Ten New Skyscrapers Proposed For Chicago’s South Loop
Mar13

Ten New Skyscrapers Proposed For Chicago’s South Loop

Two weeks ago we told you that there were once again plans to deck over the Metra railroad tracks that carve through the east side of the South Loop and put up a new neighborhood. Now we know it will be called One Central, and we know it will be huge. March 2019 rendering of One Central (via Landmark Development) Landmark Development unveiled its proposal at a public meeting tonight. It will rival The 78, Lincoln Yards, 700 At The...

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Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower
Feb27

Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower

In cities these days, trains are one of those “If you build it, they will come” amenities.  Case in point: The new residential tower that just broke ground a block from the CTA’s Green Line Cermak/McCormick Place station. Rendering of 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) The 24-story building is an SCB design for Draper and Kramer located at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  When complete, the tower will bring 275 new homes to...

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South Loop Air Rights Neighborhood In Play Again
Feb26

South Loop Air Rights Neighborhood In Play Again

Recently I was watching House Hunters on HGTV and a couple was looking at condominiums in the South Loop.  Someone commented that the view of Soldier Field from the unit they selected would remain unobstructed.  I told my wife, “No it won’t.  Those air rights have already been bought for development.”  Such are the perils of high-rise living in Chicago. The approximate boundary of what was once called The Gateway (via Apple Maps)...

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Historic Chicago Mod Kitchen May Cook Once Again
Feb19

Historic Chicago Mod Kitchen May Cook Once Again

Chicago loves architecture history. But it has a bad habit of tearing it down and leaving it strewn around the region. Now a historic kitchen has a chance of being loved once again. Landmarks Illinois disassembled the kitchen and moved it into storage of safe keeping. Now it’s looking for someone to give the kitchen a new home, in a place where the public can get to know not only its important design, but its important history....

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Another Chinatown Hotel on the Way
Jan30

Another Chinatown Hotel on the Way

Over the last decade Chicago has seen hotels pop up like wildflowers after a desert rain.  And it’s not just downtown germinating these seeds of hospitality.  Hotels have sprouted from Lincoln Park to Hyde Park.  And now Chinatown is getting another place to lay your head. A company called Sky River has filed paperwork with the city to put a 200-room hotel in a disused warehouse right on the Chicago River. If you’re a...

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New South Loop CTA Station Chugging Along
Jan28

New South Loop CTA Station Chugging Along

When plans for The 78 were unveiled, one of the line items that gave us the warm and fuzzies was the notion that the South Loop might be in line for another new L station.  That idea is taking another step from being a mystery dot on a stylized map to becoming something concrete. A public meeting has been called to discuss revised plans for the new CTA Red Line station at The 78.  You’ll remember that The 78 is the seven billion...

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Chicago’s NEMA is Way Better Than San Francisco’s NEMA
Jan01

Chicago’s NEMA is Way Better Than San Francisco’s NEMA

If you spent New Year’s Eve with your eyes pointed at the sky enjoying the neighborhood’s totally-illegal-but-the-cops-don’t-care fireworks display, you may have noticed a little something special in the South Loop. That special thing is NEMA Chicago (1200 South Indiana Avenue), the skyscraper growing on the southern edge of Grant Park.  Joe Zekas at YoChicago! sent in the photograph above showing the upper reaches...

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Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All
Nov26

Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All

In 29 days, Santa comes to town, and the fat old elf will have a few more obstacles to navigate his sleigh around. Among them is NEMA Chicago, the 76-story residential tower going up on the south end of Grant Park — one of Mr. Claus’ favorite landing areas. I need an oxygen tank and a lurpy dog with a barrel of brandy around his neck to climb the Montrose Harbor sledding hill, but Joe Zekas from YoChicago! hitched up his...

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A Little Skyscraper Abracadabra Along Grant Park
Nov07

A Little Skyscraper Abracadabra Along Grant Park

Sometimes the monotony of life becomes a way of life.  Keep your head down.  Stay off the boss’ radar.  Don’t attract attention.  But keeping our heads down, while a common survival skill, prevents us from seeing the marvels the city of Chicago serves up around us every day. You don’t need Cher to give you a wet slap across the face to snap out of it.  Just look at the animation below. Joe Zekas of YoChicago! sent...

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The Cooper: Southbank’s First Tower Now Officially Open
Oct30

The Cooper: Southbank’s First Tower Now Officially Open

The South Loop’s residential expansion continues with an official grand opening of The Cooper, Lendlease’s new apartment tower at 720 South Wells Street. The Cooper is the first new residential building going in at Southbank. Four more are coming, as Australia’s Lendlease transforms the former wasteland between Roosevelt Road and River City into a new enclave along the Chicago River.  It’s like Lakeshore East,...

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