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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Does Magellan Development’s Vista Tower Deliver on Views?  See For Yourself!
Oct24

Does Magellan Development’s Vista Tower Deliver on Views?  See For Yourself!

If Magellan Development names a new building “Vista,” it should probably have some decent views.  And if that building is located on the Chicago River, those views should be somewhat above average.  And if the building is 95 stories tall, the views really almost certainly should be singularly spectacular, right? We’re happy to report: Correct on all counts. Joe Zekas, of YoChicago!, went up to the 70-somethingth...

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Chicago Spire Replacement Not Dead Yet
Oct23

Chicago Spire Replacement Not Dead Yet

Yesterday we told you that 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly decided that Related Midwest’s two-tower plan for the space that failed to become the Chicago Spire is a non-starter. The alderman had a fair number of rather significant problems with the plan for 400 North Lake Shore Drive, including traffic, security, the big honking podium, and the mere existence of a hotel.  Fortunately, the height of the towers in the project...

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Alderman Spikes 1,100-Foot-Tall Chicago Spire Replacement
Oct22

Alderman Spikes 1,100-Foot-Tall Chicago Spire Replacement

In a blocking move that would make Hakeem Olajuwon say, “Oh, snap!” 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly pulled on his Bulls jersey, reached up with political hand spread wide, and blocked a planned supertower in Streeterville. The project in question was 400 North Lake Shore Drive, a pair of skyscrapers at the site of the long-dead Chicago Spire, and the even longer-dead Fordham Spire.  If you don’t know what either of...

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Vista Tower Scrapes Sky In Lakeshore East, Windows Going In
Oct22

Vista Tower Scrapes Sky In Lakeshore East, Windows Going In

If you’ve been wondering about Magellan Development’s Vista Tower lately — and we know you have — word on the street is that things are progressing nicely. The Studio Gang-designed residential and hotel tower, which will absolutely positively not look anything at all like three adjacent stacks of Chinese take-out boxes, is already tall enough to look down on former Lakeshore East belle of the ball, Aqua.  Aqua was designed...

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Another Downtown Chicago Building Lights Up the Night
Oct22

Another Downtown Chicago Building Lights Up the Night

There are lots of ways to add a dash of visual Tabasco sauce to a building.  You can let an artist go to town on it, like the University Center at 525 South State Street.  You can use metal patterns on the facade, like the Marquee Apartments at Block37.  Or you can simply stand back and light up the existing building in patterns of light, like The Willis Tower, The Goodman Center, The Merchandise Mart, and now 24 South Morgan Street....

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