A Chicago Favorite Remains Open For All To See
Feb04

A Chicago Favorite Remains Open For All To See

For at least the past decade, it has been used as the backdrop for uncounted wedding photos, and in classic Chicago urban landscapes images.  The Kinzie Street Railroad Bridge, a gawky piece of the built environment with its steel structure pointing skyward and imposing concrete counterweights in suspension, fascinates Chicagoans and visitors alike. The single-leaf bascule bridge built by the Chicago & North Western Railway next...

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K2 Open and Ready for Chicago’s New Generation of Renters
May13

K2 Open and Ready for Chicago’s New Generation of Renters

Just in time for apartment-hunting weather, another shiny new Chicago apartment tower is now open for business. K2 (365 North Halsted Street) is the final piece of the K Station development in the city’s Fulton River District. It offers 496 apartments in a 34-story skyscraper connected to both North Halsted Street, and to the new Jewel supermarket on North DesPlaines Street. The building is designed for the new set of urban...

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Mark Your Calendar – Wolf Point About to Become a Reality
May11

Mark Your Calendar – Wolf Point About to Become a Reality

After decades of on-again, off-again plans both big and small, the latest grand plan for Chicago’s Wolf Point is about to go from pixels to pilings. Friends-of-the-Blog,  bKL Architecture , tell us that construction will start Wednesday, July 31st, 2013. Wolf Point (350 North Orleans Street) is a massive $1 billion project from Hines and the Kennedy family that will turn the surface parking lot jutting out into the confluence of...

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Plan Commission Green Lights Wolf Point; Developer Ready to Go
Jan24

Plan Commission Green Lights Wolf Point; Developer Ready to Go

  As you heard here first (if you’re on our Twitter and Facebook feeds), Wolf Point is a virtual “go.” There are still some procedural hurdles and a full city council vote ahead, but those are seen as mere formalities now that the Chicago Plan Commission has given the thumbs up to developing the most prominent of the few remaining riverfront properties in downtown Chicago. When the billion-dollar project is done, the...

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Will a Scrawnier Wolf Get Everyone on Point?
Nov05

Will a Scrawnier Wolf Get Everyone on Point?

The current champion for largest and most controversial development in downtown Chicago (that actually has a chance of happening) is making its way through the approval process largely unscathed. Wolf Point (350 North Orleans Street) is the lupine child of Houston-based global mega-developer Hines, and Chicago-based local really-wanna-be-huge-someday developer Magellan.  Their architect, Pelli Clarke Pelli has made some changes to the...

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K2 Part 3
Nov07

K2 Part 3

We have a few more details about K2 (365 North Halsted Street), which you’ll remember had a ceremonial groundbreaking last week (previous coverage here and here). The building is 366 feet tall from Kinzie Street dirt to the top of the mechanical penthouse. The building is designed as three blades, each 36 feet wide.  The total building width is 104 feet. It’s not  a real pool, just a splash pool.  It’s only...

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K2, Last Skyscraper at K Station, Officially Breaks Ground
Nov02

K2, Last Skyscraper at K Station, Officially Breaks Ground

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held earlier today for K2, the 34-story apartment tower that represents the final piece of the development known as K Station. With the rumble and squeal of 120 caissons being laid in the background, the architects, developers, partners, backers, bankers, and others showed up in a dusty lot next to the construction site for the ceremony this morning. Instead of turning dirt with a brass shovel, a time...

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Slice of Life: Kinzie Park

Talk about an amazing transformation.  This is a picture of Kinzie Park, taken in August of this year.  Bikini-clad women stretch in the sun on undulating hills of grass. I have a picture of this exact place taken almost exactly two years earlier.  It shows a flat, vacant lot where weeks battle tires for attention on a parched concrete griddle. The developers of the awkwardly-named K Station project deserve a big round...

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The Death of a Museum

It was with lofty goals and booming, professional voices that several years ago it was announced that Chicago would be the home of the new Museum of Broadcast Communications.  Backed by some of the biggest names in regional broadcasting, the new museum building was going to be a major draw for tourists with fond memories of Midwestern broadcast personalities. Today, the museum exists only in a virtual state.  It has an...

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