Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes
Mar21

Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes

A large, underutilized slice of downtown Chicago is about to get utilized out the wazoo.  Detailed paperwork has hit City Hall for North Union, the hefty plan to turn a five block slab of Near North Side property into the city’s latest mega development. Diagram of North Union (Via JDL Development) The property in question used to be domain of The Moody Bible Institute.  A few years ago, it decided to convert the mostly vacant...

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Another Skyscraper Ready to Loom Over Chicago’s Fulton Market
Mar21

Another Skyscraper Ready to Loom Over Chicago’s Fulton Market

The log flume of West Town development is splashing a new apartment tower on the north side of the Lake Street L tracks.  A proposal has been filed for a large apartment building at 1201 West Fulton Market. March, 2021 diagram of 1201 West Fulton Market. The location is just across the street from the western edge of the Fulton Market Historic District, which should make approval a little easier than if it was one block east. The...

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Loop Skyscraper Design Tweaked
Mar14

Loop Skyscraper Design Tweaked

You know the old saw about the artist who kept sneaking into the museum at night to keep working on his painting years after it had been on display to the public?  Architecture can be like that, too. March 2019 rendering of 300 North Michigan Avenue The people behind the new residential skyscraper at 300 North Michigan Avenue have received approval from the City of Chicago to tweak the design of the 47-story building, already...

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Wolf Point Now Home to a Pack of Skyscrapers
Mar14

Wolf Point Now Home to a Pack of Skyscrapers

We looked it up, and the minimum number of wolves required to make a “pack” is three.  Which works out well for the confluence of the Chicago River and its North Branch, where three skyscrapers now populate Wolf Point. Salesforce Tower Chicago under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of River North Spy Sam.) River North Spy Sam sent in these photos of Wolf Point South, now known as Salesforce Tower Chicago, as it...

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Pinstripes Prevail on Lakeshore East Skyscrapers
Mar10

Pinstripes Prevail on Lakeshore East Skyscrapers

We’re happy to admit when we’re wrong. Or as our seventh-grade teacher used to say, “You pulled a boner.” She must have really been something in the 1940’s. Earlier this week we stated that pinstripes are out of fashion, both in clothing and in Loop skyscrapers. Today, we get around to reading the Sunday New York Times, and in its smudgy pages are full-page ads for both Armani and Ralph Lauren pinstripe...

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Trib Tower Condo Progress Fuels Speculation
Mar08

Trib Tower Condo Progress Fuels Speculation

It’s been 18 months since we last showed you the back side of Tribune Tower.  Back then, the venerable skyscraper was being gutted by skid steers, and a tailings pile of bricks and sorrow was growing in the parking lot facing North Cityfront Plaza. Tribune Tower under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Jody.) Today, we see a very different scene, according to these photos that Streeterville Spy Jody...

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New Chicago Skyscrapers Look Good in Pinstripes
Mar08

New Chicago Skyscrapers Look Good in Pinstripes

There was a time when people got dressed up to go into The Loop.  But ever since it somehow became OK to wear sweatpants in The Walnut Room, the only place you’ll see a fedora is on a Metra train headed to the north suburbs. Cirrus and Cascade under construction in March, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy C.) That’s why it’s so delightful to see Cirrus and Cascade, the newest skyscrapers going up at Lakeshore East,...

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160 North Elizabeth Heads to Plan Commission
Mar01

160 North Elizabeth Heads to Plan Commission

The people behind a plan to put up a 27-story skyscraper at Randolph and Elizabeth in West Town are ready to make things happen.  Moceri+Roszak’s 160 North Elizabeth is scheduled to get an airing before the Chicago Plan Commission this month. Rendering of 160 North Elizabeth (Via Thomas Roszak Architecture) 160 was designed by Thomas Roszak Architecture, and features a large tower atop a podium.  The tower is divided...

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West Loop Parking Lot Targeted for 2-Tower 1,000+ Apartment Plan
Feb20

West Loop Parking Lot Targeted for 2-Tower 1,000+ Apartment Plan

There are two things that never give up hope: Dogs, and the surface parking lot next to Heritage Green Park. Model of 625 West Monroe by SMDP. The 250-space West Loop slab at 601 West Monroe Street has been the subject of at least four redevelopment plans since we started publishing 18 years ago.  From a modest 20-something-story office tower to smdp’s angular 38-story BP Tower to the 75-story office slant floated in 2013....

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As Completion Approaches, Loop Residential Skyscraper Starts Leasing
Feb20

As Completion Approaches, Loop Residential Skyscraper Starts Leasing

The Loop’s newest residential tower is now leasing apartments.  Parkline Chicago sits at the corner of Randolph and Wabash, so close to public transit that you can see the sparks fly from the Brown Line trains. February, 2021 image of Parkline (Courtesy of Moceri + Roszak) Although construction isn’t due to wrap up until this spring, leasing has already begun for its 190 apartments.  The building will also have 24...

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