One Small Hole Indicates The Coming of One Chicago Square
Jan09

One Small Hole Indicates The Coming of One Chicago Square

All great Chicago skyscrapers start with humble beginnings.  And One Chicago Square has humbly begun in the parking lot of Holy Name Cathedral. Gold Coast Spy Tom sent in the photograph above showing soil sampling in the parking lot that will have a 1,045-foot-tall skyscraper in it by 2022. Even though soil sampling crews extract dirt from beneath the surface, we like to think of them as planting the seeds of a skyscraper.  They...

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Run While You Can: Robots Are Coming For Construction Jobs
Jan09

Run While You Can: Robots Are Coming For Construction Jobs

The robots are coming for your job. And I don’t just mean the automatons in the mall dispensing directions, or Amazon.com’ s yellow striped warehouse slabs. I’m talking about the construction industry.  By now you’ve probably seen a drone or two flying around Chicago’s construction sites. They do inspections for management, watch progress for investors, and put aerial photographers out of business.  Now there’s competition at the...

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CTA’s 95th Street Terminal Finished*
Jan08

CTA’s 95th Street Terminal Finished*

The next time you travel to the south side, there’s a shiny new subway station waiting for you.  It’s actually more than that. The CTA’s 95th Street Terminal is more of an intermodal station, like the one in the West Loop, because it handles travelers using the CTA Red Line, more than a dozen CTA bus routes, as well as commercial long-distance bus lines.   On an average day the number of people who use the station is the same as the...

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Chicago’s NEMA is Way Better Than San Francisco’s NEMA
Jan01

Chicago’s NEMA is Way Better Than San Francisco’s NEMA

If you spent New Year’s Eve with your eyes pointed at the sky enjoying the neighborhood’s totally-illegal-but-the-cops-don’t-care fireworks display, you may have noticed a little something special in the South Loop. That special thing is NEMA Chicago (1200 South Indiana Avenue), the skyscraper growing on the southern edge of Grant Park.  Joe Zekas at YoChicago! sent in the photograph above showing the upper reaches...

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Two-Tower 845 West Madison Project Breaks Ground
Dec18

Two-Tower 845 West Madison Project Breaks Ground

If you want to put a little “Opa!” in your life, a new mixed-use development is underway that may be just the flaming cheese your Greek alter ego craves.  845 West Madison broke ground recently on the Greektown-adjacent block where the H2O+ personal care products factory once stood, behind the Mariano’s. It’s a two-tower GREC Architects design for Lendlease and The John Buck Company that will being 586 new...

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This is What a 95-Story Skyscraper Does to Chicago’s Skyline
Dec18

This is What a 95-Story Skyscraper Does to Chicago’s Skyline

Chicago has one of the world’s great skylines.  And some of the things that make it great are the supertall buildings that punctuate it like the paper tape from a politician’s lie detector test. You’ve known for years that the construction of Magellan Development’s Vista Tower would be a skyline-changing event.  Now just in time to impress your downstate relatives coming to visit for Christmas, we can really...

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Heavy Lifting Puts CTA’s 95th Street Project On Track
Dec10

Heavy Lifting Puts CTA’s 95th Street Project On Track

The Chicago Transit Authority’s transformation of the 95th Street Red Line station is becoming visible to people who don’t even ride mass transit. Officially, this is a “terminal,” not a “station” because it is the end of the line for passengers.  But hope springs eternal for the Red Line extension down to 130th street, now in its fourth decade of promises from the city’s politicians. When...

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What Grows During a Chicago Winter? Skyscrapers!
Dec10

What Grows During a Chicago Winter? Skyscrapers!

We’re still months away from the triumphant, intrepid return of the tulips and daffodils in Chicago’s parks, parkways, and park-like medians.  But amid the gloom of day and threat of snow, the city is still able to raise a bumper crop of our favorite wintertime produce: skyscrapers. For example, the concrete beanstalk sprouting at 110 North Wacker Drive, seen below in a photograph from Loop Spy Chris. According to Goettsch...

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Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity
Dec05

Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity

We’re learning more of the nitty-gritty details involved in the Union Station redevelopment recently approved by the City of Chicago. A lot of it is just numbers and trivia, but a few things stand out. The former Harvey House at Union Station will be renovated into a new entrance to the Great Hall from South Clinton Street.  But it will also have plenty of leasable retail space.  Hopefully this space will end up being another...

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Another River North Condo Block Tops Out/Off
Dec03

Another River North Condo Block Tops Out/Off

There will soon be 38 more options for people who want to live in River North.  That’s the number of condominiums that will be available soon at Three Sixty West, the Belgravia Group building going up at 360 West Erie Street. Three Sixty West topped out recently, and is expected to start welcoming new homeowners in the spring of 2019.  It’s already 60% sold. When we last reported on Three Sixty, the GREC design was slated...

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