What Seven Months of Skyscraper Growth Looks Like
Mar14

What Seven Months of Skyscraper Growth Looks Like

It’s hard to believe it was just seven months ago that construction crews started sinking excavator teeth into the gummy silt that passes for dirt in downtown Chicago.  The project they embarked on way back when was the bKL-designed skyscraper commonly called 720 North LaSalle, officially titled 165 West Superior, and still sometimes known as the HoJo Tower. River North Spy Mike smacked us upside the tip line with two photos...

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Old Astrolab Building Lost In Space
Mar14

Old Astrolab Building Lost In Space

As much as people in Los Angeles hate to admit it, Chicago was once the movie capital of the world.  That was back before 3D.  Before THX.  Before color and sound.  Even though Hollywood is the undisputed leader in filmed entertainment these days, some bits of the industry still remain in the Windy City.  Except one. Last week, demolition began at 61 West Erie Street, the former Astrolab Building.  This was the location of a film...

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Two Cranes Go Boom Boom in the Gold Coast
Mar14

Two Cranes Go Boom Boom in the Gold Coast

Ten days ago, we confided in you our delight about seeing a pair of tower crane stubs planted in the ground of Fifield Companies‘ development in the Gold Coast, The Sinclair. We were assured by a McHugh Construction foreman to watch for both cranes to be fully assembled before last week was over. And sure enough,  Gold Coast Spy Joel sent the photo above into the Chicago Architecture tip line, proving the aforementioned foreman...

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