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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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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