Kimpton Goes All Loopy Again
Jul23

Kimpton Goes All Loopy Again

Rapidly-expanding San Francisco hotel chain Kimpton is once again active in Chicago’s Loop. Loop Spy Ryan sent in this photograph of work starting on the boutique hotelier’s new project at 39 South LaSalle Street.  You may already know Kimpton most recently from its new Hotel Palomar in the Near North neighborhood.  It is also the brand behind the Hotels Monaco, Allegro, and Burnham in the Loop. The 1894 office building...

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OneEleven Resurrects a Dead High-Rise as a Gleaming New Skyscraper
Jul23

OneEleven Resurrects a Dead High-Rise as a Gleaming New Skyscraper

    From Florida to California and the fly-over country in-between, America is dotted with half-built abandoned commercial developments. The empty, forlorn hulk of the partially completed Waterview Tower, built in 2008, could very well have sat untouched for many more years. Then Related Midwest took a chance on it, pulled out all the stops on a massive do-over, and voila! OneEleven West Wacker was re-born. It’s 60 stories...

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2-for-1 Status Update: Getting The Points
Jul23

2-for-1 Status Update: Getting The Points

Loop Spy Daniel scored with a few fantastic new photos of the confluence of the Chicago River’s main and north branches.  In one panorama, you can see the construction at both Wolf Point West (326 North Orleans Street) and River Point (444 West Lake Street). Wolf Point West had its belated ceremonial groundbreaking last Friday.  The tower, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, has been under construction for months...

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Status Update: A River Runs Next To It
Jul23

Status Update: A River Runs Next To It

Construction crews continue their work along the Chicago River turning a bunch of colored pencil sketches into the city’s newest tourist attraction and public amenity.  There have been dozens of plans floated (ha!) for turning the river’s edge into something more over the decades, but this is the first one in a long time that’s actually being built. Loop Spy Daniel sent in this panorama of the work being done just...

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