Two New Loop Skyscrapers Top Off
Jan14

Two New Loop Skyscrapers Top Off

While the bulk of the architectural press in Chicago has been focused on the St. Regis Chicago tower, just a block away two other skyscrapers have been quietly growing in its shadow. Well, “quietly,” unless you live in Lakeshore East, which has been under constant development since we started publishing way back in 2003. But such are the perils of urban living. January, 2021 rendering of Cirrus (Courtesy of Lendlease)...

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Could 210 South Canal B-MO Glassy?
Dec10

Could 210 South Canal B-MO Glassy?

The first glass panels have gone up at the new BMO Tower rising across the street from Union Station.  West Loop Spy Sam slipped these photos of the construction into our virtual mailbox, and you can already see that the Goettsh Partners design is going to be a little special. BMO Tower under construction in December 2020 (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Sam) GP has been glassing up this corner of the world quite a lot lately.  It recently...

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With Vista in the Rear Mirror, Focus Shifts to Cirrus and Cascade
Dec08

With Vista in the Rear Mirror, Focus Shifts to Cirrus and Cascade

We’ve been watching Lakeshore East evolve since before construction started, and this is the first time that it’s had three skyscrapers under construction at the same time:  St. Regis, Cirrus, and Cascade. Cascade under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) Lots has already been written about the St. Regis Tower, formerly the Vista Tower, formerly the Wanda Vista Tower, (formerly the Dailan Wanda Vista Tower), so...

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One Chicago Reaches 50 Stories, and Still Climbing
Dec08

One Chicago Reaches 50 Stories, and Still Climbing

This time last year, we were hoping to see a pair of brand new skyscrapers completed across the street from Holy Name Cathedral when we showed up Christmas 2020 mass.  But that’s not going to happen.  Hardly anyone is going to Christmas mass in person this year at Holy Name, and the skyscraper duo known as One Chicago isn’t finished yet, anyway. One Chicago under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) But that doesn’t...

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Video: Playing Pac-Man with Heavy Construction Equipment
Nov09

Video: Playing Pac-Man with Heavy Construction Equipment

You love construction equipment, and we love Pac-Man.  Together, we’re a match made in Public Relations Stunt Heaven. Screenshot of the action (via Caterpillar) Earth mover maker Caterpillar marked its 95th anniversary by digging a 30,000 square-foot Pac-Man maze, and populating it with remote-controlled skid steers. If you remember the 80’s, you’ll remember that each character in Pac-Man each had its own...

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From the Air, the Jane Byrne Reconstruction Looks Fascinating, Not Frustrating
Nov09

From the Air, the Jane Byrne Reconstruction Looks Fascinating, Not Frustrating

Not everyone who lives in or visits Chicago enjoys a car-free existence.  And for them, there is the Jane Byrne Interchange. November 2020 construction at the Jane Byrne Interchange (Courtesy of YoChicago!) We haven’t talked about it much since reconstruction commenced on the intersection of the Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Ryan Expressways.  Partly because it’s been going on for eight years, and mostly because you can get the...

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Groundbreaking for New Public Space in Austin Neighborhood
Nov03

Groundbreaking for New Public Space in Austin Neighborhood

Chicago’s Austin neighborhood is getting a new multi-purpose space on the southeast corner of Chicago and Lockwood Avenues.  Groundbreaking was held last week for Pop Courts. Rendering of Pop Courts (via The Lamar Johnson Collaborative) Designed by The Lamar Johnson Collaborative, Pop Courts is part of the city’s INVEST South/West program, and replaces a vacant lot with something better. The designers sum it up best: Food truck...

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61 West Erie Construction Now Underway
Nov03

61 West Erie Construction Now Underway

Things are starting to get messy over on West Erie Street.  That’s where construction is about to start on 61 West Erie, the LG Development project that has changed forms more often than Humbaba battling Gilgamesh.  (Shout out to Mrs. Frolio’s seventh-grade literature class!) September 2019 rendering of 61 West Erie. (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) The original plan was for this to be a 12-story condo block.  Then it...

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Downtown Chicago Fertile Ground for Mechanical Beanstalks
Oct26

Downtown Chicago Fertile Ground for Mechanical Beanstalks

If you’re going to get jumped in downtown Chicago, try to be a crane. Cirrus and Cascade under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) Crane jumps are scheduled for this week at Lakeshore East.  Lendlease is increasing the height of the tower cranes building the Cirrus and Cascade residential towers on the southwest corner of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The window for the big yellow beasts to become super-sized opened on...

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This is the Optima Time to Build in Lakeview
Oct06

This is the Optima Time to Build in Lakeview

Construction is underway at Optima Lakeview, the new apartment building slotting in to the space where the Treasure Island supermarket used to be on Broadway in Lake View. Optima Lakeview will bring 198 new homes to the neighborhood in a seven-story building from — you guessed it — Optima, up in Glencoe. Rendering of Optima Lakeview. (Courtesy of Optima) The supermarket closed in 2018. Optima Lakeview is scheduled to open in 2022....

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