Naysayers Take Note: 1000M About to Go Vertical
Jan25

Naysayers Take Note: 1000M About to Go Vertical

It was just last week I was in a discussion with some residents of one particular southern American city who refused to believe that Chicago kept building skyscrapers throughout the pandemic. When I told them that work was underway on a 73-story residential building, they said “Prove it.” O.K., McHugh Concrete just did. January 22, 2022 concrete pour at 1000M. (Courtesy of McHugh Concrete.) McHugh just spent nine straight...

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CTA Ready to Iron Out Kink in Red/Purple Line
Jan25

CTA Ready to Iron Out Kink in Red/Purple Line

Any time a transportation agency tries to build something fast and sleek, there always seems to be someone standing in the way. Sometimes, literally. Think French farmers with shotguns who didn’t want the Eurostar zipping through their fields. Or Texas dirt ranchers who think high-speed rail is an infringement on their freedom. Or, in Chicago, where there are a number of places where what is now the CTA had to bend its rails to...

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Another West Town High Rise Tops Off
Jan18

Another West Town High Rise Tops Off

Sterling Bay and SOM have put yet another feather in Chicago’s West Town skyline. 345 North Morgan topped off recently at 11 floors. Rendering of 345 North Morgan (Via Sterling Bay) Eleven levels isn’t all that much when it comes to Chicago construction, but being hard up against a set of Metra tracks and a block-and-a-half off of Fulton Market, 11 stories is pretty good for a piece of what is essentially urban infill....

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Stalled South Loop Skyscraper Restarts
Nov09

Stalled South Loop Skyscraper Restarts

Work appears to have resumed on the 74-story residential skyscraper planned to rise at 1000 South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop. Construction on the Helmut Jahn-designed 1000M was paused for a while, leading to a lot of speculation from speculators who like to speculate about its future. Construction at 1000M in August 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) That future got a little brighter a couple of weeks ago, when the City of Chicago...

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Crane Coming Down at 300 North Michigan
Oct11

Crane Coming Down at 300 North Michigan

A tower crane going up is a good sign of progress in the construction of a new skyscraper.  A tower crane coming down is even better. That’s what’s expected to happen this week at 300 North Michigan Avenue.  The eponymous mixed-use building designed a couple of blocks away by bKL Architecture is approaching that special level of doneness where it no longer requires something big and swingy to do the heavy lifting. 300...

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A Reed Sprouts Along the Chicago River’s Southbank
Sep19

A Reed Sprouts Along the Chicago River’s Southbank

It’s been a good year for apartment balcony gardens like mine. Though I didn’t try pumpkins, watermelon, or corn this year (all successful in previous years), the flowers are flowering, the hummingbirds are humming, and the ornamental grass successfully conceals the brick wall of the neighboring building. Also playing James Crockett in his victory garden is .oz concern Lendlease, which recently planted a building called...

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Crane Planted for New Fulton River District Skyscraper
Sep18

Crane Planted for New Fulton River District Skyscraper

With The Loop to its east, and West Town to its west, it’s surprising that we don’t see more hot skyscraper action in the Fulton River District these days. For those of you interested in towers between the two hyperactive markets, Fulton River Spy R. has got your back. 352 North Union under construction in September, 2021 (Courtesy of Fulton River Spy R.) R. sent in these photos of a shiny red crane now rising amid the...

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bKL Up for Michigan Avenue’s Newest Skyscraper
Jul20

bKL Up for Michigan Avenue’s Newest Skyscraper

The latest skyscraper to light up what used to be a forgettable stretch of North Michigan Avenue appears to be making great progress. Construction of 300 North Michigan Avenue in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike.) Loop Spy Mike sent in these pictures of construction at 300 North Michigan Avenue.  The Sterling Bay and Magellan Development project designed by bKL is rising across the street from the historic and awesome Carbide...

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Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off
Jul13

Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off

Just two years ago, the prime block of downtown Chicago at the corner of State and Chicago was a surface parking lot, a row of time-worn brick buildings, and a really quite good pizza parlor. Old school slices still radiate through the neighborhood from Bella Luna, but the brick buildings are gone, and more importantly, the surface parking lot is gone. One Chicago construction in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.) In their...

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West Loop High Rise Gets New Renderings
Jun07

West Loop High Rise Gets New Renderings

With the office building going up at 609 West Randolph Street all topped off and everything, you might think that you’ve seen about all there is to see until it’s completed.  Nope. June, 2021 rendering of 601 West Randolph. (Courtesy of Antunovich Associates.) The boffins over at Antunovich Associates have put together a new set of pictures showing what the project will look like when it’s done later this year....

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