After Many Long Days, Studio Gang’s Solstice About to Cast Shadows
Feb13

After Many Long Days, Studio Gang’s Solstice About to Cast Shadows

This past Friday, Mother Nature issued a permit allowing the daffodils in Lincoln Park to start reaching out of their burrows and raising their heads skyward.  Coincidentally, it was the same day that the City of Chicago issued a permit allowing Hyde Park’s newest skyscraper to grow to its final height. CONSTRUCT NEW 26 STORY, 250 DWELLING UNIT BUILDING. 316 PARKING SPACES IN A 5 STORY CLASS J GARAGE. REFERENCE...

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One Bennett Park Reaches 100
Feb13

One Bennett Park Reaches 100

It’s not exactly a secret that One Bennett Park is one of our favorite recent projects in Chicago. It’s tall.  It’s different-looking (for Chicago). It’s in Streeterville.  What’s not to like? So it just seemed natural that we broke out the last three leftover New Year’s party poppers and microwaved some Totinos pizza rolls when we received word last week that construction has reached a milestone:...

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$500 Million Willis Tower Rehab Will Transform Existing Space And Add Outdoor Deck
Feb01

$500 Million Willis Tower Rehab Will Transform Existing Space And Add Outdoor Deck

The Blackstone Group today announced a massive $500 million rehab of the venerable Willis Tower. The iconic skyscraper will get a major facelift, reconfiguring nearly 460,000 square feet of existing space. Work will commence this month, modernizing the tower and creating 2,500 jobs in the process. Highlights of the rehab will be a new three-story transparent, glass structure above the existing stone plaza. Under the façade, three...

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Edgewater Beach Getting its Overture
Feb01

Edgewater Beach Getting its Overture

After setbacks, cancellation, a name change, revision, and de-biggening, Chicago’s next seniors-in-the-sky community is finally ready for launch.  Overture Edgewater Beach now has the backing of both 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman and the majority of active neighbors, according to Edgeville Buzz. Overture is a 16-story age-restrited building planned for 5440 North Sheridan Road.  Designed by Steve Rezabek at Pappageorge...

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Something Round This Way Comes
Feb01

Something Round This Way Comes

Skyscraper nerds (myself included) across Greektown are shouting Opa! this week as word spreads like flaming saganaki  that the One South Halsted tower has been given a green light for construction by the city. FOUNDATIONS AND STRUCTURAL-ONLY TO UNDERSIDE OF 8TH FLOOR FOR PROPOSED 44-STORY MIXED USE TOWER WITH 375 PROPOSED PARKING SPACES. Though the building is going by the nom de plume of 727 West Madison, it’s unmistakably the...

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McHugh’s Hiltons Break Ground in the South Loop
Jan31

McHugh’s Hiltons Break Ground in the South Loop

It’s been almost three years since we first told you about McHugh Construction’s plans to turn an under-utilized lot near its South Loop headquarters into a new hotel, and now that dream is officially a reality. An official groundbreaking ceremony was held this past Friday for the building at 123 East Cermak Road, which will contain — count ’em — three Hilton-flagged hotels: The Hilton Garden Inn Chicago McCormick...

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How One Bennett Park Sold Me on Virtual Reality in Real Estate
Jan30

How One Bennett Park Sold Me on Virtual Reality in Real Estate

I consider myself a tech-savvy guy.  I had an e-mail address before there was an internet.  When I leave my house, robots wake up and clean my floors.  Thanks to a homebrew home automation system, I haven’t touched a light switch in a year.  Even the eggs in my refrigerator are networked, and send me text messages when they’re going to expire.  But I could never get behind the notion that strapping a cell phone to my face...

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Taking a Whack at the 53-Story Skyscraper Proposed for 110 North Wacker
Jan30

Taking a Whack at the 53-Story Skyscraper Proposed for 110 North Wacker

One thing is very quickly leading to another when it comes to the 80-story skyscraper proposed for 110 North Wacker.  The project was only just recently announced, and a week later the paperwork has already been filed with the city to make it a reality.  For a building of that size, with no anchor tenant, developer Howard Hughes Corporation is certainly moving along like a spruce goose. The new Goettsch Partners-deesigned tower will...

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Chicago Exports: Goettsch Goes Big In Shenzhen
Jan26

Chicago Exports: Goettsch Goes Big In Shenzhen

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. Friends-of-the-Blog...

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A bKL Family Portrait in Lakeshore East
Jan25

A bKL Family Portrait in Lakeshore East

A single photo can say a lot. In this case, what the photo below is doing is documenting the growth of bKL Architecture. Joe Zekas of YoChicago! snapped the photo from Aqua, the celebrated building where bKL has its offices. Also in view, on the left, is bKL’s The Coast (2013, 345 East Wacker Drive) — 45 stories of residential delight along the Chicago River. In the bottom of the frame, you can see bKL’s colorful and...

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