Slice of Life: Reflecting on Chicago
Apr18

Slice of Life: Reflecting on Chicago

If you haven’t been up to the observatory at the John Hancock Center (875 North Michigan Avenue) lately, you may not know that as part of recent renovations, the ceiling has been mirrored. It helps fill the deck with natural light, and also helps make it feel a little taller than it is.  But more importantly, you can take cool pictures with...

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Water Tower Place Gets Two New Tourist Attractions
Apr14

Water Tower Place Gets Two New Tourist Attractions

Oprah may have left the building, but the late Harry Caray is only just moving in. The chain of eateries started by the late sportscaster will soon open a new outpost in Water Tower Place (835 North Michigan Avenue) along with a sports museum. Englewood Construction did the heavy lifting to make it happen, and sent along this press release about the project: Englewood Construction Food Service and Restaurant Group Completes Harry...

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Deconstructing Chicago: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down at 200 North Michigan
Apr13

Deconstructing Chicago: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down at 200 North Michigan

A couple of weeks ago, George Simkins with Vis-à-vis Creative shared a time-lapse video of the demolition of the office building at 200 North Michigan.  The process is still ongoing, and as you can see from the photo on the right, the building is down to just three stories, from the six it originally had. Last week, Mr. Simkins sent us a follow-up video (above) showing the little miniature construction vehicles pulling down one of the...

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Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre Turns 125
Mar31

Chicago’s Auditorium Theatre Turns 125

 The Auditorium Theatre By The Numbers Age: 125 years Ranking in height among U.S. buildings when construction was completed in 1889: #1 Ranking among best venues to host rock concerts in 1973: #1 Year the Chicago Symphony Orchestra debuted in the theatre: 1891 Year the Auditorium Theatre was named a National Historic Landmark: 1975 Total available seating: 3,901 Money raised in 1933 (during the Great Depression) to refurbish the...

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Time Lapse Video: Disassembling 200 North Michigan
Mar25

Time Lapse Video: Disassembling 200 North Michigan

Thanks to Looney Tunes, we all have a pretty basic understanding of how demolition works when the tools involved are a crane and a wrecking ball.  But a couple of days ago, Loop Spy Daniel sent in a picture showing the office building at 200 North Michigan being disassembled by JCB’s.  Wile E. Coyote would not approve. So, how does that work?  George Simkins at corporate video production company Vis-a-viseo shows us in the video...

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10 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About The Art Institute of Chicago
Mar24

10 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About The Art Institute of Chicago

Thousands of people walk through the Chicago Art Institute every year to see “American Gothic” and “Nighthawks.” Students of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” can check out “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.” But only the true architecture geek will bypass the historic works of art on display at Michigan Avenue and Monroe in favor of the architectural curiosities of the grand old building. How much do you know about the...

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Undoing Chicago: 200 North Michigan
Mar24

Undoing Chicago: 200 North Michigan

Loop Spy Daniel sent in another great picture recently.  it shows the demolition of the smallish office building at 200 North Michigan Avenue. From the street, there’s not much to see here, though lots can be heard.  From LSD’s bird’s eye point of view, he can see what the rest of us can’t: From on top of the floor they break it up using a small skid loader and a tool I can’t quite make out.  From the...

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Slice of Life: Red on the River
Mar21

Slice of Life: Red on the River

The Wrigley Building (400 North Michigan Avenue), the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile (540 North Michigan Avenue), and the InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile (505 North Michigan Avenue) team up to paint the sky red at the junction of Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River on a frosty March...

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Slice of Life: Getting Plowed at Millennium Park
Mar18

Slice of Life: Getting Plowed at Millennium Park

On an early, snowy spring morning, crews with tiny bulldozers shove huge mounds of snow away from Cloud Gate, making way for the throngs of shivering tourists coming later in the...

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Status Update: Millennium Park Plaza Progress
Mar18

Status Update: Millennium Park Plaza Progress

Construction continues at the base of Millennium Park Plaza (151 North Michigan Avenue), the 40-story residential building on Michigan Avenue in the Loop that’s transforming its first and second floors into a retail and office arcade.  It’s one of six retail construction projects underway along Michigan Avenue in the two blocks between Millennium Park and the Chicago River, and has already inked a deal for a giant flashy...

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