Forget the Shovel, This New Highrise Needs a Shoehorn
May11

Forget the Shovel, This New Highrise Needs a Shoehorn

Not that many years ago, when this blog was just a toddler, the corner of North Wabash Avenue and Lower East North Water Street was a place where you’d go to hide from the world, get a cheap hamburger, and read the bulldog edition of the Sun-Times while trains crept by and the air filled with the smell of diesel and ink. The corner still exists, but the hamburger stand is in limbo.  The trains no longer roll through.  And the...

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Another GEMS Rising on the Lakeshore
May11

Another GEMS Rising on the Lakeshore

If things aren’t already muddy over at 355 East Wacker Drive, they soon will be. That’s because the first round of permits have been issued for the second GEMS World Academy hoohool building at Lakeshore East. The foundation permits were issued a few weeks ago for the school building designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture. Gems Phase II – Foundation systems only for proposed 13-story grade 5 – 12 school with...

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Zombie High Rise Ready to Muscle in on Sheridan’s Lake View
May11

Zombie High Rise Ready to Muscle in on Sheridan’s Lake View

Word from Snuffy (Really?  “Snuffy?”) via our Tip Line is that a residential tower planned for Lake View East is back from the dead. 2950 North Sheridan was approved by the city back in September of 2008.  Like so many buildings of its era, it was mothballed when the economy fudged its Huggies.  Last year, Wirtz Realty Corporation asked the city for a one-year extension on its planning permission.  That wish was granted....

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Empty Riverside Expanse Now Has a Name and Developers
May11

Empty Riverside Expanse Now Has a Name and Developers

Australian mega-developer Lend Lease has announced that it is moving forward with plans to turn an expanse of wasteland in Chicago’s South Loop into Chicago’s next master planned development.  And its name is River South. Lend Lease has entered into a joint venture master development agreement for a major 13 acre urban regeneration project in Chicago’s River South neighborhood that will consist of residential...

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All About Bas: 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Bas Relief
May11

All About Bas: 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About Bas Relief

Walk around Chicago—especially in The Loop where you find a fair number of buildings of a certain age (generally about 100 years old) and you begin to notice some common design attributes. They’re far more ornate than the Miesian steel frame-and-glass structures. Stone was definitely in vogue at the turn of the century. And one more thing—embedded in that stonework the intricate and sometimes even whimsical sculptures of master...

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