Unofficial Wells Street Crane Race Officially Over
Mar21

Unofficial Wells Street Crane Race Officially Over

And the clear winner, by unanimous decision, is 167 West Erie, also known as The Construction Site on The East Side of Wells Street, or The Site Formerly Known as Gino’s East, if you prefer. Earlier this month, we showed you the two tower-crane stumps on opposing sides of the street in River North. The crew from Linn-Mathes Construction set their crane stump in the ground back at 167 West Erie Street at the beginning of...

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New Office Building Sets Feet in River North
Mar18

New Office Building Sets Feet in River North

If you’re anything like those of us at Chicago Architecture, you’re sick and tired of hearing about skyscrapers. Okay, that’s not like us at all. But shouldn’t there be more to life than height, density, and the pursuit of a zoning change? Of course there should. Which is why we decided to turn our attention to a project not making many headlines in Chicago lately. If it’s even gotten any attention at...

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The 4OneOne on 3Eleven
Mar16

The 4OneOne on 3Eleven

Earlier this year, the city of Chicago approved the construction of a new residential tower at 311 West Illinois in River North (though you’d never know it since Alderman Reilly hasn’t updated his web site yet in 2016).  It’s a partnership between the John Buck Company and the Order of Friars Servants of Mary, USA Province.  Buck gets to build a shiny new skyscraper called 3Eleven in the parking lot of Assumption...

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8 East Huron Minus 4 East Huron Equals 2 East Huron
Mar16

8 East Huron Minus 4 East Huron Equals 2 East Huron

A month ago, we told you demolition crews were on their way to tear down the a couple Huron Street buildings constructed back in the 1800s. We weren’t lying. 4 East Huron is already a flat, empty lot. 8 East Huron has what appears to be only minor damage along the roof line. Until you look in the back. Then it’s clear: This building won’t be gone in days. It will be gone in hours. Why? A 26-story residential building...

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What Seven Months of Skyscraper Growth Looks Like
Mar14

What Seven Months of Skyscraper Growth Looks Like

It’s hard to believe it was just seven months ago that construction crews started sinking excavator teeth into the gummy silt that passes for dirt in downtown Chicago.  The project they embarked on way back when was the bKL-designed skyscraper commonly called 720 North LaSalle, officially titled 165 West Superior, and still sometimes known as the HoJo Tower. River North Spy Mike smacked us upside the tip line with two photos...

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Slice of Life: There’s a Crane War on Wells Street
Mar09

Slice of Life: There’s a Crane War on Wells Street

As anyone who’s not afraid to make up a good cliche will tell you, skyscraper construction is a marathon, not a sprint. An endurance race meant to be finished, not won. A test of stamina where every finisher is a winner. Or something like that. In the grand tradition of Chicago’s North Side vs South Side baseball battle, there’s a new East vs West standoff shaping up in River North, where two opposing construction...

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It’s Not Built Yet, But Already 412 North Wells Looks Awesome
Mar03

It’s Not Built Yet, But Already 412 North Wells Looks Awesome

  A couple of days ago, our Daniel Schell had a chat with Howard Hirsch, the president of River North architecture firm Hirsch Associates.  In that conversation, Mr. Hirsch told Mr. Schell about a video that was made last month showcasing his firm’s new 412 North Wells building (above).  Word of the video got to me, and I couldn’t help but wonder, “What’s 412 North Wells?” Consulting the Handy Dandy...

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The Hudson May Now Proceed Upward
Feb29

The Hudson May Now Proceed Upward

If you notice The Hudson with a little extra swagger in its step this week, there’s good reason. This proclamation from the City of Chicago arrived Friday: WORK_DESCRIPTION New construction 25 story mixed use high rise consisting of retail at the first floor, parking at basement through the 3rd floor and dwelling units at floors 3 through 25 with amenity spaces at floors 3 and 4.750 NORTH HUDSON STREET And with those words, the...

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Chicago Plan Commission Approves Assumption Catholic Church Project
Feb19

Chicago Plan Commission Approves Assumption Catholic Church Project

Thursday, the Chicago Plan Commission gave its approval for a multi-dimensional project involving the Assumption Catholic Church and grounds at 311 West Illinois Street. The big addition to the neighborhood would be 3Eleven, a 23-story apartment tower designed by friends-of-the-blog FitzGerald Associates, in what is now a surface parking lot on the southwest corner of Illinois and Franklin Streets. Developer John Buck Company wants to...

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300 West Huron In Hurry Up and Wait Mode
Feb16

300 West Huron In Hurry Up and Wait Mode

We’re learning more about the plan to transform a parking lot spanning half a city block into a 25-story residential tower. Not surprisingly, this is happening in River North, which is drawing new development like fleas to a junkyard dog. 300 West Huron is the current name and the location of the tower being developed by JFJ Development.  It is expected to have just 71 residences across 25 floors.  When you exclude the...

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