Planned Michigan Avenue Hotel Asks For More Height
Jul08

Planned Michigan Avenue Hotel Asks For More Height

A Michigan Avenue building that never lived up to its potential may finally do so — and then some.  168 North Michigan Avenue was built back in 1916 as the headquarters of the Federal Life Insurance Company.  It was designed by Marshall and Fox to be 16 stories tall, but only made it to 12.  Even so, when the building opened, it was considered a showcase of modern aesthetics and luxury appointments. In modern times, it was known as...

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Scaffolding Coming Down at the Bush Temple of Music
Jul06

Scaffolding Coming Down at the Bush Temple of Music

One of downtown Chicago’s most beautiful buildings is beautiful once more. Near North Spy Joel tickled our Tip Line with the photo above showing the scaffolding coming down from around Flats No. 800, formerly known as The Bush Temple of Music at 800 North Clark Street. The restoration of the building’s intricate facade is part of the city’s Adopt-a-Landmark program.  Cedar Street is turning the 1901 headquarters and...

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Chicago’s NEXT Apartment Tower Arriving Three Months Early
Jul06

Chicago’s NEXT Apartment Tower Arriving Three Months Early

Here’s something we don’t see every day.  Or week.  Or year.  It’s an announcement from Fifield Companies that its newest residential tower, NEXT (347 West Chestnut Street), is going to open — get this — three months early.  Not since the puppet bicycle took to the Loop have so many downtown observers done a double-take. Ordinarily, developers like to be vague about construction milestones.  After all, nobody wants...

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Awesome Bird’s Eye View of Streeterville’s Marriott Autograph Hotel
Jun28

Awesome Bird’s Eye View of Streeterville’s Marriott Autograph Hotel

Life is rough for pigeons.  Between shivering through a Chicago winter and dodging rats trying to gnaw your feet off, there’s not a lot good about being a bird in this city.  Except for the whole flying thing.  That’s awesome. And thanks to Streeterville Spy Paul we get to see what the pigeons see when they look down on the construction of the new Marriott Autograph Hotel at 228 East Ontario Street. When complete, it will...

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More Cranes Nesting in the South Loop
Jun27

More Cranes Nesting in the South Loop

The South Loop has always been a good location for cranespotting.  And with construction of 801 South Financial kicking into high gear, it just got better. Two different people sent in pictures of cranes putting up the new cranes for the -story residential building.  The photo at the top is from South Loop Spy Chuck, and down below we have Joe Zekas from YoChicago!. The new tower from Wood Partners out of Atlanta will be 33-stories...

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Residences Rising at 8 East Huron
Jun27

Residences Rising at 8 East Huron

This past winter we were the first to tell you that a new residential tower was coming to 8 East Huron Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast.  And now it’s officially under construction. Eight East Huron is a project by CA Ventures, designed by Valero Dewalt Train Associates (the “build or die” people). It should max out around 300 feet (290 to the roof + mechanical), which is pretty good considering the tiny...

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Ascend Real Estate Group Finds its Niche in Near North
Jun27

Ascend Real Estate Group Finds its Niche in Near North

The rapid re-population of the greater Carbrini Green area is getting a boost from its newest skyscraper — Niche 905 at 905 North Orleans Street.  Technically, 905 is just across the street from the Cabrini border, in the Near North Side neighborhood, but it contributes to the growing vitality of this neighborhood’s modern-day renaissance. Niche 905’s ceremonial topping-out event was held recently, as the 18-story building...

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Crane’s Down, Time to Start Leasing at 1333 South Wabash
Jun27

Crane’s Down, Time to Start Leasing at 1333 South Wabash

The latest residential tower in the South Loop is ready to take your money. The construction of 1333 South Wabash is far enough along that Luxury Living Chicago Realty is now doing deals so that people can move in to its 305 homes around the middle of August. 1333 is a 28-story residential tower designed by Brininstool+Lynch and developed by CMK Companies.  Originally approved by the city in 2008, construction began in 2013....

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Gold Coast Tower Already Under Construction Asks to Grow Taller — Again
Jun24

Gold Coast Tower Already Under Construction Asks to Grow Taller — Again

  It’s not unheard of for the developer of a Chicago skyscraper to ask the city for permission to build a little taller after the plans have already been filed and approved.  It is unusual, however, for a developer to ask for more height after the building is already substantially under construction. That’s what’s happening over at No. 9 Walton, where JDL Development wants to add an additional two stories to its...

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Streeterville Ready to Soar With New Player on East Illinois Street
Jun20

Streeterville Ready to Soar With New Player on East Illinois Street

The big chatter in Streeterville architectural circles over the weekend was the arrival of heavy equipment in the vacant lot at the corner of East Illinois Street and North Park Drive, across from the AMC Theaters.  It’s the first indication that work is getting ready to commence on the skyscraper currently known as 465 North Park Drive. Both Streeterville Spy Joel and Streeterville Spy F. hit our Tip Line with pictures of the...

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