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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Welcome, 410 East Grand. It’s Been a Long Time Coming
Sep03

Welcome, 410 East Grand. It’s Been a Long Time Coming

One sign of a recovering economy is real estate developers jockeying to build new buildings so that they’re ready when the economy improves.  An even better sign is when old projects that seemed dead get pulled off the shelves, dusted off, and actually happen. That’s the case at 410 East Grand Avenue in Streeterville.  We started reporting on it in 2011, but its history goes back further than that.  But since it was...

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Status Update: 1 East Chestnut plus Quinlan School of Business
Apr10

Status Update: 1 East Chestnut plus Quinlan School of Business

Even in a city as busily expanding as Chicago, it’s unusual to have two buildings going up at the same time on the same block.  But that’s what’s happening at Chestnut and State in the Gold Coast. That’s where Loyola University has two new buildings going up. One is an apartment building, the other a classroom building. Loyola hired Newmark to develop the residential tower at 1 East Chestnut Street.  It will...

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SCB Dishes on Chicago’s New Loews Hotel Tower
Feb10

SCB Dishes on Chicago’s New Loews Hotel Tower

The newest building to sprout in Streeterville’s skyscraper forest is, not surprisingly, designed by friends-of-the-blog, SCB.  The Loews Hotel tower is very tall, remarkably thin, and is really starting to stand out in the crowd. Since the building is rapidly approaching its maximum height, we sent a bunch of questions over to SCB to get the skinny on this new landmark.  Gary Kohn, SCB’s managing principal on the project...

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Modern Blue Glass Tower Coming To Stuffy Gold Coast Locale
Jan17

Modern Blue Glass Tower Coming To Stuffy Gold Coast Locale

In an area populated with buildings from the era when Michigan Avenue was compared with the Champs-Élysées; where mansard roofs, fake and real, compete for sunlight with century-old storefronts and lakeshore mansions; where the federal government established an historic district because of its period architecture; an interloper is about to arrive. Yesterday, the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a 25-story blue...

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Approval Expected For New Gold Coast Residential Tower
Jan14

Approval Expected For New Gold Coast Residential Tower

This week we should find out if Chicago’s Gold Coast will get a new condominium tower. The Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to take up the plan for 1149 North State Street, a proposed 25-story building at the corner of State and East Elm Street.  Although the two-story brick retail building immediately to the north is considered part of the property, it is actually owned by another company and it will not be torn down to...

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Status Update: 73 East Lake Gets All Buttoned Up
Oct07

Status Update: 73 East Lake Gets All Buttoned Up

The crane is down, the glass is up, and construction crews are getting things buttoned up on the exterior of 73 East Lake Street before the cold weather sets in. Loop Spy Daniel sent over an updated photo of the construction effort, and we can see work progressing on the rooftop common areas.  There’s no green roof yet, but at least there’s a flag pole bolted to the elevator penthouse. Leasing starts in six months. This...

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