DIRTT Environmental Solutions Boasts Airy, Open Work Environment At Rivers Edge
Nov19

DIRTT Environmental Solutions Boasts Airy, Open Work Environment At Rivers Edge

A number of times when I’ve interviewed for jobs over the years, there’s been a temptation to ask whether the office has windows. I find windowless office spaces grim and depressing. Studies have shown that workers operate more efficiently when they’re exposed to daylight. That’s why when I walked into the DIRTT Environmental Solutions’ Green Learning Center at 325 North Wells Street, I thought, “Man, I could work here.” I suppose...

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15-Story Condo Building Proves A Tough Sell In River North
Oct28

15-Story Condo Building Proves A Tough Sell In River North

“Are you a concerned citizen?” asked the gentleman seated next to me. “No,” I replied. “I’m a reporter.” Maybe that didn’t come out exactly right. It may also have inadvertently perpetuated a stereotype about the fourth estate. Nevertheless, there were plenty of bona fide concerned citizens in attendance Monday evening at 633 North Wells to hear details about a new River North planned development. They didn’t much like what they...

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Status Update: Wolf Point Rocks.  No, Really.
Sep11

Status Update: Wolf Point Rocks. No, Really.

We know you love Wolf Point.  We love it, too.  And if the numbers provided to us by Google prove anything, it’s that you can’t get enough of those sweet sweet Wolf Point construction photos.  Well, you’re in luck, my slobbering friend. One of our anonymous downtown spies sent in a bunch of new Wolf Point photos, and man things are chugging right along.  The whole site has been surrounded by stones along the...

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Status Update: Eye on the Wolf
Sep05

Status Update: Eye on the Wolf

The first of three skyscrapers to be built at Wolf Point is growing by leaps and bounds.  Our Daniel Schell shot these pictures of the construction progress of Wolf Point West, the residential tower going up at the confluence of the Main and North branches of the Chicago River. Wolf Point West is being developed by Magellan Development and was designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture.  When it opens next year, it will have...

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All About the New Skyscraper at 720 North LaSalle
Sep02

All About the New Skyscraper at 720 North LaSalle

  Last week, we were the first to tell you that the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a new residential tower at 720 North LaSalle Street, replacing downtown Chicago's venerable, googie-riffic Howard Johnson's motel. When the paperwork was originally filed with the city back in April, it was a 38-story tower.  What was approved last week was a slightly smaller building - 35 floors, and 382 feet tall.  The...

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Status Update: Buildings Old and New
Aug21

Status Update: Buildings Old and New

If you want to see Chicago’s landmarks adoption program at work, head over to the new residential skyscraper going up at 212 West Illinois Street. There you’ll see the familiar sight of rows of mathematically correct balconies hanging from a concrete frame atop a parking podium.  Then look next door and see an old Chicago Fire Station from 1887. Right now it’s boarded up, but the developer, Illinois Franklin...

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A Skyline-Changing Week for Chicago; City May Approve 4 New Towers
Aug18

A Skyline-Changing Week for Chicago; City May Approve 4 New Towers

For fans of Chicago’s urban environment, it’s always a good month when the city approves a new skyscraper.  Some months we get lucky and two are approved.  If everything goes as expected, this week the city will greenlight not one… not two.. but four new skyscrapers, and a high-rise for the greater downtown area. Here’s a look at the five projects expected to be approved this week: 171 North Halsted 167 West...

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Status Update: Hubbard Place
Aug14

Status Update: Hubbard Place

It’s been a while since we checked in on Hubbard Place (360 West Hubbard Street) in River North, and guess what… it’s pretty much done. People have been living in the building since October of last year, but as you can see from these pictures, there are still some finishing touches behind those orange barrels that have to be taken care of before the place won’t sound like a construction zone anymore. Hubbard...

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Project Showcase: 747 North Clark: The Modern Midrise [u]
Jul25

Project Showcase: 747 North Clark: The Modern Midrise [u]

Unless you watch House Hunters on HGTV, Chicago’s midrise residential buildings don’t get a lot of love.  The internet is full of people yammering about the latest fictional skyscraper that some mouth-breathing high school student created with SketchUp in his parents’ basement and is trying to pass off as a real project.  But at the same time, there are dozens, even hundreds, of wonderful new buildings under...

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2-for-1 Status Update: Getting The Points
Jul23

2-for-1 Status Update: Getting The Points

Loop Spy Daniel scored with a few fantastic new photos of the confluence of the Chicago River’s main and north branches.  In one panorama, you can see the construction at both Wolf Point West (326 North Orleans Street) and River Point (444 West Lake Street). Wolf Point West had its belated ceremonial groundbreaking last Friday.  The tower, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, has been under construction for months...

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