Chicago’s Newest Development is Officially a Thing: Riverline [u]
Nov19

Chicago’s Newest Development is Officially a Thing: Riverline [u]

Downtown Chicago’s newest planned community can officially make the transition from paper to reality.  Today the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of Riverline. Riverline is a joint development between CMK and Australian mega-developer Lend Lease south of Harrison Street, north of Roosevelt Road, and sandwiched between South Wells Street and the Chicago River. It was designed by Ralph Johnson at Perkins+Will  and...

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City Approves New Tallest Tower for Chicago’s South Loop
Nov19

City Approves New Tallest Tower for Chicago’s South Loop

Today the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a 76-story, 829-foot-tall residential skyscraper marking the southwest corner of Grant Park at 113 East Roosevelt Road. The very slender Rafael Viñoly-designed tower is one of a pair planned for the site.  It was deliberately designed as bundled square tubes to pay homage to the Willis Tower a dozen or so blocks to the northwest.  Inside the approved building will be 796...

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Chicago Welcomes Wanda — Its New 1,151-Foot-Tall Bride
Nov19

Chicago Welcomes Wanda — Its New 1,151-Foot-Tall Bride

The Chicago Plan Commission has voted to approve the Wanda Vista Tower, the new 11-hundred-foot-tall residential and hotel skyscraper planned for 381 East Wacker Drive on the northern edge of Lakeshore East. It’s Chicago’s most anticipated supertall tower since the last one, which ended up not getting built.  Not just “not getting built,” the Chicago Spire ended up leaving a giant circular acne scar on the...

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New Chicago Apple Store to Turn Dead Space Into Public Riverside Promenade
Nov19

New Chicago Apple Store to Turn Dead Space Into Public Riverside Promenade

The public got its first official look at the new Apple Store coming to Pioneer Plaza, arguably the epicenter of both Chicago’s retail and tourism industries. In a courtesy presentation to the Chicago Plan Commission for Zeller Realty Group, architect James McGrath of London’s Foster+Partners promised that in spite of the intrusion of a large roofed-in and glassed-off space that the square would retain its primary function...

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150 North Riverside Glasses Up The Joint
Nov19

150 North Riverside Glasses Up The Joint

A new tower getting its first windows is always a big deal for us skyscraper nerds. But the friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners-designed 150 North Riverside office building has become a favorite child of sorts, what with all that steel at all those angles. So we were overjoyed Wednesday to see 150 North Riverside itself, despite not having thumbs, tweeted this gem out to its adoring followers: Our phenomenal, rippling Curtainwall is...

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We Found Rhyming Salvation At The Poetry Foundation
Nov19

We Found Rhyming Salvation At The Poetry Foundation

Note: The Poetry Foundation was one of 200 fascinating architectural specimens open for tours during the 2015 Open House Chicago presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. We thought a poem might help drive home the point, after walking through this classy joint. Over on Superior, If you’re feeling inferior Step inside 61 west, And be our guest   Try out oration, At the Poetry Foundation The John Ronan design, Will blow...

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New South Loop Tower To Deliver Maxwell Street Market Views
Nov19

New South Loop Tower To Deliver Maxwell Street Market Views

If you wanted to build a new residential tower downtown, but also wanted to be an urban pioneer at the same time, where would you put it?  Streeterville’s pretty much full.  River North’s a cliché.  The South Loop has been done to death or has it? What if you put your shiny new residential tower in that quadrant north of Roosevelt Road and south of Congress Parkway sandwiched between the Dan Ryan Expressway and the Chicago...

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