West Town Skyscraper Plan Gets 124% Taller, Better Looking
Jan26

West Town Skyscraper Plan Gets 124% Taller, Better Looking

Four months after the Bridgford Foods building in West Town was turned to dust, plans for its replacement have hit City Hall. Again. The plan for 170 North Green Street has been tweaked before; most recently in 2017. The 2022 version is much taller, and better looking than what was presented back then. Much like your high school boyfriend. January, 2022 diagram of 170 North Green. The building’s height has gone from 210 feet to...

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SOM Bakes Up 2 Skyscrapers To Replace ADM Flour Mill
Nov17

SOM Bakes Up 2 Skyscrapers To Replace ADM Flour Mill

A lot of people had strong feelings when the old ADM flour mill at 1300 West Carroll Street was turned into powdermilk biscuits earlier this year. Some people thought such an industrial legacy no longer belonged so close to downtown Chicago. Others who had lived in the city longer had grown to love it, and felt a kinship with that piece of history. But none of that matters now because serial real estate developer Sterling Bay has...

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Skyscraper at 210 North Morgan Seeks Approval
Nov17

Skyscraper at 210 North Morgan Seeks Approval

Earlier this week, we predicted that the paperwork for a new skyscraper at 210 North Morgan Street in West Town would hit City Hall, and now here it is. October, 2021 rendering of 210 North Morgan. 210 is a project from Newcastle Limited, designed by Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture, that will reach 380 feet into the sky a half-block north of the CTA Green/Pink line — you guesed it — on North Morgan Street. The most interesting part...

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West Town Skyscraper All Buttons and Bows Ahead of Debut
Nov13

West Town Skyscraper All Buttons and Bows Ahead of Debut

Word on the street (well, the offices, but you know what we mean) is that the developers of the new skyscraper planned for 210 North Morgan Street have just filed paperwork for formal/final approval. We’re told to expect to see details and diagrams by the end of this week. October, 2021 rendering of 210 North Morgan. If you like Three First National Plaza in The Loop, you’ll love this new building designed by Hartshorne...

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West Side Condo Tower Resizes, Buys Time
Oct24

West Side Condo Tower Resizes, Buys Time

We’ve been talking about building proposals for 1050 West Van Buren Street for a presidency and a half. Now the current proposal for this parcel has been tweaked. Again. If you’ve forgotten where 1050 is after all this time, it’s on the Near West Side, just east of Target, and just north of I-290. Or as Google Maps sometimes calls it for no apparent reason, “Illinois 110/The Kansas City-Chicago...

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Comically-Shaped Parcel Getting Cool-Looking Skyscraper
Oct14

Comically-Shaped Parcel Getting Cool-Looking Skyscraper

West Town serial fixer-upper Sterling Bay is ready to sprinkle magic fairy dust on another surface parking lot and turn a rotting pumpkin into a glittering skyscraper. Its lawyers have filed paperwork with the City of Chicago to pull the trigger on 360 North Green. Screengrab from 360 North Green promotional video. (Via Sterling Bay) When we first blathered about this bother four years ago, the design was fairly ordinary. Now...

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Results of Thompson Center Contest Show the Thompson Center is Doomed
Sep14

Results of Thompson Center Contest Show the Thompson Center is Doomed

Back toward the beginning of the Summer, we told you that the Chicago Architecture Center and the Chicago Architecture Club were holding a contest to come up with ideas for re-using, rather than razing, The Thompson Center — that beloved and behated former state office building lurking at 100 West Randolph Street like an awkward teen-ager in the shadows of a high school dance. The best and brightest architecture minds in the world...

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We’re Just Months Away From the Start of Two New Wacker Drive Office Towers
Sep10

We’re Just Months Away From the Start of Two New Wacker Drive Office Towers

Documents filed with the City of Chicago reveal that advanced planning is underway to build two new office buildings on South Wacker Drive, immediately south of the Willis Tower. They also show that construction should start by next Summer. The locations of 301 South Wacker and 321 South Wacker. (Base map via Apple Maps) The buildings, which will bear the addresses of 301 South Wacker and 321 South Wacker will be on the same block as...

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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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New Skyscraper Could Bring 300+ New Apartments to Fulton Market Area
Jul26

New Skyscraper Could Bring 300+ New Apartments to Fulton Market Area

The development of the greater metropolitan Fulton Market metroplex continues to push toward Ogden Avenue, with a new skyscraper planned for the southwest corner of Fulton and Ada Streets. July, 2021 diagram of 1353 West Fulton Street. 1353 West Fulton is a 26-story residential skyscraper designed by SOM.   It sports a glassy, gridded facade, two-story townhouses on the 20th floor, and a pool on the 19th floor amenity deck, which is a...

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