Planned Loop Tower Two Stories Shorter, and 40% Closer to Reality
May20

Planned Loop Tower Two Stories Shorter, and 40% Closer to Reality

It’s been a year and a half since Crain’s Chicago Business let the cat out of the bag about 50 East Randolph Street. Back then, the Thomas Roszak proposal was expected to replace a grungy parking garage with what was speculated to be a 27-story residential tower. Our guess was 35 to 40 stories, and we were totally wrong. May 2019 rendering of 50 East Randolph (Courtesy of the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) Forty-second...

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New Residential Tower Targets a Different Loop Dweller
May09

New Residential Tower Targets a Different Loop Dweller

For much of The Loop’s recent renaissance, the people moving downtown were college students and young urban professionals in search of the excitement of the big city. Sure, there were pockets of older urban pioneers along Randolph Street and a few other crannies, but they were pretty much a statistical rounding error. May 2019 rendering of 424 South Wabash Now a Florida company wants to bring the older set to the neighborhood in...

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There’s a New #3 in Town: Chicago’s Latest Supertall Skyscraper Tops Out
Apr29

There’s a New #3 in Town: Chicago’s Latest Supertall Skyscraper Tops Out

Magellan Development’s Vista Tower has cemented its place as Chicago’s third-tallest building with a topping out (Out? Off? Whatever) ceremony on the 101st floor of the Lakeshore East building. Vista topping out ceremony (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) The Studio Gang tower is the seventh-tallest building in America, but will fall to 11th place within two years as four new supertalls are completed in Manhattan. You may...

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Holy Foods: World’s Best Supermarket Breaks Ground in Downtown Chicago
Apr29

Holy Foods: World’s Best Supermarket Breaks Ground in Downtown Chicago

Why are we so excited about a groundbreaking for a new supermarket in downtown Chicago? It’s not like it’s a pre-Kroger Mariano’s. It’s just Whole Foods: the hallmark of pre-recession soccer mom conspicuous consumption that jumped the shark long before it was munched up by Amazon.com in a cloud of Escalade yoga pants and free range kale chip sippy cups. April 2019 rendering of One Chicago (Courtesy of Goettsch...

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Another Skyscraper Ready to Rise on Lake Michigan
Apr22

Another Skyscraper Ready to Rise on Lake Michigan

With all its shiny skyscraper goodness, it’s sometimes hard to remember that Lakeshore East is half a century old this year. Illinois Central Railroad’s 1969 plan for Lakeshore East It was in 1969 that the Illinois Central Railroad decided that its riverfront rail yard might be more profitable as a bunch of residential, office, and hotel towers. Fifty years later, that plan is inching toward completion with the coming of...

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Less Height, More Parking: 352 North Union Moving Ahead
Apr09

Less Height, More Parking: 352 North Union Moving Ahead

It’s been a couple of years since we last heard a peep out of 352 North Union. But it appears that Vancouver’s Onni Group is ready to get busy on the 450-foot residential tower in Chicago’s Fulton River District. 2015 rendering of 352 North Union (on the right) Except that it’s not going to be 450 feet tall anymore. The City of Chicago recently approved the developer’s request to shorten the building down...

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Salesforce Tower Chicago Scaled Back Again
Apr08

Salesforce Tower Chicago Scaled Back Again

When word came down the pike that Wolf Point South would become Salesforce Tower Chicago, we knew it wasn’t going to be everything everyone had hoped for since the beginning of ever. Now we know exactly how much less it will be. Rendering of Wolf Points West, South, and East (Courtesy of Hines) In 2013, the city approved Wolf Point South to be a 950-foot-tall office+hotel+residential tower. By 2015, Wolf Point South was going to...

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Vista Tower Topping Off Approaches
Mar26

Vista Tower Topping Off Approaches

It’s getting harder and harder to avoid seeing the Vista Tower looming over Chicago’s river and lakefront.  The Studio Gang design is turning the heads of tourists, and even jaded locals who only look up and gawk when they want to be involuntarily relieved of their wallets. Vista Tower under construction (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) In the photo above from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, we can see the tallest of the building’s...

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The View From Grant Park Keeps A-Changin’
Mar20

The View From Grant Park Keeps A-Changin’

If you’ve gone to a festival, played softball, or just walked around Grant Park in the last decade or so, you’ve been a first-hand witness to the changing of Chicago’s skyline. 340 On The Park, The Legacy, Heritage At Millennium Park, Roosevelt University’s Wabash Building, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and the 300 East Randolph vertical expansion all added drama to the park border. Chicago skyline...

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1,011-Foot-Tall Skyscraper Ready To Start Across From Holy Name Cathedral
Mar14

1,011-Foot-Tall Skyscraper Ready To Start Across From Holy Name Cathedral

You know we live in interesting times when news of a 76-story skyscraper moving forward is the second biggest news of the week. That’s where we are now with One Chicago Square (740 North State Street). Rendering of One Chicago Square Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the developers of the project in the parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral have gotten the money in order to begin construction. It comes...

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