Status Update: Greektown’s Newest Column
May21

Status Update: Greektown’s Newest Column

It used to take a pretty hearty squint at Greektown to envision the city’s plans to line the east side of Halsted Street with skyscrapers to protect this treasured strip of shops and restaurants from the big bad Kennedy Expressway. But these days it’s getting easier and easier. Our own Bill Motchan took this photograph of Arkadia, under construction at 765 West Adams Street. It’s one of several proposed and approved...

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Deconstructing Chicago: 200 North Michigan Makes Way For 200 North Michigan
May21

Deconstructing Chicago: 200 North Michigan Makes Way For 200 North Michigan

The six-story office and retail building at 200 North Michigan Avenue continues to lose stature as demolition crews tear it apart, brick from slab. This photo from Loop Spy Daniel shows the building down to about two floors now. You may remember it as home to a Starbucks, a luggage store, a jewelry store, and various ticky-tacky tourist shops. Next up for the space is a 42-story residential tower designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL...

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Status Update: GEMS Academy Lakeshore East
May21

Status Update: GEMS Academy Lakeshore East

The vertical stripes are up, and the construction hoist is down at GEMS Academy in Lakeshore East (350 East South Water Street). Loop Spy Daniel sent over this photograph of the building’s south facade. If you look closely, you can see work continuing on the cafeteria level. But ignoring that, you can get an excellent idea of what the bKL-designed building will look like when it’s done in a few months time. This article is...

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