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Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 9: Not the Optima Solution
Mar13

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 9: Not the Optima Solution

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. Last month we published a status update on the Optima Chicago Center’s second tower, known locally as Optima II (220 East Illinois Street). A reader wrote in asking about the foundation of the building, specifically its caissons which seemed to be left over...

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Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 7: SOM’s LSE
Mar09

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 7: SOM’s LSE

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. We do a lot of reporting about Lakeshore East on this blog. We were there when the first dirt was turned in 2003. We were there for the groundbreaking of The Tides, The Regatta, The Chandler, the townhouses and shops, and the singular Aqua tower. Heck, at one time...

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Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 6: 222 West Randolph
Mar04

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 6: 222 West Randolph

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. 222 West Randolph Street was supposed to be the companion tower to 151 North Wacker Drive. 151 got built. 222 wasn’t so lucky. 222 was designed by friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners. It was going to be 44-stories tall with 763,000 square feet of office...

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Pix: Inside the new Loews Chicago Hotel
Mar03

Pix: Inside the new Loews Chicago Hotel

Ribbons were cut yesterday at the new Loews Chicago Hotel (455 North Park Drive) in Streeterville, and if you follow our Twitter and Facebook feeds (hint hint), you were among the first to see it happen, because Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Milosh Kosanovich was there. Today, we bring you the rest of his photographs showing the interior of Chicago’s newest hotel, which anchors downtown’s newest skyscraper.  ...

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Status Update: San Francisco Company Reviving New York Building in Downtown Chicago
Mar03

Status Update: San Francisco Company Reviving New York Building in Downtown Chicago

The conversion of the former New York Life Insurance Building in The Loop continues apace. It is just the latest in a series of projects converting office buildings into hotels downtown. So many, in fact, that this project and the Hyatt Centric conversion stand back-to-back, and can be confused for one great big hotel conversion project if you’re not careful. Our Daniel Schell was careful when he rang the bell at 39 South...

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Streeterville Skyscraper Comes to Life as New Loews Hotel Opens
Mar02

Streeterville Skyscraper Comes to Life as New Loews Hotel Opens

We’ve been following the development of the Loews Hotel tower (435 North Park Drive) in Streeterville since back when it was just a sketch on paper and a pile of dirt. Today, amid much fanfare, the hotel finally opened to the public. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Milosh Kosanovich was there to document the event. Look for more photos of the hotel’s interior features and finishes soon.     Location: 435...

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Status Update: Nibbling Away at Chicago’s Loop Indigo
Feb24

Status Update: Nibbling Away at Chicago’s Loop Indigo

The former Atlantic Bank building at 168 North Michigan Avenue looks like it’s been gnawed on by angry terra cotta beavers. And unfortunately, that’s how it’s looked for over a year now. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell recently assessed the progress of turning the former home to the Greek National Bank into Chicago’s next Hotel Indigo. What he found is a building with many nibbles taken out...

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Status Update: Optima II
Feb23

Status Update: Optima II

Foundation work continues on the second tower in the miniature downtown development known as Optima Chicago Center. The first tower, a 42-story black and blue glass monolith at 200 East Illinois Street, opened in October of 2013. The second tower, next door at 220 East Illinois, is expected to rise 57 stores into the Streeterville skyline this year. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell visited the construction site...

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Status Update: Chestnut’s Boasting a Brand New Tower
Feb18

Status Update: Chestnut’s Boasting a Brand New Tower

Loop Spy Ryan rolled by the new residential tower going up on the corner of North State Street and East Chestnut Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Designed by friends-of-the-blog SCB and developed by Newmark, it will reach 36 stories into the sky and hold 367 residences. It’s part of a two-part project for Loyola University at this location. The other is the neighboring Quinlan School of Business building, a...

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Status Update: River Point Starting to Grow
Feb17

Status Update: River Point Starting to Grow

River Point (444 West Lake Street) is starting to take off.  The future 52-story skyscraper’s concrete core has reached about level nine, according to the photograph sent in this morning by Fulton River District Spy Mike.  When finished, the tower hard against North Canal Street will climb 730 feet into the sky, gazing directly down the main channel of the Chicago River. In exchange for the sunsets that used to be visible from...

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