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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Status Update: Loews Getting Higher
Sep30

Status Update: Loews Getting Higher

We love seeing your cameraphone pictures from around town.  And when we get two different people in two different neighborhoods taking pictures of the same building under construction, you know there’s something going on. Here are the latest snaps of 435 North Park Drive in Streeterville, more colloquially known as the Loews Hotel Tower.  The photos sent in by our Streeterville Spy and Loop Spy Andy show the tower portion has...

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Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does
Sep18

Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does

Last month we took you on a tour inside the skyscraper going up in River North known as Hubbard Place. Recently we sat down with John Lahey, C.E.O. of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the Chicago architecture firm that designed the building to learn more about its planning. Editor: Hubbard Place is the southern bookend of this development, which has been slowly coming together since the 70′s. Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street)...

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Thinking Post-Bust, Chicago’s SCB Is Planting Flags In Cities Across America
Sep10

Thinking Post-Bust, Chicago’s SCB Is Planting Flags In Cities Across America

It’s been a year since we last took a peek inside prolific Chicago architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz. Since then, a lot has changed so we thought it would be a good time to catch up with C.E.O. John Lahey and what’s going on in his office. Lahey: When we talked last, SCB was going OK, but we’d all taken a hit. Editor: Do you feel the market is coming back? Lahey: We’re doing more than we did at the peak...

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Reader Questions For SCB. Spoiler Alert: New Chicago Supertall Coming Sooner Than You Think
Sep02

Reader Questions For SCB. Spoiler Alert: New Chicago Supertall Coming Sooner Than You Think

On those occasions when we have to introduce the Chicago Architecture Blog to an architecture firm or developer, we often describe the publication as a link between the architects and developers and the regular people who want to know more about the people and events shaping Chicago’s built environment. Today that link is even more deliberate, as we present actual blog reader questions for the prolific Chicago architecture firm...

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Smoking Hot Model: Streeterville in Wood and Plastic
Aug26

Smoking Hot Model: Streeterville in Wood and Plastic

We post a lot of pictures of architectural models in this publication.  People love them. Of course, the mac-daddy of them all is the massive downtown model sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation on display (for free!) in the lobby of the Railway Exchange Building (224 South Michigan Avenue). The grand-daddy of them all is the one with all the model trains zipping through it (not even remotely close to free) down at the...

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