Crane Coming Down at 300 North Michigan
Oct11

Crane Coming Down at 300 North Michigan

A tower crane going up is a good sign of progress in the construction of a new skyscraper.  A tower crane coming down is even better. That’s what’s expected to happen this week at 300 North Michigan Avenue.  The eponymous mixed-use building designed a couple of blocks away by bKL Architecture is approaching that special level of doneness where it no longer requires something big and swingy to do the heavy lifting. 300...

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A Reed Sprouts Along the Chicago River’s Southbank
Sep19

A Reed Sprouts Along the Chicago River’s Southbank

It’s been a good year for apartment balcony gardens like mine. Though I didn’t try pumpkins, watermelon, or corn this year (all successful in previous years), the flowers are flowering, the hummingbirds are humming, and the ornamental grass successfully conceals the brick wall of the neighboring building. Also playing James Crockett in his victory garden is .oz concern Lendlease, which recently planted a building called...

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Crane Planted for New Fulton River District Skyscraper
Sep18

Crane Planted for New Fulton River District Skyscraper

With The Loop to its east, and West Town to its west, it’s surprising that we don’t see more hot skyscraper action in the Fulton River District these days. For those of you interested in towers between the two hyperactive markets, Fulton River Spy R. has got your back. 352 North Union under construction in September, 2021 (Courtesy of Fulton River Spy R.) R. sent in these photos of a shiny red crane now rising amid the...

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bKL Up for Michigan Avenue’s Newest Skyscraper
Jul20

bKL Up for Michigan Avenue’s Newest Skyscraper

The latest skyscraper to light up what used to be a forgettable stretch of North Michigan Avenue appears to be making great progress. Construction of 300 North Michigan Avenue in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike.) Loop Spy Mike sent in these pictures of construction at 300 North Michigan Avenue.  The Sterling Bay and Magellan Development project designed by bKL is rising across the street from the historic and awesome Carbide...

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Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off
Jul13

Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off

Just two years ago, the prime block of downtown Chicago at the corner of State and Chicago was a surface parking lot, a row of time-worn brick buildings, and a really quite good pizza parlor. Old school slices still radiate through the neighborhood from Bella Luna, but the brick buildings are gone, and more importantly, the surface parking lot is gone. One Chicago construction in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.) In their...

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West Loop High Rise Gets New Renderings
Jun07

West Loop High Rise Gets New Renderings

With the office building going up at 609 West Randolph Street all topped off and everything, you might think that you’ve seen about all there is to see until it’s completed.  Nope. June, 2021 rendering of 601 West Randolph. (Courtesy of Antunovich Associates.) The boffins over at Antunovich Associates have put together a new set of pictures showing what the project will look like when it’s done later this year....

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How did 601 West Randolph Go Up So Quickly? Skender Pours the Beans
May18

How did 601 West Randolph Go Up So Quickly? Skender Pours the Beans

Have you ever asked yourself, “Self, how did 601 West Randolph go from hole in the ground to ‘Hey, look at that!’ so quickly?” Go ahead and admit it. We know you have. West Loop Spy Kurt’s divining rod points to Skender Construction, the Fulton Market builder of highly rising things, including this high rise. He points out that the Skendarians kept to a tight schedule: The first four pours (floor 2-5)...

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Trib Condos Creep Closer to Completion
May16

Trib Condos Creep Closer to Completion

The effort to transform the Tribune Tower into a passel of fancy-schmancy condominiums continues on the edge of Streeterville. And form outward appearances, things seem to be drawing to a close. One thing you learn from observing urban construction for 40 years is that a project’s completion status can often be divined by perceiving how tidy the construction site is. The Trib Tower’s construction site has gotten notably...

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601 West Randolph Tops Off, Parties Hardy
May16

601 West Randolph Tops Off, Parties Hardy

In an event full of that special combination of suits and hardhats that makes bankers pose for selfies, the West Loop’s newest high rise topped off on Tuesday. You weren’t invited. The topping off of 601 West Randolph Street. (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Kurt.) 601 West Randolph is the name of the 15-story building in question, designed by Antunovich Associates for Vista Development. It’s actually at 609 West Randolph,...

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As One Chicago Shapes Up, Cranes Come Down
May02

As One Chicago Shapes Up, Cranes Come Down

It was mid-April when the construction sentinels at YoChicago! told us that the crane was about to come down from the 49-story portion of the One Chicago project. Now Gold Coast Spy Jody has sent in pictures to let us know that the crane has landed. And also sent in some new pictures of the 76-story portion of the two-tower complex. One Chicago under construction in April, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Jody.) That 76-story portion...

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