Loop Skyscraper Apparently Crawling With Leprechauns
Mar17

Loop Skyscraper Apparently Crawling With Leprechauns

Editor’s note:  These days pretty much everyone is worried about the Wuhan Flu. Because of that, a lot of irreverent online publications aren’t publishing anymore, or have taken a much more serious tone.  But as rabid news consumers, we believe that sometimes you need an escape from the latest body count in the morning paper.  So we’re going to continue publishing as long as we can, and in the tone we always have, to give you an...

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New Loop Residential Tower Starts Selling Condos
Mar12

New Loop Residential Tower Starts Selling Condos

If you invested your mad money in Lysol and Charmin futures a few months ago, and now you have a couple of million extra dollars to spare, this could be your chance to live in The Loop.  Moceri + Roszak is about to begin selling condominiums in the new residential tower it’s building at 60 East Randolph Street. When complete, the 26-story Parkline Chicago will land 24 new condos, 190 new apartments, and 6,400 square feet of...

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Wayback Wednesday: Signs of the Times in Downtown Chicago
Mar11

Wayback Wednesday: Signs of the Times in Downtown Chicago

Today, we turn the calendar back not just ten years to March 11, 2010, but to an earlier period in Chicago, when every respectable woman had a corset, and every respectable man his wagon. Advertisement for Gossard’s corsets: They lace in front! The photographs of these two advertisements painted on Chicago buildings were taken downtown. Exactly where escapes our feeble minds and feebler record-keeping. The one above is an...

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Choice Loop Lot Up For Redevelopment — Pritzker Park May Get Slimmed
Feb18

Choice Loop Lot Up For Redevelopment — Pritzker Park May Get Slimmed

There’s not a lot of places left in The Loop where someone with a valise full of hundred dollar bills can make a near-permanent mark on the city.  But one of those places is about to open up. 311 South Plymouth Court (Base map via Apple Maps) You may know 331 South Plymouth Court as the funky (not in a good way) city parking garage lurking behind Pritzker Park, just off State Street.  City Hall has decided to take advantage...

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Loop Skyscraper Inching Toward Landmark Status
Feb11

Loop Skyscraper Inching Toward Landmark Status

Do you like skyscrapers?  Do you like railroads?  Do you like history?  If you answered “no” to any of those questions, then what the heck are you doing reading this article, ya silly rabbit? If you like skyscrapers, railroads, and history, then your pulse will pound harder than a middle-age bridge jumper nailing a trifecta at Arlington Park when we tell you that 226 West Jackson has been recommended for landmark status. ...

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Counting Down to the Vista Tower Opening
Feb10

Counting Down to the Vista Tower Opening

It’s said that the devil is in the details.  Today, there’s an angel buried in there, deep down inside 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly’s latest missive to his constituents.  That’s where we find out when Magellan Development’s Vista Tower is going to open in Lakeshore East. Rendring of the Wanda Vista Tower (Courtesy of Studio Gang) “Magellan expects for this to occur in the third quarter of...

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Navy Pier Flyover Flies Into Phase Three
Feb04

Navy Pier Flyover Flies Into Phase Three

It’s a common refrain in the Midwest that there are two seasons: Winter, and Construction.  But that’s not true in Chicago, where Construction Season is every season.  It just. Never. Stops. Such are the perils of Paris on the Prairie, which you will witness first-hand if you use Lower North Lake Shore Drive.   March 2014 drawing of the Navy Pier Flyover The Navy Pier Flyover enters its third phase of construction this...

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Change Coming to the Corner of State and Wacker
Dec18

Change Coming to the Corner of State and Wacker

If you were hanging around western Turkey 2,500 years ago and big into philosophers, you might have heard Heraclitus say something along the lines of “change is the only constant in life.”  The young Greek philosopher must have been inspired by astral projecting himself into modern-day Chicago, because it is absolutely true that the only thing that doesn’t change in downtown Chicago is the fact that downtown...

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The 46-Story Loop Skyscraper No One is Talking About
Dec16

The 46-Story Loop Skyscraper No One is Talking About

A city-enforced clock is ticking on a new residential tower planned for a vacant plot of land just off of Michigan Avenue.  Thirteen years ago we reported that 210 North Stetson was going to be a 74-story SCB-designed Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  That idea was scotched when the economy ate itself. In 2017 a couple of our City Hall sources whispered to us that a developer was sniffing around this property for use as a residential...

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Wayback Wednesday: 73 East Lake Street
Dec11

Wayback Wednesday: 73 East Lake Street

With 16 years of Chicago architecture photos in our archive, it’s time to hook up the electrodes, snap into a Slim Jim, and set the Wayback Machine for December 11, 2012: Seven years ago today. 73 East Lake under construction in December 2012 (file) That’s when we took this photograph of 73 East Lake rising in The Loop. Back then, 73 was only six stories tall, and had zero residents. Today the building built by M&R...

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