Homewood-Hampton Begins Rising Above Jefferson Street
Sep22

Homewood-Hampton Begins Rising Above Jefferson Street

Due to its geographic proximity to our West Loop bureau, the combination Homewood Suites-Hampton Inn being erected at 108 North Jefferson Street has become something of an office pet here at The Chicago Architecture Blog. Wandering a block north during lunch hour makes for a nice little break from the everyday routine. Plus, if we snap a few photos, that lunch bill instantly becomes a nice write-off. Recently, we upsized our combo...

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New Fence Parks Itself at 205 West Hubbard Street
Aug18

New Fence Parks Itself at 205 West Hubbard Street

Wait…is that possible? Probably not. More likely, work is getting ready to start at 205 West Hubbard Street in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. Why else would you fence off half of your parking spaces? Look for those Divvy bikes to be moved soon from the corner of Hubbard and Wells Streets so construction can begin on the new 9-story office building and its accompanying 22-story residential tower proposed by developer...

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Chicago’s Skyline as a Snowflake
Dec24

Chicago’s Skyline as a Snowflake

It doesn’t take much to get on a politician’s mailing list. Complain about a needed stop sign, fill out a form at a public forum, or even simply register to vote and the next thing you know, you’re invited to any number of fundraisers and envelope-stuffing events. So it’s not remarkable that a Christmas card should show up this week from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly. But what is noteworthy is the design of...

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400 Turns 50
Sep02

400 Turns 50

Where were you July 24th of this year?  That’s no excuse for missing the 50th anniversary of 400 East Randolph Street. The pioneering T-shaped residential building in the city’s New East Side marked 50 years of housing Chicagoans this year.  It was the first building to go up east of Lake Shore Drive, and is so old that the street it was on no longer exists (Outer Drive East). How has 400 held up over the decades?...

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Reilly Rules Wolf Point Won’t Be Spayed By Howling Neighbors
Nov11

Reilly Rules Wolf Point Won’t Be Spayed By Howling Neighbors

The three skyscrapered mega-project due to sprout along the Chicago River late this year has been officially given the nod of approval from 42nd ward alderman Brendan Reilly. Some think replacing the surface parking lot at Wolf Point (350 North Orleans Street) with two office one residential tower is just too much for the neighborhood, the traffic grid, and their views.  But in an e-mail sent to his constituents, Reilly let it be...

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Best. Bike Lanes. Evar.

On June third, Alderman Reilly announced that the City of Chicago was going to copy an experimental form of bike lane currently in use in New York.  It was a slow news day the next morning, so pretty much every media outlet made mention of it. However, since the lanes hadn’t yet been constructed, no one had any pictures. Here’s one sent out by the alderman showing one of the protected bike lanes, sometimes known as...

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New Plan for Chicago’s Old Esquire Theater
Jul24

New Plan for Chicago’s Old Esquire Theater

It’s been many months since we heard about anything happening with the old Esquire Theater (58 East Oak Street).  Now, there’s word from Alderman Reilly’s office that a new rehabilitation plan is being floated. Previous plans included tearing the theater down and replacing it with a residential tower, tearing the theater down and replacing it with a boutique hotel, and rehabbing the property while shoehorning in both...

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Streeterville Skyscraper Stalled by Green Screen
May19

Streeterville Skyscraper Stalled by Green Screen

The residential tower proposed for one of the last open plots of land along Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville has been delayed. 42nd Ward alderman Brendan Reilly had the 45-story project called 500 Lake Shore Drive (actually at 516 North Lake Shore Drive) pulled from the agenda of today’s Chicago Plan Commission meeting because of concerns over how the building’s lower facade looks. The building is a bog standard rectangle...

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Ritz or Roast? Is This The New Rush Street Starbucks?

As the retail chess match on Oak Street starts to settle down a little, more pressure is being put on Rush Street to pick up the slack. The bad economy forced a lot of changes in Chicago’s premiere boutique shopping zone.  Those who could, traded up.  Others faded away.  Still there are lots of stores, both home grown and international, that would like a slice of what’s going on in 60611.   At first, the overflow landed on...

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Fourth Presbyterian Tower: Still Dead

Last week I told you about how the Fourth Presbyterian Church has given up on its plan to build a 64-story tower across the street from the 100-story John Hancock Center and the 66-story tower at 900 North Michigan Avenue.  Since then, I’ve been given a copy of a letter from Pastor John Buchanan that has some interesting details in it. The reasons cited for abandoning the tower plan are politics, the economy, and time. The...

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