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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This is Not the Design of the New Loop Hotel Tower
Dec01

This is Not the Design of the New Loop Hotel Tower

Skyscraper enthusiasts had their hopes lifted, then quickly dashed, by an article in Crain’s Chicago Business last week.  It was about Garvey Court (201 North Clark Street), the hoboriffic food court that has the same name as the stinky subterranean stub of a street it borders. According to Crain’s, and Cook County records, there’s a plan afoot to demolish the foodie nightmare and replace it with a hotel....

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Jewel Tower Scans With Plan Commission, Heads to City Hall’s Express Checkout
Nov20

Jewel Tower Scans With Plan Commission, Heads to City Hall’s Express Checkout

Just hours after the general public was given its first taste of the proposed new skyscraper and supermarket planned for the Gold Coast, the Chicago Plan Commission scanned it, threw it in a plastic bag and sent it off to the full city council for its rubber stamp of approval. It was just 44 hours and 18 minutes earlier that a packed crowd of neighbors gathered at the Thompson Hotel to see pictures of the proposed development at 1200...

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545 North McClurg Good to Go; Construction to Begin Any Second Now
Sep30

545 North McClurg Good to Go; Construction to Begin Any Second Now

Gentlemen, start your bulldozer engines! The City of Chicago has issued construction permits for the foundation of 545 North McClurg, the 45-story mixed-use development formerly known as 410 East Grand. Designed by friends-of-the-blog, SCB, it is a joint project between Chicago’s Golub and Boston’s The General Investment and Development Companies.  G.I.D. describes the building thusly: The project will be constructed on...

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Status Update: The Quinlan School of Business
Sep26

Status Update: The Quinlan School of Business

These are heady days for Chicago’s crane enthusiasts.  Yellow and red lattices are swinging around the city’s airspace like mosquitoes at a northwoods cookout.  And one of those cranes is helping build Loyola University’s Quinlan School of Business at 2 East Pearson Street. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Daniel Schell swung by recently and took these pictures of the progress.  The building, designed by...

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73 East Lake Shines Like LEED Gold
Sep19

73 East Lake Shines Like LEED Gold

Downtown Chicago is starting to bristle with shiny new skyscrapers, and one of the shiniest and newest is 73 East Lake. The 42-story tower boasts a prime location, 332 residences, and now LEED Gold status. Check the press release below for details. 73 East Lake Luxury Rental Earns LEED Gold, Tops 60 Percent Leased CHICAGO (Thursday, September 18, 2014) – 73 East Lake, a 42-story apartment building in Chicago’s East Loop, has been...

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Block37 Residences Goes From Puffery to Paperwork as Project Pulls Permits
Sep12

Block37 Residences Goes From Puffery to Paperwork as Project Pulls Permits

Block37, the downtown Chicago mall and office complex, is taking another step toward achieving its full potential.  CIM Group, the development’s owner, is moving forward with plans for an apartment tower. If this sounds familiar, it should.  Crain’s Chicago Business reported this was coming back in March of this year.  But yesterday, CIM put out a press release letting the world know it’s going to happen for...

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