Aon Center And Prudential Plaza Offer Great Views Of The Loop And Downtown
Dec31

Aon Center And Prudential Plaza Offer Great Views Of The Loop And Downtown

We end 2015 featuring a pair of venerable downtown buildings that offered visitors million dollar views during this year’s Open House Chicago, hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Those two buildings, the Aon Center (at 200 East Randolph Street) and its next-door neighbor Prudential Plaza (at 130 East Randolph Street), have far different exterior styles. One thing they have in common is an excellent view of Millennium...

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Atrium Village Crumbling Ahead of Massive Redevelopment
Dec30

Atrium Village Crumbling Ahead of Massive Redevelopment

While progress often means something else must go, it’s still a bit jarring to see former residences reduced to rubble. Such is the case in the 1100 block of North Wells Street on the Near North Side, where several buildings at Atrium Village are being torn down in Phase One of a project to redo the development. When complete, developer Onni Group will have provided 1,500 new homes within 4 new residential towers and one smaller...

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Big Hole at 111 West Chestnut, to be Filled With Row Homes
Dec30

Big Hole at 111 West Chestnut, to be Filled With Row Homes

It’s no Deep Tunnel, but that big hole in the ground at 111 West Chestnut Street in the city’s Near North neighborhood means there are finally signs of life on the row homes we’ve been waiting to see for, like, ever. Coming soon will be a group of eight (really) high-end rentals – as in, $15,000/month high, according to the developer at the Plan Commission meeting – designed by the architects at Booth...

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Getting Ready For State Street’s Next Big Store
Dec29

Getting Ready For State Street’s Next Big Store

  Another step is being taken toward State Street returning to its status as “that great street” as construction and demolition crews set their sights on 100, 112, and 114 South State Street. As you can see in the video above, Mid-America Real Estate is marketing the northern two properties  for retail development.  Until recently, 100 North State was the offices of Amalgamated Bank.  112 is still the location of a...

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Mies Stairway Is Focal Point Of The Arts Club Of Chicago
Dec29

Mies Stairway Is Focal Point Of The Arts Club Of Chicago

Climb the stairs from the 1st floor to the 2nd floor of the Arts Club of Chicago, and you’ll be walking on architectural history. It’s not any old flight of stairs–this one was rescued from the previous Arts Club building two blocks west of this location at 201 East Ontario Street. The old Arts Club building, stairs and all, was designed by Mies van der Rohe. In 1997, the new Arts Club was built, designed by John...

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Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Begins Stocking New Glassware
Dec29

Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Begins Stocking New Glassware

No, we haven’t been given special access to the hospitality services at the new combination Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn going up at 108 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop. But what’s clear to anyone passing by are the new windows that have been installed along the building’s 6th (5th?) floor. While differing slightly from the all-glass facades of so many Chicago structures being built, glass is glass here at...

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Ready or Not, Here Comes Wolf Point West
Dec28

Ready or Not, Here Comes Wolf Point West

The first of three new skyscrapers planned for Wolf Point is just two weeks away from opening its doors to new residents.  Wolf Point West (343 West Wolf Point Plaza) is probably the most anticipated and visible residential tower to go up in downtown Chicago since Trump Tower.  With that in mind, we talked with Thomas Kerwin, principal at bKL Architecture about building his company designed. Editor: Getting to work on Wolf...

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The Top 10 Chicago Architecture Stories of 2015
Dec28

The Top 10 Chicago Architecture Stories of 2015

If there’s one thing that newsrooms hate, it’s the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  Hardly anything ever happens.  Lots of people are on vacation.  Many businesses are closed.  And for the most part, the world behaves itself.  That’s why year-in-review pieces are so popular right about now. In light of that, here is our year-in-review piece: A list of the most viewed Chicago Architecture stories of...

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Shoptalk: Perkins+Will Named Chicago Firm of the Year
Dec28

Shoptalk: Perkins+Will Named Chicago Firm of the Year

We don’t do a lot of awards news here.  Mostly because there are thousands of architecture awards handed out each year, sometimes for minutiae, by organizations big and miniscule.  But the Chicago chapter of the AIA is a big deal, and so is its Firm of the Year award, which this year went to Perkins+Will.  This is the firm’s 80th year for its flagship office here in the Windy City.  Read more about it in the press release...

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Chicago Architecture Biennial Closes Shop In One More Week
Dec28

Chicago Architecture Biennial Closes Shop In One More Week

You say you’ve got the post-Christmas blues? There’s no more glühwein now that Christkindlmarket is over and a shot of Jeppson’s Malört just won’t cut it even if they both have an umlaut? Perhaps a jolt of culture will put you in the right frame of mind. If you haven’t visited the Chicago Architecture Biennial yet, there’s only one week left. On January 3, the Biennial closes shop after a successful three-month run. Thousands of...

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