British Dig In Behind Roosevelt in the South Loop
Jun11

British Dig In Behind Roosevelt in the South Loop

After years of planning and months of controversy, the South Loop is finally getting a new school. The British School of Chicago had its ceremonial groundbreaking at its new South Loop campus today.  It’s actually been under construction since April.  The school is physically part of the Roosevelt Collection, the mid-use retail, restaurant and residential complex that after several years of near-dormancy has, itself, sprung to...

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Status Update: GEMS Academy Lakeshore East
May21

Status Update: GEMS Academy Lakeshore East

The vertical stripes are up, and the construction hoist is down at GEMS Academy in Lakeshore East (350 East South Water Street). Loop Spy Daniel sent over this photograph of the building’s south facade. If you look closely, you can see work continuing on the cafeteria level. But ignoring that, you can get an excellent idea of what the bKL-designed building will look like when it’s done in a few months time. This article is...

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A Look Inside Downtown Chicago’s Newest School
Apr07

A Look Inside Downtown Chicago’s Newest School

Downtown’s Chicago’s newest elementary school is rapidly approaching completion.  GEMS World Academy Chicago (350 East South Water Street) looks fairly complete on the outside, and if it wasn’t for the construction hoist bolted to the southeast corner of the building, you might suspect from a distance that it is complete on the inside as well. This GEMS is the local outpost of GEMS Eduction, an international  company...

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Status Update: The British School of Chicago South Loop Campus
Mar25

Status Update: The British School of Chicago South Loop Campus

After being delayed by administrative things behind-the-scenes, construction has started on the very controversial Antunovich Associates-designed British School of Chicago’s South Loop campus.  The project is an extension of The Roosevelt Collection, the residential, retail, and entertainment complex that’s gaining momentum at 150 West Roosevelt Road. It was just two weeks ago that friends-of-the-blog, Sloopin‘,...

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📹 New Trier’s New Tier
Feb25

📹 New Trier’s New Tier

We don’t do too many stories from the suburbs. But even if you never leave The Loop, you can’t swing a silver spoon without smacking into a New Trier graduate.  Sometimes it seems like half of the city’s media personalities came from New Trier (and the other half from Lane Tech). Earlier this month, the Winnetka high school shared the results of a contest it held for a campus expansion.  The finalists are:...

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Status Update: GEMS World Academy – C’mon Get Happy
Dec26

Status Update: GEMS World Academy – C’mon Get Happy

The last time we posted a construction update on the GEMS World Academy (350 East South Water Street) in Lakeshore East, we received several inquiries about its exterior.  In spite of the drawings of the building that we’ve published here repeatedly, people are still being caught off-guard by the paint job. Technically speaking, it’s not a paint job.  They’re metal panels with the color infused into them so that it...

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GEMS Academy Gets Topped, Striped [updated]
Dec09

GEMS Academy Gets Topped, Striped [updated]

Word came in late last week from friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture that its GEMS World Academy, under construction at 350 East South Water Street, has topped out. The 153-foot-tall,  82,000 square-foot school will be the home to students from kindergarten to fourth grade.  Phase two of the project is a 16-story, 254-foot-tall school nearby at 355 East Wacker Drive for students in fifth through 12th grades.  Construction has not yet...

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Status Update: GEMS Just About Ready to Top
Nov19

Status Update: GEMS Just About Ready to Top

Today, word came from inside the construction site of the GEMS Academy that the first phase of the private school is scheduled to top off December 2nd.  That’s the day the roof slab will be poured, as long as there aren’t any glitches caused by the weather or scheduling problems. Shortly after we put out word of the topping out date on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, Loop Spy Daniel sent in a fresh picture of the project,...

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Status Update: GEMS Academy in Lakeshore East
Oct29

Status Update: GEMS Academy in Lakeshore East

Just yesterday we were standing in the cold wind atop the retail and ballroom podium of Aqua, looking around and marveling at two things — First, how a tiny layer of stretchy fabric can make so many rooftop joggers believe they’re impervious to the weather; and second, at how quickly GEMS Academy’s private Lakeshore East school is growing. The first building of two is rapidly approaching maximum height, and its...

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It’s a GEMS of a Crane
Aug05

It’s a GEMS of a Crane

  Recently we posted a photograph showing a little stub of a crane sprouting toward the west end of the incredibly tight construction site for the new GEMS Academy elementary school at Lakeshore East.  Since then, it’s blossomed into a full tower crane with wide arms and a Crayola yellow paint job. A clever Loop Spy who lives next door at The Tides (360 East South Water Street) used his iPhone’s panorama function to take a...

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