Steppenwolf Theatre Expansion Struts Through Phase Two
Jan10

Steppenwolf Theatre Expansion Struts Through Phase Two

If the COVID-19 pandemic has left you so starved for quality theater that you’re consuming Robert Green material like it was Kit Marlowe, you’re in good company. Chicago’s own Steppenwolf Theatre is laying the brickwork for thespian expansion. Steppenwolf Theatre expansion (Courtesy of Ranch Triangle Spy Joel) This photo was sent in by Ranch Triangle Spy Joel. It shows construction well underway on phase two of the...

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Southbridge Finally Bridging South State Street
Jan10

Southbridge Finally Bridging South State Street

If your regular dog walking route takes you past the Hilliard Towers Apartments because you can’t help but admire some curvalicious 1960’s-era concrete, you might stretch Rover’s legs a little further. Down to 23rd Street, where McCaffery Interests and The Community Builders are putting up Southbridge on the site where the Harold Ickes Homes used to stand. Southbridge under construction in January, 2021 (Courtesy of...

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New Architect, New Look Expected for One Central
Jan06

New Architect, New Look Expected for One Central

When the Chicago Department of Planning and Development announced a public meeting to go over the plans for One Central, it conspicuously didn’t use the 2019 rendering of the project in its announcement. Now we know why. March 2019 rendering of One Central from Perkins+Will. (via Landmark Development) The rendering was based on a the brainwaves of Perkins+Will. But word on the street is that Perkins+Will is no longer involved in...

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Skyline-Changing South Loop Plan Ready to Debut
Jan05

Skyline-Changing South Loop Plan Ready to Debut

If you thought 2020 was the year of the mega project in Chicago, 2021 is no slouch, either. Just four days into the new year comes word that the One Central project is still very much alive.  March 2019 rendering of One Central (via Landmark Development) One Central is a proposal to deck over the Metra tracks just west of the Museum Campus in the South Loop and put up a mini neighborhood that’s maxi on skyscrapers. ...

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Bowing Down Before Saint Regis in The Loop
Jan03

Bowing Down Before Saint Regis in The Loop

Remember back at the beginning of the pandemic, when we were all going to use our quarantine time to learn a new language, read Somerset Maugham, and write The Great American Novel? Somehow none of that happened. Like a Big Gulp cup on the side of the Edens, all those aspirations somehow escaped our grasps. Just like the New Year’s resolutions we made 75 days earlier to be nicer to Larry in accounting, call our mothers more...

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Something’s Brewing at a New West Town Location
Dec28

Something’s Brewing at a New West Town Location

If you asked Santa for a new development in West Town for Christmas, the fat man came through for you. West Town Spy A put a big red bow on a plain manilla envelope full of photos and shoved it through our tip line. The pix show a soil sampling truck boring away at 401 North Ogden Street.   December 2020 photograph of a soil sampling truck at 401 North Ogden (Courtesy of West Town Spy A) Those of you who get your brew by the barrel...

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Take a Gander at Goose Island’s New Skyscrapers
Dec28

Take a Gander at Goose Island’s New Skyscrapers

While you had visions of sugarplums dancing in your head for the last few weeks, the cityscapers over at Structured Development have been dreaming about something else: skyscrapers. December 2020 rendering of Big Deahl (Courtesy of Structured Development) The Fulton River District real estate developer has been given approval by the Chicago Plan Commission to expand its Big Deahl development in Goose Island. The expansion includes a...

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After Five Years, Lincoln Common is Complete
Dec28

After Five Years, Lincoln Common is Complete

With all the satisfaction of slotting the last asymmetrical piece of cardboard into a 350-piece Nancy Drew jigsaw puzzle, McCaffery Interests and Hines have completed Lincoln Common. Lincoln Common (Courtesy of Hines) The $350 million makeover of the old Children’s Memorial Hospital was approved five years ago, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in September of 2019.   The last piece of the Lincoln Common puzzle was The...

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Could 210 South Canal B-MO Glassy?
Dec10

Could 210 South Canal B-MO Glassy?

The first glass panels have gone up at the new BMO Tower rising across the street from Union Station.  West Loop Spy Sam slipped these photos of the construction into our virtual mailbox, and you can already see that the Goettsh Partners design is going to be a little special. BMO Tower under construction in December 2020 (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Sam) GP has been glassing up this corner of the world quite a lot lately.  It recently...

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Union Station Food Hall Photo Update
Dec10

Union Station Food Hall Photo Update

If you’ve looked at Goettsch Partners‘ portfolio lately, you might have noticed that the Loop architecture firm has a crush on glass.  But that doesn’t mean it’s a one-trick pony. Union Station renovation in December 2020 (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Sam) To wit: The Union Station redevelopment plan, which is revitalizing the biggest passenger rail hub in the Midwest.  Goettsch has already gotten more high-fives...

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