Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane
Apr14

Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane

Construction is far from over at the combined developments of Moment and Sienna Flats in Streeterville, but with the tower crane having been lowered and sent on to its next assignment, it’s easier to count down the days to completion than to count up the days from groundbreaking. Moment, the residential tower portion of the Golub project, is well over half-glassed. The 45-story tower will deliver 490 luxury apartments to 545...

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Why The Former Chicago Public Schools Headquarters Is Becoming a Landmark
Apr12

Why The Former Chicago Public Schools Headquarters Is Becoming a Landmark

The City of Chicago is moving forward with a plan to landmark the former Chicago Public Schools headquarters building at 125 South Clark Street. You probably know it better as the building with the 7-Eleven on the corner across the street from the Federal Plaza Post Office. But it was originally known as the Commercial National Bank Building.  It’s currently being renovated and rebranded into an office building called The...

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Optima II Adds Touch of Glass to Streeterville
Apr11

Optima II Adds Touch of Glass to Streeterville

Add a partial row of glass curtain to the list of achievements at Part II of the Optima Chicago Center at 220 East Illinois Street in Streeterville. Optima’s own construction crews have been busy on this site since they started pushing dirt around way back in 2014. The Optima II project has a fun firehose to share with you: Developer – Optima Architect – David Hovey Architecture firm – Optima General Contractor...

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First Paw Prints of Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Wolf Point South
Apr08

First Paw Prints of Pelli Clarke Pelli’s Wolf Point South

Hardly a fortnight goes by when we don’t receive an e-mail from someone seeking information on when we might see some activity on the skyscraper known as Wolf Point South. Apparently, having River Point and 150 North Riverside being built across the river isn’t enough for them. Since that little leftover bit of umbilical cord dried up and fell off of Wolf Point West, things just haven’t been the same around the...

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1333 South Wabash Catches, Passes Older Sibling Next Door
Apr08

1333 South Wabash Catches, Passes Older Sibling Next Door

It seems CMK Companies‘ rental tower at 1333 South Wabash Avenue never gave its next-door neighbor a chance to be the big kid on the block. No sooner was 1345 Wabash completed and taking on residents, 1333 Wabash was digging its own heels into the South Loop soil just a few feet to the north. And already, it’s grown taller. It’s even got some glass goin’ on already. 1333 Wabash is a Brininstool + Lynch design...

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John Buck Company Breaks Ground on 151 North Franklin
Apr07

John Buck Company Breaks Ground on 151 North Franklin

With caissons buried in the ground at 151 North Franklin Street, it was time for John Buck Company to break ground on 151 North Franklin in The Loop Thursday morning. As you may recall, Case Foundation took over the lot at Franklin and Randolph immediately after Buck received the foundation permit in late February. And now, barely a month later, caisson equipment is being removed from the site, even as dignitaries and media filed into...

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Closing the Gap at The Parker Fulton Market
Apr06

Closing the Gap at The Parker Fulton Market

We’re only a matter of days away from seeing the final pieces of glass added to the upper floors at The Parker Fulton Market. Shapack Partners‘ 29-story apartment tower at 171 North Halsted Street broke ground in the West Loop back in Winter 2015. 14 months later, Focus Construction crews are just three floors away from sealing the whole thing off from the outside world. Designed by Chicago architecture firm Booth Hansen,...

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1001 South State Approaches Glass-Full Status
Apr05

1001 South State Approaches Glass-Full Status

1001 South State is one of those construction projects that just has it. Whatever it is. So much so that we can’t stop looking. We’ve told you a whole bunch of times about this South Loop apartment tower, but here’s a very quick rundown: Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed it Golub & Company, along with CIM Group, developed it. Walsh Construction is building it. Chicago Architecture is taking pictures of it. Lots of...

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Change Comes From Within at the New Ability Institute Building
Apr04

Change Comes From Within at the New Ability Institute Building

At first glance, there’s not much to see at the new Ability Institute Building at 355 East Erie Street, soon to be home of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.  That’s because exterior work is pretty much wrapped up, and all of the action is happening inside.  According to a construction update from senior vice president Nancy Paridy: The building structure and enclosure are substantially complete. The East and South...

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Ho Jo No Mo, 165 West Superior Continues To Rise
Apr02

Ho Jo No Mo, 165 West Superior Continues To Rise

The old Howard Johnson motel in River North is but a distant memory at 720 North LaSalle Street. That’s because it was smashed to smithereens to make way for the 34-story high rise officially designated as 165 West Superior. Designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, the 298-unit apartment tower will sit atop a 4-story podium that will house the building’s 109 parking spaces. Atop the podium will be an outdoor lap...

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