Status Update: Pan’s Aerie Labyrinth
Sep02

Status Update: Pan’s Aerie Labyrinth

In Greek mythology, Arkadia is the home of the god Pan.  If Pan lived at our Arkadia at 765 West Adams Street in Greektown, he was most certainly have his labyrinth at the very top.  And that’s what this photo by our own Bill Motchan shows—the top of Arkadia, topped off, but still very much under construction. The 33-story tower was designed by FitzGerald Associates, and is being developed by White Oak Realty Partners, which...

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All About the New Skyscraper at 720 North LaSalle
Sep02

All About the New Skyscraper at 720 North LaSalle

  Last week, we were the first to tell you that the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a new residential tower at 720 North LaSalle Street, replacing downtown Chicago's venerable, googie-riffic Howard Johnson's motel. When the paperwork was originally filed with the city back in April, it was a 38-story tower.  What was approved last week was a slightly smaller building - 35 floors, and 382 feet tall.  The...

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McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points
Aug25

McPier Plan Progresses as Prairie People Press Parking, Pileups and Pocket Parks Points

  The scaled-back plan to build a new hotel, a data center, and an arena on the edge of the Prairie Avenue District is marching forward, with proposals for two of the three components already in McPier’s hands. This past Friday was the deadline for companies to submit their proposals to the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (“McPier”) for the new Marriott Marquis hotel and the Events Center.  Earlier...

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A Half-Dozen Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Roosevelt University’s Vertical Campus
Aug23

A Half-Dozen Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Roosevelt University’s Vertical Campus

I don’t recall much about the view from the window of my dorm room in college. It was the fourth floor of the blocky, plain vanilla Hudson Hall at the University of Missouri-Columbia. What I can definitely say is there wasn’t much comparison to what I saw last week during a tour of Roosevelt University’s “vertical campus” at 425 South Wabash Avenue. It was a stunning view of Lake Michigan to the east from somewhere north of 20 stories...

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Here Comes 151 North Franklin
Aug22

Here Comes 151 North Franklin

John Buck Company’s new office tower at 151 North Franklin Street is about to become reality. The Walgreen’s store that currently occupies the lot at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Franklin closes for good at 5:00pm today.  Employees confirm it is being torn down to make way for the new skyscraper. Loop Spy Dan went by there yesterday and talked to some construction-looking workers who also confirmed that...

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Are These the First Baby Steps of a New Skyscraper?
Aug22

Are These the First Baby Steps of a New Skyscraper?

For more than a decade we’ve been keeping an eye on the vacant lot at 300 West Washington Street wondering how a Grade A Prime Kobe-quality real estate like this can remain a vacant lot for so long. The most recent plan approved by the city for this parcel was back in 2004 when the green light was given to build a parking lot here.  But it never happened, and the city revoked its permission in 2011. Before that, in 1997 the city...

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Status Update: The Location of 805 North LaSalle
Aug22

Status Update: The Location of 805 North LaSalle

Have you noticed the signs around the construction site at 805 North LaSalle Street?  They’re not so much signs as giant ransom notes spelling out “Location” like a 1980′s art director who’s just fired up MacWrite for the first time. San Francisco font aside, what developer Smithfield Properties is trying to accomplish here is a great idea.  It calls the concept “affordable luxury.”  We call...

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At Long Last, OneEleven West Wacker Gets Its Coming Out Party
Aug21

At Long Last, OneEleven West Wacker Gets Its Coming Out Party

The transformation of OneEleven West Wacker from ugly duckling to elegant swan is now complete. Related Midwest threw a coming out party for its 60-story residential tower on Wednesday night.  Business is already booming for the gleaming new Loop property, in a bull rental market. In fact, OneEleven has already hit the 50 percent leased milestone just six weeks after opening its doors. That speaks to the demand for rental units in...

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Status Update: Buildings Old and New
Aug21

Status Update: Buildings Old and New

If you want to see Chicago’s landmarks adoption program at work, head over to the new residential skyscraper going up at 212 West Illinois Street. There you’ll see the familiar sight of rows of mathematically correct balconies hanging from a concrete frame atop a parking podium.  Then look next door and see an old Chicago Fire Station from 1887. Right now it’s boarded up, but the developer, Illinois Franklin...

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Status Update: Laying Loews in Streeterville
Aug20

Status Update: Laying Loews in Streeterville

So, have you seen the Loews Hotel tower lately?  It seems that all the fears people had about this building were unfounded, and we should have just trusted friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz. The building’s skin is mostly complete, and from a distance you can really get a good sense of what the finished building will look like.  It’s tall.  It’s stoic.  It’s corporate, but still classy.  It’s...

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