OneEleven Resurrects a Dead High-Rise as a Gleaming New Skyscraper
Jul23

OneEleven Resurrects a Dead High-Rise as a Gleaming New Skyscraper

    From Florida to California and the fly-over country in-between, America is dotted with half-built abandoned commercial developments. The empty, forlorn hulk of the partially completed Waterview Tower, built in 2008, could very well have sat untouched for many more years. Then Related Properties took a chance on it, pulled out all the stops on a massive do-over, and voila! OneEleven West Wacker was re-born. It’s 60...

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2-for-1 Status Update: Getting The Points
Jul23

2-for-1 Status Update: Getting The Points

Loop Spy Daniel scored with a few fantastic new photos of the confluence of the Chicago River’s main and north branches.  In one panorama, you can see the construction at both Wolf Point West (326 North Orleans Street) and River Point (444 West Lake Street). Wolf Point West had its belated ceremonial groundbreaking last Friday.  The tower, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, has been under construction for months...

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Slice of Life: Skyscrapers and Clouds
Jul22

Slice of Life: Skyscrapers and Clouds

  A time-lapse video of summer afternoon clouds boiling across the Chicago skyline.  Taken from Aqua, visible (left to right) are: 303 East Wacker 680 North Lake Shore Drive Streeter Place River East Center 401 East Ontario Onterie Center Swissôtel Did you enjoy this article? Click to give the author a few...

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Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West
Jul18

Amid Dirt, Cranes and Bulldozers, Official Groundbreaking for Wolf Point West

  One of Chicago’s most anticipated building projects of the last 50 years is now officially underway. Formal groundbreaking ceremonies were held today for Wolf Point West, the first of three skyscrapers in the billion-dollar Wolf Point development at the confluence of the Chicago River’s main channel and North Branch. As we’ve documented here over the last few months, construction is already well underway.  But...

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Piecing Together Streeterville’s Newest Skyscraper
Jul16

Piecing Together Streeterville’s Newest Skyscraper

Chicago is not New York.  It can’t be said enough. Chicagoans wear black because we’re modest.  New Yorkers wear black because it’s fashionable.  Chicagoans wring their hands and worry about being a “global city.”  New Yorkers didn’t even know there was a contest. And when a New York real estate developer decides to build a new skyscraper, there’s a big announcement with balloons and dancing...

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New West Town Tower Liked by Neighbors, the Savior of a Beloved Bank
Jul09

New West Town Tower Liked by Neighbors, the Savior of a Beloved Bank

Last night, residents of Greektown, West Town, and the West Loop gave a collective thumb’s up to the new residential tower proposed for the intersection of Lake and Halsted Streets. The skyscraper, which is currently using the name 171 North Halsted, will replace a dilapidated hardware store and provide much-needed apartments in an area where the residents have traditionally been wary of  those of us with transient lifestyles....

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Supertall Skyscraper Planned Along Chicago River at Lakeshore East
Jul08

Supertall Skyscraper Planned Along Chicago River at Lakeshore East

Prolific Chinese real estate developer and investment company Wanda Group has announced that it will build a new 1,150-foot-tall skyscraper in Chicago. Wanda Group isn’t a household name in Chicago… yet. But it has big plans to move into the American real estate development sector very aggressively in the near future. It already has 55 five-star hotels and 78 department stores in China. In America, you may know it as the...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Greek-Themed Tower Pins Up the Red, White and Blue
Jul05

Slice of Life: Chicago’s Greek-Themed Tower Pins Up the Red, White and Blue

This Independence Day weekend, there were parades, cookouts, and flags all over Chicagoland.  Our own Bill Motchan snapped this picture of the Arkadia Tower in Greektown putting on its patriotic colors. Arkadia (765 West Adams Street) will eventually be a 33-story apartment skyscraper when it is completed next year.  Its design, by Chicago’s FitzGerald Associates, has several Greek nods in it, in deference to its location.   It...

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200 North Michigan: The Incredible Shrinking Skyscraper
Jul02

200 North Michigan: The Incredible Shrinking Skyscraper

If you’ve been saving your pennies so that you can live on the 44th floor of the shiny new residential tower going up at 200 North Michigan Avenue… It may be time to re-think that plan. That’s because the 44th floor no longer exists.  Nor does the 43rd or the 42nd.  In fact, the entire skyscraper has been downsized about 9% from 537 feet tall to 488 feet tall. According to papers filed with the city by the developer,...

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Wolf Point Becomes One With the Chicago River
Jul01

Wolf Point Becomes One With the Chicago River

  Winter was rough, and summer isn’t starting out all that nice, either, for Chicago. Last night’s wild storms dumped huge amounts of rain on the city and its primary means of drainage: The Chicago River. One of our downtown spies sent in this photo taken this morning (July 1, 2014).  You can see the construction pits at Wolf Point are flooded, the Chicago River has risen all the way up to the construction fencing,...

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