Big Name Architect to Transform River South
May14

Big Name Architect to Transform River South

Just days after announcing that a Chicago developer and an Australian developer will transform the South Loop wilds surrounding River City (800 South Wells Street) into a new community of residences, offices, hotels, and restaurants, word comes that an architect has been picked to bend the land to his vision. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, Ralph Johnson has been tapped to turn River South into the next Lakeshore East....

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That Other Near South Wasteland is Now in Play
May14

That Other Near South Wasteland is Now in Play

Earlier this week we told you that Australian mega-developer Lend Lease is moving forward with plans to turn a South Loop wasteland into a new complex of apartments, hotels, and retail space. That got a lot of people excited until they found out that it wasn’t the wasteland they were hoping for, it was another South Loop wasteland. Well, get your hopes up once again because Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the...

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Book Review: Signs, Streets, and Storefronts
May14

Book Review: Signs, Streets, and Storefronts

The recent brouhaha over the gargantuan sign on the Trump International Hotel and Tower has provided Chicagoans ample opportunity to ponder commercial signs and their relation to the buildings they adorn and to those nearby. Yet conflicts among the advertisers of products and services, the architects designing commercial buildings, and city councils regulating these endeavors are nothing new. In his book Signs, Streets, and...

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Throwback Thursday: Trump Tower Ten Years Ago
May14

Throwback Thursday: Trump Tower Ten Years Ago

When you’ve been publishing a blog as long as we have, you end up with one heck of a photographic archive.  Fortunately, the interwebs gave us “Throwback Thursday,” an excuse to re-purpose our snapshots from ten years ago. On this trip ten years into the past, we take you to the banks of the Chicago River where Donald Trump’s Trump International Hotel and Tower is starting to replace the former Chicago...

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