New Name, New Look: Say Hello to The Sinclair
May07

New Name, New Look: Say Hello to The Sinclair

A couple of days ago we reported that the Jewel-Osco at 1200 North Clark Street is closing on June 4th to make way for a new skyscraper.  The residential tower has been long anticipated by people in the neighborhood who came to know it as the “Jewel Tower” or the “Tower of Jewel.”  So we received a bit of feedback from people surprised to hear us refer to the 35-story building as The Sinclair. Well, we’ve...

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Use Those Coupons Now: Tower of Jewel Soon to Rise Under a New Name [updated]
May04

Use Those Coupons Now: Tower of Jewel Soon to Rise Under a New Name [updated]

The Gold Coast’s newest skyscraper is about to take shape at the corner of Clark and Division.  The Jewel-Osco store at 1210 North Clark Street will close June 4, so it can be demolished and replaced with a new skyscraper and a much better store. It’s the second very welcome rehabilitation of this grotty corner of Chicago.  The CTA is wrapping up its refurbishment of its Red Line subway station at this intersection. It was...

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Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 10: Try, Try Again
Apr30

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 10: Try, Try Again

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. It was the 19th-century writer William Edward Hickson who popularized the proverb, “If at first you don’t succeed / Try, try, try again.”  It was the über-creepy Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd from the film Diamonds Are Forever who ruined the phrase as...

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Status Update: LondonHouse Spreading Down Wacker
Apr23

Status Update: LondonHouse Spreading Down Wacker

The transformation of the London Guarantee and Accident Building at 360 North Michigan Avenue into the LondonHouse Hotel is well underway.  For months we’ve been teased by scaffolding on its exterior, hinting at the magical demolition going on inside.  Now we can see the new glass tower addition rising to the building’s west. The glass tower, designed by friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners, fills the space between the...

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Faceted Loop Skyscraper Proposal Grows to 53 Stories
Apr21

Faceted Loop Skyscraper Proposal Grows to 53 Stories

When last we heard about the property at 130 North Franklin Street in the Loop, developer Tishman Speyer was promoting plans to turn the surface parking lot into a 48-story office tower. On Monday night, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly  hosted a community meeting at the Rustle & Roux cafeteria a few blocks away to officially introduce the plans for a skyscraper that has now grown to 53 stories, rising 720 feet above intersection...

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New Cabrini Green Tower Construction Now Underway
Apr16

New Cabrini Green Tower Construction Now Underway

No ribbons to cut.  No hands to glad.  No gourmet food trucks from which to nosh.  Just a very long plywood wall and lots of earth-moving equipment is how life starts for the new residential tower at 347 West Chestnut Street in Cabrini Green. Formerly known as Avant River North, the building is now being called NEXT, and is being developed by Fifield Companies. When complete, it will rise 28 stories into the Chicago skyline, with 305...

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Will a Gold Coast Tower Light Up Our Lives?
Apr15

Will a Gold Coast Tower Light Up Our Lives?

You know how people hate when Chicago’s skyline gets messed with?  Especially since it’s recently become festooned with corporate logos and light-up doodads?  Well, this should put some people’s teeth on edge: ADD LED ROPE LIGHTING TO SOFFITS ON 47 FLOORS It’s part of an electrical permit for 111 East Chestnut, formerly known as the Élysées Condominiums.   “Élysées” as in the famous Parisian palace,...

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Residential Skyscraper at 460 West Chicago Finally Up For Approval
Apr15

Residential Skyscraper at 460 West Chicago Finally Up For Approval

It’s been half a year since paperwork was filed with the city to build a 30-story residential tower at 460 West Chicago Avenue, a block away from the old Montgomery Ward catalog warehouse.  Now the plan is finally going before the Chicago Plan Commission for approval. If it gets the green, the building will rise 301 feet over what is still officially the Cabrini Green neighborhood, in spite of developers’ recent efforts to...

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Taller, Flatter Wanda Vista Tower Meets the Public
Apr13

Taller, Flatter Wanda Vista Tower Meets the Public

The upgrade in ballrooms at the Radisson Blu Aqua (225 North Columbus Drive) turned out to be a great call, as hundreds of people packed the seats the hear Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd) introduce the latest revision to Chicago’s next big thing — The Wanda Vista Tower (381 East Wacker Drive). Rest assured, it wasn’t just the tables full of cookies the crowd wanted to see.  Downtown residents were eager to get their first...

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Slice of Life: Flag in the Fog
Apr13

Slice of Life: Flag in the Fog

If you’re one of the people who have the privilege of living or working in one of Chicago’s skyscrapers, you may have had the opportunity to observe the strange things that the fog rolling in off of Lake Michigan can do to the cityscape. Loop Spy Daniel sent in this photo he took a while ago showing the Chicago metropolis erased by mist, save for a lone flagpole and the 900 North Michigan building. This article is the...

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