2-for-1 Status Update: Getting The Points
Jul23

2-for-1 Status Update: Getting The Points

Loop Spy Daniel scored with a few fantastic new photos of the confluence of the Chicago River’s main and north branches.  In one panorama, you can see the construction at both Wolf Point West (326 North Orleans Street) and River Point (444 West Lake Street). Wolf Point West had its belated ceremonial groundbreaking last Friday.  The tower, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, has been under construction for months...

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Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West
Jul18

Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West

  One of Chicago’s most anticipated building projects of the last 50 years is now officially underway. Formal groundbreaking ceremonies were held today for Wolf Point West, the first of three skyscrapers in the billion-dollar Wolf Point development at the confluence of the Chicago River’s main channel and North Branch. As we’ve documented here over the last few months, construction is already well underway.  But...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Greek-Themed Tower Pins Up the Red, White and Blue
Jul05

Slice of Life: Chicago’s Greek-Themed Tower Pins Up the Red, White and Blue

This Independence Day weekend, there were parades, cookouts, and flags all over Chicagoland.  Our own Bill Motchan snapped this picture of the Arkadia Tower in Greektown putting on its patriotic colors. Arkadia (765 West Adams Street) will eventually be a 33-story apartment skyscraper when it is completed next year.  Its design, by Chicago’s FitzGerald Associates, has several Greek nods in it, in deference to its location.   It...

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Status Update: The First Tree is Planted in Maggie Daley Park
Jul03

Status Update: The First Tree is Planted in Maggie Daley Park

It’s been a long 21 months since construction began at the future site of Maggie Daley Park. When complete, it should be a spectacular addition to the city’s park system and a facility that can be used all year round. For months we’ve watched as the space went from a traditional urban park to a mud pit to a concrete roof to a foam fortress then back to mud. And now it’s starting to really take shape. In the...

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200 North Michigan: The Incredible Shrinking Skyscraper
Jul02

200 North Michigan: The Incredible Shrinking Skyscraper

If you’ve been saving your pennies so that you can live on the 44th floor of the shiny new residential tower going up at 200 North Michigan Avenue… It may be time to re-think that plan. That’s because the 44th floor no longer exists.  Nor does the 43rd or the 42nd.  In fact, the entire skyscraper has been downsized about 9% from 537 feet tall to 488 feet tall. According to papers filed with the city by the developer,...

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Wolf Point Becomes One With the Chicago River
Jul01

Wolf Point Becomes One With the Chicago River

  Winter was rough, and summer isn’t starting out all that nice, either, for Chicago. Last night’s wild storms dumped huge amounts of rain on the city and its primary means of drainage: The Chicago River. One of our downtown spies sent in this photo taken this morning (July 1, 2014).  You can see the construction pits at Wolf Point are flooded, the Chicago River has risen all the way up to the construction fencing,...

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Say Hello To E2
Jun30

Say Hello To E2

It’s been about eight months since we showed you E2, the latest residential tower going up in downtown Evanston. It’s brought to you by Fifield Companies, the people behind K2 in Chicago. Back in October it was the ceremonial groundbreaking for the FitzGerald Associates-designed project which consists of two mid-rise towers linked by a common podium with a total of 356 residences. Check out the press release below the...

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Status Update: Eight Pounds of Hotel in a Five Pound Bag
Jun23

Status Update: Eight Pounds of Hotel in a Five Pound Bag

If you think riding the Red Line north at noon on a Friday when the Cubs are playing is a tight squeeze, you should see what they’re doing down at 66 East Wacker Place. That’s where GDS Companies has construction crews trying to put up a Hilton Garden Inn in a space that we used to think was just a narrow back alley, but turns out to be just the right size for a 26-story hotel, according to the plans drawn up by GREC...

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Status Update: The Ability Institute Tower [updated]
Jun20

Status Update: The Ability Institute Tower [updated]

Streeterville’s newest medical skyscraper is slowly pulling itself out of the earth and taking shape.  The Ability Institute of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (355 East Erie Street) will eventually be a half-billion dollar, 445-foot-tall shiny blue tower on the site of the old, historic CBS Studios building. The core and decks at the parking garage levels will continue to be our primary focus over the coming month and...

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Status Update: Kiddie Camping Coming to Northerly Island
Jun17

Status Update: Kiddie Camping Coming to Northerly Island

Recent aerial photograph of Northerly Island, courtesy of the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor Drawing of the future Northerly Island, courtesy of the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor There was more than sand dunes and waterfowl on Northerly Island this morning. Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined architect Jeanne Gang and others for a status up date on the massive terraforming project.     The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, working...

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