Fulton River District In Line For Another Skyscraper
Jan30

Fulton River District In Line For Another Skyscraper

January, 2022 rendering of 527 West Kinzie Street There are plans for another new skyscraper along the Chicago River. The latest proposal is at 527 West Kinzie Street. You may know this location as the pie-shaped surface parking lot favored by 20-somethings taking gritty urban pictures of their avant-garde fashions to fill out their art school portfolios. Or you may know it as the pie-shaped surface parking lot just behind the Harry...

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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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Naysayers Take Note: 1000M About to Go Vertical
Jan25

Naysayers Take Note: 1000M About to Go Vertical

It was just last week I was in a discussion with some residents of one particular southern American city who refused to believe that Chicago kept building skyscrapers throughout the pandemic. When I told them that work was underway on a 73-story residential building, they said “Prove it.” O.K., McHugh Concrete just did. January 22, 2022 concrete pour at 1000M. (Courtesy of McHugh Concrete.) McHugh just spent nine straight...

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Harrowing Hancock! Chunk of Big John Impales Mag Mile
Jan10

Harrowing Hancock! Chunk of Big John Impales Mag Mile

We’ve been in a cheesecake-induced coma for most of the extended Christmas holiday, and only just now crawling out from under the cozy warmth of six quilts, two afghans, and a cat. So what greets us as we fire up Netscape Navigator for the first time in a long time? A story in Blockclub Chicago that Big John has a major dandruff problem. Long story short: A piece of the 100-story building’s facade broke off and fell onto...

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Sterling Bay’s Latest Skyscraper Gets Liked and Hearted by Plan Commission
Dec19

Sterling Bay’s Latest Skyscraper Gets Liked and Hearted by Plan Commission

You may have noticed that the freight train bringing new skyscrapers to Chicago has showed up empty in recent weeks. Things usually slow down around Christmastime, so we’re not revving up a klaxon just yet, but keep an eye on this just in case one thing ceases to lead to another. December, 2021 rendering of 1245 West Fulton Market In the meantime, enjoy the skyscraper that Sterling Bay stuffed in your stocking just before the...

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Construction About to Restart for 73-Story South Loop Skyscraper
Dec08

Construction About to Restart for 73-Story South Loop Skyscraper

One of the late Helmut Jahn’s last designs may get built after all. Time Equities, JK Equities, and Oak Capitals have announced that the construction of 1000M is going to restart any day now. How is this possible? Money. December, 2021 rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) The development trio has closed on a $304 million construction loan, which will be used to get things moving again. It was last year that local media...

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Evanston’s Tallest Building Gets Spruced Up
Nov21

Evanston’s Tallest Building Gets Spruced Up

With more people heading back to the office, a lot of them are noticing changes. Things like there seems to be an awful lot of parking available these days. And that keeping a stash of fruit in your filing cabinet wasn’t such a good idea after all. If your office travels take you to Evanston, then you may find yourself in Orrington Plaza, which is also sporting a new look. November, 2021 photo of the Orrington Plaza lobby....

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Chicago’s Third-Tallest Building to Add a Floor
Nov20

Chicago’s Third-Tallest Building to Add a Floor

You know how when you get a brand new car, the first time you leave it in a Jewel parking lot, someone manages to roll a cart into the shiny shiny paint? Something like that is happening in Lakeshore East. St. Regis-Chicago Hotel and Residences and a Little Bit of Retail and a Restaurant and a Parking Garage. (Courtesy of YoChicago!) The Saint Regis Chicago still has that new skyscraper smell, but already someone has decided to make...

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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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