$500 Million Willis Tower Rehab Will Transform Existing Space And Add Outdoor Deck
Feb01

$500 Million Willis Tower Rehab Will Transform Existing Space And Add Outdoor Deck

The Blackstone Group today announced a massive $500 million rehab of the venerable Willis Tower. The iconic skyscraper will get a major facelift, reconfiguring nearly 460,000 square feet of existing space. Work will commence this month, modernizing the tower and creating 2,500 jobs in the process. Highlights of the rehab will be a new three-story transparent, glass structure above the existing stone plaza. Under the façade, three...

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Studio Gang Apartment Design For St. Louis Has Distinctive Onion Flavor
Dec14

Studio Gang Apartment Design For St. Louis Has Distinctive Onion Flavor

Chicago’s Studio Gang has unveiled the dramatic design for a proposed 36-story apartment building in midtown St. Louis that looks, to me at least, like a bloomin’ onion. The tasty yet unhealthy 1,954-calorie Outback Steakhouse appetizer bears a similar leaflike appearance to Studio Gang’s first St. Louis skyscraper. Englewood, New Jersey-based Mac Properties is the developer. The $130 million project is expected to...

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30 East Will Offer High-Grade Housing For Students And Millennials
Jan14

30 East Will Offer High-Grade Housing For Students And Millennials

Once upon a time students and young urban professionals rented cheap apartments with iffy plumbing, shaky security and invisible supers. A futon, milk crates and concrete blocks suspending 2x4s served as “furniture.” Those days are long gone. A quick scan of the amenities at 30 East Balbo will show that millennials will get far more now than they would have in the eighties. We’ve learned a bit about this new apartment community that...

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New Shopping Mall Coming To South Loop In 2017
Jan14

New Shopping Mall Coming To South Loop In 2017

The South Loop will soon have not one, but two new shopping malls. DNAInfo Chicago reports that Newman Grubb Knight Frank is planning a four-story, 120,000-square-foot mall on the northwest corner of Taylor Street and Jefferson Street. There’s no name yet on the property, but a spring 2017 opening is planned, with construction beginning as soon as March. Residents in the area will be within walking distance of three...

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No Eminent Domain Issues Or Homeowner Displacement Would Impact South Side Obama Library
Jan11

No Eminent Domain Issues Or Homeowner Displacement Would Impact South Side Obama Library

A potential Washington Park site for the Barack Obama Presidential Library received the endorsement of Alderman Pat Dowell (third ward) during a recent meeting on the proposed site. The meeting was co-hosted by Dowell and the University of Chicago. Several hundred attendees heard a presentation on the Washington Park proposal. Dowell strongly supported building the library on the South Side of Chicago at the proposed location. This...

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Biennial Draws A Half Million Visitors, Will Return In 2017
Jan07

Biennial Draws A Half Million Visitors, Will Return In 2017

The Chicago Architecture Biennial is gone but not forgotten. Last Sunday, the event closed after three months. It attracted 530,551 visitors, according to Biennial planners. Those architecture fans visited the Chicago Cultural Center, Rebuild Foundation’s Stony Island Arts Bank, Graham Foundation, SC Johnson’s tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright–designed campus, and the lakefront kiosk pavilions on Chase Promenade in Millennium Park)....

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A Look At Architecture And Design Trends In Commercial Real Estate For 2016
Jan04

A Look At Architecture And Design Trends In Commercial Real Estate For 2016

What trends in architecture and design for commercial real estate will we see in 2016? Based on the opinion of experts in the field, here are some possibilities: The growing popularity of off-price stores with consumers will change the face of retail. That means more opportunities for developers and designers for stores, but they won’t necessarily be taking the form of the old model—e.g., department stores. In fact, the off-price...

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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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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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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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