bKL in Beijing: Animation Starting to Move
Aug26

bKL in Beijing: Animation Starting to Move

Today we continue a new 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...

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200 North Michigan Tops Out
Aug25

200 North Michigan Tops Out

As they say in Wisconsin, “That’s all the further she goes.” MiLa, the skyscraper formerly known as 200 North Michigan, has topped out.  Loop Spy Daniel hit our tip line to let us know, and it was confirmed by architect Thomas Kerwin over at bKL Architecture. Like bKL’s other recently topped-out tower, Wolf Point West, MiLa stands impossibly straight and tall, as if peering over a precipice.  But instead of...

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Sun Rises in the East; River North Gets Another Residential Tower
Aug24

Sun Rises in the East; River North Gets Another Residential Tower

It must be a day ending in “Y” because we have news about a residential tower in River North.  640 North Wells has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission, bringing the number of new residential skyscrapers greenlit for River North this year to 7,854. 640 North Wells will replace hyper-sarcastic mock diner Ed Debevic’s, a perennial favorite of tourists looking to get roughed up in the big city in a Disney-safe...

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Coming Soon to a Loop Near You: 130 North Franklin
Aug24

Coming Soon to a Loop Near You: 130 North Franklin

Late last week the Chicago Plan Commission gave its nod to the construction of 130 North Franklin, the faceted, fascinating, Krueck+Sexton office tower that is going to put yet another surface parking lot out of our misery. As described on the K&S web site, it’s the first Chicago project by New York developer Tishman Speyer since the economy ate itself in 2008. The exact height of this skyscraper has been something of a...

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Goettsch’s Park Tower Gets Thumb’s Up in SFO
Aug24

Goettsch’s Park Tower Gets Thumb’s Up in SFO

Today we begin a new 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...

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Another Familiar Name Being Erased from Michigan Avenue
Aug21

Another Familiar Name Being Erased from Michigan Avenue

Many a preservationist feather was ruffled when the “Santa Fe” sign was taken off the top of the Railway Exchange Building and replaced with a big Motorola sign when Motorola Solutions moved into 224 South Michigan Avenue.  Now the building two doors down is losing its heritage sign.  The “BorgWarner” is coming off the former BorgWarner building.  The permit says it all: INSPECT EXISTING BORG WARNER SIGN...

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After a Decade of Lumbering Progress, Cedar Gets Axed by Viceroy
Aug21

After a Decade of Lumbering Progress, Cedar Gets Axed by Viceroy

The Cedar Hotel (or Hotel Cedar, depending on how you read its sign) is finally going to be brought into the 21st century. The red brick building at 1118 North State Street has served mostly as a bar for the greater part of a decade. The Chicago Plan Commission has approved a proposal to turn it into a Viceroy Hotel. Until recently, Chicago already had a Viceroy Hotel — the S.R.O. on Union Park that was recently renovated at a cost of...

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Status Update: Xavier Moving Toward Completion at 625 West Division
Aug21

Status Update: Xavier Moving Toward Completion at 625 West Division

The 18-story residential high rise now known as Xavier continues to hurtle towards its Fall opening. The design by GREC Architects is bringing 240 homes to 625 West Division Street, an area rich with urban renewal following the tear-downs in the Cabrini Green neighborhood. A prime piece of real estate situated directly across the street from the new Target store, the 244,000-square-foot building will include ground-floor retail space...

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Status Update: 4 East Elm
Aug20

Status Update: 4 East Elm

The apartment building is the king of downtown Chicago development right now.  But there are still a few modest condominium blocks popping up here and there.  One of them is 4 East Elm, the Gold Coast pile that will put its residents in the middle of the action without actually having very many neighbors. At just 27 stories tall, Four may not have the height of its nearby neighbors, but it still manages to deliver epic views by taking...

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Throwback Thursday: All About the Daley Center
Aug20

Throwback Thursday: All About the Daley Center

We publish a lot of statistics about Chicago’s newest up-and-coming skyscrapers.  But today, we take a look back half a century at the building once known as Chicago Civic Center, now called the Richard J. Daley Center. With that in mind, here is an early 1960s firehose after the photo gallery: Architect: Jacques Brownson Architecture firm: C.F. Murphy Associates Architecture firm: Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill Architecture...

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