110 North Wacker is Dead. Long Live 110 North Wacker.
Mar29

110 North Wacker is Dead. Long Live 110 North Wacker.

If you ever wanted to take a really good picture of 123 North Wacker Drive, now’s your chance. Also, if you ever wanted to take any picture at all of the old General Growth Building, you’re out of luck. As you can see in the photograph above, sent in by Loop Spy Chris, the General Growth Building at 110 North Wacker Drive is gone.  From the feedback we’ve heard, most people are OK with seeing GGP’s old...

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What Apple Thinks of Chicago’s Architecture
Mar28

What Apple Thinks of Chicago’s Architecture

Unless you also blew away every one of your news apps while you were deleting Facebook over the weekend, you know that Apple held a town hall meeting in Chicago.  One of a very few that have ever been taken outside of northern California. The event was held at Lane Tech High School in North Center, a school known for producing everything from scientists to TV news anchors in abundance. During its presentation, Apple paid homage to the...

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One Bennett Park Peeks in on Grant Park
Mar27

One Bennett Park Peeks in on Grant Park

You’d expect a building with the statue of One Bennett Park (451 East Grand Avenue) to offer incredible views.  Now we can see just how incredible. In the photograph above of the construction of the 836-foot-tall One Bennett Park, taken from One Grant Park by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!, we can see a huge portion of the tower rising above Streeterville and Lakeshore East, gazing upon Grant Park. We also see that the amazing view...

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Essex on the Park Eclipses Nearby Hilton Chicago 
Mar26

Essex on the Park Eclipses Nearby Hilton Chicago 

It’s only been a month since we last checked in on the construction of Essex on the Park (800 South Michigan Avenue), and the thing is sprouting like spring tulips in a Michigan Avenue median.  Eventually.  We promise they will. As for the Essex, since the end of February it’s put on a dozen floors as it climbs to an eventual 56-stories in height.  This time last month, it was the same height as the Hilton Chicago (720...

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River District Revised, Upsized, and Amazon-ized
Mar26

River District Revised, Upsized, and Amazon-ized

Forget all those nice diagrams submitted to the City of Chicago last September showing the details of the proposed River District development on the Chicago River.  According to a vinyl banner hanging on a bridge, things have just gotten a lot more interesting at the Tribune Media development. A photograph of the banner in question has been making the rounds of the internet for the last few days.  Word is that there is at least one...

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Related Midwest Has A New Plan For Fulton Market
Mar21

Related Midwest Has A New Plan For Fulton Market

It was back to the drawing board for real estate developer Related Midwest after it debuted its plan for a huge condo tower at 170 North Peoria Street (900 West Randolph) in the greater Fulton Market area.  Now the River North concern has a new plan for the on the west side of the street between Lake and Randolph. In the previous plan, Related teamed up with Tucker Development to put forward a a 51-story residential building.  it...

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In Case You Missed It: The Viceroy Is Open
Mar21

In Case You Missed It: The Viceroy Is Open

It’s been seven months since we told you about the opening of The Viceroy Chicago (1112 North State Street).  That’s the new name for the recently remodeled Hotel Cedar on the shoulder of Viagra Triangle in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Back in September we noted that opening weekend was quite busy.  Things must still be hopping over there because it’s only now that architecture firm Goettsch Partners has...

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Community Groups Intensify Push for New North Branch Park
Mar19

Community Groups Intensify Push for New North Branch Park

Ever since the City of Chicago released the framework for redeveloping the North Branch Industrial Corridor into a new bustling neighborhood of tech firms, trendy restaurants, and glittering high rises, people who actually live in and near the area have worried that an opportunity is being missed.  An opportunity to create new parks for the people who will actually live there. The city’s redevelopment plan was shown at 18...

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CMK and LendLease Divorce, Cut Riverline Baby in Two
Mar14

CMK and LendLease Divorce, Cut Riverline Baby in Two

A couple of companies building a neighborhood in the South Loop apparently don’t remember their Old Testament, because River North’s CMK and Australia’s LendLease are going their separate ways, and slicing their baby in two. Dating someone overseas is always tough. The Chicago Tribune has the scoopage. Even though both sides are talking, neither is airing its dirty laundry.  After all, both have done successful...

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Union West to Break Ground Any Minute Now
Mar13

Union West to Break Ground Any Minute Now

ZOM Living is going to break ground on its Union West project this month, according to a recent press release. The Orlando developer plans to build two 15-story residential towers at 933 West Washington Street in Chicago’s Near West side neighborhood. The project was designed by bKL Architecture in The Loop, and includes 357 apartments split between a pair of 196-foot-tall buildings.  There are also 255 parking spaces, and...

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