“O” Yeah: Lakeshore East Getting Yet Another Huge Skyscraper
Oct02

“O” Yeah: Lakeshore East Getting Yet Another Huge Skyscraper

For almost two years I’ve been chasing a ghost.  I’ve seen glimpses of it.  Drawings.  Sketches.  A hint here, an accidentally dropped statistic there.  Some meaningful “no comments” from just the right people. Papers on a desk quickly covered up if I glanced at them too long.  Like a fat, bearded hillbilly chasing Bigfoot on basic cable, I’ve been convinced it’s real, even when other people told me...

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Northwestern Gets an Earful About the Latest Design For its Prentice Replacement
Sep30

Northwestern Gets an Earful About the Latest Design For its Prentice Replacement

The trouble with replacing an iconic, historic building is, well, nothing else quite measures up, unless it, too, is iconic and historic. The trouble with that premise is, you don’t always know how history will judge an architectural design. It’s also the challenge faced by Perkins+Will when it won the competition to create the new Northwestern University Medical Research Center (MRC2) in Streeterville. It’s on the property where the...

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545 North McClurg Good to Go; Construction to Begin Any Second Now
Sep30

545 North McClurg Good to Go; Construction to Begin Any Second Now

Gentlemen, start your bulldozer engines! The City of Chicago has issued construction permits for the foundation of 545 North McClurg, the 45-story mixed-use development formerly known as 410 East Grand. Designed by friends-of-the-blog, SCB, it is a joint project between Chicago’s Golub and Boston’s The General Investment and Development Companies.  G.I.D. describes the building thusly: The project will be constructed on...

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A Ditch Called Wanda: Early Signs that Chicago’s Next Supertall Tower Isn’t Just a Paper Tiger
Sep29

A Ditch Called Wanda: Early Signs that Chicago’s Next Supertall Tower Isn’t Just a Paper Tiger

When a massive Chinese conglomerate that most Americans have never heard of announced it was going to splash out almost a billion dollars to put up an 1,150-foot-tall tower in Lakeshore East, you could hear the critics scoffing from Berwyn to Beijing.  We’ve seen lots of proposals on paper over the years for huge projects all around downtown Chicago, and very few of them have ever made it past the press release and a...

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Emanuel Trying to Keep Chicago From Being Trumped Again
Sep29

Emanuel Trying to Keep Chicago From Being Trumped Again

Without a doubt, Donald Trump has put his stamp on Chicago thanks to the giant Trump sign adorning his namesake Trump International Hotel and Tower. Love it or despise it, the signage on the second-tallest building in the city is here to stay since both the city zoning committee and City Council signed off on it. However, in order to make sure such a loud statement is never again featured so brazenly along the Chicago River, Mayor...

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From the Mucky Banks of the Chicago River Rises Edifice Rex
Sep26

From the Mucky Banks of the Chicago River Rises Edifice Rex

Rising from a sliver of mud squeezed between a very active rail yard and the South Branch of the Chicago River is the West Loop’s newest skyscraper.  Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell stopped by the construction site for 150 North Riverside to see how things are going, and one thing is certainly leading to another. Bulldozers, cranes, excavators, and more are thrashing through the muddy loam with all the...

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McHugh Hits McPier a Clatter, Gets Blessing For Bonnie Little Lodge
Sep22

McHugh Hits McPier a Clatter, Gets Blessing For Bonnie Little Lodge

If you're part of our Twitter or Facebook feeds, then you were among the first to know that this past week the Chicago Plan Commission approved McHugh Construction's plan to build a new hotel, data center, and retail space at 111 East Cermak Road in the South Loop. Chicago Architecture Blog reporter reporter Mary Chmielewicz live-tweeted the Commission's decision which will see an Antunovich Associates-designed 25-story tower rise on...

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Status Update: What’s Driving the Chicago Motor Club Building
Sep22

Status Update: What’s Driving the Chicago Motor Club Building

Work continues to convert one of Chicago’s best art moderne office towers into a hotel.  The Chicago Motor Club Building (68 East Wacker Place) occupies a prime location just steps from the epicenter of tourist Chicago, but those few steps make a huge difference.  Few visitors, or even locals, have actually seen it in person. It’s not just this building that suffered when obscurity knocked.  When Lakeshore East was built,...

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Status Update: Here Comes the Crane Again
Sep19

Status Update: Here Comes the Crane Again

Things are moving quickly over at 200 North Michigan Avenue. How quickly? Well, it was just a couple of weeks ago we brought you these pictures of construction crews getting their gear together to plant some caissons in the Loop soil for John Buck Company’s new 41-story apartment tower.  Now the city has issued a permit for a new tower crane to be erected at 201 North Garland Court, which is the back door for 200 North Michigan...

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73 East Lake Shines Like LEED Gold
Sep19

73 East Lake Shines Like LEED Gold

Downtown Chicago is starting to bristle with shiny new skyscrapers, and one of the shiniest and newest is 73 East Lake. The 42-story tower boasts a prime location, 332 residences, and now LEED Gold status. Check the press release below for details. 73 East Lake Luxury Rental Earns LEED Gold, Tops 60 Percent Leased CHICAGO (Thursday, September 18, 2014) – 73 East Lake, a 42-story apartment building in Chicago’s East Loop, has been...

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