Status Update: 4 East Elm
Aug20

Status Update: 4 East Elm

The apartment building is the king of downtown Chicago development right now.  But there are still a few modest condominium blocks popping up here and there.  One of them is 4 East Elm, the Gold Coast pile that will put its residents in the middle of the action without actually having very many neighbors. At just 27 stories tall, Four may not have the height of its nearby neighbors, but it still manages to deliver epic views by taking...

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Status Update: SCB’s 1001 South State a Wonderland of Lines and Colors
Jul21

Status Update: SCB’s 1001 South State a Wonderland of Lines and Colors

To appreciate the beauty of good architecture, one need simply to admire the built world around us. But what about the partially-built world? At The Chicago Architecture Blog, we know good art when we see it. And what we see going up at 1001 South State Street is a feast for the eyes. The 41-story residential project in the South Loop from friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz is well underway, and we were fortunate enough to...

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Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25
Jul14

Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25

Chicago, once a world powerhouse of manufacturing, literature, film, music, and video games can now add architecture firms to its list of industries in which it was once a leader. The city of Burnham, Sullivan, Mies, and occasionally Wright is barely a blip in the Architectural Record annual ranking of the world’s Top 300 Architecture Firms. Chicago-based Perkins+Will is saddled with the task of waving the flag for the Windy...

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Just a Moment… Don’t Call it 545 McClurg Anymore
Jul07

Just a Moment… Don’t Call it 545 McClurg Anymore

The only thing we like less than a surface parking lot is a skyscraper with a terrible name.  In most cases, the worst possible name arrives when a developer or owner decides to just go with the building’s address for a name.  It’s like when someone calls their dog “dog.”  Or when an artist creates an enormous, dramatic work of art and calls it “Study #4.”  It is the very definition of insipid....

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Status Update: Block37
Jun29

Status Update: Block37

If you haven’t stopped by Block37 lately, that’s OK.  The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell has, and brings us these pictures of the residential tower’s progress at 25 West Randolph Street. Designed by friends-of-the-blog, SCB, the enormous apartment building is being grafted onto the northern part of the Loop shopping mall.  We use the word “enormous” because this addition will have 690...

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Status Update: 410 East Grand x2
Jun03

Status Update: 410 East Grand x2

When it rains, it pours. Today we have a two-fer status update on the SCB-designed residential tower going up at 410 East Grand in Streeterville. Both The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell and Loop Spy Daniel sent in updated pictures of the construction site.  Talk about an embarrassment of riches. Daniel’s pictures are a little brighter than Daniel’s.  It looks like Daniel was there when the weather was...

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Status Update: Four East Elm
May29

Status Update: Four East Elm

It’s not yet a soaring tree in Chicago’s skyscraper forest, but 4 East Elm is slowly growing as erection continues on the edge of the city’s Viagra Triangle district. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell stopped by to fix the cable recently and found that so far, it’s just a lot of poured concrete for the parking garage. But a firm, thick base is needed for this new member of the neighborhood....

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New Name, New Look: Say Hello to The Sinclair
May07

New Name, New Look: Say Hello to The Sinclair

A couple of days ago we reported that the Jewel-Osco at 1200 North Clark Street is closing on June 4th to make way for a new skyscraper.  The residential tower has been long anticipated by people in the neighborhood who came to know it as the “Jewel Tower” or the “Tower of Jewel.”  So we received a bit of feedback from people surprised to hear us refer to the 35-story building as The Sinclair. Well, we’ve...

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Use Those Coupons Now: Tower of Jewel Soon to Rise Under a New Name [updated]
May04

Use Those Coupons Now: Tower of Jewel Soon to Rise Under a New Name [updated]

The Gold Coast’s newest skyscraper is about to take shape at the corner of Clark and Division.  The Jewel-Osco store at 1210 North Clark Street will close June 4, so it can be demolished and replaced with a new skyscraper and a much better store. It’s the second very welcome rehabilitation of this grotty corner of Chicago.  The CTA is wrapping up its refurbishment of its Red Line subway station at this intersection. It was...

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Status Update: The Pickup Artist working State and Elm
Mar23

Status Update: The Pickup Artist working State and Elm

If you like to go people-watching at Viagra Triangle, once the weather warms up, you’ll have something else besides beautiful people and supercars to keep your eye entertained.  A glance to the north will be greeted by a tall, thin, steely pickup artist working the corner of State and Elm.  It’s a tower crane. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell rushed by Rush Street the other day to check on the progress...

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