Spring Brings A High Rise to Randolph Street
Apr04

Spring Brings A High Rise to Randolph Street

It was just about a year ago that we told you about crews planting building seeds at 609 West Randolph Street. Eleven months later, a high-rise is sprouting, just in time for Spring. 601 West Randolph under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Kurt.) As usual, West Loop Spy Kurt can be counted on to aim his iPhone 11 at the scene, and send us these pictures of the tower crane being assembled. Though this Vista...

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Newcastle Adds The Gild to Chicago’s Gold Coast
Apr04

Newcastle Adds The Gild to Chicago’s Gold Coast

Construction crews are digging in for the latest Newcastle apartment building coming to Chicago’s Gold Coast. The Gild will replace a vacant building that was so unremarkable that even the bank that was once in it died of boredom. The Gild under construction in April, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Tina.) Gold Coast Spy Tina sent in this photograph showing work at the site, which is across the street from the long tent that...

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Lake View’s Newest Apartment Building Tops Off
Mar28

Lake View’s Newest Apartment Building Tops Off

People looking for a place to live in Lake View are getting another choice.  Optima, the nameplate behind residential developments from Streeterville to Wilmette, has topped off its newest building: Optima Lakeview. March, 2021 rendering of Optima Lakeview (Courtesy of Optima) The apartment building replaces the neighborhood’s Treasure Island grocery store, which expired in 2018.  The seeds for this new building were...

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Loop Skyscraper Design Tweaked
Mar14

Loop Skyscraper Design Tweaked

You know the old saw about the artist who kept sneaking into the museum at night to keep working on his painting years after it had been on display to the public?  Architecture can be like that, too. March 2019 rendering of 300 North Michigan Avenue The people behind the new residential skyscraper at 300 North Michigan Avenue have received approval from the City of Chicago to tweak the design of the 47-story building, already...

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Wolf Point Now Home to a Pack of Skyscrapers
Mar14

Wolf Point Now Home to a Pack of Skyscrapers

We looked it up, and the minimum number of wolves required to make a “pack” is three.  Which works out well for the confluence of the Chicago River and its North Branch, where three skyscrapers now populate Wolf Point. Salesforce Tower Chicago under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of River North Spy Sam.) River North Spy Sam sent in these photos of Wolf Point South, now known as Salesforce Tower Chicago, as it...

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Trib Tower Condo Progress Fuels Speculation
Mar08

Trib Tower Condo Progress Fuels Speculation

It’s been 18 months since we last showed you the back side of Tribune Tower.  Back then, the venerable skyscraper was being gutted by skid steers, and a tailings pile of bricks and sorrow was growing in the parking lot facing North Cityfront Plaza. Tribune Tower under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Jody.) Today, we see a very different scene, according to these photos that Streeterville Spy Jody...

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New Chicago Skyscrapers Look Good in Pinstripes
Mar08

New Chicago Skyscrapers Look Good in Pinstripes

There was a time when people got dressed up to go into The Loop.  But ever since it somehow became OK to wear sweatpants in The Walnut Room, the only place you’ll see a fedora is on a Metra train headed to the north suburbs. Cirrus and Cascade under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy C.) That’s why it’s so delightful to see Cirrus and Cascade, the newest skyscrapers going up at Lakeshore East,...

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Near West Side Residential Building Tops Off
Mar08

Near West Side Residential Building Tops Off

People wondering how tall the new condominium building at 1400 West Monroe Street will get no longer have to wonder.  As they say in Minnesota, “That’s all the further she goes.” 1400 West Monroe under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of JK Equities.) 1400 Monroe topped off (out/off, whatever) recently. The building, designed by Booth Hansen, is expected to be fully complete by the time the leaves on the...

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Construction Begins on Near West Side Building with Family-Sized Condos
Feb20

Construction Begins on Near West Side Building with Family-Sized Condos

Six dozen new condominiums are on the way to Chicago’s Near West Side, as Belgravia Group has broken ground on CA6, its newest residential project. The building at 305 South Racine Avenue is expected to be complete next year.   February, 2021 rendering of CA6 (Courtesy of Belgravia Group) While some developers are embracing so-called “micro apartments,” this is one of the new Chicago residential buildings that...

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South Loop Skyscraper Trying to Build Taller Gets a Warning From City Hall
Feb07

South Loop Skyscraper Trying to Build Taller Gets a Warning From City Hall

Chicago’s real estate development community has looked a bit like a Head and Shoulders commercial for the last nine months, scratching its collective noggin about what’s going on at 1400 South Wabash Avenue. 1400 South Wabash Avenue (Base map via Apple Maps) Five years ago, the city approved a 296-foot-tall residential skyscraper designed by Lucien LaGrange for this location.  That was never built.  But then, almost a year...

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