Status Update: 108 North Jefferson Gets its Foundation On
Apr09

Status Update: 108 North Jefferson Gets its Foundation On

On Easter Monday we told you that the city had issued a foundation permit for the hotel sammitch planned for 108 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop. Well, quick like a bunny, The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell hopped over to check it out.  Lo and behold, work is well underway. When it’s complete, the building will have a Hampton Inn and a Homewood Suites hotel.  It will rise 250 feet and 23 stories into the...

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Status Update: The Please-Don’t-Call-It-DePaul-Arena
Apr09

Status Update: The Please-Don’t-Call-It-DePaul-Arena

Demolition work is just about complete at 2130 South Prairie Avenue, where the new DePaul Arena McCormick Place Events Center will soon be built. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell darted by the future Demon Dome recently as crews were taking the last few bites out of an existing unloved one-story building.  You’ll remember it was just six months ago that clearing space for this multi-purpose facility got...

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Status Update: Marriott Marquis McCormick Place
Apr09

Status Update: Marriott Marquis McCormick Place

Demolition crews are pretty close to running out of stuff to demolish to make way for the new Marriott Marquis McCormick Place anticipated for the southwest corner of South Prairie Avenue and East Cermak Road. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell skittered by recently and for the most part, it looks like the land on that block has been scraped clean except for the American Book Company Building (330 East Cermak Road),...

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A New Look at 720 North LaSalle
Apr08

A New Look at 720 North LaSalle

Last week we told you that demolition permits have been issued for the former Howard Johnson’s motor lodge at 720 North LaSalle in downtown Chicago.  That means construction of a new skyscraper planned for that location can’t be far behind. In that light, friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture sent over the latest set of renderings of 720 North LaSalle.  Enjoy Interestingly, the images came over labeled “165 West...

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Status Update: The Curve on the Kennedy
Apr08

Status Update: The Curve on the Kennedy

It was with a great sigh of relief that architecture enthusiasts greeted the design of 171 North Halsted Street when it was presented to the public just about a year ago.  Well, keep exhaling because the building you loved on paper is well on its way to becoming a concrete and steel reality. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell went a calling recently and found  the hardware store that was once there is long gone, the...

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Status Update: HGI’s Digital Wave is Done
Apr07

Status Update: HGI’s Digital Wave is Done

There’s been a lot of interest in the wall of metal panels going up at the Hilton Garden Inn at 66 East Wacker Place in the Loop.  The western wall of the new hotel faces prominently straight down Wacker Drive and the main channel of the Chicago River.  We’ve received a lot of e-mail about it, and for those of you wondering, it’s supposed to represent the sun glittering off of the river. Loop Spy Nathan took a few...

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Parks Promoters Warn Chicago’s Greenspace Being Nibbled to Death
Apr06

Parks Promoters Warn Chicago’s Greenspace Being Nibbled to Death

  A restaurant here, a museum there, and the next thing you know — there’s no more parks.  That’s the warning coming from the Friends of the Parks organization over the latest round of plans to repurpose Chicago’s parkland. FotP is well-known for its battle against the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which the city wants to plop onto a surface parking lot near Soldier Field.  It’s also fighting...

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Getting Ready to Turn Dirt at 108 North Jefferson
Apr06

Getting Ready to Turn Dirt at 108 North Jefferson

The long-awaited transformation of the gravel and dirt parking lot at 108 North Jefferson Street into a hotel sandwich is finally starting.  A few days ago permits were issued to begin the foundation work, described thusly: Foundations systems only for proposed 24-story Hotel with above ground parking on 2nd and 3rd floors, 5th floor amenities, 336 rooms on floors 6-23 and roof top restaurant The developer is Jupiter Realty.  You may...

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Status Update: Wolf Point West Growing Like a Weed
Apr06

Status Update: Wolf Point West Growing Like a Weed

Spring is here, and as your lawn fights the crabgrass for sunlight one thing is true: Left to fend for itself, the weeds will win.  The same is true of downtown Chicago skyscrapers, where Wolf Point West, amply watered on three sides by the Chicago River and nurtured every day by teams of construction workers, is growing like a weed in the downtown skyscraper lawn. Loop Spy Len sent in this photo of Wolf Point he took from the Green...

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In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not
Apr03

In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not

When I wandered around Wrigley Field (1060 West Addison Street) last fall, just after our beloved bleachers were reduced to scrap, I marveled at the task at hand, impressed such destruction could be rebuilt in time for Opening Day 2015. Well, send me to Triple AAA and call me naïve. Because sure enough, as you no doubt are aware by now, nary a fan shall catch a home run ball within the Friendly Confines until at least May. In...

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