Near the Top of Willis Tower, Lunch With a View Awaits Members Of The Metropolitan Club
Nov25

Near the Top of Willis Tower, Lunch With a View Awaits Members Of The Metropolitan Club

When you think about it, the skyscraper offers an awe-inspiring view for both the person looking up from street level, and of course, those who look down from above. The view from up on high is definitely dramatic—even if you’re not at the very top. Take for example, the Metropolitan Club on the 66th and 67th floors of the Willis Tower (233 South Wacker Drive). It’s only two-thirds of the way up, but the Chicago skyline from that...

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Jewel Tower Scans With Plan Commission, Heads to City Hall’s Express Checkout
Nov20

Jewel Tower Scans With Plan Commission, Heads to City Hall’s Express Checkout

Just hours after the general public was given its first taste of the proposed new skyscraper and supermarket planned for the Gold Coast, the Chicago Plan Commission scanned it, threw it in a plastic bag and sent it off to the full city council for its rubber stamp of approval. It was just 44 hours and 18 minutes earlier that a packed crowd of neighbors gathered at the Thompson Hotel to see pictures of the proposed development at 1200...

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The Edgewater Beach Apartments Offer A Lake View And A Link To The Past
Nov20

The Edgewater Beach Apartments Offer A Lake View And A Link To The Past

Every new apartment development seems to focus on amenities like a media room, rooftop deck, outdoor grilling, dog run and tech center. The only thing they can’t offer is history. There is one remarkable old north side building that does: the Edgewater Beach Apartments. The 300-unit co-op apartment building at 5555 North Sheridan Road is on the National Register of Historic Places. It opened in 1928 and hardly looks like it’s...

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Gold Coast’s New Jewel Tower Gets Roughed
Nov19

Gold Coast’s New Jewel Tower Gets Roughed

When the final audience speaker of the evening praises Chicago’s NIMBY attitude for keeping the city honest and inhabitable, it might be hard to get a good read on the proceedings of a community meeting. Nevertheless, Tuesday evening a capacity room debated the merits and drawbacks of the new Jewel flagship store and 390-unit apartment tower proposed to replace the existing Gold Coast store at 1200 North Clark Street. The...

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Tip-Top-Tap Renovation To Restore The Grand Old Allerton Hotel To Former Glory
Nov11

Tip-Top-Tap Renovation To Restore The Grand Old Allerton Hotel To Former Glory

I remember 50 years ago when my parents took me to New York City for the first time and I saw the Pan Am Building, the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. The majesty, the character, the size and scope of those iconic buildings was a memory I’ve carried for many years. Not long after that trip to Manhattan, we made the trek from tiny O’Fallon, Illinois to Chicago for the first time. Of course, I remember the Tribune...

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Status Update: How Does Your Hilton Garden Inn Grow?
Nov11

Status Update: How Does Your Hilton Garden Inn Grow?

The Hilton Garden Inn planed at 66 East Wacker Place by GDS Companies continues its beanstalk act.  Loop Spy Nathan sent in these photos showing that what was once thought to be a dead-end alley mere months ago has been transformed into the skeleton of a very narrow skyscraper. When complete, the 26-story limited-service hotel designed by GREC Architects will have 191 rooms, a bar, and a subterranean fitness/business area. These...

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Block37 Residences Has its Official Groundbreaking Sans Ground
Oct30

Block37 Residences Has its Official Groundbreaking Sans Ground

The new apartment tower being perched atop the Block37 mall, transportation, and office complex had its official groundbreaking ceremony yesterday.  But what do you do when you want to have a groundbreaking and there’s no ground to break?  Chips and dip in the pedway. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Milosh Kosanovich was there as the CIM Group hosted 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and a gaggle of real estate types at...

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Wanda Gets Stacked
Oct30

Wanda Gets Stacked

The picture of the new 1,150-foot multi-use tower at 301 North Field Boulevard/375 East Wacker Drive is getting clearer.  No, new drawings haven’t surfaced.  But a very trusted little birdie who’s in a position to know things, and whom in the history of this blog has yet to lead us astray, has chirped a few sweet nothings into our tip line. We already knew the building was 89-stories tall.  That’s what Mr. Wanda told...

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Waving a Magic Wanda
Oct29

Waving a Magic Wanda

Are you the sort of person who enjoys rejection? Need to feel like everybody hates you?  Well, have I got a way to feed your beast.  Start asking Chicago’s leading architects and developers about the Wanda Tower.  You’ll get the door slammed in your face faster than a ketchup salesman in Wrigley Field. Ever since the richest man in China put out a press release stating that he was going to build an 11-hundred-foot-tall...

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The Story of O: Three Buildings in One
Oct23

The Story of O: Three Buildings in One

Chicago is a city of Big O’s. Entertainment had its Oprah. Politics has its Obama. And architecture has Lakeshore East Building O. Since we broke the news of Building O (201 North Columbus Drive) several weeks ago, there has been a lot of interest in what it will become. The time has arrived to spill some beans. The 642-foot-tall building is broken into four components. At the base are a pair of hotel lobbies, a residential lobby, and...

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