Watching the Watchers: The Webcams on Chicago’s Skyscrapers
Sep27

Watching the Watchers: The Webcams on Chicago’s Skyscrapers

Internet cameras have been around longer than the world wide web. We installed one of the planet’s first public webcams way back during the Clinton administration. It showed the Houston skyline as a hurricane swept through the city. Not many people watched it, largely because there weren’t that many people who had computers capable of streaming internet video back then. Things have changed, and now you can use your...

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Crane Nests on Wolf Point for Salesforce Tower Chicago
Sep08

Crane Nests on Wolf Point for Salesforce Tower Chicago

Labor Day is over, and so the world returns from summer vacation and gets back to work. Or it would, if more than half of the people in Chicago weren’t working from home because of asshats like my coworker who has violated Chicago’s travel-to-a-hideously-infected-state-and-get-a-free-quarantine rules. Twice. With that out of our systems, we turn to what’s happening on Wolf Point, where hardhats busy erecting...

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Digging In at Salesforce Tower Chicago
Aug23

Digging In at Salesforce Tower Chicago

If you haven’t returned to the office yet, or if you belong to one of the companies that’s never ever going back to the office, you might not know that work is continuing on Salesforce Tower Chicago. August 2020 construction of Salesforce Tower Chicago (Courtesy of YoChicago!) The skyscraper formerly known as Wolf Point South is busy bring born on the southern tip of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, complete with...

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Hopes Dashed: Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Remains On Hold
Aug10

Hopes Dashed: Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Remains On Hold

Last week we showed you pictures of construction workers toiling at 1000 South Michigan Avenue, the location where the 1000M residential tower was going up until recently. It we got your hopes up with those pictures, sorry. It was a false alarm. Construction at 1000M in August 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) 1000M’s public relations team tells us those workers from McHugh Construction weren’t actually working on the tower....

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One Chicago Has So Much Glass
Aug09

One Chicago Has So Much Glass

There’s a race going on at the corner of State Street and Chicago Avenue. Across from Holy Name Cathedral, it seems like two teams of construction workers are in a competition. The concrete people, pouring floors; and the glaziers trying to glass them in. One Chicago under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) That’s an obtuse way of saying that the windows of One Chicago seem to be going up awfully quickly. Much more...

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Getting Bentham
Aug09

Getting Bentham

If you’ve wondered what’s the skinny on The Bentham, wonder no longer. River North Spy Joel has your back. The Bentham, under construction at 146 East Erie Street. (Courtesy of River North Spy Joel) He sent in this photograph of construction progress at 146 West Erie Street. This was formerly the well-known neon-decorated Erie-LaSalle Body Shop, but is now rapidly becoming The Bentham. The Sedgwick Properties property will...

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1200 North State is Gone. Long Live 1200 North State
Aug09

1200 North State is Gone. Long Live 1200 North State

If your muscle memory keeps bringing you to the corner of State and Division when you need to use a cash machine, you really should stop that. The Chase bank at 1200 North State Parkway closed months ago. And as we can see in this photograph from Gold Coast Spy Joel, the building is gone now, too. 1200 North State under construction (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Joel) In its place will rise an 11-story residential building designed by...

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Lots of Progress at the Clark and Division Residential Topper
Aug09

Lots of Progress at the Clark and Division Residential Topper

A lot has changed at the corner of Clark and Division Street since the days when the only reason a lot of people went there was in search of a flop house, an after-hours bar, or they accidentally got off the Red Line a stop too early or too late. The CTA rebuilt the L station, Fifield rebuilt the Jewel-Osco, and several neighboring buildings are also being rebuilt. 1201 North Clark under construction (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Joel)...

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One Chicago Really Glassing Up The Gold Coast
Jul27

One Chicago Really Glassing Up The Gold Coast

A few weeks ago we told you that the first panes of glass were being applied to One Chicago, the two-tower residential complex rising in what used to be Holy Name Cathedral’s parking lot.  Now we have two updated photographs showing the fenestration penetration at the site. July 2020 construction of One Chicago (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Joel) The first comes from Gold Coast Spy Joel, who took this picture from Chicago and...

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What a COVID-19 Construction Stoppage Looks Like
Jul18

What a COVID-19 Construction Stoppage Looks Like

Last month we told you that construction was halted at 1000M because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.   Shortly after that announcement, the YoChicago! YoCopter happened to be over the site, and this picture was dropped into our tip line. Construction progress at 1000M (June 2020, Courtesy of YoChicago!) It looks like everything at 1000 South Michigan Avenue was neatly packed up and put where it belongs.  A place for...

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