How did 601 West Randolph Go Up So Quickly? Skender Pours the Beans
May18

How did 601 West Randolph Go Up So Quickly? Skender Pours the Beans

Have you ever asked yourself, “Self, how did 601 West Randolph go from hole in the ground to ‘Hey, look at that!’ so quickly?” Go ahead and admit it. We know you have. West Loop Spy Kurt’s divining rod points to Skender Construction, the Fulton Market builder of highly rising things, including this high rise. He points out that the Skendarians kept to a tight schedule: The first four pours (floor 2-5)...

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Trib Condos Creep Closer to Completion
May16

Trib Condos Creep Closer to Completion

The effort to transform the Tribune Tower into a passel of fancy-schmancy condominiums continues on the edge of Streeterville. And form outward appearances, things seem to be drawing to a close. One thing you learn from observing urban construction for 40 years is that a project’s completion status can often be divined by perceiving how tidy the construction site is. The Trib Tower’s construction site has gotten notably...

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601 West Randolph Tops Off, Parties Hardy
May16

601 West Randolph Tops Off, Parties Hardy

In an event full of that special combination of suits and hardhats that makes bankers pose for selfies, the West Loop’s newest high rise topped off on Tuesday. You weren’t invited. The topping off of 601 West Randolph Street. (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Kurt.) 601 West Randolph is the name of the 15-story building in question, designed by Antunovich Associates for Vista Development. It’s actually at 609 West Randolph,...

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As One Chicago Shapes Up, Cranes Come Down
May02

As One Chicago Shapes Up, Cranes Come Down

It was mid-April when the construction sentinels at YoChicago! told us that the crane was about to come down from the 49-story portion of the One Chicago project. Now Gold Coast Spy Jody has sent in pictures to let us know that the crane has landed. And also sent in some new pictures of the 76-story portion of the two-tower complex. One Chicago under construction in April, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Jody.) That 76-story portion...

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BMO Tower Tops Off, Signs Up
Apr24

BMO Tower Tops Off, Signs Up

The 51-story office tower going up across the street from Chicago Union Station has stopped going up, and is now only filling out. The BMO Tower at 320 South Canal Street topped off last week. When complete, it is expected to reach 727 feet into the West Loop sky. 2019 rendering of BMO Tower, formerly Union Station Tower. (Courtesy of Goettsch Partners.) The building will add 1,500,000 square feet of office space to downtown Chicago...

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Spring Brings A High Rise to Randolph Street
Apr04

Spring Brings A High Rise to Randolph Street

It was just about a year ago that we told you about crews planting building seeds at 609 West Randolph Street. Eleven months later, a high-rise is sprouting, just in time for Spring. 601 West Randolph under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of West Loop Spy Kurt.) As usual, West Loop Spy Kurt can be counted on to aim his iPhone 11 at the scene, and send us these pictures of the tower crane being assembled. Though this Vista...

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Newcastle Adds The Gild to Chicago’s Gold Coast
Apr04

Newcastle Adds The Gild to Chicago’s Gold Coast

Construction crews are digging in for the latest Newcastle apartment building coming to Chicago’s Gold Coast. The Gild will replace a vacant building that was so unremarkable that even the bank that was once in it died of boredom. The Gild under construction in April, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Tina.) Gold Coast Spy Tina sent in this photograph showing work at the site, which is across the street from the long tent that...

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Lake View’s Newest Apartment Building Tops Off
Mar28

Lake View’s Newest Apartment Building Tops Off

People looking for a place to live in Lake View are getting another choice.  Optima, the nameplate behind residential developments from Streeterville to Wilmette, has topped off its newest building: Optima Lakeview. March, 2021 rendering of Optima Lakeview (Courtesy of Optima) The apartment building replaces the neighborhood’s Treasure Island grocery store, which expired in 2018.  The seeds for this new building were...

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Loop Skyscraper Design Tweaked
Mar14

Loop Skyscraper Design Tweaked

You know the old saw about the artist who kept sneaking into the museum at night to keep working on his painting years after it had been on display to the public?  Architecture can be like that, too. March 2019 rendering of 300 North Michigan Avenue The people behind the new residential skyscraper at 300 North Michigan Avenue have received approval from the City of Chicago to tweak the design of the 47-story building, already...

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Wolf Point Now Home to a Pack of Skyscrapers
Mar14

Wolf Point Now Home to a Pack of Skyscrapers

We looked it up, and the minimum number of wolves required to make a “pack” is three.  Which works out well for the confluence of the Chicago River and its North Branch, where three skyscrapers now populate Wolf Point. Salesforce Tower Chicago under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of River North Spy Sam.) River North Spy Sam sent in these photos of Wolf Point South, now known as Salesforce Tower Chicago, as it...

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