330 North Wabash Renovation Complete
Apr29

330 North Wabash Renovation Complete

Got a press release today stating that the major renovations at 330 North Wabash are now complete.  You may remember 330 as the old IBM Building or One IBM Plaza, Mies Van Der Rohe’s massive black slab along the Chicago river that used to loom so menacingly over the Sun-Times building before it was neutered by Donald Trump. There have been complaints on the internet from people who think the treatment of the lobby has been...

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Chicago’s Seven Storefront Studios
Nov19

Chicago’s Seven Storefront Studios

The banners promise that Loyola University’s new $400,000 streetfront television studio in The Clare at Water Tower (55 East Pearson Street) will open in autumn 2009, but I think we can safely say that isn’t going to happen.  Especially considering that Loyola only got its permit to build the studio on October 2nd. Loyola’s will be the seventh streetfront studio in Chicago.  WGN radio was the modern pioneer with this...

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Status Update: Staybridge Suites

It’s been a while (April 9th to be exact) since we checked in on the new Staybridge Suites hotel going up at 127 West Huron Street.  And… it looks exactly the same as it did seven months ago. Compare the then and now pictures: I guess we’ll try again in a couple more...

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What’s In A Name? The NBC Tower

The NBC Tower is one of our favorite Chicago buildings.  In fact, it may be one of the best looking buildings in the city.  But we can’t help but wonder these days if it’s in for a name change. For the last couple of months the Sun-Times has been chirping about NBC Universal moving production of the Jerry Springer Show and the Steve Wilkos Show to Connecticut.  Then last week there was a big brouhaha when NBC informed the...

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Holy Name Cathedral Closed Until At Least August

Parishioners at Holy Name Cathedral got more bad news over the weekend.  Their beloved church will be closed, “until August at the earliest” according to pastor Dan Mayall. The archdiocese’s flagship place of worship was damaged by fire in February, almost exactly a year after it was closed for months when a chunk of woodwork fell from the ceiling. In the weekend bulletin, Mayall explains that it has not yet been...

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Status Update: The Ritz-Carlton Residences

Things are chugging along at the heart of North Michigan Avenue where the Ritz-Carlton Residences are going up.  The building in this photo is actually not part of the project.  It is being protected while the ritzy digs go up all around it. Garrett’s Popcorn, Starbucks, and the Terra Museum of American Art were all torn down to make way for the new high rise which will have just 33 homes in it.  Hanig’s Footwear had to...

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Children’s Hospital Gets Its Crane On

If you follow our Twitter tweet feed , then you got the alert on February 5th when the crane went up at the new Children’s Memorial Hospital on Chicago Avenue.  Now that it’s in place, construction is really starting to move along. Up to this point, virtually all of the construction work had been going on underground.  Now that the crane is in place, things are starting to spring up. As of this writing, just a couple of...

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Dearborn Street: Mandatory Breakdance Zone

What’s this wackiness we found outside of Marina City ?  Looks like some kind of CDOT-enforced mandatory breakdance zone.  This isn’t a case of having a screw loose this sign is intentionally in this position as evidenced by the bolts holding it in place. So next time you’re crossing the Dearborn Street Bridge, be sure to borrow a scrap of cardboard from the nearest vagrant and get your backspin on.  It’s the...

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