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Status Update: O Still No
Apr09

Status Update: O Still No

With all the hubbub and hullabaloo surrounding next week’s public meeting about the Wanda Tower (381 East Wacker Drive), and with the GEMS Academy’s second classroom building officially underway next door, we thought we’d remind you that there’s another major project ready to bud this spring along the carefully manicured grounds of Lakeshore East: Building O. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell...

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Status Update: Marriott Marquis McCormick Place
Apr09

Status Update: Marriott Marquis McCormick Place

Demolition crews are pretty close to running out of stuff to demolish to make way for the new Marriott Marquis McCormick Place anticipated for the southwest corner of South Prairie Avenue and East Cermak Road. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell skittered by recently and for the most part, it looks like the land on that block has been scraped clean except for the American Book Company Building (330 East Cermak Road),...

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A New Look at 720 North LaSalle
Apr08

A New Look at 720 North LaSalle

Last week we told you that demolition permits have been issued for the former Howard Johnson’s motor lodge at 720 North LaSalle in downtown Chicago.  That means construction of a new skyscraper planned for that location can’t be far behind. In that light, friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture sent over the latest set of renderings of 720 North LaSalle.  Enjoy Interestingly, the images came over labeled “165 West...

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Naysayers Say Nay to Hancock Center Name Change
Apr08

Naysayers Say Nay to Hancock Center Name Change

Chicago’s most influential neighborhood group is giving a big fat raspberry to plans to sell naming rights to the city’s iconic John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue). NIMBY group SOAR has fired off a letter to 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti letting them  know that they are opposed to a scheme by the Hearn Company to sell the name of the building to the highest bidder.  The...

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Status Update: The Curve on the Kennedy
Apr08

Status Update: The Curve on the Kennedy

It was with a great sigh of relief that architecture enthusiasts greeted the design of 171 North Halsted Street when it was presented to the public just about a year ago.  Well, keep exhaling because the building you loved on paper is well on its way to becoming a concrete and steel reality. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell went a calling recently and found  the hardware store that was once there is long gone, the...

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Status Update: HGI’s Digital Wave is Done
Apr07

Status Update: HGI’s Digital Wave is Done

There’s been a lot of interest in the wall of metal panels going up at the Hilton Garden Inn at 66 East Wacker Place in the Loop.  The western wall of the new hotel faces prominently straight down Wacker Drive and the main channel of the Chicago River.  We’ve received a lot of e-mail about it, and for those of you wondering, it’s supposed to represent the sun glittering off of the river. Loop Spy Nathan took a few...

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130 North Franklin Officially a Thing
Apr07

130 North Franklin Officially a Thing

Back in January of this year, we told you about an odd piece of legislation filed by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly regarding a surface parking lot in the western part of The Loop.  At the time, we told you it meant that Tishman-Speyer was finally ready to pull the trigger and build a new skyscraper at 130 North Franklin Street.  It turns out, we couldn’t have been more right. One of our Loop Spies tells us the alderman has...

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151 North Franklin Forging Ahead, Could Break Ground This Fall
Apr07

151 North Franklin Forging Ahead, Could Break Ground This Fall

  Remember that great big blue skyscraper that the John Buck Company wanted to build at the corner of North Franklin  and West Randolph Streets?  The one that they shut down a Walgreens and a Chinese take-out joint to build, but to date nothing has happened?  Well, stuff’s happening; you just can’t see it. Loop Spy Dan shared a bit of information with us straight from the developer, that one major tenant is already...

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Parks Promoters Warn Chicago’s Greenspace Being Nibbled to Death
Apr06

Parks Promoters Warn Chicago’s Greenspace Being Nibbled to Death

  A restaurant here, a museum there, and the next thing you know — there’s no more parks.  That’s the warning coming from the Friends of the Parks organization over the latest round of plans to repurpose Chicago’s parkland. FotP is well-known for its battle against the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, which the city wants to plop onto a surface parking lot near Soldier Field.  It’s also fighting...

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Getting Ready to Turn Dirt at 108 North Jefferson
Apr06

Getting Ready to Turn Dirt at 108 North Jefferson

The long-awaited transformation of the gravel and dirt parking lot at 108 North Jefferson Street into a hotel sandwich is finally starting.  A few days ago permits were issued to begin the foundation work, described thusly: Foundations systems only for proposed 24-story Hotel with above ground parking on 2nd and 3rd floors, 5th floor amenities, 336 rooms on floors 6-23 and roof top restaurant The developer is Jupiter Realty.  You may...

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