Ten New Skyscrapers Proposed For Chicago’s South Loop
Mar13

Ten New Skyscrapers Proposed For Chicago’s South Loop

Two weeks ago we told you that there were once again plans to deck over the Metra railroad tracks that carve through the east side of the South Loop and put up a new neighborhood. Now we know it will be called One Central, and we know it will be huge. March 2019 rendering of One Central (via Landmark Development) Landmark Development unveiled its proposal at a public meeting tonight. It will rival The 78, Lincoln Yards, 700 At The...

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23-Story Hotel Tower For Chicago’s Restaurant Row
Mar13

23-Story Hotel Tower For Chicago’s Restaurant Row

If you love eating in Chicago’s Restaurant Row, you may soon get a chance to sleep there, too. A New York developer wants to build a 23-story hotel tower between the city’s beloved Alhambra Palace restaurant, and extremely competent food, wine and music joint, City Winery. 1234 West Randolph would be a skosh over 304 feet tall with 289 rooms, and both a pool and a bar on the roof. If you want to sleep there, get a Lyft or...

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One Bennett Park Opens as Newest, Tallest Skyscraper in Streeterville
Mar11

One Bennett Park Opens as Newest, Tallest Skyscraper in Streeterville

Five years ago, if you looked at a map of Streeterville and thought that there wasn’t any place left in the neighborhood for a really dramatic skyline-busting residential tower, a lot of people would have nodded in agreement. But that was before Related Midwest took the vacant lot behind its ward, 500 Lake Shore Drive, and paired it with the under-realized park next door to redefine the core of this quarter of Chicago. One...

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Dirt Stirring at Wolf Point South …er… Salesforce Tower
Mar05

Dirt Stirring at Wolf Point South …er… Salesforce Tower

Cell phone cameras are wonderful things. They let astronomy apps label the stars at night. They let us share precious moments with loved ones in other countries. And they let someone way up at the top of a skyscraper on the other side of the Chicago River take a picture of drilling happening at the future site of Salesforce Tower Chicago. You may remember STC as Wolf Point South, the not-quite-60-story tower that Hines and the Kennedy...

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Goettsch Partners Tops Out Its Tallest Building Ever
Feb28

Goettsch Partners Tops Out Its Tallest Building Ever

When you’re in school you tug on your beret and tell your professors and peers that skyscrapers are nothing more than phallic symbols, and the real craft of architecture is in small-scale context sensitive creations that leverage the holistic blah blah blah blah.   Nobody’s taking an architecture boat tour down the Chicago River to look things that are small. Nanning China Resources Center (Courtesy of Goettsch Partners) And while the...

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Is The City Trying To Hurry Up the Chicago Spire Replacement?
Jan28

Is The City Trying To Hurry Up the Chicago Spire Replacement?

We’re not going to pretend that we fully understand all of the nuances of the delicate waltz known as Chicago Zoning.  But something popped up on the radar that’s worth noting now, just in case it’s something later. 400 North Lake Shore Drive, Related Midwest’s replacement for the failed Chicago Spire, may soon have a deadline to begin construction. In March the Chicago Plan Commission will be asked to amend...

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Chicago Exports: Goettsch Plants Another Flag in China 
Jan16

Chicago Exports: Goettsch Plants Another Flag in China 

Today we continue a series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. Loop architecture firm...

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Near West Residential Tower Going to the People
Jan16

Near West Residential Tower Going to the People

Another building for Chicago’s Near West Side means another chance for you to weigh in on its merits. Twenty-fifth Ward Alderman Danny Solis and the West Loop Community Organization are holding a public meeting on the proposal for 99 South Sangamon, which is the northeast corner of Sangamon and Monroe. The developer wants to put up a 24-story residential block with 193 new homes, designed by GREC.  The tower will sit atop a...

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One Small Hole Indicates The Coming of One Chicago Square
Jan09

One Small Hole Indicates The Coming of One Chicago Square

All great Chicago skyscrapers start with humble beginnings.  And One Chicago Square has humbly begun in the parking lot of Holy Name Cathedral. Gold Coast Spy Tom sent in the photograph above showing soil sampling in the parking lot that will have a 1,045-foot-tall skyscraper in it by 2022. Even though soil sampling crews extract dirt from beneath the surface, we like to think of them as planting the seeds of a skyscraper.  They...

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Another Loop Skyscraper Expanding Upward, Getting Open-Air Observatory
Jan07

Another Loop Skyscraper Expanding Upward, Getting Open-Air Observatory

We’ve written a number of times about buildings in Chicago that were erected with vertical expansion in mind.  300 East Randolph is the most visible example, but there are others like 168 North Michigan and Union Station. Now another one of The Loop’s skyscrapers is getting a vertical expansion.  But you probably won’t notice it unless you work in, or adjacent to, the building in question: Beacon Capital...

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