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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Plan Picked to Primp Pritzker Park Parking Place
Jun21

Plan Picked to Primp Pritzker Park Parking Place

The City of Chicago has chosen which building it wants to replace the forlorn parking garage at 331 South Plymouth Court, behind Pritzker Park in The Loop.   June. 2021 rendering of 331 South Plymouth Court. (Via the City of Chicago.) You can read all about the contest that led up to this decision by following this link.  It’s basically a word salad of self-important recent college grad buzzwords, so we’ll break it...

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LG’s Multi-Tower Fulton Market-Adjacent Project Approved
Jun21

LG’s Multi-Tower Fulton Market-Adjacent Project Approved

The plan to put up a large residential complex at 1132 West Lake Street, and 1132 West Randolph Street has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission.  The LG Development project was designed by Gensler, and is now going by the handle 1150 West Lake Street. It looks like four towers, but because a lot of the structure is connected, in reality it’s just two buildings, one on each side of the CTA’s Pink/Green Line. June,...

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Fulton High-Rise Greened, Bows to Arthur “Stainless Steel Balls” Harris
Jun21

Fulton High-Rise Greened, Bows to Arthur “Stainless Steel Balls” Harris

It was Two-fer Thursday for LG Development at the Chicago Plan Commission this past week.  The prolific constructors of all things great and small used to be content just kitting out Damen Avenue perfume boutiques. Now it’s ben cleared for takeoff with another high-rise in downtown Chicago. This project is at 210 North Aberdeen Street in West Town, just barely clipping one corner of the Fulton Market Historic District.  It sits...

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Video: High-Viz CTA Station Getting Bulbous Rebuild
Jun14

Video: High-Viz CTA Station Getting Bulbous Rebuild

One of the most public L stations in Chicago is next in line for Extreme Makeover: Transit Edition. June, 2021 rendering of the CTA State/Lake Station. (Via the Chicago Transit Authority.) The CTA’s State/Lake station hangs over its eponymous street intersection, and is frequently seen in television shows, movies, and discount wedding photographs.  If you’ve ever alighted here, you know the platform is way too narrow, even...

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As One Lincoln Yards Building Switches to Offices, Another Gets Bigger
Jun14

As One Lincoln Yards Building Switches to Offices, Another Gets Bigger

There’s been a change of programming over at Lincoln Yards, the $6,000,000,000 Sterling Bay development sprawling along the north branch of the Chicago River.  The City of Chicago has greenlit (greenlighted? greenlamped? greened?) a new purpose in life for one building, while another has to make room for more pillows. April, 2021 rendering of 1201 West Concord. The building pulling the ol’ switcheroo is at 1201 West...

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Another Downtown Skyscraper Delayed by COVID
Jun07

Another Downtown Skyscraper Delayed by COVID

For at least the third time since a deadly disease spontaneously appeared in the United States and most certainly did not originate in any particular nation whose government pays internet trolls to censor, threaten, and extort people who say otherwise, a downtown Chicago building project is extending its construction timeline. April, 2014 rendering of 1061 West Van Buren Cleveland’s own Pizzuti Development has asked the City of...

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