Idling Chicago Commuters Seeing Loop Link Progress
Sep04

Idling Chicago Commuters Seeing Loop Link Progress

When sitting in your car or on your bus watching pedestrians zoom by, it can be difficult to accept a road construction project as being anything but a nuisance. But more often than not, we can see the intention of said nuisance and know it will be worth the temporary inconvenience when all is said and done. Since March, Chicagoans have been watching the Loop Link project slow things down through the heart of the downtown business...

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As The Ronsley Gets A New Life, Its Water Tank Must Go
Sep04

As The Ronsley Gets A New Life, Its Water Tank Must Go

On the final day of August, the city issued yet another demolition permit for a Chicago water tank. This time, the subject resides atop 676 North Kingsbury Street in the River North neighborhood. Precision Excavation will handle the demo. As we documented back in June of last year, The Ronsley (known then as the Park Kingsbury Luxury Lofts) is undergoing a major rehab. While there’s a permit on the books from June 2015 for a...

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A Zombie Skyscraper Plan Thrusts Its Fist From the Loop Loam
Sep03

A Zombie Skyscraper Plan Thrusts Its Fist From the Loop Loam

It’s been about six years since we last heard anything from the plan to put a southern addition on to the residential building at 151 North Michigan Avenue known these days as Millennium Park Plaza.  And what happens every six years?  That’s right, city building permissions expire. So it is little surprise that Crain’s Chicago Business picked up on the movement of paperwork at the county level for the long and...

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707 North Wells Begins Windows Download
Sep02

707 North Wells Begins Windows Download

There’s good reason for that twinkle in your eye as you drive down Wells Street in the River North neighborhood; the new residential building at 707 North Wells has been installing windows over the last few weeks. Not the kind of windows that require a capital W and for you to completely re-learn how to use your computer though. These are the windows that will allow residents of the new building to keep an eye on all the...

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Curve on the Kennedy Now Visibly Curvy
Sep01

Curve on the Kennedy Now Visibly Curvy

What we at the Chicago Architecture Blog have taken to calling The Curve on the Kennedy (171 North Halsted Street) might conjure up nightmares for Chicago drivers. What exactly do we mean? The angled segment through Hubbard’s Cave? The constant jam as you veer west at the Edens junction? The turn at Nagle before you hit the home stretch on the way to O’Hare? Wow. Now that we list them out, we see your point. And apologize...

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833 North Clark Begins Foundation Work
Aug31

833 North Clark Begins Foundation Work

  Two weeks ago, we told you about the permits issued for 833 North Clark Street on the near north side. At the time, we noted it had been a substantial length of time since the ceremonial groundbreaking had taken place, and that only minor work had started to clear some landscaping and clean out the parking lot. Well, 833 North Clark is inactive no longer. Case Foundation crews are out there digging holes like a North Shore...

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720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens
Aug31

720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens

  It wasn’t all that long ago you could get a shower and room at 720 North LaSalle Street. What was once a Howard Johnson Inn, consider by many to be a hole-in-the-wall establishment for weary travelers seeking cheap accommodations, is now a hole-in-the-ground future residential tower by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture. Revcon Construction crews made short work of the caisson drilling, and now foundation work continues...

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England and Japan Go All Rock-Paper-Scissors on Michigan Avenue
Aug26

England and Japan Go All Rock-Paper-Scissors on Michigan Avenue

Ah, 830 North Michigan Avenue. How we remember you fondly as the birthplace of this blog. With a MacBook Pro, eleven cups of coffee, and a flaky T-Mobile data connection we sat in the second-floor windows of the Borders Cafe in this building and churned out our first blog post. Borders is long gone.  The coffee longer gone.  But the blog continues, and so does 830 North Michigan Avenue, the retail building undergoing yet another...

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River Point Slips Into Something Tight and Shiny
Aug26

River Point Slips Into Something Tight and Shiny

River Point (444 West Lake Street) has been shrouded in mystery from the get-go. We’ve been able to watch the core grow up through the center of the tower, but all the exterior work has been covered, shielding outsiders from peering in. So it was a delight to wander past River Point last week and see the curtain raised just enough to reveal its latest outfit: glass. Luxurious, curved, blue-sky-reflecting glass. According to...

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200 North Michigan Tops Out
Aug25

200 North Michigan Tops Out

As they say in Wisconsin, “That’s all the further she goes.” MiLa, the skyscraper formerly known as 200 North Michigan, has topped out.  Loop Spy Daniel hit our tip line to let us know, and it was confirmed by architect Thomas Kerwin over at bKL Architecture. Like bKL’s other recently topped-out tower, Wolf Point West, MiLa stands impossibly straight and tall, as if peering over a precipice.  But instead of...

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