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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West Town Skyscraper All Buttons and Bows Ahead of Debut
Nov13

West Town Skyscraper All Buttons and Bows Ahead of Debut

Word on the street (well, the offices, but you know what we mean) is that the developers of the new skyscraper planned for 210 North Morgan Street have just filed paperwork for formal/final approval. We’re told to expect to see details and diagrams by the end of this week. October, 2021 rendering of 210 North Morgan. If you like Three First National Plaza in The Loop, you’ll love this new building designed by Hartshorne...

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Stalled South Loop Skyscraper Restarts
Nov09

Stalled South Loop Skyscraper Restarts

Work appears to have resumed on the 74-story residential skyscraper planned to rise at 1000 South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop. Construction on the Helmut Jahn-designed 1000M was paused for a while, leading to a lot of speculation from speculators who like to speculate about its future. Construction at 1000M in August 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) That future got a little brighter a couple of weeks ago, when the City of Chicago...

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Stat Sheet: 601 West Monroe
Oct29

Stat Sheet: 601 West Monroe

It’s been about a month since the City of Chicago gave its final approval to the construction of a pair of new skyscrapers at 601 West Monroe Street in the West Loop. We haven’t seen any construction permits issued just yet, but expect some soon now that the votes and been tallied and the paperwork has settled. With that in mind, here’s a summary of what we can expect from this project: August 2021 rendering of 601...

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West Side Condo Tower Resizes, Buys Time
Oct24

West Side Condo Tower Resizes, Buys Time

We’ve been talking about building proposals for 1050 West Van Buren Street for a presidency and a half. Now the current proposal for this parcel has been tweaked. Again. If you’ve forgotten where 1050 is after all this time, it’s on the Near West Side, just east of Target, and just north of I-290. Or as Google Maps sometimes calls it for no apparent reason, “Illinois 110/The Kansas City-Chicago...

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Comically-Shaped Parcel Getting Cool-Looking Skyscraper
Oct14

Comically-Shaped Parcel Getting Cool-Looking Skyscraper

West Town serial fixer-upper Sterling Bay is ready to sprinkle magic fairy dust on another surface parking lot and turn a rotting pumpkin into a glittering skyscraper. Its lawyers have filed paperwork with the City of Chicago to pull the trigger on 360 North Green. Screengrab from 360 North Green promotional video. (Via Sterling Bay) When we first blathered about this bother four years ago, the design was fairly ordinary. Now...

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Crane Coming Down at 300 North Michigan
Oct11

Crane Coming Down at 300 North Michigan

A tower crane going up is a good sign of progress in the construction of a new skyscraper.  A tower crane coming down is even better. That’s what’s expected to happen this week at 300 North Michigan Avenue.  The eponymous mixed-use building designed a couple of blocks away by bKL Architecture is approaching that special level of doneness where it no longer requires something big and swingy to do the heavy lifting. 300...

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