Open House Chicago 2021 Is Officially A Thing
Sep20

Open House Chicago 2021 Is Officially A Thing

By now you know how we feel about the ‘rona-riffic world in which we live. We won’t editorialize this. You’re all adults and able to make your own decisions. Here’s the press release from the Chicago Architecture Center. Decide what to do on your own. CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE CENTER ANNOUNCES MONTHLONG OPEN HOUSE CHICAGO 2021  HIGHLIGHTED BY RETURN OF IN-PERSON SITE VISITS WEEKEND OF OCTOBER...

Read More
A Reed Sprouts Along the Chicago River’s Southbank
Sep19

A Reed Sprouts Along the Chicago River’s Southbank

It’s been a good year for apartment balcony gardens like mine. Though I didn’t try pumpkins, watermelon, or corn this year (all successful in previous years), the flowers are flowering, the hummingbirds are humming, and the ornamental grass successfully conceals the brick wall of the neighboring building. Also playing James Crockett in his victory garden is .oz concern Lendlease, which recently planted a building called...

Read More
Crane Planted for New Fulton River District Skyscraper
Sep18

Crane Planted for New Fulton River District Skyscraper

With The Loop to its east, and West Town to its west, it’s surprising that we don’t see more hot skyscraper action in the Fulton River District these days. For those of you interested in towers between the two hyperactive markets, Fulton River Spy R. has got your back. 352 North Union under construction in September, 2021 (Courtesy of Fulton River Spy R.) R. sent in these photos of a shiny red crane now rising amid the...

Read More
Results of Thompson Center Contest Show the Thompson Center is Doomed
Sep14

Results of Thompson Center Contest Show the Thompson Center is Doomed

Back toward the beginning of the Summer, we told you that the Chicago Architecture Center and the Chicago Architecture Club were holding a contest to come up with ideas for re-using, rather than razing, The Thompson Center — that beloved and behated former state office building lurking at 100 West Randolph Street like an awkward teen-ager in the shadows of a high school dance. The best and brightest architecture minds in the world...

Read More
Setback For Planned West Loop Residential Skyscraper
Sep10

Setback For Planned West Loop Residential Skyscraper

A developer’s plan to build a residential skyscraper in the West Loop has hit a roadblock. The plot in question is bounded by West Madison Street, South Desplaines Street, West Monroe Street, and the Kennedy Expressway. It has the address 655 West Madison Street. The location of 655 West Madison Street (Base map via Apple Maps) An unknown developer recently asked the city how many residential units it might be allowed to build...

Read More
We’re Just Months Away From the Start of Two New Wacker Drive Office Towers
Sep10

We’re Just Months Away From the Start of Two New Wacker Drive Office Towers

Documents filed with the City of Chicago reveal that advanced planning is underway to build two new office buildings on South Wacker Drive, immediately south of the Willis Tower. They also show that construction should start by next Summer. The locations of 301 South Wacker and 321 South Wacker. (Base map via Apple Maps) The buildings, which will bear the addresses of 301 South Wacker and 321 South Wacker will be on the same block as...

Read More
Tiny West Loop Park Getting a Great Big Skyscraper
Sep06

Tiny West Loop Park Getting a Great Big Skyscraper

“There’s plenty of room for a thousand new homes next to Heritage Green,” said nobody ever. But that’s what’s about to happen now that the Chicago Plan Commission has approved Jamal Properties’ commissioned plan to put up two SCB-Designed skyscrapers on a pair of surface parking lots between the over-loved patch of grass and the five-building Presidential Towers complex. August, 2021 rendering of...

Read More
South Loop Getting New Apartment + Hotel Complex
Sep06

South Loop Getting New Apartment + Hotel Complex

The Chicago Plan Commission has donned its mitre, picked up its crosier, and bestowed its blessings on a new mixed-use development in Chicago’s South Loop. August, 2021 rendering of 525 South Wabash. Oddly-titled developer e-Terra+ is the name behind the project which bears the BKV Group monogram, and will land 777 apartments and 314 hotel rooms in a two-tower complex that will ace a low-end parking place, and wrap around the...

Read More
Today’s the Unofficial Start of Construction on the Obama Center
Aug16

Today’s the Unofficial Start of Construction on the Obama Center

It’s been a long time since a ribbon cutting actually marked the start of work on a large construction project. We’ve seen everything from surveying to site prep to foundations to buildings reaching their third floors before all of the bankers, lawyers, and dreamers could be assembled for the all-important grip ‘n’ grin photo that will be put in one corporate newsletter and then forgotten forever. October 219...

Read More
Five Building Goose Island Project Seeks Approval This Week
Aug15

Five Building Goose Island Project Seeks Approval This Week

Canadian builder Onni Group heads to the Chicago Plan Commission this week to ask for permission to transform the old Greyhound bus yard at the southern tip of Goose Island into a mixed-use skyscraper community called Halsted Point. April, 2021 rendering of Halsted Point (via Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture) The design by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture includes over 2,600 new residences, a 28-story hotel, a supermarket, a...

Read More