Another Downtown Skyscraper Delayed by COVID
Jun07

Another Downtown Skyscraper Delayed by COVID

For at least the third time since a deadly disease spontaneously appeared in the United States and most certainly did not originate in any particular nation whose government pays internet trolls to censor, threaten, and extort people who say otherwise, a downtown Chicago building project is extending its construction timeline. April, 2014 rendering of 1061 West Van Buren Cleveland’s own Pizzuti Development has asked the City of...

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West Loop High Rise Gets New Renderings
Jun07

West Loop High Rise Gets New Renderings

With the office building going up at 609 West Randolph Street all topped off and everything, you might think that you’ve seen about all there is to see until it’s completed.  Nope. June, 2021 rendering of 601 West Randolph. (Courtesy of Antunovich Associates.) The boffins over at Antunovich Associates have put together a new set of pictures showing what the project will look like when it’s done later this year....

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Downtown Zoning Document Provides a Reminder About Your Rights in Chicago
Jun07

Downtown Zoning Document Provides a Reminder About Your Rights in Chicago

As any city grows and changes, there are tensions between public space and private property.  In Chicago, it is not uncommon for what is technically private property to be required to be open to the public.  Often, it’s part of the local government’s effort to give people sunlight and breathing room in the nooks and crannies of the city where it’s needed most. Good examples include the big lawn next to 311 South...

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Three Chicago Architects Reflect on The Thompson Center
Jun02

Three Chicago Architects Reflect on The Thompson Center

When architects get together in their buttery leather chairs and tweed jackets, sitting in front of a roaring fireplace, stuffing pipes, drinking cognac, and doing other fictional things, one of the common topics of conversation is the James R. Thompson Center.  It’s become something of a parlor game to try to come up with ways — practical and impractical — of dealing with the former state office building that seems all but...

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Kennedy Canyon Closer to Completion
Jun01

Kennedy Canyon Closer to Completion

The long-term plan to line the Kennedy Expressway with skyscrapers like some 1990’s Japanese video game is about to take another big leap forward.  Chicago City Council has approved 640 West Washington Street. December, 2020 rendering of 640 West Washington 640 (“Six” to her friends) is going to be a 515-foot-tall residential tower hard on the edge of the highway, snuggled between R+D659, and The Catalyst.  It...

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Deconstructionist Thompson Center A Step Closer to Being Deconstructed
Jun01

Deconstructionist Thompson Center A Step Closer to Being Deconstructed

Inside the Thompson Center rotunda. (File) Chicago City Council has approved an ordinance that will help whomever buys the James R. Thompson Center to turn it into rubble. The ordinance is short.  Just three sentences.  But it will have a massive impact on downtown Chicago.  If you’d like to read it, here it is: BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO: SECTION 1. Title 17 of the Municipal Code....

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Montrose Beach to Get 12 Stories of New Neighbors
Jun01

Montrose Beach to Get 12 Stories of New Neighbors

One of the few remaining underdeveloped spots overlooking Lincoln Park is going to become a residential high rise.  Dallas-based developer Lincoln Property Company has filed paperwork with the city to put up a 12-story apartment building at 4600 North Marine Drive. May, 2021 rendering of 4600 North Marine. If you’re having trouble placing the location, it’s the surface parking lot immediately south of Weiss Memorial...

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After a Pandemic Pause, Chicago Architecture Center Fully Reopens
Jun01

After a Pandemic Pause, Chicago Architecture Center Fully Reopens

The start of Chicago’s summer tourist season was a far cry from the way it was back in the Before Times.  What passed for “bustling” this year would have been considered “ghost town” in years past.  But with only half of Illinoisans properly jabbed, perhaps it’s good that we’re not all breathing each other’s air just yet.  Those who did go out and do the tourist thing...

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Bridgeport Church Seeks Preservation, While Lincoln Park Holy Site Heads to Demolition
Jun01

Bridgeport Church Seeks Preservation, While Lincoln Park Holy Site Heads to Demolition

The news about the dwindling number of Chicago holy places is mixed this week.  On Thursday (June 3, 2021), the Commission on Chicago Landmarks will consider two proposals related to the city’s religious history. Monastery of the Holy Cross (via Apple Maps) In Bridgeport, the Monastery of the Holy Cross is up for landmark status.  It’s the former Immaculate Conception Church on the corner of 31st Street and Aberdeen that...

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Enormous North Union Dev Plan Approved
May25

Enormous North Union Dev Plan Approved

The plan to plant five blocks of downtown Chicago with seven skyscrapers and high rises has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission.  Look for the project name “North Union” to start popping up in a few months on construction barriers. May, 2021 diagram of North Union. This land was formerly owned by Moody Bible Institute, which sold it to JDL Development.  You may know Moody Bible from the really great Christmas...

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