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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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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Slice of Life: Throwing Oak Street a Curve
Sep29

Slice of Life: Throwing Oak Street a Curve

What’s a day at the beach without a fisheye lens, a panorama-enabled camera, and the HDR cranked up to 11?  Loop Spy Eric sent in this slice of life which combines all those things, giving us a unique view of the notorious Oak Street S-Curve.   Location: Lake Shore Drive, Gold Coast This article is the result of photos sent in by someone just like you. If you see something interesting in your neighborhood, e-mail your phone...

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Lubing Up the Paddles to Give Old Cook County Hospital One Last Jolt
Sep29

Lubing Up the Paddles to Give Old Cook County Hospital One Last Jolt

With October upon us, around the country countless carneys are busy setting up seasonal haunted houses.  And one of the most popular themes is the abandoned hospital.  But Chicago doesn’t need an army of carneys to erect a house of horrors, because the city has its own massive, scary-looking abandoned hospital just a stone’s throw from downtown. But after years of absorbing rain and pigeon droppings, the first baby steps...

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Status Update: Hilton’s Garden Inn Starts to Bloom
Sep23

Status Update: Hilton’s Garden Inn Starts to Bloom

The new Hilton Garden Inn sprouting at 66 East Wacker Place is undergoing a growth spurt.  The soon-to-be 26-story hotel being built for GDS Companies is already up to its 11th floor, according to photos from Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell. The building was designed by GREC Architects, which describes it thusly: Located on a very compact site between two landmark structures – the Chicago Motor Club and the...

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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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Construction Workers Busy as Beavers at Cabrini Green
Sep17

Construction Workers Busy as Beavers at Cabrini Green

An Oregon real estate developer is beavering along with its first project in Chicago. 625 West Division in Goose Island will be a 240-unit apartment building when it’s completed in May of next year.  Gerding Edlen Development is hoping to land LEED Gold status for the 18-story building designed by GREC Architects. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell captured these scenes of construction work well underway on the...

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A Gold Coast Groundbreaking at State and Elm [u]
Sep16

A Gold Coast Groundbreaking at State and Elm [u]

  Construction of a new residential tower is underway in Chicago’s Gold Coast. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held for 4 East Elm (1147 North State Street/4 East Elm Street) earlier today. Designed by friends-of-the-blog, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the 335-foot-tall, 27-story tower will feature just 35 residences. And instead of being a square, the western side of the building is angled inward, providing those rooms with views...

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McHugh Outlines its Plan for a new Hotel and Retail Space Connected to McCormick Place
Sep15

McHugh Outlines its Plan for a new Hotel and Retail Space Connected to McCormick Place

It was a packed house at tonight’s meeting hosted by the Prairie District Neighborhood Alliance, where McHugh Construction’s detailed its plans for a proposed hotel and retail complex at 111 East Cermak Road on Monday evening at Hyatt McCormick Place. Lead architect Joe Antunovich provided commentary and color, describing the development as “a landmark project in our city.” In fact, the Landmark Commission has already had its...

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