Status Update: Four East Elm

It’s not yet a soaring tree in Chicago’s skyscraper forest, but 4 East Elm is slowly growing as erection continues on the edge of the city’s Viagra Triangle district. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell stopped by to fix the cable recently and found that so far, it’s just a lot of poured concrete for the parking garage. But a firm, thick base is needed for this new member of the neighborhood....

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Reader Questions: Raising the Barr
May29

Reader Questions: Raising the Barr

There are certain buildings that, in spite of their premier addresses, manage to go through life anonymously.  One of them is the Warren Barr Pavilion at 66 West Oak Street.  It’s a nursing home in the city’s Near North neighborhood, and in spite of its swishy Oak Street inscription, its brown brick facade keeps it hidden from the masses. Until recently, that is.  A neighbor hit our tip line asking what’s up with the...

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Status Update: Union Station Transit Center
May28

Status Update: Union Station Transit Center

Methodically, the surface parking lot sandwiched between the Amtrak parking garage and Union Station in the West Loop is being scraped away to make room for the new $22 million CTA Transit Center at 300 South Canal Street. The transit center is billed as a “multi-modal” facility, though it stretches the definition a little.  It will allow Amtrak and Metra riders to transfer to Divvy bicycles, CTA local 60, 124, and 157 bus...

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Status Update: Big Blue Turning Silver on Goose Island
May28

Status Update: Big Blue Turning Silver on Goose Island

For months it’s been a distinctive presence in the Goose Island neighborhood: The mid-sized tower rising at 625 West Division Street’s corporate blue construction safety netting has made it stand out even against Chicago’s legendarily azure skies.  The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell Divvyed by recently and found that as progress continues, the building it slowly turning from blue to silver....

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Status Update: Someplace Old Gets Something New in the South Loop
May27

Status Update: Someplace Old Gets Something New in the South Loop

Space has been cleared, but there’s no actual construction yet down at Old Saint Mary’s Church at 1500 South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop.  As part of its “Phase III” project, it is constructing a new parish center for the oldest Roman Catholic parish in Chicago (no matter what Old Saint Pat’s people claim). The project is already about a year behind schedule, but groundbreaking ceremonies were held...

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