Plan For 113-Story Magnificent Mile Skyscraper Hits City Hall
Jan16

Plan For 113-Story Magnificent Mile Skyscraper Hits City Hall

A new 1,400-foot-tall skyscraper slated for the Magnificent Mile has taken a big step forward on the shiny glass road from fantasy to fantastic. Plans for Tribune Tower East have officially been filled with the city.  January 2020 diagram of Tribune Tower East November 2019 rendering of Tribune Tower East (via CIM Group) The building will have 113 floors of hotel rooms, apartments, and condos; and climb 1,442 feet into the sky.  This...

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That’s One Chicago You’ve Got Growing There
Jan14

That’s One Chicago You’ve Got Growing There

If you went to midnight mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Christmas Eve, you may have noticed two things. First, the absence of the traditional phalanx of public servants, from the mayor and police chief on down. And second, the complete lack of parking across the street. For the first item, why Chicago’s pols choose not to make themselves visible to the city’s largest voting bloc is beyond the scope of what we do here. The...

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West Loop Skyscraper Proposal Cuts Height, Adds Second Building
Jan13

West Loop Skyscraper Proposal Cuts Height, Adds Second Building

Plans for an apartment and hotel tower on the edge of the Kennedy Expressway at Randolph Street have changed, even though the city of Chicago has already approved this project. Developer Related Midwest envisions the project ay 725 West Randolph as a gateway to Chicago’s Restaurant Row, and until recently saw it as a single apartment tower with a hotel.  Now it’s asking for permission to add a second building across West...

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60-Story Superior Street Skyscraper Surprise
Dec31

60-Story Superior Street Skyscraper Surprise

Developers backing a new Superior Street tower have lubed up the defibrillator paddles and jolted their patient back into City Hall. Loop North News reports that 40 East Superior has not assumed room temperature after all, as Symmetry Development filed a revised plan for the property on December 11th. March 2017 rendering of 40 East Superior (via Alderman Brendan Reilly’s Office) The last time this rodeo came to town, the prize...

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Fulton River District Skyscraper Surging Forward
Dec30

Fulton River District Skyscraper Surging Forward

The people behind 344 North Canal aren’t wasting any time. Just days after presenting a plan for the 33-story skyscraper to the public, The Habitat Company has already filed paperwork with the city so it can start construction.  December 2019 diagram of 344 North Canal The SCB-designed tower plan is kitted out with 343 residences, 141 bicycle parking spaces, and 1,400 square feet of retail space.  Address: 344 North Canal Street...

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The Union Station Tower is Finally Real
Dec24

The Union Station Tower is Finally Real

For as long as anyone can remember, it’s been lots of discussion but no digging in the West Loop where Amtrak has wanted to add a skyscraper to the Union Station complex since before Amtrak was a thing.  In the last 15 years, we’ve seen at least three different plans for Amtrak skyscrapers that simply never got off the ground.  But that has finally changed. 2019 rendering of BMO Tower, formerly Union Station Tower....

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Wayback Wednesday: Hubbard Place Under Construction
Dec18

Wayback Wednesday: Hubbard Place Under Construction

For today’s look into the photo archive, we go back seven years to December 14, 2012 — Seven years ago. Hubbard Place under construction in December 2012 (file) That’s where we find Hubbard Place under construction at 360 West Hubbard Street in River North.  The 43-story sister of Kingsbury Plaza brought another 450 new homes to the neighborhood in 2014. But in this photo from two years earlier, you can see McHugh...

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Aspirational South Loop Apartment Tower Gets Topped Out, Named
Dec17

Aspirational South Loop Apartment Tower Gets Topped Out, Named

The newest residential opportunity to sprout next to a new CTA L station is edging toward completion.  2111 South Wabash topped off recently, and during the surprisingly earmuff-free ceremony (are 180’s not a thing anymore?) it was announced that the building will be called Aspire Residences. December 2019 rendering of the Aspire Residences (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) Aspire is an SCB design being built by Power Construction...

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Planned Riverside Hotel/Office Tower Design Tweaked, Still Looks Fabulous
Dec17

Planned Riverside Hotel/Office Tower Design Tweaked, Still Looks Fabulous

Remember that plan from three years ago where someone wanted to wedge yet another hotel in along the Chicago River?  Well, that someone is still pounding away at it. August 2016 rendering of 322 North Clark The plan for 322 North Clark Street was to jam a 369-foot-tall HKS-designed hotel into the surface parking lot behind the Reid Murdoch Building.  The proposal was floated by Friedman Properties and included 500 hotel rooms, 85,000...

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Habitat’s Skyscraper Forest Spreads to Fulton River District
Dec16

Habitat’s Skyscraper Forest Spreads to Fulton River District

The next Habitat/SCB residential skyscraper to adorn Chicago’s River North neighborhood won’t actually be in River North.  It will be across the river in the Fulton River District.  But you won’t need a 23andMe test to know this is one of the family.  You can tell just by looking at it. December 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal That 344 North Canal looks so similar to other skyscrapers nearby should set off our...

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