A Skyline-Changing Week for Chicago; City May Approve 4 New Towers
Aug18

A Skyline-Changing Week for Chicago; City May Approve 4 New Towers

For fans of Chicago’s urban environment, it’s always a good month when the city approves a new skyscraper.  Some months we get lucky and two are approved.  If everything goes as expected, this week the city will greenlight not one… not two.. but four new skyscrapers, and a high-rise for the greater downtown area. Here’s a look at the five projects expected to be approved this week: 171 North Halsted 167 West...

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Status Update: Hubbard Place
Aug14

Status Update: Hubbard Place

It’s been a while since we checked in on Hubbard Place (360 West Hubbard Street) in River North, and guess what… it’s pretty much done. People have been living in the building since October of last year, but as you can see from these pictures, there are still some finishing touches behind those orange barrels that have to be taken care of before the place won’t sound like a construction zone anymore. Hubbard...

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Status Update: 1 East Chestnut
Aug13

Status Update: 1 East Chestnut

  The new residential tower going up on the corner of State and Chestnut in Chicago’s Gold Coast is steadily climbing into the sky.  1 East Chestnut is part of a two-building development going up on Loyola land, but only half of it will officially serve the Loyola community. The residential skyscraper is being developed by Newmark, while the adjacent classroom building is being developed by the university.  While it would...

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New Hancock Center Videos Will Make You Wet Your Pants
Aug12

New Hancock Center Videos Will Make You Wet Your Pants

  Five years ago we had the opportunity to hang out of a broken 50th-floor window at the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue).  Naturally, we took a video and posted it on this blog.  That was child’s play compared with the videos being posted on YouTube these days by a steeplejack (is that the right term?) going by the handle L1irnwrkr. He’s working on a project to remove the top 100 feet of the western...

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Slice of Life: Chicago in Silhouette
Jul31

Slice of Life: Chicago in Silhouette

There are so many great places to take pictures of Chicago’s skyline.  And you can never go wrong with a lake view. Reader Rita Anthony sent in this picture of our city’s magnificent eastern face taken at dusk. This article is the result of photos sent in by someone just like you. If you see something interesting in your neighborhood, e-mail your phone pics to chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.  Check out our Tip Line for...

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Streeterville Citizens Take New Skyscraper Scheme In Stride, But Fret About Park and Parking
Jul29

Streeterville Citizens Take New Skyscraper Scheme In Stride, But Fret About Park and Parking

Even in the high-altitude environs of Streeterville, a proposed 67-story building will draw a bit of attention. Last night, a packed house at the InterContinental Hotel listened politely and intently to a detailed description of Related Midwest’s plans to build a new residential skyscraper at 451 East Grand. Then, they lined up to speak their mind. The comments focused on the usual: height (“Why not just stop at 28 stories?” asked one...

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Picking Over Prentice’s Bones
Jul28

Picking Over Prentice’s Bones

The picture says it all.  There’s not much left of the former Prentice Women’s Hospital.  Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent us this latest photo of the old building.  Its four distinctive lobes are long gone.  All that’s left is the main supporting spines, and the crumbs of the horizontal floors at its base. The photo below shows us what it looked like as demolition...

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Slice of Life: Chicago on a Black-and-White Rail
Jul28

Slice of Life: Chicago on a Black-and-White Rail

They’ve been pared back, decked over, repurposed, and there was even once a proposal to turn the whole shebang into a field of wildflowers; but Chicago’s lakefront railroad tracks continue to carry thousands of people into and out of the city each day. Chris Benning sent in this photograph of the tracks as they glide through Grant Park before slipping under the Art Institute of Chicago and disappearing into the...

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Another Skyscraper Barges In Along the Chicago River
Jul25

Another Skyscraper Barges In Along the Chicago River

Amid construction barges and politicians in hardhats, yesterday downtown Chicago got to see its second skyscraper groundbreaking in as many weeks. West Loop Spy Kevin hit our Tip Line and sent in this photo of the official groundbreaking for 150 North Riverside.  The project formerly known as 400 West Randolph is another office-tower-plus-park that will help complete the western portion of the Chicago Riverwalk system. Just as the...

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Status Update: With 200 North Michigan Erased, Time for Act II
Jul25

Status Update: With 200 North Michigan Erased, Time for Act II

200 North Michigan Avenue has been erased.  These photos from Loop Spy Daniel show the demolition of the former six-story commercial building is down to dirt, gravel, and some presumably historic bricks. So now all eyes are peering through the wooden barriers trying to catch the first glimpse of the first truck carrying the first machinery to drill the first caisson for the new and improved 200 North Michigan. That skyscraper,...

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