Deconstructing Chicago: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down at 200 North Michigan
Apr13

Deconstructing Chicago: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down at 200 North Michigan

A couple of weeks ago, George Simkins with Vis-à-vis Creative shared a time-lapse video of the demolition of the office building at 200 North Michigan.  The process is still ongoing, and as you can see from the photo on the right, the building is down to just three stories, from the six it originally had. Last week, Mr. Simkins sent us a follow-up video (above) showing the little miniature construction vehicles pulling down one of the...

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Deconstructing Chicago: Prentice Becomes a Platform
Apr09

Deconstructing Chicago: Prentice Becomes a Platform

Over the last year, we’ve shown you lots of pictures of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital being demolished by work crews.  To date, those pictures have always been from the ground.  But here’s another perspective on it.  From above, the Prentice demolition leaves a clover-shaped platform open in the middle of Streeterville.  So if you have a lunar lander that doesn’t fit in your building’s parking...

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Time Lapse Video: Disassembling 200 North Michigan
Mar25

Time Lapse Video: Disassembling 200 North Michigan

Thanks to Looney Tunes, we all have a pretty basic understanding of how demolition works when the tools involved are a crane and a wrecking ball.  But a couple of days ago, Loop Spy Daniel sent in a picture showing the office building at 200 North Michigan being disassembled by JCB’s.  Wile E. Coyote would not approve. So, how does that work?  George Simkins at corporate video production company Vis-a-viseo shows us in the video...

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Undoing Chicago: 200 North Michigan
Mar24

Undoing Chicago: 200 North Michigan

Loop Spy Daniel sent in another great picture recently.  it shows the demolition of the smallish office building at 200 North Michigan Avenue. From the street, there’s not much to see here, though lots can be heard.  From LSD’s bird’s eye point of view, he can see what the rest of us can’t: From on top of the floor they break it up using a small skid loader and a tool I can’t quite make out.  From the...

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Status Update: Erasing Prentice
Feb11

Status Update: Erasing Prentice

Methodically, the former Prentice Women’s Hospital is being erased from Chicago’s skyline.  This picture came in over the weekend from our own Wendy Bright who’s been keeping an eye on the Bertrand Goldberg building’s...

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200 North Michigan Will Soon Cease to Exist
Jan17

200 North Michigan Will Soon Cease to Exist

Just minutes ago, the City of Chicago issued a demolition permit for 200 North Michigan.  The six-story former office building will soon cease to exist as it is remove to make way for a shiny new residential skyscraper. Loop Spy Daniel sent in this photograph of the building, and you can see the scaffolding that went up around it yesterday. We told you earlier this week that the street furniture was being removed, but the massive...

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Status Update: Evaporating Prentice
Jan07

Status Update: Evaporating Prentice

Bertrand Goldberg’s former Prentice Women’s Hospital (320 East Huron Street) is slowly disappearing from sight.  Regular Chicago Architecture Blog contributor Wendy Bright sent over this photo of the demolition progress.  The crews are taking the building apart from the top down, and now that work has reached the windows we can measure its progress....

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Baby Steps Toward the New 200 North Michigan Skyscraper
Jan05

Baby Steps Toward the New 200 North Michigan Skyscraper

One thing is slowly leading to another at 200 North Michigan, the five-story office building soon to be replaced with a 40-story residential tower called… 200 North Michigan. Between snowstorms this past weekend, Loop Spy Ryan caught a JCDecaux crew removing the street furniture from in front of 200 North Michigan, a sign that concrete barriers could soon go up so that the existing building can come down.  He sent in pictures of...

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The Pictures of Prentice Hospital You Never Wanted to See
Dec05

The Pictures of Prentice Hospital You Never Wanted to See

We all knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make it any less heartbreaking. Major demolition work is now underway at the former Prentice Women’s Hospital (320 East Huron Street) in Streeterville. Up to now, the outward signs of the beloved Bertrand Goldberg building’s demise were limited to scaffolding and brutal noises. Now, exterior walls are starting to come down, the once voluptuous tower is now turning all ribs...

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Is Michigan Avenue About To Get a 50-Story Hotel?
Nov30

Is Michigan Avenue About To Get a 50-Story Hotel?

As real estate developers position themselves for an economic recovery, more and more mothballed Chicago projects are being pulled out of the back of the closet, shaken out, stretched, and tried on to see if they still fit. The latest project to come back to life smelling of grandmother’s house may be the 50-story hotel tower planned for 150 East Ontario Street. Loop Spy Ryan was doing some Christmas shopping on the Magnificent...

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