465 North Park Starting to Show Her Curves
Jul05

465 North Park Starting to Show Her Curves

There is a point in the construction of every skyscraper where it goes from amorphous chaos of dirt and rebar and transforms into something resembling its future self.  Like when a tadpole sprouts legs and starts to look more like a frog than a ‘wog.  Or when your 12-year-old daughter puts on her first formal dress, and as a father you’re both bursting with pride, and horrified at what might come next. That cotillion...

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Hines Makes it Official: Wolf Point East is Underway
Jun28

Hines Makes it Official: Wolf Point East is Underway

Just 12 hours after we were the first to tell you that construction crews were busy starting work on Wolf Point East, the skyscraper’s Houston developer, Hines, made it official with a press release (below). We were able to break the news for you thanks to Loop Spy Chris, who saw bulldozers, remembered our tip line, and did the right thing. Wolf Point East is the second of three skyscrapers planned for the knob of land that juts...

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Construction Crews Begin Work on Wolf Point East
Jun28

Construction Crews Begin Work on Wolf Point East

Less than a week after the city issued the first permits for Wolf Point East, work is already vividly underway. Loop Spy Chris tipped our line with a photo of excavators excavating, haulers hauling, and bulldozers bulldozing where soon a skyscraper sporting almost six hundred new homes will sprout along the Chicago River. You may remember that this 675-foot-tall tower was previously planned to be a mixed bag of office, retail, hotel,...

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Lakeshore East Moving Forward, Losing a Skyscraper
Jun26

Lakeshore East Moving Forward, Losing a Skyscraper

One of the first long-form articles we published in Chicago Architecture way back in October of 2003 was a preview of Lakeshore East.  Back then, the only building that had been erected was The Lancaster at 201 North Westshore Drive.  The rest of Lakeshore East was dirt and weeds and a former caddyshack that still sported a small luncheonette that refused to die. My how things have changed. From the curvalicious skyscraper that put...

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Wolf Point: Here We Grow Again!
Jun26

Wolf Point: Here We Grow Again!

If you were looking forward to spending leisurely summer evenings enjoying downtown Chicago’s riparian delights underneath its trio of twinkling new skyscraper stars… think again. Just when 150 North Riverside, River Point, Wolf Point West, and the Chicago Riverwalk expansion stopped filling the air with the sounds of pile drivers, caisson drillers, and steam whistle birds, new construction is just around the corner. The...

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It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park
Jun20

It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park

As the trio of Grant Park-adjacent skyscrapers begin their journeys from paperwork to parapets, today we take a peek in at One Grant Park (113 East Roosevelt Road/1200 South Indiana Avenue). Construction crews were recently granted permission to build up to about 10% of the 76-story building’s eventual height.  And as you can see in the photo above from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, no time is being wasted turning a former weedy lot...

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Michigan Avenue’s 1000M Focuses on Inner Space
Jun19

Michigan Avenue’s 1000M Focuses on Inner Space

We don’t do a lot of news about interiors around here.  But then we haven’t heard too much out of 1000M in a while, either.  So that’s why we’re mentioning that the people behind Helmut Jahn’s new Michigan Avenue skyscraper have picked Kara Mann to kit out the inside  of the 74-story tower. 1000M (1000 South Michigan Avenue) replaces a surface parking lot that incredibly has managed to survive for years,...

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Two 20-Story Twin Towers On The Way To Lincoln Park
Jun19

Two 20-Story Twin Towers On The Way To Lincoln Park

This past Wednesday and Thursday were good days for Hines, McCaffery Interests, the government of Abu Dhabi, and anyone else counting on the redevelopment of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital property in Lincoln Park into a new mixed-use micro-neighborhood called The Lincoln Common.  That’s because the City of Chicago issued construction permits for the two biggest components of the enormous project. The first nod came...

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Marlowe Really Wants to be Your Neighbor

Some downtown Chicago projects seem to take forever.  Marlowe is not one of them. The new Antunovich Associates-designed residential tower at 675 North Wells Street has gone from announcement to permits to crane-up in just four months, eliminating yet another surface parking lot from one of the most rapidly-transforming nooks of downtown Chicago. River North Spy Joel sent us the photo below, showing Marlowe’s crane doing its...

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Grant Park’s Newest Anchor Inching Skyward
Jun12

Grant Park’s Newest Anchor Inching Skyward

Eight floors is a long way from 76, but it’s a lot closer than zero.  Especially when you’re talking about building a skyscraper on the south end of Grant Park. The skyscraper in question is One Grant Park, the 829-foot-tall residential tower designed by Rafael Viñoly for Crescent Heights.  Last week the City of Chicago issued another construction permit for the project, allowing it to climb to the not-so-dizzying height...

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