South Loop’s Chamfered Champ Gets Nipped, Tucked
Feb01

South Loop’s Chamfered Champ Gets Nipped, Tucked

A new skyscraper proposed for the South Loop’s Wabash corridor is getting taller before it’s even started. At a meeting tonight hosted by third ward alderman Pat Dowell, a revised design for 1326 South Michigan was revealed.  Visually, there’s not much different.  But a couple of important bits have changed. First, much to the delight of hard-core skyscraper enthusiasts, the SCB-designed building’s height has...

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1001 State Street, That 1001 Great Street
Jan27

1001 State Street, That 1001 Great Street

1001 South State, so named for its relative proximity to 1001 South State Street, continues to climb in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. It’s been a favorite to watch for the colorful lines and pretty yellow crane. Throw in some wicked awesome glass on the curvy southern exposure, and we challenge you to walk by on a sunny day without stopping for a photo opp. In case you’ve forgotten the deets, they follow here,...

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30 East Will Offer High-Grade Housing For Students And Millennials
Jan14

30 East Will Offer High-Grade Housing For Students And Millennials

Once upon a time students and young urban professionals rented cheap apartments with iffy plumbing, shaky security and invisible supers. A futon, milk crates and concrete blocks suspending 2x4s served as “furniture.” Those days are long gone. A quick scan of the amenities at 30 East Balbo will show that millennials will get far more now than they would have in the eighties. We’ve learned a bit about this new apartment community that...

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Wait a Moment. Do You Know Sienna Flats?
Jan13

Wait a Moment. Do You Know Sienna Flats?

We’ve done our fair share of coverage at Moment, the 42-story, friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed apartment tower in Streeterville. Chicago-based Golub & Company is delivering 490 luxury rental units to the site at 545 North McClurg Court, along with 5,200 square feet of retail space along the corner of Grand and McClurg. But just a second; there’s more to Moment. At 423 East Ohio Street, Sienna Flats...

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Streeterville Tower Gets its Moment in the Sun
Dec24

Streeterville Tower Gets its Moment in the Sun

The Streeterville skyscraper now known as “Moment” looks like it’s about ready to top out, basking in what sun it can in these early days of winter.  Born as 545 McClurg Court, then renamed 410 East Grand, Moment was designed by friends-of-the-blog, SCB, and is getting dangerously close to its planned height of 42 stories and 452 feet. The photos immediately above and below were sent in by Joe Zekas at YoChicago! who...

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About SCB’s Design for its Newest South Loop Tower
Dec03

About SCB’s Design for its Newest South Loop Tower

Venerable Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz clearly has its designs and designers focused on the South Loop these days.  Its latest creation, a residential tower for 1326 South Michigan Avenue, has been getting high praise.  We sat down with SCB chairman John Lahey to find out more about the building. Editor: SCB’s already conquered Streeterville, and now you’re expanding your empire to the South Loop.  Tell...

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Chicago Export: The New Valvoline Headquarters
Nov30

Chicago Export: The New Valvoline Headquarters

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. You don’t have...

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Talking SCB: Bullish on South Loop, Bearish on Balconies and Wagering on Chicago’s Next Supertall Skyscraper
Nov11

Talking SCB: Bullish on South Loop, Bearish on Balconies and Wagering on Chicago’s Next Supertall Skyscraper

Every year we drop by the Magnificent Mile offices of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, one of Chicago’s most visible and prolific architecture firms, to catch up on what it’s been up to over the last year. Chairman and Design Principal John Lahey once again sat down with us to look both back, and forward, at the firm and the architecture industry. Editor: Things really seem to be cooking in Chicago. Some of the local architecture...

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What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 1: SCB’s John Lahey
Nov09

What To Do With the Thompson Center? Part 1: SCB’s John Lahey

In October Governor Bruce Rauner announced plans for the State of Illinois to sell the Thompson Center (100 West Randolph Street), possibly for demolition and redevelopment.   We spent the last few weeks talking to a dozen Chicago architects and developers about what they think of the building and its predicament. Today we hear from John Lahey, Design Principal at Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz. John...

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Jewel Roughed as Market Moves for Sinclair
Nov03

Jewel Roughed as Market Moves for Sinclair

It was just a few days ago we told you that demolition crews were poised to take a bite out of the former Jewel-Osco supermarket at 1200 North Clark Street.  Well, they’re certainly not wasting any time. Gold Coast Spy Joel hit the ol’ tip line with the photo above showing how quickly it’s possible to turn a grocery store into a cleanup on aisle infinity.  Those wide column-free spans aren’t just good for...

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