It’s Going to be Huge: Details and Diagrams of 451 East Grand
Sep15

It’s Going to be Huge: Details and Diagrams of 451 East Grand

  It’s big.  Really big.  Really quite big.  The biggest building to hit North Lake Shore Drive since… well… ever.  We’re talking about Realted Midwest’s 451 East Grand Avenue, the new residential tower designed by New York’s Robert A. Stern & Associates, and proposed to be built right behind Related’s first Chicago tower, the ever-so-shiny 500 Lake Shore Drive. While it’s true...

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Block37 Residences Goes From Puffery to Paperwork as Project Pulls Permits
Sep12

Block37 Residences Goes From Puffery to Paperwork as Project Pulls Permits

Block37, the downtown Chicago mall and office complex, is taking another step toward achieving its full potential.  CIM Group, the development’s owner, is moving forward with plans for an apartment tower. If this sounds familiar, it should.  Crain’s Chicago Business reported this was coming back in March of this year.  But yesterday, CIM put out a press release letting the world know it’s going to happen for...

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Northwestern Sticks a Fork in Prentice, Then Serves up a New Skyscraper Design
Sep05

Northwestern Sticks a Fork in Prentice, Then Serves up a New Skyscraper Design

  The former women’s hospital known as Prentice is well and truly gone.  Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent in this latest photograph of the demolition team wrapping up their work on what some considered a landmark building, and others considered an eyesore. Then just a day into our mourning, comes word that Northwestern University is moving forward with its plan to fill...

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Status Update: Eye on the Wolf
Sep05

Status Update: Eye on the Wolf

The first of three skyscrapers to be built at Wolf Point is growing by leaps and bounds.  Our Daniel Schell shot these pictures of the construction progress of Wolf Point West, the residential tower going up at the confluence of the Main and North branches of the Chicago River. Wolf Point West is being developed by Magellan Development and was designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture.  When it opens next year, it will have...

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McHugh’s McCormick-Area McHotel Clears a McHurdle
Sep05

McHugh’s McCormick-Area McHotel Clears a McHurdle

The Chicago Landmarks Commission has approved McHugh Development’s plan to build a 27-story hotel with attached retail space at the corner of South Michigan Avenue and East Cermak Road in the South Loop.  It’s the first of several approvals needed before construction can start on the hotel at 121 East Cermak Road. It’s proposed to have 650 rooms, a height of 320 feet, and 31,000 square feet of attached retail space....

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Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 1 — All My Spires
Sep04

Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 1 — All My Spires

Part of being creative is knowing that not every idea is a slam dunk.  The world’s most famous painters—Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and others— painted over their mistakes.  Similarly, architecture offices around Chicagoland are populated with hundreds, maybe even thousands, of models of buildings that just never got off the ground.  Putting together a skyscraper is a complicated thing, and unless the banks, the developers, the...

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Pioneer Court Thinking Inside the Box — The Glass Box, That Is
Sep03

Pioneer Court Thinking Inside the Box — The Glass Box, That Is

Michigan Avenue’s Pioneer Court at 401 North Michigan Avenue is looking to glass things up a bit with the addition of a glass box on the building’s southern edge right across from the Chicago River.  The proposed box would be part of a $25 million renovation that the Zeller Realty Group, which owns the building, is planning for the property. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, the glass box would serve as an entrance to a new...

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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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