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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Loop Skyscraper Stalled, Blames COVID
May02

Loop Skyscraper Stalled, Blames COVID

If you’re a theoretical physicist, you’re probably familiar with the phrase “nature abhors a vacuum.” Chicago real estate developers have a similar adage: “City Hall abhors a vacant Loop lot.” That’s why when a real estate developer gets approval to put up a skyscraper in Chicago, it generally has six years to start moving dirt, or the city will force it back to square one. August, 2015...

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City Approves Hight Cut for Michigan Avenue Skyscraper
May02

City Approves Hight Cut for Michigan Avenue Skyscraper

Back in February of this year, we told you that the people behind 1000M wanted to make yet another change to their plan to erect a fancy new Helmut Jahn-designed skyscraper at 1000 South Michigan Avenue. Now the City of Chicago is on board with those changes. June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) Recently, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development sent a letter to the lawyers for 1000M letting them know...

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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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Four Loop High-Rise Proposals Debut This Week
May02

Four Loop High-Rise Proposals Debut This Week

Four concepts for a new high rise building across the street from the Harold Washington Library will be presented to the public this week. Fourth Ward Alderman Sophia King is hosting an online community meeting to get to know the plans and get input from people just like you. The location of this high-rise will be the current city-owned parking garage at 331 South Plymouth Court. Four groups have entered a competition to design a...

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Historic South Side Center Seeks Expansion
Apr25

Historic South Side Center Seeks Expansion

125 years ago, The Forum opened in Bronzeville. For three quarters of a century, it served as a focal point of the community, hosting events, dances, rallies, and almost every other function where people come together as a community. In the 1970’s, it closed and by 2018 was on the list of Illinois Most Endangered Buildings. It seemed like the only social function in The Forum’s future was a date with a wrecking ball. The...

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LG Proposes Five-Tower Complex Near Fulton Market
Apr25

LG Proposes Five-Tower Complex Near Fulton Market

People who want to live near downtown, and be right up against an active L line can thank their Lucky-Goldstars that LG Development is proposing a new five-tower development on both sides of the Lake Street L, between May and Racine. We told you about space-making for the southern part of this project… wait for it… 63 months ago. A year before that, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a Nobu hotel and restaurant for this...

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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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