Two River North Skyscrapers Get Positive Reception At Coming-Out Party
May19

Two River North Skyscrapers Get Positive Reception At Coming-Out Party

A pair of River North residential high-rise developments received positive feedback from locals at the official coming-out party on Monday evening. Magellan Development presented plans for both buildings—a 39-story tower at 167 West Erie Street and a 38-story tower at 720 North LaSalle Street. The height would have thrown my West Loop neighbors into a state of apoplexy, but for River North folks, a 400-foot-tall building is probably...

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Status Update: Wolf Point Ready To Rise
May14

Status Update: Wolf Point Ready To Rise

There are special milestones you look for in a child’s development: Baby’s first word.  Baby’s first steps.  Baby’s first car wreck after taking the keys out of daddy’s pants without permission.  Wolf Point is about to reach one of those milestones. That’s because the first bits of the crane for the west tower are now being installed.  It’s the equivalent of a baby learning to sit up on its...

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Another River North Tower to Replace Another River North Landmark
May12

Another River North Tower to Replace Another River North Landmark

Another crane may rise along the LaSalle Street corridor soon, and River North may lose another unofficial landmark. Just two blocks south of where Magellan Development wants to put up a 38-story residential tower to replace the Howard Johnson’s, it wants to put up a 39-story residential tower to replace the former Gino’s East pizzeria and Mitchell’s soda shop. Early this year, Gino’s moved down the street to...

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A Face For the Name: Downtown Chicago’s HoJo Tower Gets Rendered
May11

A Face For the Name: Downtown Chicago’s HoJo Tower Gets Rendered

It’s always good to put a face with a name.  Over a month ago, when we first told you about the skyscraper proposed to replace the Googie-riffic Howard Johnson’s motor lodge at 720 North LaSalle in downtown Chicago, we showed you an isometric diagram, lots of drawings, and a passel of statistics.  Now we have a rendering to go with the sketches.  Behold: The design by friends-of-the-blue, bKL Architecture, shows clean...

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River North to Sprout Chicago’s Newest Residential Skyscraper
Apr21

River North to Sprout Chicago’s Newest Residential Skyscraper

Another piece of the former Montgomery Ward complex in River North is going to be redeveloped. Over the Easter weekend, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly e-mailed his constituents letting them know about a residential tower called The Hudson proposed for 750 North Hudson Avenue. The message was a little short on details, but we did a little digging and know a few things. This is the northern half of the block just east of the former...

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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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