Status Update: The Ability Institute Tower [updated]
Jun20

Status Update: The Ability Institute Tower [updated]

Streeterville’s newest medical skyscraper is slowly pulling itself out of the earth and taking shape.  The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street) will eventually be a half-billion dollar, 445-foot-tall shiny blue tower on the site of the old, historic CBS Studios building. The core and decks at the parking garage levels will continue to be our primary focus over the coming month and...

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Status Update: Kiddie Camping Coming to Northerly Island
Jun17

Status Update: Kiddie Camping Coming to Northerly Island

Recent aerial photograph of Northerly Island, courtesy of the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor Drawing of the future Northerly Island, courtesy of the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor There was more than sand dunes and waterfowl on Northerly Island this morning. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined architect Jeanne Gang and others for a status up date on the massive terraforming project.     The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, working...

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British Dig In Behind Roosevelt in the South Loop
Jun11

British Dig In Behind Roosevelt in the South Loop

After years of planning and months of controversy, the South Loop is finally getting a new school. The British School of Chicago had its ceremonial groundbreaking at its new South Loop campus today.  It’s actually been under construction since April.  The school is physically part of the Roosevelt Collection, the mid-use retail, restaurant and residential complex that after several years of near-dormancy has, itself, sprung to...

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University of Chicago Breaks Ground on Studio Gang Dorm
Jun06

University of Chicago Breaks Ground on Studio Gang Dorm

  It’s been a year since we first brought you news that Chicago’s own Studio Gang Architects would leave its Midas touch on the University of Chicago.  Today the U.C. will break ground on the new dorm. This article was published before the groundbreaking actually happened, so instead of pictures of people in suits standing around with hard hats and shovels, enjoy the video of the completed building above.  Or if...

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Status Update: Greektown’s Newest Column
May21

Status Update: Greektown’s Newest Column

It used to take a pretty hearty squint at Greektown to envision the city’s plans to line the east side of Halsted Street with skyscrapers to protect this treasured strip of shops and restaurants from the big bad Kennedy Expressway. But these days it’s getting easier and easier. Our own Bill Motchan took this photograph of Arkadia, under construction at 765 West Adams Street. It’s one of several proposed and approved...

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Status Update: GEMS Academy Lakeshore East
May21

Status Update: GEMS Academy Lakeshore East

The vertical stripes are up, and the construction hoist is down at GEMS Academy in Lakeshore East (350 East South Water Street). Loop Spy Daniel sent over this photograph of the building’s south facade. If you look closely, you can see work continuing on the cafeteria level. But ignoring that, you can get an excellent idea of what the bKL-designed building will look like when it’s done in a few months time. This article is...

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Status Update: Madison at Racine Topped Out
May20

Status Update: Madison at Racine Topped Out

Fitzgerald Associates, the architecture firm behind Madison at Racine, sent along a note letting us know that M@R has topped out. Exterior masonry is progressing along Madison Street, 2nd and 9th floor green roofs are being installed and residential units continue to be built-out. Co-Developers Ascend Real Estate Group and Intercontinental Real Estate Corporation have recently begun a significant marketing effort including a VIP...

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Status Update: Chicago Riverwalk Construction
May20

Status Update: Chicago Riverwalk Construction

It’s a busy week for the Chicago Riverwalk project. Loop North News reports that caisson work is underway on the project that will transform the south side of the Chicago River into a public play space. It also quotes CDOT construction manager Oswaldo Chavez as saying that all of the sheet pilings that will anchor the riverwalk to the river bed between State and LaSalle Streets will be installed this week. These photos showing...

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Status Update: JeffJack Building in the West Loop
May19

Status Update: JeffJack Building in the West Loop

A long time reader, and new tipster, sent in these great pictures of 601 West Jackson under construction in the West Loop. When we drove by a few weeks ago, nothing could be seen from the street because of the construction barriers. But since then the building has grown, and our tipster was able to provide an elevated view for us just before the concrete for the fourth floor. When complete, 601 West Jackson will offer 198 apartments...

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Status Update: Wolf Point Ready To Rise
May14

Status Update: Wolf Point Ready To Rise

There are special milestones you look for in a child’s development: Baby’s first word.  Baby’s first steps.  Baby’s first car wreck after taking the keys out of daddy’s pants without permission.  Wolf Point is about to reach one of those milestones. That’s because the first bits of the crane for the west tower are now being installed.  It’s the equivalent of a baby learning to sit up on its...

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