A Brief Slice of Union West
Nov07

A Brief Slice of Union West

If you haven’t seen what’s happening with the Union West development lately, now you have. Construction of Union West (Courtesy of Near West Spy Joel) Near West Spy Joel sent in the photograph above showing one of Union West’s new 15-story towers from West Washington Boulevard. The ZOM Living project designed by bKL has a second such tower, and together they bring 357 new apartments, 255 new parking spaces, and...

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OHC Photos: Wrigley Building
Nov07

OHC Photos: Wrigley Building

Small things can beget greatness. Look at the humble stick of chewing gum, which gave us the magnificent Wrigley Building. Jennifer Mishra of Wits End Photography got a chance to wander around the terra cotta gingerbread castle during the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago event, and shared these photographs. (And if your building’s sidewalk is polka-dotted with black ovals of discarded flavor, this is a...

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Gold Coast SRO Marks its Twain Between Old and New
Nov06

Gold Coast SRO Marks its Twain Between Old and New

We’re huge fans of affordable housing.  Possibly because in the past we’ve been poor: sold blood to pay the rent poor, lived in the windowless basement of a 7-Eleven poor, taped used cardboard boxes together for furniture poor, etc.  And while all that is (hopefully) behind us now, we’re haunted by the fact that the majority of Americans are just an unexpected medical bill away from living under a bridge. So any time...

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Photos: A Look Back at Open House Chicago
Nov05

Photos: A Look Back at Open House Chicago

If you were among the people who had to put a winter coat over your child’s Halloween costume when you went trick-or-treating, you might be pining for the halcyon days of mid-October already. To indulge your nostalgia for the days of near-past, here are some photographs from Open House Chicago, taken by Jennifer Mishra of Wits End Photography. Jennifer Mishra/Wits End Photography Jennifer Mishra/Wits End Photography Jennifer...

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Clark Street Building’s Vertical Expansion Expanding Vertically
Nov05

Clark Street Building’s Vertical Expansion Expanding Vertically

It’s been a couple of months since we last checked in on the construction progress at 1201 North Clark Street.  Recently Gold Coast Spy Joel ambled by and took the picture below so we can all get caught up. 1201 North Clark under construction (Courtesy of Gold Cost Spy Joel) You can clearly see the distinction between the now gutted original four-story brick-clad building, and the four stories being added to its top.  The...

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By a Thousand Cuts: Another Tiny Slice of Gold Coast History to be Chopped
Nov04

By a Thousand Cuts: Another Tiny Slice of Gold Coast History to be Chopped

If you walk down the Oak Street Retail Corridor your eye may be caught by fancy brand names, people with impossibly polished skin, and the place where Governor Blagojevich used to get his famous hair famously cut before now getting clipped at a federal pokey in Colorado.  But if you look beyond what is commonly seen to what is not commonly seen, you will see two things: architecture and history. 113 East Oak Street (July 2007) The...

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2019 Stats and 2020 Open House Chicago Dates Announced
Nov04

2019 Stats and 2020 Open House Chicago Dates Announced

Chicago’s premiere architecture event continues to grow.  Numbers released by the Chicago Architecture Center show that 109,000 people attended last month’s Open House Chicago. The skyline during Open House Chicago. Photography was invented for cities like this. (Courtesy of Jennifer Mishra/Wits End Photography) That’s an eight percent increase in people over last year.  If you’re counting bodies through...

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Key Link in Navy Pier Flyover Unchanged, But Still Improved
Nov04

Key Link in Navy Pier Flyover Unchanged, But Still Improved

Six months ago we showed you a picture of the Navy Pier Flyover as it nearly, almost, just about connected to the Lake Shore Drive Bridge.   Four months later, Streeterville Spy Joel popped by to check on the construction progress, and… oh, wait… well, hmm… October 2019 Navy Pier Flyover construction (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel) It’s exactly the same. The ramp that puts the “flyover” in the...

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Pictures From the 1000M Groundbreaking
Oct29

Pictures From the 1000M Groundbreaking

Recently we told you that a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the South Loop for 1000M, the 74-story Helmut Jahn-designed residential building.   June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) We also told you that some people are skeptical about this project, but that we’re still believers.  In part because just a few months ago Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development said lawyers for the...

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Obama Center Design Revised Again
Oct28

Obama Center Design Revised Again

The design of the Barack Obama Presidential Center has been tweaked again.  Today the Obama Foundation released new information and renderings of the museum campus it wants to build in Jackson Park. October 219 rendering of the Obama Presidential Center (Courtesy of the Obama Foundation) The most notable change is in the main museum tower.  It’s still 235 feet tall, but its shape is a little slimmer and it features large...

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