Naysayers Take Note: 1000M About to Go Vertical
Jan25

Naysayers Take Note: 1000M About to Go Vertical

It was just last week I was in a discussion with some residents of one particular southern American city who refused to believe that Chicago kept building skyscrapers throughout the pandemic. When I told them that work was underway on a 73-story residential building, they said “Prove it.” O.K., McHugh Concrete just did. January 22, 2022 concrete pour at 1000M. (Courtesy of McHugh Concrete.) McHugh just spent nine straight...

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Shedd Aquarium Splashes Half-Billion Dollar Renovation Plan
Jan11

Shedd Aquarium Splashes Half-Billion Dollar Renovation Plan

One of Chicago’s best attractions wants to shell out big clams to lure in new visitors. The Shedd Aquarium has announced its Centennial Commitment, in which it plans to spend $500,000,000 renovating the aquatic life museum. It’s called “Centennial” because the idea is to have it done in time for the aquarium’s 100th anniversary. Shedd Aquarium (file) We waded through the “advance solutions,”...

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Construction About to Restart for 73-Story South Loop Skyscraper
Dec08

Construction About to Restart for 73-Story South Loop Skyscraper

One of the late Helmut Jahn’s last designs may get built after all. Time Equities, JK Equities, and Oak Capitals have announced that the construction of 1000M is going to restart any day now. How is this possible? Money. December, 2021 rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) The development trio has closed on a $304 million construction loan, which will be used to get things moving again. It was last year that local media...

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Stalled South Loop Skyscraper Restarts
Nov09

Stalled South Loop Skyscraper Restarts

Work appears to have resumed on the 74-story residential skyscraper planned to rise at 1000 South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop. Construction on the Helmut Jahn-designed 1000M was paused for a while, leading to a lot of speculation from speculators who like to speculate about its future. Construction at 1000M in August 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) That future got a little brighter a couple of weeks ago, when the City of Chicago...

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Do We Smell a New Residential Tower in Printer’s Row?
Nov01

Do We Smell a New Residential Tower in Printer’s Row?

You know that surface parking lot in the South Loop at the intersection of Harrison and Dearborn that trashes the urban fabric and density of Printer’s Row? We think it’s going away. The surface parking lot at 611 South Dearborn Street, across the street from the Transportation Building. (Via Apple Maps) We’re not sure what the plans are for 611 South Dearborn Street just yet. But an interesting letter went out from...

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Top 10 Picks for Open House Chicago 2021
Oct15

Top 10 Picks for Open House Chicago 2021

With Chicago’s COVID positivity rate at about the same potency as three-two beer, you may be thinking about zipping off your Tyvek suit and sniffing around a perfect Autumn weekend in Chicago. If so, we recommend grabbing a pumpkin spice whatever and downloading the app for Open House Chicago 2021 (Apple | Android). These are our picks for this annual architecture festival. You can click on the addresses to open a map for easy...

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Chicago’s 2nd Presbyterian Gets Fed Help to Save Mural
Oct13

Chicago’s 2nd Presbyterian Gets Fed Help to Save Mural

If you’ve ever toddled down Michigan Avenue to Second Presbyterian Church, whether to bend a knee or just to attend a community function, you probably noticed one of its greatest hits: The Tree of Life. Tree of Life mural. (Courtesy of Second Presbyterian Church) In a church stuffed with glorious art, the Tree of Life mural still stands out.  The brushwork and leaf of Frederic Clay Bartlett, it’s 30 feet tall and 40 feet...

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A Reed Sprouts Along the Chicago River’s Southbank
Sep19

A Reed Sprouts Along the Chicago River’s Southbank

It’s been a good year for apartment balcony gardens like mine. Though I didn’t try pumpkins, watermelon, or corn this year (all successful in previous years), the flowers are flowering, the hummingbirds are humming, and the ornamental grass successfully conceals the brick wall of the neighboring building. Also playing James Crockett in his victory garden is .oz concern Lendlease, which recently planted a building called...

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South Loop Getting New Apartment + Hotel Complex
Sep06

South Loop Getting New Apartment + Hotel Complex

The Chicago Plan Commission has donned its mitre, picked up its crosier, and bestowed its blessings on a new mixed-use development in Chicago’s South Loop. August, 2021 rendering of 525 South Wabash. Oddly-titled developer e-Terra+ is the name behind the project which bears the BKV Group monogram, and will land 777 apartments and 314 hotel rooms in a two-tower complex that will ace a low-end parking place, and wrap around the...

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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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