Salesforce Tower Feels All Glassy
Jul20

Salesforce Tower Feels All Glassy

The skyscraper that we still prefer to call Wolf Point South has gotten some glass around its gills. July, 2021 photograph of Salesforce Tower Chicago under construction. (Courtesy of River North Spy Mike.) River North Spy Mike sent in these pictures of what is branded Salesforce Tower Chicago, the third of three skyscrapers that are transforming Wolf Point from a surface parking lot into a skyscraper nanodistrict on the Chicago...

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Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes
Mar21

Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes

A large, underutilized slice of downtown Chicago is about to get utilized out the wazoo.  Detailed paperwork has hit City Hall for North Union, the hefty plan to turn a five block slab of Near North Side property into the city’s latest mega development. Diagram of North Union (Via JDL Development) The property in question used to be domain of The Moody Bible Institute.  A few years ago, it decided to convert the mostly vacant...

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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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Chicago’s Newest Mega Development: North Union
Sep13

Chicago’s Newest Mega Development: North Union

Chicago has seen more than its share of huge developments in recent years. The 78, Riverline, Lincoln Yards, and the River District, are just a few that are already being built, or poised to start filling Chicago’s downtown region with new skyscrapers, homes, offices, and whatnots. The newest name on the roster is “North Union.” According to the Chicago Tribune, North Union is the flag that JDL Development wants to...

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Crane Nests on Wolf Point for Salesforce Tower Chicago
Sep08

Crane Nests on Wolf Point for Salesforce Tower Chicago

Labor Day is over, and so the world returns from summer vacation and gets back to work. Or it would, if more than half of the people in Chicago weren’t working from home because of asshats like my coworker who has violated Chicago’s travel-to-a-hideously-infected-state-and-get-a-free-quarantine rules. Twice. With that out of our systems, we turn to what’s happening on Wolf Point, where hardhats busy erecting...

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Digging In at Salesforce Tower Chicago
Aug23

Digging In at Salesforce Tower Chicago

If you haven’t returned to the office yet, or if you belong to one of the companies that’s never ever going back to the office, you might not know that work is continuing on Salesforce Tower Chicago. August 2020 construction of Salesforce Tower Chicago (Courtesy of YoChicago!) The skyscraper formerly known as Wolf Point South is busy bring born on the southern tip of Chicago’s River North neighborhood, complete with...

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River North Parking Lot Eyed For Redevelopment
Aug18

River North Parking Lot Eyed For Redevelopment

There could soon be 71 fewer places to park in River North. A soil sampling rig was spotted at 320 West Erie Street today, and you know what that means — incoming building! 320 West Erie in August 2020 (Courtesy of River North Spy G) River North Spy G hit the digits of our tip line to send in the photograph above. You can see a truck from Strata Earth Services in Palatine is on the scene, exploring what lies beneath the bitumen and...

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Locusts Descend, Loot and Plunder Downtown Chicago — Again
Aug10

Locusts Descend, Loot and Plunder Downtown Chicago — Again

For the second time this summer, organized bands of thugs set upon downtown Chicago, pillaging the neighborhoods that make up the heart of the city. Downtown Chicago looting, August 10, 2020 The first time was May 30th, during the initial wave of protests over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Back then, while Chicago Police were busy with legitimate protesters, organized gangs of criminals hit The Loop, North Michigan...

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Getting Bentham
Aug09

Getting Bentham

If you’ve wondered what’s the skinny on The Bentham, wonder no longer. River North Spy Joel has your back. The Bentham, under construction at 146 East Erie Street. (Courtesy of River North Spy Joel) He sent in this photograph of construction progress at 146 West Erie Street. This was formerly the well-known neon-decorated Erie-LaSalle Body Shop, but is now rapidly becoming The Bentham. The Sedgwick Properties property will...

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River North Tower Plan Eyeing Hotel Option
Jul27

River North Tower Plan Eyeing Hotel Option

Two years ago, it looked like the AMLI residential chain was going to plant its flag in River North with a new building called AMLI 808.  Since then, the world changed significantly, causing the economy to fall down the stairs, roll out the door, and get run over by a bus. September 2018 rendering of AMLI 808 Now, in what appears to be a bet-hedging move, the developers of the property at 808 North Wells Street have asked the city for...

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