Nine New Skyscrapers, Transit Hub Planned for Chicago’s South Loop
Jan24

Nine New Skyscrapers, Transit Hub Planned for Chicago’s South Loop

Revised plans for the One Central megadevelopment will be discussed with the public for the first time Monday night (January 25th). It’s a huge plan. Nearly $4 billion just for Phase One. If built as presented, it would radically alter Chicago’s downtown skyline, especially when viewed from Lake Michigan and Indiana. January 2021 diagram of One Central (via City of Chicago) If you want to participate in the public...

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Southbridge Finally Bridging South State Street
Jan10

Southbridge Finally Bridging South State Street

If your regular dog walking route takes you past the Hilliard Towers Apartments because you can’t help but admire some curvalicious 1960’s-era concrete, you might stretch Rover’s legs a little further. Down to 23rd Street, where McCaffery Interests and The Community Builders are putting up Southbridge on the site where the Harold Ickes Homes used to stand. Southbridge under construction in January, 2021 (Courtesy of...

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Skyline-Changing South Loop Plan Ready to Debut
Jan05

Skyline-Changing South Loop Plan Ready to Debut

If you thought 2020 was the year of the mega project in Chicago, 2021 is no slouch, either. Just four days into the new year comes word that the One Central project is still very much alive.  March 2019 rendering of One Central (via Landmark Development) One Central is a proposal to deck over the Metra tracks just west of the Museum Campus in the South Loop and put up a mini neighborhood that’s maxi on skyscrapers. ...

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South Loop Hits the Checkout Line With a Hotel, Residential, Supermarket Project
Dec08

South Loop Hits the Checkout Line With a Hotel, Residential, Supermarket Project

Chicago developers learned long ago that one way to make your project successful is to build a park next to it.  If there’s no room for a park, there’s always Plan B: a grocery store. December, 2020 rendering of 525 South Wabash That’s what’s going in a 525 South Wabash Avenue, where north suburban developer e-Terra+ wants to replace a parking lot and a parking garage with two glass-faced buildings atop a...

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South Loop’s Newest Apartment Tower Gets Retailed
Nov16

South Loop’s Newest Apartment Tower Gets Retailed

If it feels like things are really moving in the South Loop these days, they are.  So far, 95 people have moved in to the Aspire apartment building at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  And the first business is getting ready to move in to the building, as well — GeeFit Boot Camp. November 2020 photo of Aspire Residences, 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) If you’ve ever seen us slouched in one of the auditorium seats at the...

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Seventy-Six-Story South Loop Skyscraper Officially Finished
Oct26

Seventy-Six-Story South Loop Skyscraper Officially Finished

While you’re shining up your comically oversized turkey fork for Thanksgiving, keep it handy for your next trip to the South Loop. There, you can stick it in NEMA Chicago, because that building is done.  NEMA Chicago (Photograph by John Boehm, courtesy of Crescent Heights) Miami developer Crescent Heights announced recently that the skyscraper designed by Rafael Viñoly at 1200 South Indiana Avenue is officially complete,...

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All About E: The New 34-Story Skyscraper Coming to the South Loop
Oct12

All About E: The New 34-Story Skyscraper Coming to the South Loop

Remember that tip from South Loop Spy J. that found its way into our tip line last week about the next phase of Southbank starting to peek over the horizon?  It turns out, it was spot on.  And we can now tell you which new building is going up next. Southbank Building E highlighted in this rendering from Lendlease According to the mouthpiece for Lendlease, “The next phase is going to be along the river on the southern end of the...

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South Loop’s Southbank Getting Southbankier
Oct08

South Loop’s Southbank Getting Southbankier

It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that Australian builder Lendlease is thinking about phase two of Southbank. It’s already opened The Cooper, a residential building at 720 South Wells Street, and has plenty more land to fill. Rendering of The Cooper (Courtesy of Lendlease) But The Coop’ was flown two years ago, and we haven’t heard a peep out of this riverfront nest since. Until now. South Loop Spy...

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Hopes Dashed: Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Remains On Hold
Aug10

Hopes Dashed: Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Remains On Hold

Last week we showed you pictures of construction workers toiling at 1000 South Michigan Avenue, the location where the 1000M residential tower was going up until recently. It we got your hopes up with those pictures, sorry. It was a false alarm. Construction at 1000M in August 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) 1000M’s public relations team tells us those workers from McHugh Construction weren’t actually working on the tower....

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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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