Number Nine Caught on Video
Jun23

Number Nine Caught on Video

  These days it’s not enough to have a slick brochure or strategically-placed billboards or windows covered with beautiful architecture pictures from Artefaqs. Today, every new building has to have a video.  And today a little birdie hit our tip line to let us know that the latest Chicago building to get its just-under-five-minutes of fame is No. 9 Walton (9 West Walton Street). Development company JDL has put together a...

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Navy Pier Ferris Wheel to be Replaced with Bigger, More Modern Version
Jun23

Navy Pier Ferris Wheel to be Replaced with Bigger, More Modern Version

Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel is such a part of the city’s visual identity that it’s hard to believe it’s only been there since 1995.  Now the city has decided 20 years is long enough, and is moving forward with a plan to replace the landmark — and quickly. The wheel that we see today is an homage to the world’s first modern Ferris wheel, erected at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition down the...

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Moody Sees the Wisdom of Near North Senior Housing
Jun23

Moody Sees the Wisdom of Near North Senior Housing

The Moody Bible Institute, the largest college in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood and the broadcaster of some of the best Christmas music on the radio each year, wants to put up a new senior housing block called Wisdom Village. The seven-story building from Design Organization is planned for the eastern half of the half-block bounded by West Oak Street, a private driveway that lines up with North Franklin Street, West Walton...

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Optima II Finally Ready to Start Construction
Jun23

Optima II Finally Ready to Start Construction

Some new skyscrapers seem to be on a juggernaut — they go from notion to city hall to finished faster than a reality TV wedding. But other skyscrapers take their time. And for reasons that are maddeningly none of our business, some seem to get stuck.  We’re happy to report that after months of nothing going on, Optima Tower II (220 East Illinois Street) is officially unstuck. In the last few days, the City of Chicago has issued...

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Status Update: HoJo is Gone; Make Way for the HoJo Tower
Jun23

Status Update: HoJo is Gone; Make Way for the HoJo Tower

The future of River North is well and truly upon us, as the half-block of land at 720 North LaSalle is ready to receive its bounty: The HoJo Tower. Work appears imminent on the 38-story skyscraper designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture*, judging by this photo of the space sent in by River North Spy Mike.  City hall hasn’t handed out a foundation permit yet, which is usually the next step after removing the previous...

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