How a Poem Inspired the Design of Chicago’s Newest Hotel
Feb23

How a Poem Inspired the Design of Chicago’s Newest Hotel

“Hog butcher to the World, Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler” Inspiration for design comes from any number of sources: music, a solitary walk, perhaps even a dream. You can add poetry to the list. In fact, Chicago’s newest hotel—the Loews Chicago Hotel at 455 North Park Drive in Streeterville—owes much of its design to Carl Sandburg’s Chicago. You’ll even see text from the poem in large...

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Status Update: Chestnut’s Boasting a Brand New Tower
Feb18

Status Update: Chestnut’s Boasting a Brand New Tower

Loop Spy Ryan rolled by the new residential tower going up on the corner of North State Street and East Chestnut Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Designed by friends-of-the-blog SCB and developed by Newmark, it will reach 36 stories into the sky and hold 367 residences. It’s part of a two-part project for Loyola University at this location. The other is the neighboring Quinlan School of Business building, a...

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410 East Grand Is Go For Launch
Feb17

410 East Grand Is Go For Launch

If you’ve been looking at the muddy, snowy, machinery-strewn lot at the corner of Grand and McClurg in Streeterville wondering when a skyscraper is going to sprout, the answer is: Now. The city of Chicago has issued a permit to begin construction on the 45-story residential tower, more than four years after the project was approved.  The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell was there just days ago, and took the...

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Evanston Beats Chicago to Getting a Hyatt House
Feb11

Evanston Beats Chicago to Getting a Hyatt House

Since the Hyatt House brand was created a few years ago, there have been several proposals to bring the brand into downtown Chicago, usually just north of the Chicago River near Michigan Avenue. To date, though, none have materialized. If you don’t mind going way north of the river — like to Evanston — you will soon be able to experience the Hyatt House brand for yourself. Janko Hospitality, out in Downers Grove,...

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Smoking Hot Model: The Streeter and that Other One That’s Not Streeter Place
Feb11

Smoking Hot Model: The Streeter and that Other One That’s Not Streeter Place

In honor of this weeks’s announcement that Streeterville skyscraper Streeter Place has changed its name to Atwater Apartments, we present this smoking hot model showing the building along with its sister tower, The Streeter, inside the offices of Chicago architecture firm SCB. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Status Update: Block37.5
Feb03

Status Update: Block37.5

The bits and pieces are coming together for the new residential tower rising above the Block37 mall in downtown Chicago (25 West Randolph Street).  The picture above was taken yesterday by Loop Spy Ryan, and shows that the massive weight-shifting truss that makes the new building work with the old building has been enclosed.  Meanwhile, concrete forms are in place so that the floors of the SCB-designed building can be poured. When...

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Two Views of Architecture and Education in Chicago
Jan05

Two Views of Architecture and Education in Chicago

  If you had to name a high school that has had an outsized impact on the Chicago we live in today, one of the best choices would be Lane Technical College Prep High School (2501 West Addison Street).  For decades, the North Center pile known simply as Lane Tech has been an incubator for home-grown talent that stays in Chicago and makes the city better.  From athletes and actors to politicians and news anchors, a remarkable...

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SCB Explains the Block37 Residential Tower
Jan02

SCB Explains the Block37 Residential Tower

For the last few months, construction crews have been busy trying to jam an apartment building on top of downtown Chicago’s Block37 mall.  The tower at 25 West Randolph Street is perched on the northern edge of the mall, flush with a very busy street in the heart of the city’s Theater District.  But space constraints weren’t the only challenge that the architects at Solomon Cordwell Buenz had to overcome.  We...

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A Look Back at 2014 With SCB
Dec29

A Look Back at 2014 With SCB

  It’s traditional for media outlets to spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve looking back at the year not-quite-passed to lament society’s failures and trumpet our triumphs.  Obituary roundups, Best Ofs, and Year in Reviews fill the airwaves as newsroom middle managers take a week off and turn the news machine over to the interns, the under-appreciated, and those who don’t yet know...

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Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 2 — Streeterville’s Sexiest Skyscraper
Dec10

Chicago Neverbuilt: Episode 2 — Streeterville’s Sexiest Skyscraper

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. While the majority of our Neverbuilt projects are from the history books, this one is a fairly recently cancelled project. This was a skyscraper designed for a big-name New York financial conglomerate by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz. It was going to...

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