Every Web Page About the Aon Center is About to Become Wrong
Nov12

Every Web Page About the Aon Center is About to Become Wrong

If you’re a fan of Wikipedia, the wannabe encyclopedia that’s the equivalent of asking a bunch of strangers at a bus stop to do your homework, it will soon need to be updated.  Along with the 8,643 other web sites that catalog skyscraper heights. Right now, the Aon Center’s “architectural height” is 1,136 feet.  That means to the top of the mechanical room that hides all of the HVAC equipment.  That space...

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Small Apartments Making Big Progress on Clark Street
Nov12

Small Apartments Making Big Progress on Clark Street

The 800 block of North Clark Street seems like it’s been under construction since cows trotted along the LaSalle Street cattle path in The Loop. First it was the Bush Temple of Music at number 800 being renovated into apartments.  Then it was the LDS building being erected at number 816.  Now things are popping at 810 North Clark, where a mid-rise apartment building is going in from the same people who brought us the revamped...

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A Little Skyscraper Abracadabra Along Grant Park
Nov07

A Little Skyscraper Abracadabra Along Grant Park

Sometimes the monotony of life becomes a way of life.  Keep your head down.  Stay off the boss’ radar.  Don’t attract attention.  But keeping our heads down, while a common survival skill, prevents us from seeing the marvels the city of Chicago serves up around us every day. You don’t need Cher to give you a wet slap across the face to snap out of it.  Just look at the animation below. Joe Zekas of YoChicago! sent...

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110 North Wacker Pushes Above Street Level
Nov06

110 North Wacker Pushes Above Street Level

The Loop’s newest skyscraper is finally visible to all passers-by, so get ready to gawk. 110 North Wacker was previously only visible to people commuting on Lower Wacker Drive, and tourists taking a Chicago River cruise.  Now its concrete elevator core has risen high enough that it can be plainly seen by anyone who cares to cast a glance in its direction. These photos from Loop Spy Chris show the core in full sprout mode on the...

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See How Chicago Grows
Nov06

See How Chicago Grows

It’s no secret that Chicago’s Near North side has grown by leaps and bounds over the last five years.  But how do you show that visually? Some people try maps.  Some use charts.  Others write long-winded blog posts that seemingly have nothing to do with the topic at hand. (Guilty!)  But Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! has a better way: A single photograph. Well, it’s actually two photographs.  One taken in 2013, and...

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Chicago’s Christmas Present? A 1,011+ Foot Tall Skyscraper
Nov05

Chicago’s Christmas Present? A 1,011+ Foot Tall Skyscraper

If you want to get the skyscraper nerd in your life a present, erecting the sixth-tallest building in Chicago isn’t a bad place to start. That’s the red ribbon box developers are giving the city, according to Crain’s Chicago Business. The publication reports that construction on One Chicago Square is expected to start in January 2019. This date is mentioned in a larger article about how Sterling Bay has joined JDL...

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Obama Center Approved by Council, but Challenges Remain
Nov05

Obama Center Approved by Council, but Challenges Remain

Chicago city council has approved an ordinance that spells out how the Barack Obama Presidential Center will become a reality. The Cliff’s Notes version is that the Obama Foundation must raise money to build the museum, then raise more money for an endowment to run it, then build the museum, then give the facility to City Hall, along with ten bucks.  That’s a rent of 10¢ a year, for 99 years. Even though several aldermen...

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The Cooper: Southbank’s First Tower Now Officially Open
Oct30

The Cooper: Southbank’s First Tower Now Officially Open

The South Loop’s residential expansion continues with an official grand opening of The Cooper, Lendlease’s new apartment tower at 720 South Wells Street. The Cooper is the first new residential building going in at Southbank. Four more are coming, as Australia’s Lendlease transforms the former wasteland between Roosevelt Road and River City into a new enclave along the Chicago River.  It’s like Lakeshore East,...

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1050 and 1125 West Van Buren Get Resized Again
Oct29

1050 and 1125 West Van Buren Get Resized Again

If you’ve been itching to move into one of a pair of new residential blocks along the Eisenhower Expressway, near Target, with excellent rail and bus service… you’re gonna need more calamine lotion.  1050 and 1125 West Van Buren are going to the people.  Again. The two towers have been in the works since the Romans invaded Gaul, and Julius Caesar predicted the rise of malignant social media with his FaceParchment...

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Open House Chicago Sets Records, Strains Necks
Oct29

Open House Chicago Sets Records, Strains Necks

If you were one of the 100,000 people who attended Open House Chicago earlier this month, congratulations!  You were part of a record setting event. Word out of the Chicago Architecture Foundation is that attendance for the city’s annual architecture festival reached six figures this year. Coincidentally, regional chiropractors report a 14% increase in “looking up”-style neck strain, dentists saw a 16% increase is...

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