Readers Cry Wolf, Point at Soil Sampling
Apr25

Readers Cry Wolf, Point at Soil Sampling

With the recent completion of 150 North Riverside, and River Point at 444 West Lake Street, could there be signs that the third major confluential construction project is getting ready to start? Loop Spy Chris sent in photos he took showing soil sampling equipment at Wolf Point. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen dirt rigs at Wolf Point, but it’s the first time since the last time, and that’s good enough for...

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Goose Island Lumber Yard May Sport Wood Once Again
Feb07

Goose Island Lumber Yard May Sport Wood Once Again

The root of Chicago’s industrial past could soon be the home of the city’s largest — or at least heaviest — green building endeavor. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Hines is thinking about putting up an office building on Goose Island that would be made of wood. The Houston developer isn’t barking up the wrong tree here.  There have been dozens of commercial buildings erected over the last few years...

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The 411 on 444 West Lake
Dec29

The 411 on 444 West Lake

If you love downtown Chicago and you love parks, there’s good news waiting for you on the west bank of the Chicago River.  Loop Spy Chris dunked a couple of dozen photos into our tip line showing the newly completed park in front of River Point (444 West Lake Street). It’s hard to believe that just a couple of short years ago, this area was covered in gravel, smelled like diesel exhaust, and punctuated by the shrieks of...

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Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”
Nov08

Children’s Hospital Pretty Much Meets the Definition of “Hulk”

If you’re an artist looking for a location to play Tic-Tac-Toe with parachutes, or perhaps giant pantomime Hollywood Squares (“I’ll take Charo in the center square to block, Peter”) then there’s a place in Lincoln Park just for you. Dr. Robert Vogelzang has sent in another round of photographs showing what little remains of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital. And the little remains are pretty much just a concrete and steel grid....

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Old Children’s Hospital Nearly Gone
Oct11

Old Children’s Hospital Nearly Gone

The violent dismantling of one of the city’s great medical complexes is nearing its completion in Lincoln Park. As we’ve been showing you for the last few months, the old Children’s Memorial Hospital is rapidly becoming just dust and memories. These photos were sent in by Dr. Robert Vogelzang, who practiced the healing arts under its roof for more than 20 years. Once the demolition is complete, the campus will be turned into a...

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The Tops: River Point Edition
Sep21

The Tops: River Point Edition

It’s been a long time since we’ve done an edition of The Tops, where we show you the tops of Chicago buildings that people normally can’t see. This time it’s the top of River Point at 444 West Lake Street, where construction crews are glassing over the angles and curves imagined by Pickard Chilton Architects for Hines and Ivanhoé Cambridge.  The picture, like so many others, comes from Joe Zekas over at...

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The Park at River Point is Starting to Look Like a Park
Aug09

The Park at River Point is Starting to Look Like a Park

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been following River Point for eight years. Back when it was approved in 2008, it was just known as 444 West Lake, and the park along the riverfront was just a dream. The narrow riverwalk portion of the project has been open for quite a while, and now the 1.5 acre elevated riverfront park looks like it’s getting close to becoming reality, too. The park is elevated because in reality, it is a cap for the...

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Demolition Days at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park
Jun08

Demolition Days at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park

It’s not every day that you get to see a hospital building being demolished.  Unless you live near Rush University Medical Center, where several came down very recently.  Or in Streeterville, where the old Prentice was turned to dust.  Or in Prairie Shores where the Michael Reese complex fell. OK, so Chicago has no shortage of hospital buildings being forcibly removed from existence a piece at a time.  But the latest one make...

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A Crane Goes to Nest, and a Construction Nexus is Calmed
Mar08

A Crane Goes to Nest, and a Construction Nexus is Calmed

  For the past year, if you wanted to be someplace in downtown Chicago that simply tingled with promise, progress, and prosperity, that place was the confluence of the Main and North Branches of the Chicago River.  Simultaneously, bKL’s Wolf Point West was going up, CDOT’s Riverwalk was being expanded, Pickard Chilton’s River Point stretched upward, and Goettsch’s 150 North Riverside started its impossible...

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645 West Madison is Still a Thing
Jan11

645 West Madison is Still a Thing

With so many buildings being proposed, revised, approved, built, and opened in Chicago all the time, it can be hard to keep up with all the activity.  Sometimes a building slips through the cracks and the next thing you know, it’s either silently cancelled, or suddenly there’s a crane where there was no crane before. Neither of those are true for the modest red building proposed for 645 West Madison.  It doesn’t have...

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