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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Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 7: SOM’s LSE
Mar09

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 7: SOM’s LSE

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. We do a lot of reporting about Lakeshore East on this blog. We were there when the first dirt was turned in 2003. We were there for the groundbreaking of The Tides, The Regatta, The Chandler, the townhouses and shops, and the singular Aqua tower. Heck, at one time...

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How a Poem Inspired the Design of Chicago’s Newest Hotel
Feb23

How a Poem Inspired the Design of Chicago’s Newest Hotel

“Hog butcher to the World, Maker, Stacker of Wheat, Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler” Inspiration for design comes from any number of sources: music, a solitary walk, perhaps even a dream. You can add poetry to the list. In fact, Chicago’s newest hotel—the Loews Chicago Hotel at 455 North Park Drive in Streeterville—owes much of its design to Carl Sandburg’s Chicago. You’ll even see text from the poem in large...

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Status Update: Chestnut’s Boasting a Brand New Tower
Feb18

Status Update: Chestnut’s Boasting a Brand New Tower

Loop Spy Ryan rolled by the new residential tower going up on the corner of North State Street and East Chestnut Street in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Designed by friends-of-the-blog SCB and developed by Newmark, it will reach 36 stories into the sky and hold 367 residences. It’s part of a two-part project for Loyola University at this location. The other is the neighboring Quinlan School of Business building, a...

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410 East Grand Is Go For Launch
Feb17

410 East Grand Is Go For Launch

If you’ve been looking at the muddy, snowy, machinery-strewn lot at the corner of Grand and McClurg in Streeterville wondering when a skyscraper is going to sprout, the answer is: Now. The city of Chicago has issued a permit to begin construction on the 45-story residential tower, more than four years after the project was approved.  The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell was there just days ago, and took the...

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Evanston Beats Chicago to Getting a Hyatt House
Feb11

Evanston Beats Chicago to Getting a Hyatt House

Since the Hyatt House brand was created a few years ago, there have been several proposals to bring the brand into downtown Chicago, usually just north of the Chicago River near Michigan Avenue. To date, though, none have materialized. If you don’t mind going way north of the river — like to Evanston — you will soon be able to experience the Hyatt House brand for yourself. Janko Hospitality, out in Downers Grove,...

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Smoking Hot Model: The Streeter and that Other One That’s Not Streeter Place
Feb11

Smoking Hot Model: The Streeter and that Other One That’s Not Streeter Place

In honor of this weeks’s announcement that Streeterville skyscraper Streeter Place has changed its name to Atwater Apartments, we present this smoking hot model showing the building along with its sister tower, The Streeter, inside the offices of Chicago architecture firm SCB. Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Status Update: Block37.5
Feb03

Status Update: Block37.5

The bits and pieces are coming together for the new residential tower rising above the Block37 mall in downtown Chicago (25 West Randolph Street).  The picture above was taken yesterday by Loop Spy Ryan, and shows that the massive weight-shifting truss that makes the new building work with the old building has been enclosed.  Meanwhile, concrete forms are in place so that the floors of the SCB-designed building can be poured. When...

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