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Yeah, Why Don’t You Meet Me For Lunch At The Cat-Piloted Flying Saucer 
Nov24

Yeah, Why Don’t You Meet Me For Lunch At The Cat-Piloted Flying Saucer 

I don’t know about you, but the office I work in doesn’t have a tiki bar. Or an enchanted forest. Or a giant cat in a flying saucer. Well, you might have those amenities in your workplace… if you work for Groupon. You could probably call it whimsical, fun, funky, or maybe a little weird. Either way, this isn’t a silk-stocking law firm or a staid old bank. And the Groupon folks are probably just fine with their anti-corporate,...

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The Cubist Godfrey Hotel Provides A Modern Lodging For River North Guests
Nov21

The Cubist Godfrey Hotel Provides A Modern Lodging For River North Guests

Look across the Chicago skyline and you often see century-old buildings sitting side-by-side with new structures. Architecturally, they couldn’t look farther apart. But that’s what makes the cityscape here so interesting. Every era and popular design leaves its mark. The Godfrey Hotel Chicago at 127 West Huron Street is a good example. The hotel, which opened in early 2014, exhibits a modern, cubist style. It was one of the newer...

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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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