Skyscraper Washes off Old Name With Atwater
Feb10

Skyscraper Washes off Old Name With Atwater

The Streeterville skyscraper located next to The Streeter and its statue of Captain Streeter will no longer be called Streeter Place (355 East Ohio Street). Say hello to “Atwater Apartments.” The name came from the residents who live there, according to a press release from friends-of-the-blog Taylor Johnson in Niles. Along with the new name comes a new look, also inspired by the residents. Read more about it in the press...

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Status Update: How Did That Garden Inn Grow
Feb10

Status Update: How Did That Garden Inn Grow

It’ll be a few months before the tulips start poking their heads up along Michigan Avenue again, but one off-Michigan garden has already fully sprouted. The new Hilton Garden Inn at 66 East Wacker Place has topped out and developer GDS Companies out of Evanston is looking forward to the building going into full  bloom in the next few months.  As you can see in these photos from Loop Spy Daniel, the 26-story building designed by...

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Walling off West Town
Feb06

Walling off West Town

Another developer is joining the party in putting up a residential tower that will help insulate West Town from the Eisenhower Expressway. Friends of the blog, Related Midwest, is stepping into a new downtown Chicago sub-market with its proposal for 1035 West Van Buren Street. The news was first reported by Crain’s Chicago Business. Related’s planned 23-story apartment tower joins another proposal immediately next door at...

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Status Update: Block37.5
Feb03

Status Update: Block37.5

The bits and pieces are coming together for the new residential tower rising above the Block37 mall in downtown Chicago (25 West Randolph Street).  The picture above was taken yesterday by Loop Spy Ryan, and shows that the massive weight-shifting truss that makes the new building work with the old building has been enclosed.  Meanwhile, concrete forms are in place so that the floors of the SCB-designed building can be poured. When...

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“O” No! Downtown Skyscraper Could Hit the Skids Because of Feds
Feb03

“O” No! Downtown Skyscraper Could Hit the Skids Because of Feds

Building O (195 North Columbus Drive), the Sybil of downtown Chicago skyscraper projects, may be delayed by a bit of intrigue playing out in our nation’s capital. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the building which consists of two hotels and a residential block, was going to be financed through the federal government’s EB-5 program.   But now that program is coming under fire from not only the General Accounting Office,...

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Status Update: River Point Rises, Sans Promised Park
Jan28

Status Update: River Point Rises, Sans Promised Park

Remember when it was promised that the office tower portion of River Point wouldn’t be built until the public park was finished?  Yeah, neither does the developer. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell ambled by the construction site at 444 West Lake Street recently and took these pictures of the tower portion rising on the corner on West Lake and North Canal Streets.  Right now the steel frame is about three or...

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Status Update: Old River North Firehouse
Jan27

Status Update: Old River North Firehouse

If you’ve live, work, or wander around River North long enough, you will eventually run across the old firehouse at 228 West Illinois Street. For years it was something of a sad building.  Businesses came and went, but none seemed to be able to breathe permanent life into the former home of Chicago’s Bravest. Then along came Mr. Jones. The Jones is the name of the skyscraper designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture and...

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Looking Ahead With Habitat President Matt Fiascone
Jan23

Looking Ahead With Habitat President Matt Fiascone

It’s been about 16 months since we checked in with The Habitat Company to see what’s going on with the River North developer.  The big news, obviously is that there’s a new name on the door of the big office.  Matt Fiascone is now running the show, and was nice enough to answer some questions for us via e-mail.   Editor: How was 2014 for Habitat? Matt Fiascone: 2014 saw us complete the lease up of Hubbard Place...

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Get Your Funk On: Skyscraper Finally Coming to 130 North Franklin
Jan22

Get Your Funk On: Skyscraper Finally Coming to 130 North Franklin

It’s been a little over a decade since the address known as 130 North Franklin was turned into a surface parking lot.  Now it looks like that scar on Chicago’s urban landscape is going to finally be healed. Just about two years ago, Tishman Speyer started promoting its plans for the off-Wacker property — a 48-story faceted blue glass tower by River North’s own Krueck and Sexton.  It even put together a super-cool...

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Tuesday Trivia: MST3K Edition
Jan20

Tuesday Trivia: MST3K Edition

Question: Which Chicago skyscraper was called “The Empire State Building on Nutrisystem?” Click to see the answer Answer:   The Mather Tower (75 East Wacker Drive). In the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode 419, the space-bound trio make fun of the 1959 movie The Rebel Set, in which a group of beatniks from California pull off a bank robbery during a layover at Dearborn Station in Chicago during a cross-country...

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