Seventy-Six-Story South Loop Skyscraper Officially Finished
Oct26

Seventy-Six-Story South Loop Skyscraper Officially Finished

While you’re shining up your comically oversized turkey fork for Thanksgiving, keep it handy for your next trip to the South Loop. There, you can stick it in NEMA Chicago, because that building is done.  NEMA Chicago (Photograph by John Boehm, courtesy of Crescent Heights) Miami developer Crescent Heights announced recently that the skyscraper designed by Rafael Viñoly at 1200 South Indiana Avenue is officially complete,...

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Downtown Chicago Fertile Ground for Mechanical Beanstalks
Oct26

Downtown Chicago Fertile Ground for Mechanical Beanstalks

If you’re going to get jumped in downtown Chicago, try to be a crane. Cirrus and Cascade under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) Crane jumps are scheduled for this week at Lakeshore East.  Lendlease is increasing the height of the tower cranes building the Cirrus and Cascade residential towers on the southwest corner of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The window for the big yellow beasts to become super-sized opened on...

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Chicago Skyscraper Developers Adjust to Work-From-Home Era
Oct26

Chicago Skyscraper Developers Adjust to Work-From-Home Era

We love working from home the way a Sox fan loves a bar fight.  But not everyone has the luxury of a private balcony from which they can watch a hawk disassemble a pigeon on the roof of the Bankers Building during a Zoom meeting. Some Chicago developers are making changes to their buildings in order to make them more attractive to those who find themselves suddenly without offices or classrooms. The latest is NEMA Chicago, the...

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Lincoln Park Church Wants to Add Mid-Rise Residential Building
Oct26

Lincoln Park Church Wants to Add Mid-Rise Residential Building

In Chicago, church-to-residence conversions are as common as Mexican restaurants on Check, Please!.  It’s getting so that you can’t swing a censer without knocking out a stained glass living room feature window. The latest conjunction of church and sleep is proposed at the Second Church of Christ, Scientist in Chicago’s Park West neighborhood.    October 2020 drawing of the Second Church of Christ, Scientist residential building...

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Another Hotel Coming to Downtown Chicago
Oct26

Another Hotel Coming to Downtown Chicago

The tourists are few and far between these days, but there are plenty of people who are getting ready for the outstaters to flood back into town.  Among them, Praia Management Group, which wants to open a new hotel at 862 North Orleans Street. October 2020 rendering of 862 North Orleans The Chicago Plan Commission has approved what is listed in the paperwork as “Stob Hotel.”  It’s a brand we have not heard of before, and...

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West Loop Office Building Moves Forward
Oct26

West Loop Office Building Moves Forward

The proposed office building at 601 West Randolph Street is a step closer to becoming a reality.  The Chicago Plan Commission has thumbed the project from Vista Development, slated to land a 15-story office building on a surface parking lot. Rendering of 601 west Randolph (Va the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) The project was designed by Antunovich Associates, and will preserve the evocative four-story code orange pile on the...

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Le Colonial’s Former Colony Under Siege
Oct26

Le Colonial’s Former Colony Under Siege

It’s been a very long time since we would stand in the shadows outside of 937 North Rush Street and startle passing tourists who only noticed us out of the corners of their eyes.  Good times. Back then, 937 was the home of Le Colonial, one of the Gold Coast’s social touchstones.  A frequent haunt of shopgirls and their clients, ladies who lunch, and people trying to channel their inner Graham Greene or Somerset Maugham over...

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Open House Chicago Now In Extended Play Mode
Oct22

Open House Chicago Now In Extended Play Mode

If the most recent University of Chicago Medicine TV ad hasn’t made you jump in front of a CTA bus yet, you may have taken that conveyance around town during Open House Chicago this week.  If you didn’t, you’re in luck.  Open House Chicago is now an EP. We didn’t do much with OHC this year because it is so watered down.  The houses are “open” in title only.  It’s essentially self-guided tours that you could...

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Jim Lowenberg 1934-2020
Oct19

Jim Lowenberg 1934-2020

The man who turned a grotty corner of The Loop into an architectural showcase and ushered in an age of downtown Chicago mega-developments has died. Jim Lowenberg was 86 years old. Lowenberg went into the family business after earning a degree in architecture from M.I.T. Building on a successful career designing skyscrapers around downtown Chicago, he helped found Magellan Development in 1996. That enabled him to create his crowning...

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A New Skyscraper Opens in The Loop
Oct18

A New Skyscraper Opens in The Loop

It’s been a while since anyone cut the ribbon on a new office tower in the throbbing heart of Chicago.  So we’re happy to swing a scimitar at a bottle of bubbly to celebrate the opening of 110 North Wacker. 110 North Wacker (Photograph © Nick Ulivieri Photography/Courtesy of Goettsch Partners) We’ve been keeping you updated on the Howard Hughes/Riverside Investment and Development skyscraper for almost four years...

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