Proposed Wacker Drive Tower Beefs Up Before It’s Built
Dec18

Proposed Wacker Drive Tower Beefs Up Before It’s Built

As the nation’s obesity crisis afflicts more and more of our young people, a new victim has been identified as suffering from unexpected, premature girth:  The proposed skyscraper at 110 North Wacker Drive. This once svelte shaft of glass and steel that is intended to replace the old General Growth Properties headquarters building has unexpectedly bulked out, adding 100,000 square feet to the 50-something-story tower, while...

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Alderman Sends Three-Tower Lakeshore East Plan Back to the Drawing Board
Dec13

Alderman Sends Three-Tower Lakeshore East Plan Back to the Drawing Board

Remember that sultry, silvery sliver of a skyscraper that you lusted after during the summer?  Well, the gales of December have blown in, and you can just forget about her. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has informed Magellan Development and LendLease that their proposed three-tower plan for completing the northeast corner of Lakeshore East is a non-starter. Mr. Reilly says he received hundreds of comments from his constituents...

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Here’s Why the Army May Scuttle Plans to Build a 51-Story Tower in The Loop
Dec07

Here’s Why the Army May Scuttle Plans to Build a 51-Story Tower in The Loop

A few days before Thanksgiving, the local office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a notice on its web site.  It’s not one of the usual places that one looks for architecture news, so it took a few weeks for the notice to surface. (We’ve copied as much of the thing as we could below for your convenience.  Full PDF version here.) What it says is that the army is looking into the proposal to build a 51-story...

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Video: Proposed Tribune Mega-Project Turned Into Animated Eye Candy
Dec06

Video: Proposed Tribune Mega-Project Turned Into Animated Eye Candy

If you’ve been salivating over the prospect of Tribune Media (soon to be Sinclair Broadcasting) pulling off its proposed $700 million “technology campus” along the Chicago River, then grab another napkin. A new video has hit YouTube showing what the Trib and Riverside Investment’s 700 at the River District project could look like. The animation delivers quite a visual punch, giving viewers a fighting chance at...

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Alderman Stalls One Chicago Square Towers
Dec05

Alderman Stalls One Chicago Square Towers

Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins has asked that the $700 million One Chicago Square project be scotched from the agenda for the Chicago Plan Commission’s December 21st meeting.  At that meeting, the commissioners could have approved the project, which would have sent it sailing through the rest of city council and on to the construction phase. Citing intense interest, and the sheer size of the project, which would build...

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Meeting Tonight Could Determine if Spectre Looms Over West Loop
Nov29

Meeting Tonight Could Determine if Spectre Looms Over West Loop

The murky waters at the corner of Green and Lake should clear later today, when real estate developer Shapack Partners unveils its latest plan for the chunk of land in the hot West Town neighborhood. There have been several proposals for this location recently, including one approved by the city just a few years ago for a 14-story office building. The most recent proposal, called “Spectre,” surfaced two months ago....

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Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60
Nov14

Renelle on the River Pushes Chicago’s Flock of Cranes to 60

The city of Chicago reached a milestone today.  With the erection of the tower crane at Belgravia Group’s Renelle on the River, that makes 60 tower cranes in the Chicago sky. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a noted fan of tower cranes, visited the site of the bKL-designed building person to mark the occasion. While Census Bureau numbers show Chicago’s population dwindling, downtown’s residential, hotel, and office development...

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Checking In On 168 North Michigan
Nov13

Checking In On 168 North Michigan

Today we’re checking in on 168 North Michigan, because it looks like it will be a long time before anyone else checks in at the hotel that’s supposed to be going in this space. 168 has been the subject of many big plans, and a metric ton of pigeon droppings, ever since Greece’s Atlantic Bank left the building close to a decade ago.  It’s currently being converted into a 200+ room “independent lifestyle...

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Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point
Nov09

Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point

There’s something to be said for a rainy autumn day in Chicago.  Something about the drizzle pattering off the pale yellow leaves of the few remaining ash trees in the city’s medians.  And the low-hanging clouds that turn the city of skyscrapers into a busy village.  And then there’s the mud. The people at Wolf Point know about mud.  You may remember last month the hole being dug for Pelli Clarke Pelli’s East...

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Now Open: Landmark West Loop
Nov06

Now Open: Landmark West Loop

Another Near West Side residential building recently celebrated its grand opening.  Landmark West Loop actually started welcoming residents at the beginning of August with a soft opening, but now things are officially official. The building is conveniently located on the banks of the Eisenhower Expressway, across the highway from the U.I.C. campus, and across the street from Target.  It’s also just six blocks from the West Loop....

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