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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Newcastle Adds The Gild to Chicago’s Gold Coast
Apr04

Newcastle Adds The Gild to Chicago’s Gold Coast

Construction crews are digging in for the latest Newcastle apartment building coming to Chicago’s Gold Coast. The Gild will replace a vacant building that was so unremarkable that even the bank that was once in it died of boredom. The Gild under construction in April, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Tina.) Gold Coast Spy Tina sent in this photograph showing work at the site, which is across the street from the long tent that...

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Governor Pritzker Sells Thompson Center to Himself, Plans Giant Loop Mansion
Apr01

Governor Pritzker Sells Thompson Center to Himself, Plans Giant Loop Mansion

In a widely-anticipated move, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker today announced the fate of the former government office building known as the Thompson Center.  He’s going to buy it himself. In a Zoom news conference, the governor stated, “This is an important day for Illinois.  I have forged a unique public-private partnership between myself and myself, relieving the taxpayers of the burden of maintaining this terrible...

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Chicago’s Biggest Architecture Firms to Merge, Move to New York
Apr01

Chicago’s Biggest Architecture Firms to Merge, Move to New York

In a $3.12 billion business deal, Chicago’s biggest architecture firms have agreed to merge into a single partnership, then move the newly combined company to New York City. The new logo of s/LS^gE+bF-fGA+W Services & Architects + Associates The new firm will join the Windy City’s top 31 architecture firm into a single unit known as s/LS^gE+bF-fGA+W Services & Architects + Associates, Inc. LLC.   Ditka’s...

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Hotel Tower Planned For 150 East Ontario. Again.
Mar28

Hotel Tower Planned For 150 East Ontario. Again.

If at first, or second, or third, or fourth you don’t succeed, try try again.  That seems to be the motto of the lonely loam at 150 East Ontario Street, which has been trying to sprout a skyscraper since the height of Gold Coast fashion was leg warmers, scrunchies, and chunky Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry underneath your Freezy Freakies. March, 2021 rendering of 150 East Ontario. (Via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) The...

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Another Piece of Chicago Architecture History Goes From Dust to Dust
Mar28

Another Piece of Chicago Architecture History Goes From Dust to Dust

Easter is a time to celebrate miracles.  But unless The Big Guy, Himself decides to go all Lazarus on 1319 South Ashland Avenue, Saint Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church is gone forever. Saint Stephenson Missionary Baptist Church in August 2020 (Courtesy of Little Italy Spy Blake) Little Italy Spy Blake tithed our tip line with the news that demolition crews have finally done with demolition crews do, and turned this once...

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First Phase of New Affordable Housing Complex Now Open
Mar28

First Phase of New Affordable Housing Complex Now Open

A small victory has been scored for affordable housing in Chicago.  A few days ago there was a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Harrison Row Townhomes, a project from Structured Development. March, 2021 photograph of the Harrison Row Townhomes (Courtesy of Structured Development) Seven of the for-sale townhouses have been completed, and 43 more are on the way.  While it’s a drop in the bucket considering that Chicago has an...

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Enormous South Loop Project Gets Pro Forma Pushback From City
Mar28

Enormous South Loop Project Gets Pro Forma Pushback From City

On the surface, real estate development looks like a runaway rocket sled to the moon.  In reality, it’s more like an awkward fifth-grade dance, with a lot of to-ing and fro-ing, and people in uncomfortable shoes sweating through their shirts while praying they don’t fall down in public. January 2021 diagram of One Central (via City of Chicago) Such is the situation at One Central, the nine-skyscrapered mega...

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