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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South Loop’s Latest Student Housing Block Tops Out
Oct06

South Loop’s Latest Student Housing Block Tops Out

“And that’s all she wrote,” a construction foreman may or may not have said recently, as the apartment block at 30 East Balbo Avenue in the South Loop topped out. Officially called the 30 East Apartments by the developer, Gilbane Development Company, the building mid-rises 16 stories into the air over the greater Printer’s Row district.  It was designed by friends-of-the-blog, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, and the...

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The Plymouth Building: Printers Row’s Newest Landmark
Jun22

The Plymouth Building: Printers Row’s Newest Landmark

Chicago’s Printers Row neighborhood is a walk-though gallery of great architecture.  Even the ugly buildings have pretty details.  And the pretty buildings have historic pasts.  Recently one of those pretty buildings, The Plymouth Building at 417 South Dearborn Street, was recommended for city landmark status. The building is being converted into student housing by LG Development, so this seems like as good a time as any to give...

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LG Development Pitches Micro-Units at South Loop Meeting
Mar01

LG Development Pitches Micro-Units at South Loop Meeting

What would you do if you had a tiny lot just begging for improvement? Why, you’d build tiny apartments on it, naturally. Which is just what Chicago’s LG Development Group wants to do with the empty lot at 776 South Dearborn Street in the South Loop. At Monday night’s community meeting, hosted by the Near South Planning Board Monday night at the Hilton Chicago, LG announced plans to erect a 14-story building (with a...

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Is This a Piece of Chicago’s Railroading History?

Next to a surface parking lot along Wells Street south of Polk is something unusual.  This CrappyCameraPhonetm shot doesn’t do it justice.  It’s a vertical steel I-beam sticking out of the ground.  To my eyes, it looks like it used to be part of a railroad structure.  Maybe an elevated rail line, but more likely some kind of signaling apparatus.  The amount of rust on it clearly shows that it’s old, but you can still...

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Slice of Life: The Triangle Sunrooms

At one point in my life I lived in an old paint warehouse that was converted into lofts.  So I’m always interested seeing how other loft conversions are done.  This is one of the best ideas I’ve seen in a long time.  It’s the old Merganthaler Linotype Building (531 South Plymouth Court), which was renovated in 1980.  The space between two windows was joined by a metal triangular floor, and then...

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