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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Status Update: Halsted South of Armitage
Sep15

Status Update: Halsted South of Armitage

The long-vacant lot on the east side of North Halsted Street just south of Armitage Avenue is now under construction.  The former tbree-story building at 1927 North Halsted was demolished in 2005, and since then the fairly large parcel has been an uncharacteristically empty space with a nice fence. Our photographer Daniel Schell brings us these pictures of construction crews working on the basement of the new building.  It will be two...

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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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Status Update: Wolf Point Rocks.  No, Really.
Sep11

Status Update: Wolf Point Rocks. No, Really.

We know you love Wolf Point.  We love it, too.  And if the numbers provided to us by Google prove anything, it’s that you can’t get enough of those sweet sweet Wolf Point construction photos.  Well, you’re in luck, my slobbering friend. One of our anonymous downtown spies sent in a bunch of new Wolf Point photos, and man things are chugging right along.  The whole site has been surrounded by stones along the...

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Status Update: The New Chinatown Library
Sep08

Status Update: The New Chinatown Library

The City of Chicago’s latest library is taking shape down in Chinatown.  The new Chinatown Branch Library (2100 South Wentworth Avenue) is going up on a triangle-shaped piece of land that used to be a parking lot a block north of the CTA Red Line station.  Our Daniel Schell took these photos showing the steel framework which will help the main portion of the building assume its final shape — a three-sided oval. Not...

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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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