20 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Chicago’s John Hancock Center
Mar11

20 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About Chicago’s John Hancock Center

People love lists.  And people love to see if they know things other people don’t know.  That’s why people on the internet click on links like “26 Shocking Tricks To Lower Car Insurance!” We’ve run a couple of smart-lists, too.  Five years ago we published 30 Things You Don’t Know About Block37, and it’s still getting clicks.  Recently Bill Motchan’s article 10 Things You (Probably)...

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Flashback Friday: Water Tower Place Under Construction
Feb28

Flashback Friday: Water Tower Place Under Construction

Wandering around the vast, dark interwebs the other day I came across this image.  It’s a still frame taken from the opening sequence of season four of the Bob Newhart Show.  You can see the construction fencing is still up around Water Tower Place (845 North Michigan Avenue), and what is now Macy’s is still marked with a big “Marshall Field & Company” logo. If you’re feeling nostalgic, the Bob...

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Status Update: Borg Cube Assimilates 200 North Michigan
Feb28

Status Update: Borg Cube Assimilates 200 North Michigan

OK, maybe The Borg haven’t descended on the office building at 200 North Michigan.  But resistance still is futile. The six-story office building has been wrapped in a cube of scaffolding as demolition crews get to work removing the century-old building from our collective memories. In its place will soon be a 42-story blue glass residential tower designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture.  Its 402 homes will be above...

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200 North Michigan Will Soon Cease to Exist
Jan17

200 North Michigan Will Soon Cease to Exist

Just minutes ago, the City of Chicago issued a demolition permit for 200 North Michigan.  The six-story former office building will soon cease to exist as it is remove to make way for a shiny new residential skyscraper. Loop Spy Daniel sent in this photograph of the building, and you can see the scaffolding that went up around it yesterday. We told you earlier this week that the street furniture was being removed, but the massive...

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Baby Steps Toward the New 200 North Michigan Skyscraper
Jan05

Baby Steps Toward the New 200 North Michigan Skyscraper

One thing is slowly leading to another at 200 North Michigan, the five-story office building soon to be replaced with a 40-story residential tower called… 200 North Michigan. Between snowstorms this past weekend, Loop Spy Ryan caught a JCDecaux crew removing the street furniture from in front of 200 North Michigan, a sign that concrete barriers could soon go up so that the existing building can come down.  He sent in pictures of...

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Countdown to Teardown: 200 North Michigan About to Go Bye Bye
Dec22

Countdown to Teardown: 200 North Michigan About to Go Bye Bye

A century ago, someone was very proud when they put up the five-story building commercial at 200 North Michigan Avenue.  Soon, someone else will be proudly watching as it comes down. This past Thursday, the Chicago Plan Commission gave the green light to a plan to replace the five-story concrete office building with a shiny new glass residential skyscraper.  Designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture, the new tower will rise 42...

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Grant Park Getting Another Music Garden
Dec01

Grant Park Getting Another Music Garden

Another piece of public art is going on display in Grant Park.  It’s a monument to Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, and is being paid for by the Chicago branch of the Chopin Foundation. You may have noticed that the part of Grant Park that runs along Michigan Avenue south of the Art Institute of Chicago is divided into little “rooms.”  Each has a garden, or a sculpture, or both.  This new Chopin monument will go...

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Work Begins on Fourth New Loop Hotel in Three Blocks
Dec01

Work Begins on Fourth New Loop Hotel in Three Blocks

Work is underway on the new Hotel Indigo (168 North Michigan Avenue), the fourth hotel announced or under construction within a three-block strip of the northeast Loop. The world’s first Virgin Hotel has been under construction for some time at 208 North Wabash Avenue, just one block northwest of the future Hotel Indigo .  A little over a week ago, a Hilton Garden Inn hotel was announced for 66 East Wacker Place (nee East South...

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Status Update: Maggie Daley Park Gets Blocked
Dec01

Status Update: Maggie Daley Park Gets Blocked

  Everyone is expecting big things from the new Maggie Daley Park.  But unless you were there decades ago when the park was originally built at Daley Bicentennial Plaza, you might not have expected what’s there now— pyramids and piles of giant white foam blocks. Collectively, it’s known as geofoam, and the hills and valleys and interesting topographic bits of the park get their shape thanks to this stuff, which goes under...

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Slice of Life: Millennium Park From Above
Oct28

Slice of Life: Millennium Park From Above

After nearly a decade since its opening, Millennium Park has not lost its shine. To the contrary, Millennium Park has secured its status as an icon of Chicago, illustrating the city’s standing as a global and cosmopolitan metropolis. When looked at from above, the 24.5-acre park projects a colossal impression and monumental scale that a pedestrian visit to the park does not capture. In addition, Millennium Park has served as a...

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