Time To Get A Slice of The Sinclair
Apr03

Time To Get A Slice of The Sinclair

If our story three years ago showing The Sinclair residential tower represented as a layer cake had you salivating, there’s good news.  You can soon live inside the confection of your dreams. Pre-leasing has begun at The Sinclair, the 35-story residential tower Fifield is putting up at 1201 North LaSalle Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood.  This coincides with the topping-out (topping-off?) of the SCB design that...

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Visualizing The Carillon in River North
Mar28

Visualizing The Carillon in River North

The backers of the new mixed-use skyscraper proposed just off Michigan Avenue are trying to drum up support.  To that end, they’re letting the public in on more details of their plans for a 60-story building at 40 East Superior Street. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly hosted a public information meeting about the building last week.  If you weren’t able to go, we’ve reproduced the most interesting slides from the...

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Willis Ups the Ante in the Battle of Chicago Observatories
Mar24

Willis Ups the Ante in the Battle of Chicago Observatories

If cats could vote in travel magazine polls, chances are they’d make Chicago the #1 city they’d want to visit.  If you’re a cat owner, you already know why: Cats love to go to high places and look down on everyone else.  And Chicago has no shortage of perfect public perches. One of those perches has announced plans it hopes will sway people to choose its lofty heights over the competing options.  It’s the...

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Chicago About to Lose Another Skyscraper Title
Mar21

Chicago About to Lose Another Skyscraper Title

One of the great things about living in Chicago’s John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue) is the pool.  Sure, there are lots of skyscrapers in Chicago with their own pools, but the Hancock’s is different in three key ways: It’s inside, so you can use it all year It’s a real full-sized pool, not one of these decorative wading ponds that developers opt for these days It’s on the 44th floor That...

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1035 West Van Buren Gets a Name and a Date
Mar21

1035 West Van Buren Gets a Name and a Date

The new residential block flanking the Eisenhower Expressway is just a few months away from taking a bow.  1035 West Van Buren Street has narrowed down its occupancy date to August, just five months from now.  It also has a real name: Landmark West Loop. The location of the Morris Adjmi Architects-designed building is in the more residential area of the rapidly transforming Near West Side, so it has all the benefits of proximity to...

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It’s Not the Bat Signal Shining Over the South Loop Tonight
Mar20

It’s Not the Bat Signal Shining Over the South Loop Tonight

For the past couple of nights, there’s been a red glow in the night sky over the South Loop.  It isn’t some new super hero in tight pants and cape looking for trouble.  It’s the new Marriott Marquis hotel at McCormick Place. The hotel is going to open this fall, but wants to make a splash early, so the red display is intended to get your attention and remind you that there’s a new skyscraper in town.  When it...

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New Tower For 110 North Wacker Sails Through City Commission
Mar17

New Tower For 110 North Wacker Sails Through City Commission

No time has been wasted in kicking the flat, shed-like office slab at 110 North Wacker Drive to the curb, and replacing it with a shiny new skyscraper. Yesterday the Chicago Plan Commission approved the notion from Howard Hughes Corporation and Riverside Investment and Development to replace the squatty mid-century relic with something more befitting the value of the land upon which it sits. The new building designed by Goettsch...

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Hotel That Made Neighbors Red Gets Green Light From City
Mar14

Hotel That Made Neighbors Red Gets Green Light From City

The controversial hotel that New York developer Tishman Realty wants to shoehorn into Streeterville has been given its first permits from the City of Chicago. FOUNDATION ONLY FOR A PROPOSED 18 STORY 336 KEY HOTEL TO INCLUDE BASEMENT AND GROUND FLOOR SLAB AS PER PLANS. The new limited service Aloft Chicago Mag Mile, designed by Valerio Dewalt Train, replaces the old Museum of Contemporary Art building at 237 East Ontario Street.  The...

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River North, Meet Marlowe, Your New 15-Story Neighbor
Mar13

River North, Meet Marlowe, Your New 15-Story Neighbor

Last week we gave you an update on the office building at 676 North LaSalle that’s being converted to apartments, and getting a new addition, doubling its size.  Now its next door neighbor, 675 North Wells Street, has decided it no longer wants to be a surface parking lot and is going to try to make more of itself. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly spilled the beans about 675 in a letter to constituents he sent out on Friday....

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Alta Roosevelt Climbs Above Its Neighbors
Mar07

Alta Roosevelt Climbs Above Its Neighbors

Wood Partners‘ latest skyscraper is making its mark in the South Loop skyline. Alta Roosevelt (801 South Financial Place) has climbed higher than most of its immediate neighbors, and is at that point in its development where it simply cannot be ignored. Joe Zekas from YoChicago! sent us the photograph above, showing just how far the Pappageorge Haymes-designed residential block has come since it wriggled to the surface of the...

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