Architecture and Art Come Together in Millennium Park
May22

Architecture and Art Come Together in Millennium Park

It’s already been built, but that doesn’t seem to matter.  Yesterday the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a temporary art pavilion in Millennium Park. Chicago Architecture Blog reporter Daniel Schell was there when the city gave the go-ahead to the project called Small Chapel for One Person or at Most a Couple.  It’s a pavilion designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects for showcasing the work of...

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New Hampton Inn Opens in Historic Chicago Skyscraper
May20

New Hampton Inn Opens in Historic Chicago Skyscraper

A decade after the last tenant turned off the lights at 68 East Wacker Place, the lights are on once again and the place is open for business.  It took $41 million and years of anticipation, but the historic Chicago Motor Club Building has been transformed into a Hampton Inn. Officially, the hotel goes by the name of the “Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown North Loop Michigan Avenue.”  It’s OK if that’s a mouthful,...

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Two Minutes of Testa’s Turbine
May20

Two Minutes of Testa’s Turbine

  When you think of the Back of the Yards neighborhood, fascinating views may not be the first thing on your mind. But YouTuber Roman Alfredo brought his quadcopter over to the Testa Produce warehouse at 4555 South Racine Avenue and took a close-up tour of the company’s iconic power turbine. Location: 4555 South Racine Avenue, Back of the Yards Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Loop Skyscraper Gets a Model’s Name
May18

Loop Skyscraper Gets a Model’s Name

They’re both modestly tall. They both have shiny skin. And now they’re both named “Mila.” The skyscraper erection at 200 North Michigan Avenue is now officially named “Mila,” just like model-turned-actress Mila Kunis.  But while the star of the Chicago-filmed Jupiter Ascending was born in southern Ukraine in the Soviet Bloc, the  skyscraper she now shares her name with was born just up the block at...

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Forget the Shovel, This New Highrise Needs a Shoehorn
May11

Forget the Shovel, This New Highrise Needs a Shoehorn

Not that many years ago, when this blog was just a toddler, the corner of North Wabash Avenue and Lower East North Water Street was a place where you’d go to hide from the world, get a cheap hamburger, and read the bulldog edition of the Sun-Times while trains crept by and the air filled with the smell of diesel and ink. The corner still exists, but the hamburger stand is in limbo.  The trains no longer roll through.  And the...

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Another GEMS Rising on the Lakeshore
May11

Another GEMS Rising on the Lakeshore

If things aren’t already muddy over at 355 East Wacker Drive, they soon will be. That’s because the first round of permits have been issued for the second GEMS World Academy hoohool building at Lakeshore East. The foundation permits were issued a few weeks ago for the school building designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture. Gems Phase II – Foundation systems only for proposed 13-story grade 5 – 12 school with...

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Zombie High Rise Ready to Muscle in on Sheridan’s Lake View
May11

Zombie High Rise Ready to Muscle in on Sheridan’s Lake View

Word from Snuffy (Really?  “Snuffy?”) via our Tip Line is that a residential tower planned for Lake View East is back from the dead. 2950 North Sheridan was approved by the city back in September of 2008.  Like so many buildings of its era, it was mothballed when the economy fudged its Huggies.  Last year, Wirtz Realty Corporation asked the city for a one-year extension on its planning permission.  That wish was granted....

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Capping the Kennedy: An Award-Winning Way to Do It
Apr24

Capping the Kennedy: An Award-Winning Way to Do It

Earlier this month we told you about a competition where architecture students were asked to come up with innovations for the Cap the Kennedy project — a proposal from real estate developer Fifield Companies to deck over the noisy expressway between Jackson Boulevard and Lake Street, replacing its exposed side with parks, restaurants, and developable space. The winning team was from Roosevelt University, which put together a plan...

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Status Update: LondonHouse Spreading Down Wacker
Apr23

Status Update: LondonHouse Spreading Down Wacker

The transformation of the London Guarantee and Accident Building at 360 North Michigan Avenue into the LondonHouse Hotel is well underway.  For months we’ve been teased by scaffolding on its exterior, hinting at the magical demolition going on inside.  Now we can see the new glass tower addition rising to the building’s west. The glass tower, designed by friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners, fills the space between the...

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At Long Last, Logan Square Will Get its Towers After All
Apr22

At Long Last, Logan Square Will Get its Towers After All

The protracted and angry ballet over the Logan Square Dual Towers is finally over, with the Chicago Plan Commission giving its stamp of approval to the project at 2255 North Milwaukee Avenue. As it stands now, the development by Rob Buono, designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects, will consist of two “towers,” one 11-stories tall and one 12-stories tall,  with a maximum of 220 residences.  They are joined at the base by a...

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