Chicago Neverbuilt: The Oriental Near Lakeshore East
Jul25

Chicago Neverbuilt: The Oriental Near Lakeshore East

Not all vacant lots in Chicago are the same. Sure, they all have weeds. Most have the crushed bricks of architectural dreams past. And a few have the spicy goodness of thorium as a hidden treat. But there are certain vacant lots that are — for lack of a better term — sexier than others. They have the power to make architects dream of the glittering tower they’d design for it; to make developers imagine their empires expanding;...

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Piles of Rubble Signal the Start of Old Saint Pat’s Tower
Jun08

Piles of Rubble Signal the Start of Old Saint Pat’s Tower

The building called 625 West Madison, but known around the West Loop at the Old Saint Pat’s Tower, should start to make itself known very soon.  West Loop Spy Joel sent in the photograph above showing excavators have already done a pretty thorough job turning the parking lot at the corner of Adams and Des Plaines into rubble. We’ve been reporting on 625 for the last four years, and summed it up pretty well last month: 625...

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Another Chicago Church Parking Lot to Become a Skyscraper
May19

Another Chicago Church Parking Lot to Become a Skyscraper

The Archdiocese of Chicago has long maintained a list of properties it is trying to dispose of.  For reasons financial, demographic  and cultural it finds itself in possession of churches, schools and other buildings that are no longer needed.  Over the last few years we’ve seen a number of small churches, Catholic and otherwise, turned into apartments and condos.  Now at long last, one of the biggest prizes the Archdiocese owns...

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Two Chicago Firms, One Warsaw Skyscraper
May18

Two Chicago Firms, One Warsaw Skyscraper

  Today we continue our series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. Today’s...

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Proposed Project on Primo Plot to be Presented to Pols
May17

Proposed Project on Primo Plot to be Presented to Pols

Another prime South Loop property is going from parking lot to student housing.  The new residential tower proposed for 1136 South Wabash Avenue is scheduled to be introduced to the Chicago Plan Commission this week.  The location is less than half a block off of Roosevelt Road, and as you know, the intersection of Roosevelt and anything is primo terra firma.  Especially when it’s so close to Lake Michigan that on a moody spring...

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Boardrooms Out, Bedrooms In at 171 North Wabash
May16

Boardrooms Out, Bedrooms In at 171 North Wabash

Residential real estate is still hot in downtown Chicago, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a long-planned office building is going to welcome bedrooms instead of boardrooms. Plans for the building at 171 North Wabash Avenue debuted almost five years ago.  The eight-story office building was the shorter, less glamorous companion to the shiny residential tower built around the corner now known as Experience 73.  It was the...

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The Wait is Over — Old Saint Pat’s Tower Going Up on Spec
May02

The Wait is Over — Old Saint Pat’s Tower Going Up on Spec

It’s been four years since the city gave its blessing to White Oak Realty Partners and CA Ventures to start construction on 625 West Adams Street, colloquially known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower.  Now there’s a report that dirt may finally move next month. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the developers have decided not to wait any longer to fill the building with leases before beginning construction....

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Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane
Apr14

Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane

Construction is far from over at the combined developments of Moment and Sienna Flats in Streeterville, but with the tower crane having been lowered and sent on to its next assignment, it’s easier to count down the days to completion than to count up the days from groundbreaking. Moment, the residential tower portion of the Golub project, is well over half-glassed. The 45-story tower will deliver 490 luxury apartments to 545...

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1001 South State Approaches Glass-Full Status
Apr05

1001 South State Approaches Glass-Full Status

1001 South State is one of those construction projects that just has it. Whatever it is. So much so that we can’t stop looking. We’ve told you a whole bunch of times about this South Loop apartment tower, but here’s a very quick rundown: Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed it Golub & Company, along with CIM Group, developed it. Walsh Construction is building it. Chicago Architecture is taking pictures of it. Lots of...

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The Sinclair Lays Groundwork in the Gold Coast
Feb25

The Sinclair Lays Groundwork in the Gold Coast

Heavy machinery continues to batter the soil where the Gold Coast Jewel-Osco store once stood, making way for…the new Gold Coast Jewel-Osco, along with its attached 35-story tower, of course. The Sinclair will soon rise up from this very lot at 1201 North LaSalle Street. Fifield Companies is building a 390-unit apartment tower designed by friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz. If you’re a resident of the area,...

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