Status Update: Transferring to Block37
Oct20

Status Update: Transferring to Block37

For the last few weeks we’ve been showing you photographs of the latest construction at Block37, where an apartment tower is being added to the mall and office tower. That tower will rest on concrete slabs and a steel truss that will transfer the weight of the new building above onto the existing columns already inside the mall.  In these photographs, you can see the 30-foot-tall steel transfer truss being assembled on the roof....

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A Coat of Paint, or the Start of a New Skyscraper?
Oct20

A Coat of Paint, or the Start of a New Skyscraper?

Loop Spy Otto (Really?  “Otto?”) sent in these photographs of the parking garage at 200 West Randolph Street getting a new paint job.  Why is that so interesting?  Because the wall being panted is planned to be the common wall joining John Buck Company’s new 151 North Franklin. The city of Chicago approved construction of the 36-story office building designed by John Ronan in April of this year.  Since then, the...

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Another Construction Barge Sinks in the Chicago River
Oct17

Another Construction Barge Sinks in the Chicago River

For the second time in four months, a construction barge has gone to the bottom of the Chicago River. This latest incident happened next to the construction site for 150 North Riverside, the 53-story office building going up on the west side of the river’s downtown confluence. Loop Spy John alerted us to the incident as it happened and sent in the photo above, complete with bubbles escaping from what appears to be a buckled...

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Zombie Building Thrusts a Clenched Fist from its West Loop Grave
Oct17

Zombie Building Thrusts a Clenched Fist from its West Loop Grave

  In Chicago, projects come and projects go.  And one of those projects that we’d long ago given up for dead is back from the grave. Broadly known as Old Saint Pat’s Tower, 625 West Adams was a plan for a modest office building that came complete with meeting space for the venerable church, and some of the fiercest NIMBY opposition since SOAR heard the phrase “Canyon Ranch.” This, however, is the West...

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Status Update: Block37½
Oct14

Status Update: Block37½

The long-awaited residential portion of the Block37 retail/office/hotel/residential/transit development is progressing in earnest. Just days after the city issued construction permits and a formal announcement was made by owner CIM Group, workers were spotted on the roof vacuuming up the gravel.  A couple of weeks later, and the construction has entered a much more serious phase, complete with sidewalk barricades and steel beams....

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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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