Construction Update Two-Fer: Vista and Bennett
Jun01

Construction Update Two-Fer: Vista and Bennett

As Chicago’s skyline transforms itself once again, it’s easy to get a little crick in your neck looking up all the time.  So, instead it’s better to look out. As in this view looking out from NEMA Chicago, taken by Joe Zekas of YoChicago! last week.  It shows the progress of the Vista Tower in Lakeshore East in the foreground, with One Bennett Park in Streeterville in the background. Unlike most cities which have a...

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Wolf Point East Becoming a Thing
May31

Wolf Point East Becoming a Thing

The second sister of Wolf Point is starting to look like a thing.  The photos above and below, sent in by River North Spy Chris, show the residential tower is just about ready to rise above street level. Wolf Point East is the second of three skyscrapers slotting into what used to be a surface parking lot in front of River North Point (350 North Orleans Street). Wolf Point West, designed by The Loop’s bKL Architecture, opened...

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Getting A-round to 727 West Madison
May30

Getting A-round to 727 West Madison

Chicago’s latest round skyscraper is climbing over Greektown, the Kennedy Expressway, and the West Loop beyond. 727 West Madison (née One South Halsted) sprouted in what used to be the parking lot for the Crowne Plaza hotel, on the southeast corner of Madison and Halsted.  It’s a Fifield project designed by Fitzgerald Associates, and is letting everyone know that it’s OK to build skyscrapers with curves again in...

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Building NEMA: A Day in the Life of a Chicago Skyscraper Construction Worker
May29

Building NEMA: A Day in the Life of a Chicago Skyscraper Construction Worker

If you’ve been following the construction of NEMA Chicago (formerly One Grant Park, formerly 113 East Roosevelt), or any other skyscraper under construction in Chicago, you’ve probably wondered what it’s like “up there.” Open House Chicago notwithstanding, few people get to go up to the top of the city’s skyscrapers.  Even fewer get to do it while the structures are still under construction. Joe...

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Chicago River’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out
May09

Chicago River’s Newest Residential Tower Tops Out

The latest high rise shouldering in for a view of the Chicago River has topped out. The ceremonial final steel beam for Renelle on the River was recently hoisted into place at the top of the building at 403 North Wabash Avenue. Renelle is slotted ever-so-gently between Trump International Hotel and Tower and River Plaza, giving its residents singular views of the heart of Chicago. It has just 45 condominiums in its 18 stories because...

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Steel Work Complete at Streeterville’s One Bennett Park
May07

Steel Work Complete at Streeterville’s One Bennett Park

After a little over two years of work, One Bennett Park has reached another milestone: The completion of structural steel work. The last piece of steel was recently put in place at the top of the soon-to-be 836-foot-tall tower after a ceremony at the base of the building, involving the people who developed, designed, and are building the skyscraper.  In traditional fashion, everyone got a chance to sign a 28-foot-long girder before it...

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Time Lapse Video Shows Construction of Hubbard221 and 412 North Wells
May02

Time Lapse Video Shows Construction of Hubbard221 and 412 North Wells

People ’round these parts love construction photos.  And the only thing people love better than a construction photo is 1,485 of them strung together in a 49½ second video. The video below shows the construction of the residential building styled HUBBARD221 and the neighboring office building at 412 North Wells.  Both are a Hubbard Street Group/Centrum Realty joint designed by Hirsch Associates. The 23-story residential tower...

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Digging Deep for a 51-Story Wacker Drive Skyscraper
Apr23

Digging Deep for a 51-Story Wacker Drive Skyscraper

It’s been a short while since the former GGP Building at 110 North Wacker Drive bit the dust.  Now that the dust has been removed, construction crews are getting down to business. Way down.  Like two stories below ground. As you can see in the photograph above sent in by Loop Spy Chris, crews are already below the level of Lower Wacker Drive, so we should see caissons being build fairly soon. When complete, the new Goettsch...

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Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank
Apr11

Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank

After its split with CMK over the development of the Riverline project, Lendlease has come up with a name for its portion of the project on the east bank of the Chicago River: Southbank. Southbank is the portion of the development, designed by Perkins+Will, that runs from Harrison Street down to Polk.   The portion from 9th Street on down to Roosevelt Road is being developed independently by CMK after the two decided to split...

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New Downtown Townhomes Look Pretty Snazzy
Apr11

New Downtown Townhomes Look Pretty Snazzy

Remember those townhouses we told you about back in 2015 that were going to fill in the hole at the corner of Clark and Chestnut?  If you haven’t been by to gape recently, they look pretty darned snazzy. Of course, we’re big skyscraper fans.  But you can’t see the skyscrapers if there’s nothing but skyscrapers to see.  Mixing up the land use pattern creates nice view corridors, and this cluster of high-rent,...

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