Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common
Jul26

Lincoln Park Tower Cranes Becoming Un-Common

If you’re waiting for the next big milestone in the construction of Lincoln Common (2335 and 2345 North Lincoln Avenue), that milestone is here.  The process of removing the project’s south tower crane began today. The photograph above shows Lincoln Common as it was earlier this week when the south crane was still stretching out across the property like Julie Andrews atop an alpine meadow.  The pic was taken by Joe Zekas...

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Banking on a Lake View in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Jul05

Banking on a Lake View in Chicago’s Gold Coast

If you’ve been using your Independence Day week off to get in a bit of cycling along Chicago’s lakefront path, you might have wondered about the low-rise building going up on the corner of Lake Shore Drive and Banks Street.  What you saw is 61 Banks Street (61 East Bank Street), a hyperluxe apartment building designed by the West Loop’s Booth Hansen for Draper and Kramer. Joe Zekas over at YoChicago! flew by in Air...

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It’s Starting to Look a Little Like London in Chicago’s Near North
Jun27

It’s Starting to Look a Little Like London in Chicago’s Near North

We love Chicago skyscrapers.  Who doesn’t?  But too many skyscrapers can make a city look like a mess.  Walking down the streets of Hong Kong, you can’t appreciate the architecture because you can’t see it towering above you. Chicago, on the other hand, is a variety pack of architecture styles and sizes.  Even the new construction.  Take, for example, the Chestnut Row Homes in the Near North neighborhood. The...

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A 727’s View of 727 West Madison
Jun26

A 727’s View of 727 West Madison

Ok, maybe Joe Zekas at YoChicago! didn’t fire up an actual Boeing 727 to take these photos.  But Air Joe One is close enough, and from the sky we get a pretty good idea of how 727 West Madison is shaping up. The answer is: “nicely.” 727 topped out a couple of weeks ago and the good people over at FitzGerald Associates sent over a description of what they were thinking when they put together the sexy beast of a...

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No, That’s not a Roller Coaster Being Built on the South Side
Jun26

No, That’s not a Roller Coaster Being Built on the South Side

Driving into the city along Lake Shore Drive from the South Side provides some of the most magnificent views of Chicago available.  It also affords the opportunity to drive beneath what looks like an awesome big blue roller coaster. This is not Riverview II.  It’s actually the latest bridge connecting the city’s neighborhoods with the littoral pleasures of the Lake Michigan shoreline: The 41st Street Bridge, designed by...

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Washington Park is the Next Neighborhood to be Transformed by CTA Renovation
Jun19

Washington Park is the Next Neighborhood to be Transformed by CTA Renovation

Seventeen years after its last renovation, the CTA’s Garfield Green Line station (320 East Garfield Boulevard) is getting another makeover.  Starting now. Ground was recently broken on what is called the Garfield Gateway project.  We first reported on it in July of 2016, when $25 million federal tax dollars were allocated to transform the dilapidated transit hub into a modern commuter portal. The city has come up with the...

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Lendlease Rolls Out The Barrel for The Cooper at Southbank
Jun06

Lendlease Rolls Out The Barrel for The Cooper at Southbank

We were going to make a bunch of silly puns about barrels of monkeys, or being over a barrel, or fish in a barrel, but we won’t.  Except for that one in the headline about rolling out the barrel.  That was clever. In case you don’t know, “cooper” is another word for someone who makes barrels for a living.  And “The Cooper” is the name of a new residential building in the South Loop where you could...

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Putting the Finishing Touches on 900 West Washington 
Jun06

Putting the Finishing Touches on 900 West Washington 

The new Near West Side condo block going up at 900 West Washington is rapidly approaching completion.  900 West is expected to have its first new residents move in by the end of the summer. The 10-story building designed by Northworks Architects and Planners for TARIS Real Estate replaced a one-story office building that was actually not bad looking.  It had lots of glass and interesting angles, and was surprisingly modern looking for...

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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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