Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West
Jul18

Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West

  One of Chicago’s most anticipated building projects of the last 50 years is now officially underway. Formal groundbreaking ceremonies were held today for Wolf Point West, the first of three skyscrapers in the billion-dollar Wolf Point development at the confluence of the Chicago River’s main channel and North Branch. As we’ve documented here over the last few months, construction is already well underway.  But...

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Piecing Together Streeterville’s Newest Skyscraper
Jul16

Piecing Together Streeterville’s Newest Skyscraper

Chicago is not New York.  It can’t be said enough. Chicagoans wear black because we’re modest.  New Yorkers wear black because it’s fashionable.  Chicagoans wring their hands and worry about being a “global city.”  New Yorkers didn’t even know there was a contest. And when a New York real estate developer decides to build a new skyscraper, there’s a big announcement with balloons and dancing...

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New West Town Tower Liked by Neighbors, the Savior of a Beloved Bank
Jul09

New West Town Tower Liked by Neighbors, the Savior of a Beloved Bank

Last night, residents of Greektown, West Town, and the West Loop gave a collective thumb’s up to the new residential tower proposed for the intersection of Lake and Halsted Streets. The skyscraper, which is currently using the name 171 North Halsted, will replace a dilapidated hardware store and provide much-needed apartments in an area where the residents have traditionally been wary of  those of us with transient lifestyles....

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Supertall Skyscraper Planned Along Chicago River at Lakeshore East
Jul08

Supertall Skyscraper Planned Along Chicago River at Lakeshore East

Prolific Chinese real estate developer and investment company Wanda Group has announced that it will build a new 1,150-foot-tall skyscraper in Chicago. Wanda Group isn’t a household name in Chicago… yet. But it has big plans to move into the American real estate development sector very aggressively in the near future. It already has 55 five-star hotels and 78 department stores in China. In America, you may know it as the...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Greek-Themed Tower Pins Up the Red, White and Blue
Jul05

Slice of Life: Chicago’s Greek-Themed Tower Pins Up the Red, White and Blue

This Independence Day weekend, there were parades, cookouts, and flags all over Chicagoland.  Our own Bill Motchan snapped this picture of the Arkadia Tower in Greektown putting on its patriotic colors. Arkadia (765 West Adams Street) will eventually be a 33-story apartment skyscraper when it is completed next year.  Its design, by Chicago’s FitzGerald Associates, has several Greek nods in it, in deference to its location.   It...

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200 North Michigan: The Incredible Shrinking Skyscraper
Jul02

200 North Michigan: The Incredible Shrinking Skyscraper

If you’ve been saving your pennies so that you can live on the 44th floor of the shiny new residential tower going up at 200 North Michigan Avenue… It may be time to re-think that plan. That’s because the 44th floor no longer exists.  Nor does the 43rd or the 42nd.  In fact, the entire skyscraper has been downsized about 9% from 537 feet tall to 488 feet tall. According to papers filed with the city by the developer,...

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Wolf Point Becomes One With the Chicago River
Jul01

Wolf Point Becomes One With the Chicago River

  Winter was rough, and summer isn’t starting out all that nice, either, for Chicago. Last night’s wild storms dumped huge amounts of rain on the city and its primary means of drainage: The Chicago River. One of our downtown spies sent in this photo taken this morning (July 1, 2014).  You can see the construction pits at Wolf Point are flooded, the Chicago River has risen all the way up to the construction fencing,...

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Downtown Chicago’s Hotel Development Party Crashed by Alderman Reilly
Jun27

Downtown Chicago’s Hotel Development Party Crashed by Alderman Reilly

For the past five years or so, developers simply couldn’t jam enough hotels into downtown Chicago.  Every available space within sniffing distance of Michigan Avenue scoped, measured, diagrammed, and investigated for its potential to house a hotel.  Hotels popped up in surface parking lots, replaced empty storefronts, even old apartment buildings got into the act, asking the city to please please please let them convert to a...

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Status Update: The Ability Institute Tower [updated]
Jun20

Status Update: The Ability Institute Tower [updated]

Streeterville’s newest medical skyscraper is slowly pulling itself out of the earth and taking shape.  The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street) will eventually be a half-billion dollar, 445-foot-tall shiny blue tower on the site of the old, historic CBS Studios building. The core and decks at the parking garage levels will continue to be our primary focus over the coming month and...

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Time Lapse: Deconstructing Prentice
Jun19

Time Lapse: Deconstructing Prentice

As we count down the days until Bertrand Goldberg’s former Prentice Women’s Hospital becomes just a memory, we received a very fortunate phone call. Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has been taking pictures of the Prentice demolition from his office window since it started.  With the end near, he used our Tip Line to get in touch, and sent along a couple of dozen...

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