Status Update: Getting Down With 200 North Michigan
Oct13

Status Update: Getting Down With 200 North Michigan

The sight of a tower crane is enough to make even the most jaded Loop walker glance skyward while waiting for a crosswalk signal to change.  And while most of us have to be content with looking up at cranes, Loop Spy Daniel gets to look down on them.  He sent in this photograph of the crane at 200 North Michigan Avenue, which is helping build the city’s newest 41-story tower, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture....

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At Long Last: Groundbreaking for 200 North Michigan
Oct04

At Long Last: Groundbreaking for 200 North Michigan

After chronicling the saga of 200 North Michigan ad nauseum for the last year, we’ve reached an important milestone: The official groundbreaking of 200 North Michigan Avenue. Having watched the old 200 North Michigan Avenue building being rent piece-by-piece until there was nothing left but scattered bricks and lakeshore loam, it is now time to build the new building in earnest. 200 North Michigan is dead; long live 200 North...

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“O,” Dear! The Tips Just Keep on a-Coming!
Oct03

“O,” Dear! The Tips Just Keep on a-Coming!

When it rains, it pours. Two days ago, one of our anonymous readers dropped a dime on our tip line and showed us the place on McHugh Construction’s web site where we could confirm that bids are going out for Lakeshore East Building O (201 North Columbus Drive).  Chicagoland’s skyscraper nerds went apeshit. Not to be outdone, another anonymous reader hit the tip line last night with more information about the project....

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“O” Yeah: Lakeshore East Getting Yet Another Huge Skyscraper
Oct02

“O” Yeah: Lakeshore East Getting Yet Another Huge Skyscraper

For almost two years I’ve been chasing a ghost.  I’ve seen glimpses of it.  Drawings.  Sketches.  A hint here, an accidentally dropped statistic there.  Some meaningful “no comments” from just the right people. Papers on a desk quickly covered up if I glanced at them too long.  Like a fat, bearded hillbilly chasing Bigfoot on basic cable, I’ve been convinced it’s real, even when other people told me...

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Northwestern Gets an Earful About the Latest Design For its Prentice Replacement
Sep30

Northwestern Gets an Earful About the Latest Design For its Prentice Replacement

The trouble with replacing an iconic, historic building is, well, nothing else quite measures up, unless it, too, is iconic and historic. The trouble with that premise is, you don’t always know how history will judge an architectural design. It’s also the challenge faced by Perkins+Will when it won the competition to create the new Northwestern University Medical Research Center (MRC2) in Streeterville. It’s on the property where the...

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545 North McClurg Good to Go; Construction to Begin Any Second Now
Sep30

545 North McClurg Good to Go; Construction to Begin Any Second Now

Gentlemen, start your bulldozer engines! The City of Chicago has issued construction permits for the foundation of 545 North McClurg, the 45-story mixed-use development formerly known as 410 East Grand. Designed by friends-of-the-blog, SCB, it is a joint project between Chicago’s Golub and Boston’s The General Investment and Development Companies.  G.I.D. describes the building thusly: The project will be constructed on...

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A Ditch Called Wanda: Early Signs that Chicago’s Next Supertall Tower Isn’t Just a Paper Tiger
Sep29

A Ditch Called Wanda: Early Signs that Chicago’s Next Supertall Tower Isn’t Just a Paper Tiger

When a massive Chinese conglomerate that most Americans have never heard of announced it was going to splash out almost a billion dollars to put up an 1,150-foot-tall tower in Lakeshore East, you could hear the critics scoffing from Berwyn to Beijing.  We’ve seen lots of proposals on paper over the years for huge projects all around downtown Chicago, and very few of them have ever made it past the press release and a...

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Emanuel Trying to Keep Chicago From Being Trumped Again
Sep29

Emanuel Trying to Keep Chicago From Being Trumped Again

Without a doubt, Donald Trump has put his stamp on Chicago thanks to the giant Trump sign adorning his namesake Trump International Hotel and Tower. Love it or despise it, the signage on the second-tallest building in the city is here to stay since both the city zoning committee and City Council signed off on it. However, in order to make sure such a loud statement is never again featured so brazenly along the Chicago River, Mayor...

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From the Mucky Banks of the Chicago River Rises Edifice Rex
Sep26

From the Mucky Banks of the Chicago River Rises Edifice Rex

Rising from a sliver of mud squeezed between a very active rail yard and the South Branch of the Chicago River is the West Loop’s newest skyscraper.  Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell stopped by the construction site for 150 North Riverside to see how things are going, and one thing is certainly leading to another. Bulldozers, cranes, excavators, and more are thrashing through the muddy loam with all the...

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McHugh Hits McPier a Clatter, Gets Blessing For Bonnie Little Lodge
Sep22

McHugh Hits McPier a Clatter, Gets Blessing For Bonnie Little Lodge

If you're part of our Twitter or Facebook feeds, then you were among the first to know that this past week the Chicago Plan Commission approved McHugh Construction's plan to build a new hotel, data center, and retail space at 111 East Cermak Road in the South Loop. Chicago Architecture Blog reporter reporter Mary Chmielewicz live-tweeted the Commission's decision which will see an Antunovich Associates-designed 25-story tower rise on...

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