TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side
Jun30

TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side

After months of anticipation, the Obama Foundation has decided in which direction it wants to go with the Barack Obama Presidential Center: TWBTA out of New York and IDEA in Chicago. You may know TWBTA (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects) from such projects as the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts and the Phoenix Art Museum.  Locally, IDEA was the architect of record for Renzo Piano’s Art Institute of...

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How Are Things Going at Webster Square?
Jun29

How Are Things Going at Webster Square?

If you’ve read this publication for any amount of time, you’ve noticed that our friend Joe Zekas from YoChicago! likes to get on the roofs of Chicago buildings with his very cool and expensive cameras.  He sees all kinds of things from the vantage points usually reserved for the city’s pigeons.  But something struck him as odd the other day. And here it is. The photograph of Webster Square on the left was taken in...

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Summer’s Here and Sienna Flats is Turning Brown
Jun29

Summer’s Here and Sienna Flats is Turning Brown

Sienna Flats (423 East Ohio Street), the low-rise podium portion of the 42-story Moment skyscraper is getting all buttoned up for its big debut.  Streeterville Spy Joel sent in the photograph above showing the green insulating layer of the facade being replaced by its final brown layer, encroaching from the right. Although the flats are physically part of the same development as Moment, it’s being handled separately.  Instead of...

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Dissecting What’s New at McDonald’s: Its Headquarters Building
Jun28

Dissecting What’s New at McDonald’s: Its Headquarters Building

If you were alive in the 1970’s, you probably remember the correct way to build a Big Mac for McDonald’s is “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun.”  But how do you construct a building for McDonald’s? That’s why we’re taking a closer look at the new McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters coming to 1058 West Washington Boulevard in West...

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Awesome Bird’s Eye View of Streeterville’s Marriott Autograph Hotel
Jun28

Awesome Bird’s Eye View of Streeterville’s Marriott Autograph Hotel

Life is rough for pigeons.  Between shivering through a Chicago winter and dodging rats trying to gnaw your feet off, there’s not a lot good about being a bird in this city.  Except for the whole flying thing.  That’s awesome. And thanks to Streeterville Spy Paul we get to see what the pigeons see when they look down on the construction of the new Marriott Autograph Hotel at 228 East Ontario Street. When complete, it will...

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A First Look at What Will Become of Uptown’s Stewart School
Jun28

A First Look at What Will Become of Uptown’s Stewart School

It’s been a little over three years since Chicago Public School announced that the Graeme Stewart School in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood would close its doors forever.  Now a real estate developer wants to open them again.  This time as apartments. The plan drawn up by Pappageorge Haymes is to carve 64 new homes out of the school that Morningside Equities bought for $5.1 million last autumn — a 14% premium on its...

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More Cranes Nesting in the South Loop
Jun27

More Cranes Nesting in the South Loop

The South Loop has always been a good location for cranespotting.  And with construction of 801 South Financial kicking into high gear, it just got better. Two different people sent in pictures of cranes putting up the new cranes for the -story residential building.  The photo at the top is from South Loop Spy Chuck, and down below we have Joe Zekas from YoChicago!. The new tower from Wood Partners out of Atlanta will be 33-stories...

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Uptown Office Building Conversion Now Includes a New Residential Building
Jun27

Uptown Office Building Conversion Now Includes a New Residential Building

It’s been a little over a year since we told you about the latest plan to convert the old Combined Insurance Company office building at 5050 North Broadway in Uptown into apartments.  In that time, developer Cedar Street has put together a plan and is ready to move ahead. Cedar Street bought the building in the spring of 2015 and planned to spend $150 million on the conversion.  Booth Hansen did the design, which includes not...

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Whole Foods Hyde Park’s Opening Weekend
Jun27

Whole Foods Hyde Park’s Opening Weekend

The long-awaited Whole Foods Market opened at the City Hyde Park building at 5118 South Lake Park Avenue in Hyde Park late last week, and word on the street is that the place was jumping through the weekend.  City Hyde Park, you’ll recall, is Jeanne Gang’s new mixed-use opus that has been wildly received by the neighborhood. Instead of a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, there was a “bread-cutting” with a...

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Residences Rising at 8 East Huron
Jun27

Residences Rising at 8 East Huron

This past winter we were the first to tell you that a new residential tower was coming to 8 East Huron Street in Chicago’s Gold Coast.  And now it’s officially under construction. Eight East Huron is a project by CA Ventures, designed by Valero Dewalt Train Associates (the “build or die” people). It should max out around 300 feet (290 to the roof + mechanical), which is pretty good considering the tiny...

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