Slice of Life: Snow Graffiti
Jan15

Slice of Life: Snow Graffiti

In these days when the temperature refuses to rise to a decent reading, and no amount of Swiss Miss and Lavazza can keep your extremities warm, it’s important to note that not everyone hates winter in Chicago. One of those cheery people is Eduardo Vea, an expat Spaniard living in the Windy City who spent some quality time with his video camera amid the snowflakes, and sent in this photo of how he sees his adopted city in the...

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Smoking Hot Model: Wolf Point West
Jan07

Smoking Hot Model: Wolf Point West

The first of three skyscrapers is rising at Wolf Point, the über-visible promontory intruding upon the confluence of the Main and North branches of the Chicago River. As Wolf Point West (350 North Orleans Street) takes shape on the city’s riverfront,  it’s getting easier and easier to imagine how the tower will look when it’s done.  But if you can’t wait until it’s done, step with us into the studios of...

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Tuesday Trivia: The Chicago of the North
Jan06

Tuesday Trivia: The Chicago of the North

Question: What British town was so proud of its steel mills that in the 1800’s it called itself “The Chicago of the North?” Click to see the answer Answer: Barrow-in-Furness.  The Cubrian town still has a large manufacturing industry, centered around shipyards that build nuclear submarines. At one time, Decatur, Alabama called itself “The Chicago of the South” because of its numerous rail links.  For the...

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Shoptalk: Inside GREC’s New Digs
Jan05

Shoptalk: Inside GREC’s New Digs

GREC is an acronym that keeps popping up on Chicago projects more and more often these days — from the Hilton Garden Inn going up on East Wacker Place to the upcoming Randolph Plaza to Bacardi at the Park down on 35th Street. GREC recently moved into new offices at 645 North Michigan Avenue, and sent over some pictures of the new place, along with a press release you can read below.   GREC ARCHITECTS ANNOUNCES NEW CHICAGO OFFICE...

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Status Update: Let’s Start 2015 at 200 North Michigan
Jan01

Status Update: Let’s Start 2015 at 200 North Michigan

Our first Status Update of the year is a building that’s always a curiosity to tourists and locals, 200 North Michigan.  We talked about the tower with friend-of-the-blog, Thomas Kerwin, Principal at bKL Architecture a couple of days ago, and he was nice enough to send along a set of the latest construction photos.  All photographs by Darris Lee Harris Photography.  Please to enjoy. Location: 200 North Michigan Avenue, The...

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Smoking Hot Model: 645 West Madison
Dec31

Smoking Hot Model: 645 West Madison

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a Smoking Hot Model on the blog, so here’s one that’s so hot it’s red. This is bKL Architecture’s model for 645 West Madison Street, the 20-story, 268-foot-tall office building proposed to slide in between Presidential Towers and the Kennedy Expressway.  Above you can see the building in detail.  Below you can see it in its West Loop context.   Unfortunately,...

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Reader Question: What’s the Deal With the Stranded Buildings on North Clark?
Dec22

Reader Question: What’s the Deal With the Stranded Buildings on North Clark?

Several times a week we get e-mail from readers asking questions about Chicago’s built environment.  A lot of it is elementary school children who want us to do their homework for them. (Hint: 99% of the world’s knowledge is not on the internet. Go find a freaking library!) And most of the rest of it is pretty easy to look up in our archives or current project database. But a question came in a couple of weeks ago from...

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Shoptalk: New Honcho at Habitat
Dec19

Shoptalk: New Honcho at Habitat

There’s a new leader over at The Habitat Company.  Matt Fiascone is taking the lead at the development company, known most recently for its Hubbard Place residential tower (360 West Hubbard Street) in River North. Check out the press release below for the deets: The Habitat Company, a leading property manager and developer, is pleased to announce that Matt Fiascone has been promoted to president of the organization. As...

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Status Update: Tower Transformation in a Changing Neighborhood
Dec16

Status Update: Tower Transformation in a Changing Neighborhood

Even though it’s framed by construction elevators and festooned with plywood, the Northwest Tower (1608 North Milwaukee Avenue) still maintains a silent dignity as it presides over the eclectic chaos that is the Milwaukee-Damen-North intersection. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Daniel Schell skidded by the other day to check out the progress as this 1928 neighborhood skyscraper by Perkins, Chatten & Hammond is...

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JeffJack Aiming For January Leasing Start
Dec12

JeffJack Aiming For January Leasing Start

If you’ve been itching to move into a brand new mid-sized apartment building in the West Loop, break out your red Sharpie and circle January on your calendar.  Unless you use an iPhone, because that will ruin the screen. January is when the leasing office for the JeffJack building (601 West Jackson Boulevard)  will open, according to a note sent over by the developer’s P.R. agency.  We last checked in on JeffJack back in...

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