Chicago Exports: Goettsch Plants Another Flag in China 
Jan16

Chicago Exports: Goettsch Plants Another Flag in China 

Today we continue a series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. Loop architecture firm...

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Near West Residential Tower Going to the People
Jan16

Near West Residential Tower Going to the People

Another building for Chicago’s Near West Side means another chance for you to weigh in on its merits. Twenty-fifth Ward Alderman Danny Solis and the West Loop Community Organization are holding a public meeting on the proposal for 99 South Sangamon, which is the northeast corner of Sangamon and Monroe. The developer wants to put up a 24-story residential block with 193 new homes, designed by GREC.  The tower will sit atop a...

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New Near West Side Condo Tower To Get Public Debut
Jan15

New Near West Side Condo Tower To Get Public Debut

The people who want to put up an 18-story condominium tower on North May Street between Madison and Washington are ready to share their plans with the public. West suburban Sulo Development is already building Hayden West Loop on the same city block.  But this new proposal is twice the height. The new building has the (hopefully temporary) name 19 North May.  Right now that space is construction staging for Hayden, so it doesn’t...

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Lincoln Yards Plan B Nearly Doubles Park Space
Jan15

Lincoln Yards Plan B Nearly Doubles Park Space

Just days after Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins told his constituents that he won’t support Sterling Bay’s vision for the massive Lincoln Yards development, the West Town developer is out with plan B. The main sticking point in the original plan was an entertainment district, anchored by a soccer stadium and a number of live music venues owned by massive global entertainment octopus Live Nation. It’s not that the...

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One Small Hole Indicates The Coming of One Chicago Square
Jan09

One Small Hole Indicates The Coming of One Chicago Square

All great Chicago skyscrapers start with humble beginnings.  And One Chicago Square has humbly begun in the parking lot of Holy Name Cathedral. Gold Coast Spy Tom sent in the photograph above showing soil sampling in the parking lot that will have a 1,045-foot-tall skyscraper in it by 2022. Even though soil sampling crews extract dirt from beneath the surface, we like to think of them as planting the seeds of a skyscraper.  They...

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Run While You Can: Robots Are Coming For Construction Jobs
Jan09

Run While You Can: Robots Are Coming For Construction Jobs

The robots are coming for your job. And I don’t just mean the automatons in the mall dispensing directions, or Amazon.com’ s yellow striped warehouse slabs. I’m talking about the construction industry.  By now you’ve probably seen a drone or two flying around Chicago’s construction sites. They do inspections for management, watch progress for investors, and put aerial photographers out of business.  Now there’s competition at the...

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CTA’s 95th Street Terminal Finished*
Jan08

CTA’s 95th Street Terminal Finished*

The next time you travel to the south side, there’s a shiny new subway station waiting for you.  It’s actually more than that. The CTA’s 95th Street Terminal is more of an intermodal station, like the one in the West Loop, because it handles travelers using the CTA Red Line, more than a dozen CTA bus routes, as well as commercial long-distance bus lines.   On an average day the number of people who use the station is the same as the...

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Another Loop Skyscraper Expanding Upward, Getting Open-Air Observatory
Jan07

Another Loop Skyscraper Expanding Upward, Getting Open-Air Observatory

We’ve written a number of times about buildings in Chicago that were erected with vertical expansion in mind.  300 East Randolph is the most visible example, but there are others like 168 North Michigan and Union Station. Now another one of The Loop’s skyscrapers is getting a vertical expansion.  But you probably won’t notice it unless you work in, or adjacent to, the building in question: Beacon Capital...

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What’s Ahead in 2019, According to Taris Real Estate’s Patrick Buck
Jan02

What’s Ahead in 2019, According to Taris Real Estate’s Patrick Buck

2019 is fully underway, just six weeks after you finally stopped putting “2017” on that one check you still have to write each month.  The news channels are full of people predicting things good and bad for the next 364 days, so we asked Patrick Buck, managing director of Taris Real Estate what he thinks lies head. Mr. Buck sees six key things happening in 2019: Condos come back in a big way Federal Reserve lowers interest...

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Chicago’s NEMA is Way Better Than San Francisco’s NEMA
Jan01

Chicago’s NEMA is Way Better Than San Francisco’s NEMA

If you spent New Year’s Eve with your eyes pointed at the sky enjoying the neighborhood’s totally-illegal-but-the-cops-don’t-care fireworks display, you may have noticed a little something special in the South Loop. That special thing is NEMA Chicago (1200 South Indiana Avenue), the skyscraper growing on the southern edge of Grant Park.  Joe Zekas at YoChicago! sent in the photograph above showing the upper reaches...

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