Construction Workers Back at 1000M After COVID-19 Shutdown
Aug03

Construction Workers Back at 1000M After COVID-19 Shutdown

One thing seems to be leading to another again at 1000M, the 74-story residential skyscraper coming to Chicago’s South Loop. Work on the Helmut Jahn-designed condominium tower was stopped in early June. At the time, 1000M’s public relations company stated it was because construction workers couldn’t maintain a proper social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic while working on the foundation. A month later, it was...

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South Loop Building’s Amenities Include Its Own Artist
Jul28

South Loop Building’s Amenities Include Its Own Artist

The game of amenity one-upmanship among Chicago’s residential buildings has seen some interesting developments over the years.  Last century, valet parking and private grocery stores were considered the utmost in swish living.  The 2000’s brought us residents-only frivolities like video game machines, poker rooms, and boxing rings. Last decade we saw amenities turn to human-powered services, with valet trash...

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What a COVID-19 Construction Stoppage Looks Like
Jul18

What a COVID-19 Construction Stoppage Looks Like

Last month we told you that construction was halted at 1000M because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.   Shortly after that announcement, the YoChicago! YoCopter happened to be over the site, and this picture was dropped into our tip line. Construction progress at 1000M (June 2020, Courtesy of YoChicago!) It looks like everything at 1000 South Michigan Avenue was neatly packed up and put where it belongs.  A place for...

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COVID Concerns Halt Construction of Michigan Avenue Skyscraper
Jun09

COVID Concerns Halt Construction of Michigan Avenue Skyscraper

South Michigan Avenue is a little quieter these days. Not because of the paucity of tourists or the meagerness of office workers, but because construction on 1000M has been stopped. June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) Construction crews are no longer working at 1000 South Michigan Avenue because of the pandemic that has kept everyone from school children to responsible public leaders away from their daily...

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McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever
May18

McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever

Way back in April (this one fell through the cracks, sorry, we’re terrible people), Chicagoan Sawyer Morgenthaler turned seven years old.  Having a birthday during the COVID-19 lockdown is bad enough.  But since Master Morgenthaler lives in the South Loop, he couldn’t be treated to the celebratory suburban drive-by birthday parades that we see on the local TV news all the time.  Still, young Sawyer...

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New South Loop Residential Tower Coming Online + Notes About Moving During COVID
May18

New South Loop Residential Tower Coming Online + Notes About Moving During COVID

If you’ve been looking for a transit-friendly apartment in the South Loop, a new option is about to open up. Draper and Kramer is now pre-leasing homes at Apire Residences, just a block from the CTA Green Line Cermak-McCormick Place stop, and a very short walk away from the Red Line Cermak-Chinatown station. May 2020 rendering of the Aspire Residences (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) When the building at 2111 South Wabash opens...

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Wayback Wednesday: Signs of the Times in Downtown Chicago
Mar11

Wayback Wednesday: Signs of the Times in Downtown Chicago

Today, we turn the calendar back not just ten years to March 11, 2010, but to an earlier period in Chicago, when every respectable woman had a corset, and every respectable man his wagon. Advertisement for Gossard’s corsets: They lace in front! The photographs of these two advertisements painted on Chicago buildings were taken downtown. Exactly where escapes our feeble minds and feebler record-keeping. The one above is an...

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New Progress and Pictures of South Loop’s Next Mega-Development
Feb13

New Progress and Pictures of South Loop’s Next Mega-Development

There was a lot of hoopla yesterday about The 78, Related Midwest’s 62-acre mixed-use development going up on a brownfield site across the street from the South Loop Target store. There was lots of press. Lots of big names. But once you scrub out all of the clichés, the platitudes, and the marketing babble seemingly cribbed from a Silicon Valley startup’s About page, here’s what actually happened: A document was...

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Wayback Wednesday: A Skyline Frozen in Time
Jan29

Wayback Wednesday: A Skyline Frozen in Time

A polar bear-style dip into the archive this week brings us to January 29, 2005: Fifteen years ago today. That’s the day we crunched through the snow-crusted grounds of Soldier Field to take this snap of the Chicago skyline. Soldier Field, January 29, 2005...

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Roots Has Sprouted, Now Greening the South Loop
Jan21

Roots Has Sprouted, Now Greening the South Loop

If you were recently bitten by a radioactive spider, don’t be surprised if you smell pork and tractors in Printer’s Row.  That’s just your spidey sense kicking in for the new Roots Pizza joint going up at 744 South Dearborn Street. 744 South Dearborn Street under construction in January 2020 (Courtesy of South Loop Spy Joel) Roots is a miniature pizza chain from Chicago that serves… wait for it… Quad...

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