No More Arches; New Downtown Flagship McDonald’s Embraces the Modern Aesthetic
Jan31

No More Arches; New Downtown Flagship McDonald’s Embraces the Modern Aesthetic

For the second time since we started this publication, the flagship McDonald’s restaurant at Clark and Ontario in Near North is being torn down and replaced by a better, shinier McDonald’s. The last time this happened was back in 2005, when the Rock-n-Roll McDonald’s was razed to make way for the current massively be-arched hamburger joint.  In spite of the musical memorabilia being relegated to a kiosk in the...

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Red Line Extension Gets a Path, But Will It Go Anywhere?
Jan30

Red Line Extension Gets a Path, But Will It Go Anywhere?

The City of Chicago has announced the route it wants the CTA’s Red Line to take when work begins on its southern extension. The project has been the dream of commuters, and the campaign promise of many a politician for decades.  While it’s possible to take a subway to the northern, eastern, and western extremities of Chicago, the far south side has been relegated to bus service. At a news conference, Mayor Rahm Emanuel...

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Massive New Michigan Ave Tower Uncovered and What It Might Look Like
Jan25

Massive New Michigan Ave Tower Uncovered and What It Might Look Like

We’ve known for a long time that CIM Group has big plans for the surface parking lot behind the Tribune Tower. But we didn’t know they were this big. The Los Angeles developer which bought the Trib building in 2016 with plans to convert the gothic skyscraper into residences so exclusive the internet hasn’t come up with a word for it yet, wants to put up Chicago’s third-tallest building, right at the foot of the...

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Goodbye, Riverside Shed; Hello 51-Story Skyscraper
Jan24

Goodbye, Riverside Shed; Hello 51-Story Skyscraper

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a skyscraper go from proposal to paper to approval to demolition this quickly, but here we are.  110 North Wacker, the 51-story Geottsch Partners-designed skyscraper, is about to replace 110 North Wacker, the low-slung Midcentury office building that was formerly the home of General Growth Properties. Loop Spy Justin sent in pictures of demolition crews getting ready to do their thing at...

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3-Eleven Now 10-4 For New Residents
Jan24

3-Eleven Now 10-4 For New Residents

The latest Catholic Church parking lot to become a skyscraper is now open for business.  3Eleven, at 311 West Illinois Street, has begun accepting move-ins The skyscraper, designed by West Town’s FitzGerald Associates for The Loop’s The John Buck Company, features 245 homes across 25 stories.  It’s also immediately next door to Assumption Catholic Church, so at least the neighbors are quiet.  Except for weddings....

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One Bennett Park Tops Out and Towers Over Streeterville
Jan23

One Bennett Park Tops Out and Towers Over Streeterville

The tallest building in Streeterville has topped out.  One Bennett Park is anticipated to be the tallest all-residential building in Chicago when it’s completed later this year.  It will also soar 836 feet high right on the edge of Lake Michigan, ensuring it will be a landmark for anyone who admires the city from the water. One Bennett Park is a project of River North’s Related Midwest and Australia’s Lendlease.  The...

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Work Begins on Combo Live/Learn Building at UIC
Jan23

Work Begins on Combo Live/Learn Building at UIC

Construction is underway on a new building at the University of Illinois at Chicago that combines both learning space, and living space. the $100 million building designed by SCB features a circular two-story classroom wing, and a 10-story residential tower.  According to the renderings, the building features an auditorium that embraces the building’s form with a lecture hall that curves around the proctor.  But instead of rows...

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Obama Presidential Center Hits Paper. Here’s The Details and Diagrams
Jan22

Obama Presidential Center Hits Paper. Here’s The Details and Diagrams

The Obama Presidential Center, planned for a sunny stretch of Jackson Park, has been making headlines around the world for the last few weeks.  But not in a good way. Publications from British tabloids to glossy Asian design mags to conspiracy web sites have been carrying stories about what appears to be growing opposition to the project’s scale, impact, location, and sometimes even its existence. (link link link link link link...

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A Crane Hatches at Wolf Point East
Jan18

A Crane Hatches at Wolf Point East

It was just a couple of days ago that River North Spy Chris sent us photos of crane parts being delivered to Wolf Point.  Now… Bam!  We have achieved crane! Chris has sent in a new set of photos showing a legitimate, if diminutive, tower crane at the heart of the construction for the 628,500-square-foot Wolf Point East. It won’t remain small for long.  Wolf Point East is expected to rise 668 feet over the Chicago River,...

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New Part of Chicago’s Flood Protection System Gets Its First Workout
Jan18

New Part of Chicago’s Flood Protection System Gets Its First Workout

Remember when it rained last week and all the snow began to melt?  You can thank a new bit of Chicago’s deep tunnel system for keeping that mess out of your basement. For the first time, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District used its McCook Reservoir in southwest suburban Hodgkins to slurp up excess runoff until it could be treated and flushed down Saint Lous way. When fully complete, McCook will have a total capacity of...

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