Dishing Up River North’s HoJo Tower
Apr02

Dishing Up River North’s HoJo Tower

If you read any of our three, count’em—three, social media channels earlier today, then you were promised more information on the new residential skyscraper proposed for 720 North LaSalle Street.  Or as we’re going to call it for now— The HoJo Tower. We call it that because it doesn’t currently have a better public name, and because if built, it will replace the Howard Johnson motor lodge in the heart of downtown...

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Status Update: Digging the Wolf Point Scene
Feb27

Status Update: Digging the Wolf Point Scene

If you’re one of those people whose seen so many attempts at developing Wolf Point over the years that you thought, “I’ll believe it when I see it” this time around— It’s time to believe it. One of our deep, deep undercover spies sent over this photo of the construction progress for the West Tower at Wolf Point.  That’s the residential one designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL. In the center of the...

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Status Update: 212 West Illinois
Feb12

Status Update: 212 West Illinois

After being quiet for quite a while, things are trucking along at 212 West Illinois Street.  The residential tower designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture is up to the fifth floor of its parking garage as construction crews work on the 25-story building. When complete, it will have 188 residences over 176 parking spaces, and a restored historic firehouse next door.  The Engine Company 42 firehouse renovation is part of the...

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A Chicago Favorite Remains Open For All To See
Feb04

A Chicago Favorite Remains Open For All To See

For at least the past decade, it has been used as the backdrop for uncounted wedding photos, and in classic Chicago urban landscapes images.  The Kinzie Street Railroad Bridge, a gawky piece of the built environment with its steel structure pointing skyward and imposing concrete counterweights in suspension, fascinates Chicagoans and visitors alike. The single-leaf bascule bridge built by the Chicago & North Western Railway next...

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Wolf Point: The Hole That Keeps on Giving
Jan20

Wolf Point: The Hole That Keeps on Giving

Never before has a hole in the ground inspired so much hope and promise in the hearts of skyscraper fans across Chicago. One if our spies sent in this picture of the construction work at Wolf Point, which at this point amounts to a big hole in the ground where a parking lot used to be, and where a parking garage was before that. But with each bucket of dirt moved, the west tower of the billion-dollar Wolf Point project comes closer to...

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Status Update: Hubbard Place All Gussied Up
Nov25

Status Update: Hubbard Place All Gussied Up

The last time we checked in with Hubbard Place (360 East Hubbard Street), we took you on a hard-hat tour of the 43-story residential skyscraper from the concrete and exposed rebar of its bowels to its unfenestrated penthouse.  Now, as Hubbard Place approaches occupancy, you don’t have to imagine what it will look like when it’s done any longer. The public relations company for The Habitat Company sent over new photographs...

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At Long Last, Paw Prints at Wolf Point
Nov18

At Long Last, Paw Prints at Wolf Point

Construction has finally started on the billion-dollar residential and office complex at Wolf Point.  Fences are up, and dirt is moving as work begins on bKL Architecture’s west tower.  Our Fulton River Spy sent in photographic proof. It’s been a long time coming. How long?  Well, think of it this way— When the City of Chicago approved the development of Wolf Point, Richard Nixon was the president of the United States....

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Godfrey Grows Up
Oct30

Godfrey Grows Up

The transformation of the half-built-then-abandoned Staybridge Suites into the chic boutique Godfrey Hotel (127 West Huron Street) has reached a milestone:  The construction site is now safe enough to bring the media through on a tour. The Godfrey’s public relations company organized such a tour yesterday for local scribes and when we received our invitation, of course we replied with an excited, “Sure!”  Then we...

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Your OHC Photos: The View From DIRTT
Oct29

Your OHC Photos: The View From DIRTT

The red brick building across Wells Street from the Merchandise Mart started out as a coffee warehouse.  More recently, it was the headquarters of a shampoo company.  Now it’s the home of DIRTT, which offers “solutions for sustainable interior construction and ideas about how to build better” During the 2013 Open House Chicago event put on by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, people were allowed onto the top of...

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Status Update: Hubbard and Its Brother
Oct28

Status Update: Hubbard and Its Brother

Fulton River Spy Alex sent in this picture showing the nearly-complete exterior of Hubbard Place (360 East Hubbard Street), the new River North residential tower that we’ve explored in depth here several times.  You can also see its older sibling, Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street) to the left, and the East Bank Club filling in the space between the two towers. All three buildings and a tiny parking lot are part of the...

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