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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Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West
Jul18

Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West

  One of Chicago’s most anticipated building projects of the last 50 years is now officially underway. Formal groundbreaking ceremonies were held today for Wolf Point West, the first of three skyscrapers in the billion-dollar Wolf Point development at the confluence of the Chicago River’s main channel and North Branch. As we’ve documented here over the last few months, construction is already well underway.  But...

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Wolf Point Becomes One With the Chicago River
Jul01

Wolf Point Becomes One With the Chicago River

  Winter was rough, and summer isn’t starting out all that nice, either, for Chicago. Last night’s wild storms dumped huge amounts of rain on the city and its primary means of drainage: The Chicago River. One of our downtown spies sent in this photo taken this morning (July 1, 2014).  You can see the construction pits at Wolf Point are flooded, the Chicago River has risen all the way up to the construction fencing,...

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Park Kingsbury Lofts are Back From the Dead
Jun05

Park Kingsbury Lofts are Back From the Dead

All across the city it seems like projects that were mothballed in 2008 and 2009 are coming back from the dead.  Whether it’s a sign of economic recovery, or simply the fact that city development permission expires after six years is academic.  The point is that Chicago’s zombie projects are thrusting their tattered, bony arms through the topsoil and reaching for sunlight once again. The latest is in the River North...

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Third New Building Announced for Two Blocks of River North
May27

Third New Building Announced for Two Blocks of River North

The River North side of LaSalle Street is where it’s at these days. Less than a week after a public meeting was held for two new residential towers proposed for 720 North LaSalle Street and 167 East Erie, another residential building is on offer. Word about the 11-story building being developed by Akara Partners became public in an e-mail from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s office. 707 North Wells will have 51 residences over two...

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