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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Aspirational South Loop Apartment Tower Gets Topped Out, Named
Dec17

Aspirational South Loop Apartment Tower Gets Topped Out, Named

The newest residential opportunity to sprout next to a new CTA L station is edging toward completion.  2111 South Wabash topped off recently, and during the surprisingly earmuff-free ceremony (are 180’s not a thing anymore?) it was announced that the building will be called Aspire Residences. December 2019 rendering of the Aspire Residences (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) Aspire is an SCB design being built by Power Construction...

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Adler Planetarium Expansion Could See Historic Building Sprout Wings
Dec04

Adler Planetarium Expansion Could See Historic Building Sprout Wings

People have been thinking about expanding the easternmost element of Chicago’s Museum Campus. A feasibility study is underway to see if an ambitious $211 million expansion and renovation of the Adler Planetarium is a good idea, according to a document anonymously beamed into our tip line. The Adler Planetarium (file) According to the document, with a star date of October of this year, Chicago’s favorite (and this...

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Bones Are Up For Roots in the South Loop
Nov11

Bones Are Up For Roots in the South Loop

Soon there will be another option for getting the taste of Bettendorf, Iowa right in the heart of Chicago.  South Loop Spy Joel sent in the photograph below showing the steel is up for the city’s fourth Roots Pizza location. November 2019 construction of Roots Pizza South Loop (Courtesy of South Loop Spy Joel) Roots is a mini-chain of pizza joints that is owned by a Chicago company, but serves Quad Cities-style pizza.  That...

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Pictures From the 1000M Groundbreaking
Oct29

Pictures From the 1000M Groundbreaking

Recently we told you that a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the South Loop for 1000M, the 74-story Helmut Jahn-designed residential building.   June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) We also told you that some people are skeptical about this project, but that we’re still believers.  In part because just a few months ago Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development said lawyers for the...

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Building’s Up, Crane’s Down at Alta Grand Central
Jul15

Building’s Up, Crane’s Down at Alta Grand Central

If you’re a fan of construction cranes, then cast not ye gaze down South Clark Street.  For there, you will not spy the yellow-boned monster that once loomed over Alta Grand Central (207 West Harrison Street). Alta Grand Central under construction in June 2019 (courtesy of Loop Spy Jody) A couple of days ago, Loop Spy Jody got to watch as the Liebherr 420 EC-H 16 that helped build this two-tower residential building graced...

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Alta Grand Central Tops Out, Glass Showing
May22

Alta Grand Central Tops Out, Glass Showing

Word on the street is that the South Loop has a new high-rise. Loop Spy Jody sent in the photo below showing that construction crews are working on the penthouse and rooftop decks at Alta Grand Central (207 West Harrison Street). You can also see that most of the lower half has gotten its windows in. Alta Grand Central under construction (Courtesy of Loop Spy Jody) AGC (its friends call it AGC) is two 14-story residential towers on...

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TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78
Apr11

TIF Tiff Tips With Politics Unusual Greening Lincoln Yards, The 78

Unless you’ve been hiding underground with the daffodils for the last six months, you’re aware that there has been a battle royale going on in the storied corridors of Chicago City Hall. Real estate developers on one side, community groups on another, opportunists mugging for the TV cameras, and politicians both outgoing and incoming taking shots where they can. It’s been like one of those black-and-white cartoon...

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South Loop Won’t Be Saddled with Another Parking Lot
Apr10

South Loop Won’t Be Saddled with Another Parking Lot

What’s up with all the parking lot news lately? Two weeks ago we told you that demolition is underway in the parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral to make way for One Chicago Square. Then last week we told you that the parking lot at 450 North LaSalle is destined to become an office building. Then two days ago we wrote about two parking lots in River North that will soon be pining for the fjords. Now another...

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Alta Grand Central Makes a Grand Entrance in the South Loop
Apr02

Alta Grand Central Makes a Grand Entrance in the South Loop

There’s more than daffodils and tulips pushing out of the ground in the South Loop these days. There’s Alta Grand Central. Coincidentally, we received photographs of its construction progress from multiple people recently. Rendering of Alta Grand Central Alta Grand Central is a pair of 14-story residential towers at 207 West Harrison Street bring built for D2 and Wood Partners by Walsh Construction. It was designed by...

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