South Loop May Get Another New Hotel Tower, With or Without McPier
May30

South Loop May Get Another New Hotel Tower, With or Without McPier

Real estate development is a rather messy business. Not on par with sausage making, but certainly up there with cleaning out the cat’s litter box. Add in a bunch of politicians, some NIMBY groups, a shadowy quango, and the next thing you know, you’re where we are now: The McCormick Place Expansion Plan. We’ve followed this project for the last year or so. The Metropolitan Pier and Convention Authority, which runs...

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New River North Residential Skyscraper Embraces Cosmopolitan Past
May30

New River North Residential Skyscraper Embraces Cosmopolitan Past

For the fourth time in the last ten days a new residential building has been proposed for Chicago’s River North neighborhood. While the last few have been fairly modest—in the 15-story range—this latest one is sizable. Thirty-four stories, including the mechanical penthouse. It’s located at 833 North Clark Street, on the southeast corner of Clark and Chestnut.  But the entire project takes up the western half of the block...

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Inside The Creative Process: How The 2014 Ragdale Ring Winners Came Up With Their Concept
May30

Inside The Creative Process: How The 2014 Ragdale Ring Winners Came Up With Their Concept

  Creative people are wired up differently than ordinary folks. And that’s a good thing. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be able to look out at the Chicago skyline and be wowed each and every day. The two young architects who won the 2014 Ragdale Ring competition embody creativity and experimentation. Their design is a bold mixture of straight lines and wattles (hay wrapped in tubes). If it sounds odd, well, you have to see the nearly finished...

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