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Will a Gold Coast Tower Light Up Our Lives?
Apr15

Will a Gold Coast Tower Light Up Our Lives?

You know how people hate when Chicago’s skyline gets messed with?  Especially since it’s recently become festooned with corporate logos and light-up doodads?  Well, this should put some people’s teeth on edge: ADD LED ROPE LIGHTING TO SOFFITS ON 47 FLOORS It’s part of an electrical permit for 111 East Chestnut, formerly known as the Élysées Condominiums.   “Élysées” as in the famous Parisian palace,...

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Slice of Life: Flag in the Fog
Apr13

Slice of Life: Flag in the Fog

If you’re one of the people who have the privilege of living or working in one of Chicago’s skyscrapers, you may have had the opportunity to observe the strange things that the fog rolling in off of Lake Michigan can do to the cityscape. Loop Spy Daniel sent in this photo he took a while ago showing the Chicago metropolis erased by mist, save for a lone flagpole and the 900 North Michigan building. This article is the...

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Status Update: 18th and Prairie
Apr10

Status Update: 18th and Prairie

Demolition crews are busy massacring an old warehouse and a surface parking lot in the Prairie Avenue District, turning them in to Chicago’s newest townhome development. The project at East 18th Street and South Prairie Avenue is happening where the award-winning Lucien Lagrange-designed XO residential towers failed to take off. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell passed by and found heavy equipment tearing the...

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Status Update: 1333 and 1345 South Wabash
Apr10

Status Update: 1333 and 1345 South Wabash

It’s been a while since we checked in on the pair of residential buildings going up at 1333 and 1345 South Wabash Avenue in the South Loop.  You’ll remember that both are being developed by CMK Companies, but not simultaneously.  When CMK acquired the 1333 property, the owner of 1345 didn’t feel like selling his lot.  And by the time he came around, 1333 was already well underway, so 1345 will have to be a 15-story...

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Naysayers Say Nay to Hancock Center Name Change
Apr08

Naysayers Say Nay to Hancock Center Name Change

Chicago’s most influential neighborhood group is giving a big fat raspberry to plans to sell naming rights to the city’s iconic John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue). NIMBY group SOAR has fired off a letter to 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti letting them  know that they are opposed to a scheme by the Hearn Company to sell the name of the building to the highest bidder.  The...

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Status Update: The Curve on the Kennedy
Apr08

Status Update: The Curve on the Kennedy

It was with a great sigh of relief that architecture enthusiasts greeted the design of 171 North Halsted Street when it was presented to the public just about a year ago.  Well, keep exhaling because the building you loved on paper is well on its way to becoming a concrete and steel reality. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell went a calling recently and found  the hardware store that was once there is long gone, the...

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151 North Franklin Forging Ahead, Could Break Ground This Fall
Apr07

151 North Franklin Forging Ahead, Could Break Ground This Fall

  Remember that great big blue skyscraper that the John Buck Company wanted to build at the corner of North Franklin  and West Randolph Streets?  The one that they shut down a Walgreens and a Chinese take-out joint to build, but to date nothing has happened?  Well, stuff’s happening; you just can’t see it. Loop Spy Dan shared a bit of information with us straight from the developer, that one major tenant is already...

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Status Update: Wolf Point West Growing Like a Weed
Apr06

Status Update: Wolf Point West Growing Like a Weed

Spring is here, and as your lawn fights the crabgrass for sunlight one thing is true: Left to fend for itself, the weeds will win.  The same is true of downtown Chicago skyscrapers, where Wolf Point West, amply watered on three sides by the Chicago River and nurtured every day by teams of construction workers, is growing like a weed in the downtown skyscraper lawn. Loop Spy Len sent in this photo of Wolf Point he took from the Green...

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In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not
Apr03

In The Year The Cubs Finally Seem Ready, Wrigley Is Not

When I wandered around Wrigley Field (1060 West Addison Street) last fall, just after our beloved bleachers were reduced to scrap, I marveled at the task at hand, impressed such destruction could be rebuilt in time for Opening Day 2015. Well, send me to Triple AAA and call me naïve. Because sure enough, as you no doubt are aware by now, nary a fan shall catch a home run ball within the Friendly Confines until at least May. In...

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Facelift Envisioned for Gold Coast Building You Didn’t Even Know Was Important
Apr01

Facelift Envisioned for Gold Coast Building You Didn’t Even Know Was Important

  If you follow the high-stakes game of Gold Coast Musical Chairs that plays out in the real estate pages of Crain’s Chicago Business, then you’ve probably heard that Urban Outfitters is moving out of its longtime home at 935 North Rush Street, and ultra-lux boutiques Versace and Dior are moving in.  But what you may not have heard is that the building may get a whole new look. Marketing materials offered by Cushman...

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