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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Salesforce Tower Feels All Glassy
Jul20

Salesforce Tower Feels All Glassy

The skyscraper that we still prefer to call Wolf Point South has gotten some glass around its gills. July, 2021 photograph of Salesforce Tower Chicago under construction. (Courtesy of River North Spy Mike.) River North Spy Mike sent in these pictures of what is branded Salesforce Tower Chicago, the third of three skyscrapers that are transforming Wolf Point from a surface parking lot into a skyscraper nanodistrict on the Chicago...

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Last Chance to Dance, Before Chicago Gets a New 102-Story Skyscraper
Jul20

Last Chance to Dance, Before Chicago Gets a New 102-Story Skyscraper

Are you tied of being cooped up for the last 18 months?  Before we all get locked down again because certain of our chain-smoking co-workers won’t get vaccinated, “because I care about what I put inside my body. Can I borrow a cigarette?”, now is your last chance to cut a rug at the future site of Tribune Tower East. The space behind Tribune Tower in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Mike.) Streeterville Spy...

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Geofoam Rave at the Aon Center
Jul20

Geofoam Rave at the Aon Center

If you like to spend your hot summer lunch breaks sitting by the fountain in front of the Aon Center noshing a turkey club from the Au Bon Pain in the pedway, it’s time to find another place for your lunch munch. July, 2021 photograph of Aon Center plaza construction. (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike.) Loop Spy Mike sent in these pictures showing the current state of the 83-story skyscraper’s sunken plaza.  It’s a mess. ...

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bKL Up for Michigan Avenue’s Newest Skyscraper
Jul20

bKL Up for Michigan Avenue’s Newest Skyscraper

The latest skyscraper to light up what used to be a forgettable stretch of North Michigan Avenue appears to be making great progress. Construction of 300 North Michigan Avenue in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike.) Loop Spy Mike sent in these pictures of construction at 300 North Michigan Avenue.  The Sterling Bay and Magellan Development project designed by bKL is rising across the street from the historic and awesome Carbide...

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Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off
Jul13

Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off

Just two years ago, the prime block of downtown Chicago at the corner of State and Chicago was a surface parking lot, a row of time-worn brick buildings, and a really quite good pizza parlor. Old school slices still radiate through the neighborhood from Bella Luna, but the brick buildings are gone, and more importantly, the surface parking lot is gone. One Chicago construction in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.) In their...

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Bank Chasing a New Downtown Tower Location (*cough* Thompson Center *cough*)
Jul11

Bank Chasing a New Downtown Tower Location (*cough* Thompson Center *cough*)

People who love the 60-story Fuji-shaped skyscraper at 10 South Dearborn Street are used to seeing it change names.  It was built as First National Bank Plaza. Then it became Bank One Tower. And it eventually adopted the Chase Tower name we know today.  Now that “Chase” brand may find a new home. Chase Tower (File photo) The Chicago Tribune reports that Chase is shopping around for a location for a new trophy tower.  The...

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West Loop Skyscraper Gets Tweaked for Small Dogs
Jun14

West Loop Skyscraper Gets Tweaked for Small Dogs

The plan to replace a pair of downtown surface parking lots with a pair of pretty-good-sized skyscrapers at 601 West Monroe Street has been revised. June, 2021 rendering of the dog park at 601 West Monroe. (Via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly.) When we gave you the bird’s eye low down on this caper last month, we noted that adding over a thousand new homes to this block of the city was going to bring Urinetown to the West...

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Loop Skyscraper Opens, Brings Coffee
Jun14

Loop Skyscraper Opens, Brings Coffee

If you didn’t already love Parkline Chicago for deleting a crappy parking garage from a vibrant corner of downtown, here’s another reason to love it: It’s getting a Starbucks. Parkine Chicago. (Photograph by Sean Henderson. Courtesy of Moceri + Roszak.) The condos atop the building at 60 East Randolph Street were delivered less than a month ago, and now the building’s owners have announced that the ubiquitous,...

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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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