Studio Gang Apartment Design For St. Louis Has Distinctive Onion Flavor
Dec14

Studio Gang Apartment Design For St. Louis Has Distinctive Onion Flavor

Chicago’s Studio Gang has unveiled the dramatic design for a proposed 36-story apartment building in midtown St. Louis that looks, to me at least, like a bloomin’ onion. The tasty yet unhealthy 1,954-calorie Outback Steakhouse appetizer bears a similar leaflike appearance to Studio Gang’s first St. Louis skyscraper. Englewood, New Jersey-based Mac Properties is the developer. The $130 million project is expected to...

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76-Story Skyscraper About to Rise in the South Loop
Dec08

76-Story Skyscraper About to Rise in the South Loop

If your travels don’t take you by Navy Pier to see the construction of One Bennett Park, and you don’t usually find yourself at the dead-end of East Wacker Drive to check on Vista Tower progress, maybe the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt is more convenient for your skyscraper construction viewing pleasure. That’s where, in a matter of days, work is expected to begin on Raphael Viñoly’s 76-story residential...

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Northwest Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out
Dec07

Northwest Loop’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out

The corner of Lake and Wells Streets has been a hub of activity lately. Not only is it Chicago’s busiest rail junction, it’s also where two residential skyscrapers have gone up in recent years. The latest to rise is Linea, a 33-story edifice designed by Moceri+Roszak for Moceri+Roszak, and which recently topped out. When completed next year, it will have 265 homes in one of those most transit-friendly corners of the city....

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Robey Hotel Video Makes All of Chicago Look Awesome
Dec05

Robey Hotel Video Makes All of Chicago Look Awesome

The newest flag planted in Chicago’s hotel rush is The Robey Chicago, which opened on the border of Wicker Park and Bucktown a few days ago.  It symbolizes the expansion of the hotel industry from the city center to the neighborhoods, something that has been desperately lacking in Chicago until the last few years. The Robey consists of 69 rooms carved out of the 1929 Northwest Tower Building, along with a cafe, restaurant, and...

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Controversial Streeterville Hotel Bypassing City Hall, Moving Forward
Dec02

Controversial Streeterville Hotel Bypassing City Hall, Moving Forward

There are lots of construction projects proposed around Chicago, and lots of them are opposed by neighborhood groups for one reason or another.  But never before have we seen a building so hated that it actually spawned its own anti-building web site. Tishman Realty is trying to replace the old Museum of Contemporary Art building at 237 East Ontario Street with a limited service hotel.  The big bone of contention with neighbors has...

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West Town Welcomes Our Robotic Parking Overlords
Dec01

West Town Welcomes Our Robotic Parking Overlords

It’s with a small tear of sadness that we bid farewell to the collection of centenarian commercial buildings about to be erased from 723 through 733 West Randolph Street in West Town.  Heneghan Wrecking is about to do a number on them. Chocolate box assortments of brick and timber such as these are not uncommon in Chicago, but they are fairly rare to find in such a vibrant retail corridor.  You would think that the prime...

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New McCormick Place Marriott Won’t Miss Out on Rooftop Bar Trend
Nov28

New McCormick Place Marriott Won’t Miss Out on Rooftop Bar Trend

Whether it’s the neighborhood-friendly Hotel Godfrey in River North, or the new über-luxe hostelries squeezing in along the river, it seems like these days every new Chicago hotel wants to have a rooftop bar.  Aside from being a money-printing machine, they’re also a publicity bonanza in an era when every second of everyone’s lives is being snapbooked and facechatted to a salivating internet. The new Marriott...

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A Touch of Wanda
Nov28

A Touch of Wanda

Whoever asked for a 93-something story skyscraper for Christmas, Santa’s little helpers are busy right now stuffing your stocking over in Lakeshore East. That’s where Loop Spy Jon took the photo above, showing busy bees putting in a foundation for the Vista Tower.  When completed, the tower will rise more than 1,100 feet into the sky, just a couple of blocks from the Lake Michigan shoreline, and just across Wacker Drive...

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Stick a Skyline in Someone’s Stocking
Nov18

Stick a Skyline in Someone’s Stocking

When looking for Christmas gifts for the architecture enthusiast in your life, Legos have been a go-to staple for decades.  Now there’s a new reason to risk stepping on the little bricklets while walking around the house barefoot in the middle of the night. The company that makes the best thing to come out of Denmark since diminutive sea brides has announced that it’s putting out a new Lego set about Chicago....

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Guess Who Is Chicago’s #1 Crane Fan
Nov08

Guess Who Is Chicago’s #1 Crane Fan

For years we’ve been telling you that the number of cranes swinging around a city’s skyline is a good indication of that town’s economic health.  It turns out we’re not the only ones who see it that way. Hizzoner, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, held a news conference yesterday to boast about the number of cranes operating in the Chicago skies.  How many are there?  Including the newest crane, at 451 East Grand in...

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