833 North Clark Begins Foundation Work
Aug31

833 North Clark Begins Foundation Work

  Two weeks ago, we told you about the permits issued for 833 North Clark Street on the near north side. At the time, we noted it had been a substantial length of time since the ceremonial groundbreaking had taken place, and that only minor work had started to clear some landscaping and clean out the parking lot. Well, 833 North Clark is inactive no longer. Case Foundation crews are out there digging holes like a North Shore...

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720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens
Aug31

720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens

  It wasn’t all that long ago you could get a shower and room at 720 North LaSalle Street. What was once a Howard Johnson Inn, consider by many to be a hole-in-the-wall establishment for weary travelers seeking cheap accommodations, is now a hole-in-the-ground future residential tower by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture. Revcon Construction crews made short work of the caisson drilling, and now foundation work continues...

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Construction About to Start on Streeterville Hotel You Forgot About
Aug31

Construction About to Start on Streeterville Hotel You Forgot About

As the Chicago development radar spins, the pings get fainter and fainter until sometimes they practically slip away.  And then suddenly “PING!” a bogie appears on the screen.  Such is the case with 224 East Ontario Street, the Streeterville hotel being developed by SMASHotels just off of the Magnificent Mile. You may remember SMAS from such downtown Chicago hotels as theWit, the Fairfield Inn and Suites...

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Church and Developer Team Up For River North Skyscraper
Aug28

Church and Developer Team Up For River North Skyscraper

Assumption Catholic Church (323 West Illinois Street) is already a semi-frequent haunt of this blogger.  Now there’s another reason besides the 12:10 weekday mass to stop by — the church is going to sprout a skyscraper. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly broke the news in an e-mail to his constituents late yesterday.  The John Buck Company and Assumption Church are teaming up to turn Assumption’s surface parking lot into a...

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See What the Steelworker Sees at Optima Center
Aug27

See What the Steelworker Sees at Optima Center

Yesterday we showed you a vertigo-inducing view looking down on the 200 North Michigan Avenue construction site from way up high inside Michigan Plaza. If that picture didn’t make you barf, this one might do the trick. Joe over at YoChicago! sent over this picture he took last Friday when he found himself on the roof of the Optima Center I at 200 East Illinois Street.  Naturally, he leaned over the building’s glassy facade...

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Canstruction Takes Over Merchandise Mart
Aug27

Canstruction Takes Over Merchandise Mart

This month, Chicago’s Merchandise Mart has been the scene of a slew of engineering feats that would make any grocer jealous. August 12 was build night for the ninth annual Canstruction Chicago contest, a design and build competition benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. 20 teams of architects, engineers, real estate developers, and others assembled their creations from ordinary canned goods, turning the Marts’...

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KTGY Opens Chicago Office Through Merger With PPK Architects
Aug27

KTGY Opens Chicago Office Through Merger With PPK Architects

California powerhouse architecture and planning firm KTGY Group, Inc., has established its first office in the Midwest through a merger with Glen Ellyn-based PPK Architects. KTGY’s new office will be located in Chicago at 343 W. Erie Street. PPK has been around for 65 years, designing commercial and residential projects throughout the Midwest. KTGY has a management philosophy emphasizing collaboration, with partners and principals...

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England and Japan Go All Rock-Paper-Scissors on Michigan Avenue
Aug26

England and Japan Go All Rock-Paper-Scissors on Michigan Avenue

Ah, 830 North Michigan Avenue. How we remember you fondly as the birthplace of this blog. With a MacBook Pro, eleven cups of coffee, and a flaky T-Mobile data connection we sat in the second-floor windows of the Borders Cafe in this building and churned out our first blog post. Borders is long gone.  The coffee longer gone.  But the blog continues, and so does 830 North Michigan Avenue, the retail building undergoing yet another...

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River Point Slips Into Something Tight and Shiny
Aug26

River Point Slips Into Something Tight and Shiny

River Point (444 West Lake Street) has been shrouded in mystery from the get-go. We’ve been able to watch the core grow up through the center of the tower, but all the exterior work has been covered, shielding outsiders from peering in. So it was a delight to wander past River Point last week and see the curtain raised just enough to reveal its latest outfit: glass. Luxurious, curved, blue-sky-reflecting glass. According to...

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bKL in Beijing: Animation Starting to Move
Aug26

bKL in Beijing: Animation Starting to Move

Today we continue a new series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center...

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