It’s Full Steam Ahead for a 1,011-Foot-Tall Gold Coast Tower
Mar28

It’s Full Steam Ahead for a 1,011-Foot-Tall Gold Coast Tower

Just days after the City of Chicago gave its blessing to an enormous two-tower project across the street from Holy Name Cathedral, stuff is already happening. Site prep for One Chicago Square (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Jody) Gold Coast Spy Jody snapped the picture above, showing where One Chicago Square will start to rise, and that the old parish parking lot has already been half-scoured from the property. Word on the street is that...

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Vista Tower Topping Off Approaches
Mar26

Vista Tower Topping Off Approaches

It’s getting harder and harder to avoid seeing the Vista Tower looming over Chicago’s river and lakefront.  The Studio Gang design is turning the heads of tourists, and even jaded locals who only look up and gawk when they want to be involuntarily relieved of their wallets. Vista Tower under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) In the photo above from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, we can see the tallest of the building’s...

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Navy Pier Flyover Now Flying Over DuSable Park
Mar21

Navy Pier Flyover Now Flying Over DuSable Park

If you went downtown for the greening of the river last weekend, you may have wondered what’s the skinny on the Navy Pier Flyover. Well, dear shamrock shaker, things are moving along. Navy Pier Flyover under construction (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel) Streeterville Spy Joel sent in the photograph above showing construction of the multi-purpose path’s spine going over DuSable Park. This is work on phase two of three...

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110 North Wacker: From Blueprints To Steel
Feb12

110 North Wacker: From Blueprints To Steel

When Goettsch Partners revealed its design for 110 North Wacker, it included interesting feature: A series of three V-shaped structures along the Chicago River. These elements are designed to help support the fifty-something stories of skyscraper above them, as the Howard Hughes and Riverside Investment and Development project hangs over a new section of riverwalk it will bring to the city. If you have trouble visualizing how...

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Superior Work Begins on Superior House on Superior
Feb04

Superior Work Begins on Superior House on Superior

Site prep has begun on a new condo block in River North.  When complete, Superior House will feature 34 homes in a 12-story building on the corner of Superior and Sedgwick. The building is a project from Ascend Real Estate Group, designed by FitzGerald Associates, with Gary Lee Partners doing the interiors. If you didn’t get the swish corner office at work, then maybe this is where you should sink your Christmas bonus, because...

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Chicago Exports: Goettsch Plants Another Flag in China 
Jan16

Chicago Exports: Goettsch Plants Another Flag in China 

Today we continue a series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. Loop architecture firm...

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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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