Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 11: The 31 Story Nope
Jan26

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 11: The 31 Story Nope

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. Today we feature the pie in the sky known as 301 West Van Buren and also 401 South Wacker Drive.  The 31-story office building was first announced way way way way back in 2001.  Over the years, its plan was refined and by 2007 was supposed to be ready for...

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Charting Downtown Chicago’s Residential Potential and Predicting an Upcoming Supply/Demand Problem (Don’t Say “Bubble”)
Jan21

Charting Downtown Chicago’s Residential Potential and Predicting an Upcoming Supply/Demand Problem (Don’t Say “Bubble”)

  If you live in downtown Chicago, you’ve likely noticed the abundance of cranes around you. Cranes signal new construction, and new construction can signal a healthy, booming economy. At the same time, even the dumbest economist in the room knows that too much construction can lead to bad things. The question for Chicago is: are we building too much? KIG Analytics Officer Marc Rutzen recently created a video signaling that...

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As 1345 South Wabash Fills Up, 1333 Builds Up
Jan21

As 1345 South Wabash Fills Up, 1333 Builds Up

If you build it, they will come. So as long as you’re at it, you might as well build two of them. Which is precisely what’s happening in the South Loop. At 1333 South Wabash Avenue, One Triple Three is the second, larger tower from Chicago’s CMK Companies on the same block of South Wabash. Destined to rise 28 stories high, the Brininstool + Lynch design will bring 307 rental units, to include one-, two-, and...

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Slice of Life: Now Entering Wolf Point West
Jan15

Slice of Life: Now Entering Wolf Point West

We love new construction here at Chicago Architecture. We love the milestones all those new projects reach. The groundbreaking ceremonies. The tower crane arrivals. The glass! Oh, the installation of glorious glass. And while all that is unarguably cool, you may think nothing tops the topping-out. But one event does. Nothing is more rewarding, after watching the process from community meeting to the final landscaping details, than...

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Grand Opening of 1000 South Clark Just Around the Corner
Jan15

Grand Opening of 1000 South Clark Just Around the Corner

1000 South Clark, the brand-spankin’ new apartment tower at 1000 South Clark Street in the South Loop, looks more and more complete with each passing day. Long gone are the tower crane and construction elevators. Just a few finishers remain on site, getting everything ready for the big debut. The developers, a joint effort by Chicago’s JDL Development and New York’s iStar, are bringing 469 apartments to the...

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30 East Will Offer High-Grade Housing For Students And Millennials
Jan14

30 East Will Offer High-Grade Housing For Students And Millennials

Once upon a time students and young urban professionals rented cheap apartments with iffy plumbing, shaky security and invisible supers. A futon, milk crates and concrete blocks suspending 2x4s served as “furniture.” Those days are long gone. A quick scan of the amenities at 30 East Balbo will show that millennials will get far more now than they would have in the eighties. We’ve learned a bit about this new apartment community that...

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Party’s Over; It’s Down to Business for the 352 North Union Tower
Jan14

Party’s Over; It’s Down to Business for the 352 North Union Tower

Two months after being cinched into her cotillion frock and paraded in front of the West Town rabble in her coming out party, 352 North Union is now in full pantsuit mode, ready to be presented to the Chicago Plan Commission. Serious business, this. The 38-story residential skyscraper just south of the K2 tower at 365 North Halsted features a main entrance off of a new North Union Street cul-de-sac, and an auxiliary exit that squirts...

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Wait a Moment. Do You Know Sienna Flats?
Jan13

Wait a Moment. Do You Know Sienna Flats?

We’ve done our fair share of coverage at Moment, the 42-story, friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed apartment tower in Streeterville. Chicago-based Golub & Company is delivering 490 luxury rental units to the site at 545 North McClurg Court, along with 5,200 square feet of retail space along the corner of Grand and McClurg. But just a second; there’s more to Moment. At 423 East Ohio Street, Sienna Flats...

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New Year, New Hotel for Goettsch Partners
Jan12

New Year, New Hotel for Goettsch Partners

Today we continue our series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. While you were...

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South Loop’s High Hopes Are Now Slightly Less High
Jan12

South Loop’s High Hopes Are Now Slightly Less High

Before the changing of the calendar.  Before the fat man squeezed down your chimney.  Before the lights started twinkling along Michigan Avenue, there was hope that the South Loop would be the home of — count ’em — three new architectural pieces to scrape the sky.  Now it looks like one of those cloud scratchers will be a little less grand. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Helmut Jahn’s proposed 1,030-foot-tall...

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