Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 3 — There Goes the Sun
Dec23

Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 3 — There Goes the Sun

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. The Sunbelt Tower (460 North Columbus Drive) comes from friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners, and is featured in their monograph.  It was slated to go in the slot just north of the NBC Tower (454 North Columbus Drive).  Sadly, today it remains a surface parking...

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Virgin Hotel Chicago Officially a Thing
Dec22

Virgin Hotel Chicago Officially a Thing

Congratulations to the Virgin Hotel Chicago, for actually starting to exist. For more than two years now, we’ve chronicled the transformation of the former Dearborn Bank Building at 203 North Wabash Avenue into the world’s first Virgin Hotel.  The first reservations are being taken for January 15th, 2015, though we’ve been told that the hotel will be open in December, so perhaps it’s already welcoming visitors?...

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A Touch of New York Approved for Streeterville
Dec18

A Touch of New York Approved for Streeterville

Today the Chicago Plan Commission breathed new life into the city’s skyline by approving the construction of 451 East Grand. The 65-story residential tower is being developed by friends-of-the-blog, Related Midwest, which is the Midwest outpost of New York’s Related Companies. The skyscraper destined for a plot of land near the lake’s edge in Streeterville was designed by New York architecture heavyweight Robert A.M....

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Wanda Tower Loses One Floor, Internet Loses its Mind
Dec18

Wanda Tower Loses One Floor, Internet Loses its Mind

Editor’s note: It’s not often I publish an article like this, but some days when you wake up and the cats are fighting and you’re out of milk and one communist nation is making threats while another communist nation is cozying up to your government, you just need to rant a little. In the greatest MacBeth-ian tradition, this article is “A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury signifying nothing....

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Status Update: Tower Transformation in a Changing Neighborhood
Dec16

Status Update: Tower Transformation in a Changing Neighborhood

Even though it’s framed by construction elevators and festooned with plywood, the Northwestern Tower (1608 North Milwaukee Avenue) still maintains a silent dignity as it presides over the eclectic chaos that is the Milwaukee-Damen-North intersection. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell skidded by the other day to check out the progress as this 1928 neighborhood skyscraper by Perkins, Chatten & Hammond is...

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Candy Cranes: The Lights are on but No One’s Home
Dec11

Candy Cranes: The Lights are on but No One’s Home

Nobody is home yet at 200 North Michigan, the 41-story residential tower under construction at its eponymous address.  But that doesn’t mean it’s not decorated for Christmas.  Loop Spy Daniel was burning the midnight oil at the Illinois Center yesterday and sent in this photo of the 200 North Michigan tower crane all festooned with Christmas lights. The lights are both pretty, and pretty terrifying.  Imagine being the guy...

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Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 2 — Streeterville’s Sexiest Skyscraper
Dec10

Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 2 — Streeterville’s Sexiest Skyscraper

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. While the majority of our Neverbuilt projects are from the history books, this one is a fairly recently cancelled project. This was a skyscraper designed for a big-name New York financial conglomerate by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz. It was going to...

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Status Update: Ranger RIC
Dec09

Status Update: Ranger RIC

The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street) is looking more and more like a skyscraper, and less and less like a steampunk nightmare, every day. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell stopped by recently and took these photographs of the building’s progress.  It’s hard to remember that this used to be the home of CBS radio and television in Chicago, and was the...

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New West Loop Office Building Won’t Be the Expected Twin
Dec04

New West Loop Office Building Won’t Be the Expected Twin

It’s too soon to call it a “boom” (though some publications have jumped the gun on this) but office building construction certainly is picking up in downtown Chicago.  The latest building announced lands, not surprisingly, in the West Loop. Crain’s Chicago Business has the scoop on 590 West Madison, designed by friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners. It’s a 41-story combination office-over-hotel tower...

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Status Update: 200 North Michigan Rises
Dec02

Status Update: 200 North Michigan Rises

Just when you thought our devotion to chronicling every last brick and spandrel of the 200 North Michigan project was on the wane, Loop Spy Daniel comes through again. Daniel sent in new photographs taken this morning that show the construction progress on the 41-story residential block going up at the hyper-hot foot of the Magnificent Mile, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture. The photograph at the top was taken hours...

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