Lincoln Yards Public Green Space Almost Ready to Open
Jul16

Lincoln Yards Public Green Space Almost Ready to Open

The first piece of the Lincoln Yards promise is now a reality.  One you can experience in a little over a week. Fleet Fields is part of the open space commitment Sterling Bay made when the city gave it permission to turn a former steel mill into a $6 billion live-work-stay space on the Chicago River between Lincoln Park and Bucktown. The location of Fleet Fields (formerly Lincoln Yards South Park) in the Lincoln Yards master plan...

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110 North Wacker Rises, Bringing Scads and Oodles Along the River
Jul16

110 North Wacker Rises, Bringing Scads and Oodles Along the River

Birds, monkeys, and lumberjacks know the best way to see the forest is from the trees.  That’s why people have been flocking to Chicago’s observation decks for at least 70 years to look down, out, and around at the city’s architecture. Other people who get to see the city from up on high include white color business executives, construction workers, and web site owners like Joe Zekas from YoChicago!.  He...

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Building’s Up, Crane’s Down at Alta Grand Central
Jul15

Building’s Up, Crane’s Down at Alta Grand Central

If you’re a fan of construction cranes, then cast not ye gaze down South Clark Street.  For there, you will not spy the yellow-boned monster that once loomed over Alta Grand Central (207 West Harrison Street). Alta Grand Central under construction in June 2019 (courtesy of Loop Spy Jody) A couple of days ago, Loop Spy Jody got to watch as the Liebherr 420 EC-H 16 that helped build this two-tower residential building graced...

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Checking in on The Sinclair’s Little Brother
Jul15

Checking in on The Sinclair’s Little Brother

When the residential tower at 1200 North Clark known as The Sinclair went up four years ago, people were dazzled by its size, scope, and the fact that combined with other regenerative projects in the area, it was going to transform a semi-gritty corner of Chicago.  But what most people didn’t notice in all the hullabaloo  is that The Sinclair plan came with a little buddy across the street at 1201 North Clark.  That project is...

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Two More Office Buildings Coming to Fulton Market Area
Jul08

Two More Office Buildings Coming to Fulton Market Area

The locations of 1000 West Carroll (left) and 345 North Morgan (right) (Via Apple Maps) Sterling Bay has pulled enough rabbits out of its hat to fill a warren.  But Tuesday, it’s going to reach into its homburg again and feel around for a couple of more hares. That’s when the developer will talk to the public about what it plans to build at Morgan and the Metra tracks, down the street from its West Town headquarters. March...

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New Streeterville Park a Good Alternative to Crowded Maggie Daley
Jul08

New Streeterville Park a Good Alternative to Crowded Maggie Daley

There’s still more hammers and hard hats than tykes on bikes at Bennett Park in Streeterville, but not for long. Bennett Park under construction (July, 2019. Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) Joe Zekas from YoChicago! floated a new raft of photographs our way showing that the quasi-public space next to the new One Bennett Park skyscraper looks just about done. New York’s Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates is transforming...

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The Best Skyscraper Next To The Kennedy Is Now Open
Jul03

The Best Skyscraper Next To The Kennedy Is Now Open

There are some fine skyscrapers lining the Kennedy Expressway these days. Some people are fond of Arkadia and it’s vaguely Olympic parking podium. Others are partial to Skybridge and its deconstructionist whimsy.  There are even those who like Presidential Towers, if only for its pioneering ability to transform a neighborhood.  But the star of the I-90/94 runway show is now 727 West Madison. 727 West Madison (Courtesy...

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Cars Yield To Homes in Lake View East
Jul01

Cars Yield To Homes in Lake View East

Chicago and cars have an interesting history together. Both blossomed around the same time, and the early automobile industry left an impression on the city. The first auto race in America was held in Chicago (to Evanston and back). Car racing was a staple in the early years of Solider Field. Some of the South Loop’s best historic architecture is preserved in the showrooms and garages of Auto Row. And there is still a small...

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City Has a Bee In Its Bonnet Over West Side Apiary
Jun27

City Has a Bee In Its Bonnet Over West Side Apiary

If the only reason you go to the North Lawndale neighborhood is to see the original Sears Tower during Open House Chicago, then you might not be familiar with the North Lawndale Employment Network.  Here’s a thumbnail sketch of the organization: NLEN helps people find jobs when they get out of prison. One way it does that is by employing people to manufacture its own brand of personal care products made with honey.  Think soaps,...

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Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers
Jun24

Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers

One Chicago (the buildings, not the futures exchange) is one of the projects we’re watching more closely these days.  Which is why we’re happy to report that progress is… progressing. The city block across the street from Holy Name Cathedral has been denuded of the three brick buildings which once nestled together along the Dearborn Street side, and three surface parking lots have also been scraped away, leaving...

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