BMO Tower Starts to Rise in the West Loop
Jun28

BMO Tower Starts to Rise in the West Loop

Commuters returning to Chicago from the suburbs after The Great Pause will hear some familiar sounds as they emerge from Union Station. The scraping of steel against stone. The squealing of metal tracked vehicles. The occasional Very Loud Bang™ echoing through the canyons of the West Loop. All these noises and more are on offer right next to the train station, at 320 South Canal Street. BMO Tower under construction (June 2020....

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Another Downtown Construction Project Stopped by COVID-19
Jun23

Another Downtown Construction Project Stopped by COVID-19

For the second time in two weeks, we get news that a big downtown Chicago construction project has been halted. The Chicago Tribune reports that plans for a $185 million observatory at the top of the Aon Center are on hold because of the pandemic. Aon Center Observatory rendering The paper says the owners are waiting to see if a “potential treatment or cure” is developed in the near-term, and if any design changes have to...

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Quarantine Break Gives Chicagoans an Opportunity to Enjoy Chicago Architecture
Jun23

Quarantine Break Gives Chicagoans an Opportunity to Enjoy Chicago Architecture

With more and more people rediscovering their combs, re-learning how to put on pants, and creeping outside again, there is a window of opportunity afoot: The gap between Chicago awakening from its quarantine sleep, and the arrival of tourists from other somnambulant cities. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center. Photo by Peter Sieger. The Chicago Architecture Center (111 East Wacker Drive) is among the city’s attractions...

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While You Were Away: 110 North Wacker Construction Continues
Jun21

While You Were Away: 110 North Wacker Construction Continues

As life in Chicago transitions from a pre-apocalyptic Stephen King novel to a post-apocalyptic Samuel Beckett play, you may notice some things have changed since most everyone went into hiding. 110 North Wacker under construction in June, 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) For the most part, the city’s large construction projects moved forward, though sometimes at varying paces.  Among those that have progressed is 110 North Wacker,...

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New Skyscraper Will Steam Into Fulton River District
Jun17

New Skyscraper Will Steam Into Fulton River District

River North developer The Habitat Company has a happy feeling in its tummy today, after the Chicago City Council approved its newest project, a 33-story residential tower in the Fulton River District. December 2019 rendering of 344 North Canal 344 North Canal will bring 343 new market-rate apartments (really, you could’s squeeze in one more?) to the neighborhood in an SCB-designed skyscraper, plus 34 affordable housing units...

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One Vote Means Two New Skyscrapers for Chicago
Jun17

One Vote Means Two New Skyscrapers for Chicago

While you count down your final days in quarantine pretending to pay attention to work conference calls while scrubbing the grout, giving the dog a bath,  and watching reruns of Press Your Luck (no whammies!), the steady march of skyscrapers through City Hall continues unabated. Today, Chicago City Council approved a project that will alter the city’s skyline in a delightful way. March 2020 rendering of 400 North Lake Shore...

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Chicago’s Latest 101-Story Skyscraper Is Almost Fork-Ready
Jun17

Chicago’s Latest 101-Story Skyscraper Is Almost Fork-Ready

If you happen to have a 200-foot-long fork, get ready to stick it in the Vista Tower.  That thing is almost done. Vista Tower under construction (June 2020, courtesy of YoChicago!) The nice folks over at YoChicago! jabbed the photograph above into our tip line.  It shows that the major work on Chicago’s newest 101-story skyscraper is almost over.  You can tell because the skip is coming down. If you’re not up on...

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You Stay Glassy, One Chicago
Jun10

You Stay Glassy, One Chicago

The first panes of glass are in place at One Chicago, the pair of residential towers rising in what used to be Holy Name Cathedral’s parking lot. June 2020 photo of One Chicago under construction (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike) Gold Coast Spy Mike sent us this demonstration of the fenestration situation by slotting it through our tip line. You may ask yourself, “Self, isn’t it a little early to put up windows on...

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COVID Concerns Halt Construction of Michigan Avenue Skyscraper
Jun09

COVID Concerns Halt Construction of Michigan Avenue Skyscraper

South Michigan Avenue is a little quieter these days. Not because of the paucity of tourists or the meagerness of office workers, but because construction on 1000M has been stopped. June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) Construction crews are no longer working at 1000 South Michigan Avenue because of the pandemic that has kept everyone from school children to responsible public leaders away from their daily...

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Construction Workers Continue Pounding Away on Lakeshore East
Jun07

Construction Workers Continue Pounding Away on Lakeshore East

As people slowly emerge from their spider holes to explore the lakefront they once knew and adored, the joggers, cyclists, and yoga moms will discover lots of changes at Lakeshore East. Cirrus and Cascade under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) As you can see in these photographs sent in by YoChicago!, work continues on both the Cirrus and Cascade residential towers going up between Lake Shore Drive and North Harbor Drive.  When...

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