Status Update: 707 North Wells
Jan26

Status Update: 707 North Wells

Eight months after we saw the drawings of 707 North Wells Street, the mid-rise residential building is well underway. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s own Daniel Schell popped by the other day and took these photographs of the construction progress.  As you can see, the tower crane is up, and the concrete core has risen from the ground. When complete, the building will rise 11-stories over the eastern edge of Chicago’s...

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Looking Ahead With Habitat President Matt Fiascone
Jan23

Looking Ahead With Habitat President Matt Fiascone

It’s been about 16 months since we checked in with The Habitat Company to see what’s going on with the River North developer.  The big news, obviously is that there’s a new name on the door of the big office.  Matt Fiascone is now running the show, and was nice enough to answer some questions for us via e-mail.   Editor: How was 2014 for Habitat? Matt Fiascone: 2014 saw us complete the lease up of Hubbard Place...

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Smoking Hot Model: 720 North LaSalle
Jan14

Smoking Hot Model: 720 North LaSalle

Before you know it, the Howard Johnson motel in downtown Chicago will be gone, replaced by a new residential tower.  For those of you who can’t wait to see what the finished product will look like, here is a model of the tower known as 720 North LaSalle.  The model inside the offices of friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture shows both the private greenspace on the roof of the parking/retail podium as well as the new quasi-public...

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Smoking Hot Model: Wolf Point West
Jan07

Smoking Hot Model: Wolf Point West

The first of three skyscrapers is rising at Wolf Point, the über-visible promontory intruding upon the confluence of the Main and North branches of the Chicago River. As Wolf Point West (350 North Orleans Street) takes shape on the city’s riverfront,  it’s getting easier and easier to imagine how the tower will look when it’s done.  But if you can’t wait until it’s done, step with us into the studios of...

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Another Residential Tower Flowing Into River North
Dec22

Another Residential Tower Flowing Into River North

River North is going to get another new residential building. The Chicago Plan Commission greenlit 400 West Huron Street late last week.  Chicago Architecture Blog managing editor Mary Chmielewicz was there when the vote was taken, and if you follow our Twitter or Facebook feeds, then you got the alert instantly. 400 West Huron will be a 15-story building with 46 residences, designed by Berkelhamer Architects for developer Smithfield...

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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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