Loop Skyscraper Stalled, Blames COVID
May02

Loop Skyscraper Stalled, Blames COVID

If you’re a theoretical physicist, you’re probably familiar with the phrase “nature abhors a vacuum.” Chicago real estate developers have a similar adage: “City Hall abhors a vacant Loop lot.” That’s why when a real estate developer gets approval to put up a skyscraper in Chicago, it generally has six years to start moving dirt, or the city will force it back to square one. August, 2015...

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City Approves Hight Cut for Michigan Avenue Skyscraper
May02

City Approves Hight Cut for Michigan Avenue Skyscraper

Back in February of this year, we told you that the people behind 1000M wanted to make yet another change to their plan to erect a fancy new Helmut Jahn-designed skyscraper at 1000 South Michigan Avenue. Now the City of Chicago is on board with those changes. June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) Recently, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development sent a letter to the lawyers for 1000M letting them know...

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As One Chicago Shapes Up, Cranes Come Down
May02

As One Chicago Shapes Up, Cranes Come Down

It was mid-April when the construction sentinels at YoChicago! told us that the crane was about to come down from the 49-story portion of the One Chicago project. Now Gold Coast Spy Jody has sent in pictures to let us know that the crane has landed. And also sent in some new pictures of the 76-story portion of the two-tower complex. One Chicago under construction in April, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Jody.) That 76-story portion...

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Four Loop High-Rise Proposals Debut This Week
May02

Four Loop High-Rise Proposals Debut This Week

Four concepts for a new high rise building across the street from the Harold Washington Library will be presented to the public this week. Fourth Ward Alderman Sophia King is hosting an online community meeting to get to know the plans and get input from people just like you. The location of this high-rise will be the current city-owned parking garage at 331 South Plymouth Court. Four groups have entered a competition to design a...

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Historic South Side Center Seeks Expansion
Apr25

Historic South Side Center Seeks Expansion

125 years ago, The Forum opened in Bronzeville. For three quarters of a century, it served as a focal point of the community, hosting events, dances, rallies, and almost every other function where people come together as a community. In the 1970’s, it closed and by 2018 was on the list of Illinois Most Endangered Buildings. It seemed like the only social function in The Forum’s future was a date with a wrecking ball. The...

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LG Proposes Five-Tower Complex Near Fulton Market
Apr25

LG Proposes Five-Tower Complex Near Fulton Market

People who want to live near downtown, and be right up against an active L line can thank their Lucky-Goldstars that LG Development is proposing a new five-tower development on both sides of the Lake Street L, between May and Racine. We told you about space-making for the southern part of this project… wait for it… 63 months ago. A year before that, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a Nobu hotel and restaurant for this...

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BMO Tower Tops Off, Signs Up
Apr24

BMO Tower Tops Off, Signs Up

The 51-story office tower going up across the street from Chicago Union Station has stopped going up, and is now only filling out. The BMO Tower at 320 South Canal Street topped off last week. When complete, it is expected to reach 727 feet into the West Loop sky. 2019 rendering of BMO Tower, formerly Union Station Tower. (Courtesy of Goettsch Partners.) The building will add 1,500,000 square feet of office space to downtown Chicago...

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Skyscrapers and 2,600+ New Homes Planned for Goose Island
Apr19

Skyscrapers and 2,600+ New Homes Planned for Goose Island

These days every real estate developer and his horse seems to have a plan for a 2,000+ home mega project in downtown Chicago. The latest cowboy to push through the bat-wing doors of this saloon is Vancouver’s Onni Group, with Halsted Point. April, 2021 rendering of Halsted Point (via Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture) You may remember Onni from its work-in-progress, transforming Atrium Village into the quad-towered Old Town Park....

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Spring Brings A High Rise to Randolph Street
Apr04

Spring Brings A High Rise to Randolph Street

It was just about a year ago that we told you about crews planting building seeds at 609 West Randolph Street. Eleven months later, a high-rise is sprouting, just in time for Spring. 601 West Randolph under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Kurt.) As usual, West Loop Spy Kurt can be counted on to aim his iPhone 11 at the scene, and send us these pictures of the tower crane being assembled. Though this Vista...

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South Loop Church’s Massive Tiffany Window Goes Out For Repairs
Apr04

South Loop Church’s Massive Tiffany Window Goes Out For Repairs

At a time when too many of Chicago’s holy places are being abandoned, or worse, we bring you a good news story out of the South Loop. The enormous Tiffany window at Second Presbyterian Church has been removed for conservation. Stained glass window being removed from Second Presbyterian Church in March, 2021. (Courtesy of Friends of Historic Second Church.) Thousands of people have admired the 16-foot-tall window during services,...

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