Status Update: Making Up AMLI River North
Aug06

Status Update: Making Up AMLI River North

You know how a woman in a hurry will sometimes leave the house before her makeup is done?  That’s what happening now at AMLI River North (71 East Hubbard Street). The 50-story building is open for business, but crews are still clinging to its side, painting its face.  The grey of the concrete is being painted over with a whiteish primer, and then with a final color of beige.  The building is painted beige because that color...

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A Look at a Landmark Skyscraper’s Leading-Edge Past, and Luxurious Future
Jul20

A Look at a Landmark Skyscraper’s Leading-Edge Past, and Luxurious Future

With the recent opening of the Langham, Chicago hotel inside 330 North Wabash Avenue, there’s been a lot of focus on Mies van der Rohe’s 1971 skyscraper. Usually mentioned only briefly on architecture tours, this elegant structure doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves. Perhaps because it is often overshadowed by the popular Marina City “corncobs,” and more recently by the assertive Trump Tower....

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“Missing Tooth in Chicago’s Urban Fabric” Expected to be Quickly Filled by Chicago+LaSalle Skyscraper [updated x2]
Jun20

“Missing Tooth in Chicago’s Urban Fabric” Expected to be Quickly Filled by Chicago+LaSalle Skyscraper [updated x2]

The newest residential tower planned for Chicago’s Near North Side is sailing through the bureaucratic process , and is expected to be approved by the city and break ground before the end of the year. “I’m inclined to approve the project,” said Second Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti at a public meeting at the Moody Bible Institute last night. Of the approximately 150 people in attendance, none spoke in opposition to...

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Chicago’s Riverfront Park Gets Green
Jun17

Chicago’s Riverfront Park Gets Green

  Over the last ten years that this blog has been published, a lot of politicians have made a lot of big promises about the long-proposed, and long-delayed Chicago riverwalk.  Now the city is going to take another step towards completing the project. It was last October when we noted in the Chicago Architecture Forum that the city was seeking federal money to complete the stalled project.  Under Mayor Richard M. Daley, certain...

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Slice of Life: Kind of a Weird Morning
May30

Slice of Life: Kind of a Weird Morning

Something about several hundred miles of flat land jammed up against a great lake and punctuated with skyscrapers gives Chicago the ability to take on all kinds of unusual shapes and colors when the weather is right.  The city is blessed with epic sunrises and sunsets, bluer skies than any acrylic at Utrecht, and pretty much every form of cloud from little scud poppers to mighty thunderheads to wispy bits of white filament. And then...

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New Near North Skyscraper Will Preserve Piano History, Bury Your Childhood
May20

New Near North Skyscraper Will Preserve Piano History, Bury Your Childhood

“Here we grow again!” said nobody at Smithfield Properties last week when it submitted its plans to the City of Chicago for a 34-story residential building on the corner of West Chicago Avenue and North LaSalle Street. Over the last couple of decades Smithfield Properties has been instrumental in transforming Chicago’s Near North Side from acres of warehouses, small factories, and surface parking lots into a...

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City Using Chicago’s Homeless to Fight Food Deserts
May02

City Using Chicago’s Homeless to Fight Food Deserts

If you’ve spent any significant amount of time in Chicago, you’ve probably seen a StreetWise vendor or two. StreetWise is the weekly magazine about Chicago that is sold by the city’s homeless as a means of transitioning them into lives off the street. They buy the magazines for 90¢, sell them to the public for two dollars, and keep the difference. StreetWise sells 20,000 issues each week and was at one time the...

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Can a Mini Police Station Fix a Notorious Near North Neighborhood?
Feb12

Can a Mini Police Station Fix a Notorious Near North Neighborhood?

One of downtown Chicago’s most notorious intersections may turn a corner next month. Chicago and State is a place where there always seems to be an inordinate number of people just hanging around at all times of the day and night.  It’s also been a focus for a series of wilding attacks in the summers of 2011 and 2012, and violent flash mob attacks in 2012. In the last two weeks there have been 30 crimes reported within 600...

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Week Links – February 3 – February 9, 2013
Feb09

Week Links – February 3 – February 9, 2013

 Chicago is known for tearing down better buildings than other cities build. - Scott Rappe, AIA Chicago DNAInfo tells us that Loyola University wants to build a new hotel at Sheridan and Albion. The links below require paid subscriptions: Crain’s Chicago Business has a preview of the new restaurant going in at the Tribune Tower (435 North Michigan Avenue).  Or you could just visit the restaurant’s own web site, which...

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Status Update: AMLI River North
Jan31

Status Update: AMLI River North

AMLI’s new residential tower is muscling its way into the Chicago skyline.  Even though River North is a typically crowded portion of downtown Chicago, the placement of this building, with little skyscraper competition, is giving it a prominent presence in the area.  And presumably, that translates into epic views of the city for its residents. AMLI River North (71 East Hubbard Street) will eventually rise to 50-stories and be...

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