Getting Ready For Another Loop Skyscraper
Oct17

Getting Ready For Another Loop Skyscraper

It was just a few weeks ago that ground was broken for two of the final four skyscrapers destined to rise in Lakeshore East.  Now there are promising signs that a third tower will sprout soon. Pre-construction work for Building O (Courtesy of Loop Spy Jody) Loop Spy Jody dropped some pictures in our tip line after spotting a geotechnical crew doing soil sampling at 193 North Columbus Drive — the space between Aqua and 300 East...

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The Parts Have Arrived to Finish a North Side Recreation Trail
Oct16

The Parts Have Arrived to Finish a North Side Recreation Trail

Gaps may work for David Letterman’s teeth or buying blue jeans, but they are terrible for bicycle paths. That’s why people from Ravenswood to Evanston are excited about the giant hulks of steel sitting on the east bank of the Chicago River’s north branch. Lincoln Village Pedestrian Bridge under construction in October 2019 (Courtesy of West Rogers Park Spy Joel) West Rogers Park Spy Joel spotted the two halves of the...

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Linear Riparian Park Takes Shape Along the Chicago River
Oct15

Linear Riparian Park Takes Shape Along the Chicago River

Chicago’s newest linear park is piecing together nicely along the North Branch of the Chicago River.  Avondale Spy Joel sent in photographs showing construction progress on the 312 RiverRun. Rendering Reality (in progress) When complete, the serpentine bridge will fly for two miles over the river and under West Addison Street to connect Clark Park with California Park. You can see how a great arc of bridge rises and curves over...

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10 Tips For Surviving Open House Chicago
Oct14

10 Tips For Surviving Open House Chicago

Chicago’s premiere architecture event is just days away.  And whether you’re a veteran of the views, or a newbie with a Nikon, there are plenty of things to keep in mind when embarking on this weekend of binge-arching. Recently we were asked for some pointers for getting the most out of Open House Chicago.  The smart thing to do is pick two or three places you want to see, then have a nice lunch and go home.  But...

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Newberry Library Getting a 34-Story Bookend
Oct07

Newberry Library Getting a 34-Story Bookend

For the last 16 years, we’ve gloated every time a surface parking lot was erased from downtown Chicago.  Now it looks like a parking garage is about to meet that Great Urban Planner in the Sky, and we’re not sure how to feel about it. October 2019 rendering of 40 West Oak Street The garage in question serves the Warren Barr Pavilion, the mostly anonymous nursing home with the tony address of 66 West Oak Street in...

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North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones
Oct07

North Side CTA Riders To Get Less Time Staring at Their Phones

A North Side bottleneck that has stalled commuters since your grandpa paid a nickel to ride to Wrigley Field is finally being dealt with. Ground has been broken on the Red-Purple Bypass Project, which will allow the CTA’s Brown Line trains to bypass the Belmont junction, even though its color does not appear in the project’s name. At some point, someone, somewhere thought this was a good idea. (via Apple Maps) When...

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Hilton Finds a Way to Land Two New Hotels in The Loop
Oct07

Hilton Finds a Way to Land Two New Hotels in The Loop

After a feeding frenzy that lasted a few years, recently there has been a slight downtick in the ferocity of the development of new hotels in downtown Chicago.  It looks like developers are getting their second wind. 226 West Jackson Boulevard Hilton is the latest brand out of the gate with plans to put mints on pillows in The Loop.  It wants to plant two flags at 226 West Jackson Boulevard.  You may know it as the former...

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110 North Wacker About to Top Out… Off… Whatever
Oct07

110 North Wacker About to Top Out… Off… Whatever

The 53-story skyscraper that erased the vaguely Mid-Century General Growth Building is about to reach its penultimate height.  110 North Wacker kicked the squatty TuffShed-looking structure into the history books when Howard Hughes and Riverside Investment and Development decided to plant a Goettsch Partners design at this location. Rendering of 110 North Wacker (via Riverside Investments and Development) According to the Chicago...

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Fulton Market “Technology Center” Moving Forward
Oct01

Fulton Market “Technology Center” Moving Forward

Plans for a new building in Chicago’s Fulton Market District have been filed with the city. The so-called “City Technology Center” is planned for 1101 West Carroll Avenue.  That’s a half-block north of Fulton Market, bounded by North May Avenue on the west, and North Aberdeen on the east. Diagram of 1101 West Carroll Avenue The project calls for a new 18-story office and hotel building with a...

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Hancock Replacement Plan Filed With The City
Sep30

Hancock Replacement Plan Filed With The City

Several months after a ceremonial groundbreaking, plans for Chicago’s Hancock Replacement have been filed with the city clerk. No, they’re not replacing the 100-story former John Hancock Center recently neutered in name to 875 North Michigan.  We’re talking about the project officially known as “Hancock Replacement” which will build a new John Hancock College Prep School at 5423 West 64th Place, across...

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