Gensler-Designed Plan for 1200 West Carroll Hits City Hall
Jan07

Gensler-Designed Plan for 1200 West Carroll Hits City Hall

San Francisco architecture firm Gensler doesn’t do a lot of work in Chicago, but we’ve been a fan of the blueprint boffins ever since we launched our first architecture web site way back in 1997.  Back then, Google hadn’t been invented yet, and we were in a city littered with Gensler designs; so we learned to appreciate its affinity for easily-relatable facades and its apparent distaste for parking podia.   December...

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Somnambulant Plans for 900 West Fulton Market Filed With City
Jan06

Somnambulant Plans for 900 West Fulton Market Filed With City

Moaning about the history of Fulton Market being erased by development has become as futile as trying to use the internet without Facebook tracking your every move, even if you don’t have a Facebook account.  With a new decade upon us, we have officially given up complaining about Chicago erasing this chapter of its history in favor of the boring, homogenized, could-be-anywhere-in-the-Midwest aesthetic that appeals to bankers,...

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Site of One of Chicago’s First Walmarts to Become an Office Building
Jan06

Site of One of Chicago’s First Walmarts to Become an Office Building

Remember when there was that cool art supply store right off the CTA Brown Line at Chicago Avenue and then Walmart moved in and the black beret crowd in the neighborhood snapped their Blick Masterstrokes in half when they heard the news?  The building that brings back those gentrification flashbacks will soon be a memory. October 2019 rendering of 777 North Franklin A plan has been submitted to the city for a nine-story office...

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Apartment Building Wedges in to 1140 West Erie
Jan02

Apartment Building Wedges in to 1140 West Erie

Remember those plastic Trivial Pursuit pie wedges that refused to budge when you tried to pull them out of the circle thing, but somehow managed to hide in the carpet so you’d step on them in your bare feet in the middle of the night?  Someone is trying to build an apartment building on one of those things in West Town. December 2019 diagram of 1140 West Erie The location in question is the wedge-shaped piece of land...

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Wayback Wednesday: New Year’s Day 10 Years Ago
Jan01

Wayback Wednesday: New Year’s Day 10 Years Ago

Today, freshly spaded from the archive is a photograph of the Chicago skyline taken on a quiet, somber morning from Lincoln Park January 1st, 2010. Even the squirrels were nursing hangovers. Chicago skyline from Lincoln Park, January 1, 2010...

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60-Story Superior Street Skyscraper Surprise
Dec31

60-Story Superior Street Skyscraper Surprise

Developers backing a new Superior Street tower have lubed up the defibrillator paddles and jolted their patient back into City Hall. Loop North News reports that 40 East Superior has not assumed room temperature after all, as Symmetry Development filed a revised plan for the property on December 11th. March 2017 rendering of 40 East Superior (via Alderman Brendan Reilly’s Office) The last time this rodeo came to town, the prize...

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The 1200 West Fulton Train Pulls Out, Leaves Station Behind
Dec31

The 1200 West Fulton Train Pulls Out, Leaves Station Behind

Plans for a rather visually complicated office building are advancing in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood.  Paperwork has been filed with the city for approval of a two-building complex at 1200 West Fulton Market. It’s actually just one building, with the eastern portion rising 14 stories, and the western portion reaching 18. December 2019 diagram of 1200 West Fulton Market A similar project was proposed for this location...

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Fulton River District Skyscraper Surging Forward
Dec30

Fulton River District Skyscraper Surging Forward

The people behind 344 North Canal aren’t wasting any time. Just days after presenting a plan for the 33-story skyscraper to the public, The Habitat Company has already filed paperwork with the city so it can start construction.  December 2019 diagram of 344 North Canal The SCB-designed tower plan is kitted out with 343 residences, 141 bicycle parking spaces, and 1,400 square feet of retail space.  Address: 344 North Canal Street...

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Fulton Market High Rise Tops Off
Dec30

Fulton Market High Rise Tops Off

The high rise at 215 North Peoria Street has risen just about as high as it can.  Fulton East, designed by the Lamar Johnson Collaborative for Parkside Realty, recently topped off at 12 stories. December 2019 photograph of Fulton East. (Courtesy of Parkside Realty) It’s not the largest or most dramatic building to go up in this slice of town in recent years, but it’s another lace in the shoe that helps West Town march...

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Wayback Wednesday: Christmas Day, 10 Years Ago
Dec25

Wayback Wednesday: Christmas Day, 10 Years Ago

North Michigan Avenue December 25, 2009 (file) In today’s time capsule, we go back 10 years to the afternoon of December 25, 2009.  The view is looking down on the Magnificent Mile from the 50th floor of the John Hancock Center.  Though the snow-crusted idyll of A Christmas Story was set just a couple of dozen miles away, this scene is decidedly more frantic, more noisome, and more commercial as tourists, traders, and...

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