It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park
Jun20

It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park

As the trio of Grant Park-adjacent skyscrapers begin their journeys from paperwork to parapets, today we take a peek in at One Grant Park (113 East Roosevelt Road/1200 South Indiana Avenue). Construction crews were recently granted permission to build up to about 10% of the 76-story building’s eventual height.  And as you can see in the photo above from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, no time is being wasted turning a former weedy lot...

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Here’s What the Epic Views From 113 East Roosevelt Will Look Like
Oct26

Here’s What the Epic Views From 113 East Roosevelt Will Look Like

A little over a week ago, the hard-working Xerox DocumentCenters at the Chicago City Clerk’s office ingested some bits of paper and spit out the best news the South Loop has heard since the Super Bowl Shuffle was playing on WLS-AM: A new 76-story skyscraper for the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt. The first phase of the Rafael Viñoly-designed building at 113 East Roosevelt Road will rise 829 feet over the southwest corner of...

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Permit Issued for 76-Story South Loop Skyscraper
Oct17

Permit Issued for 76-Story South Loop Skyscraper

This time last year, there were three super-tall skyscrapers proposed for downtown Chicago.  We asked several prominent local architects what they thought the chances were of any of them being built. The answer was universally skeptical.  Most thought that just one would be built.  The rest of the people we spoke with said none had a chance of getting off the ground. Today we’re delighted to report that the second of those three...

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City Approves New Tallest Tower for Chicago’s South Loop
Nov19

City Approves New Tallest Tower for Chicago’s South Loop

Today the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a 76-story, 829-foot-tall residential skyscraper marking the southwest corner of Grant Park at 113 East Roosevelt Road. The very slender Rafael Viñoly-designed tower is one of a pair planned for the site.  It was deliberately designed as bundled square tubes to pay homage to the Willis Tower a dozen or so blocks to the northwest.  Inside the approved building will be 796...

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Raphael Viñoly Tower to be South Loop’s Tallest Skyscraper; Could be a Twin
Sep23

Raphael Viñoly Tower to be South Loop’s Tallest Skyscraper; Could be a Twin

The long-vacant corner southeast corner of South Michigan Avenue and East Roosevelt Road is getting a building worthy of its prominent position in the South Loop. Plans have been unveiled for an 829-foot-tall skyscraper at the location which would be the tallest in the South Loop, and 13th tallest in the city of Chicago, behind the Park Tower up the street at 800 North Michigan Avenue. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Zachary...

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South Loop Skyscraper Gets Presidential Name
Jul10

South Loop Skyscraper Gets Presidential Name

If you know anyone whose address is 1201 South Prairie Avenue, it’s time to update your address book. We received a notice a couple of weeks ago that One Museum Park West (previously One Museum Park II) was rebranding as The Grant.  So, we updated our Chicago building database. Today we received a notice that The Grant has officially launched, under the leadership of friends-of-the-blog, Related Midwest. You can read the press...

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Could The Gateway Stir To Life in the South Loop?
Nov29

Could The Gateway Stir To Life in the South Loop?

More than a decade ago, the people of the then-new Central Station development in the South Loop were promised a pair of parks.  Daniel Webster Park, which now exists at the corner of South Indiana Avenue and East 14th Street, and Mark Twain Park, which only partially exists. A public meeting has been scheduled for next Wednesday to discuss transferring the portion of Mark Twain Park that currently exists from the ownership of Central...

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