Wolf Point East Tops Off.  We Mean It This Time.
Sep03

Wolf Point East Tops Off. We Mean It This Time.

You no longer have to wonder if the latest skyscraper climbing into the Chicago skyline at Wolf Point will continue to grow.  It won’t.  This beanstalk is fully sprouted. Rendering of Wolf Point East (Courtesy of Hines) Wolf Point East is the second of three skyscrapers going up in what used to be a surface parking lot at the confluence of the Main and North branches of the Chicago River.  There has been a lot of interest in the...

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Wolf Point East: Almost, But Not Quite There Yet
Aug26

Wolf Point East: Almost, But Not Quite There Yet

Last week we told you about speculation that the skyscraper known as Wolf Point East had topped out. It turns out that while that’s a good guess, the building is not quite there yet. Construction of Wolf Point East (August 2019. Courtesy of River North Spy Chris.) As promised, we talked to people who talked to people who know things, and no, the notion of topping out is currently all talk. For now. Clearly, from the photo above...

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Wolf Point East Shows Off, and Maybe Tops Off
Aug21

Wolf Point East Shows Off, and Maybe Tops Off

Word on the street is that the second of three Wolf Point towers maybe, possibly, perhaps might have topped off. Construction of Wolf Point East (August 2019. Courtesy of River North Spy Chris.) River North Spy Chris sent in the photograph above, and the one below that back up the assertion that Wolf Point East has climbed as far as it can, though we have not yet gotten official word. Construction of Wolf Point East (August 2019....

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Michigan Avenue Eyesore to be Replaced by Homes and Hotel Tower
Jul22

Michigan Avenue Eyesore to be Replaced by Homes and Hotel Tower

The northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Place has never been very much.  In fact, its glory days were probably before there was a Chicago, when it was the reedy home to minnows, snails, and the occasional soggy moccasin lost in the mud. Now it looks like the old brick warehouse-turned-office/retail building that squats on that corner today will make way for a 523-foot tall skyscraper designed three blocks away by bKL...

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Apparently Wolf Point East Will Have Views Worth Selling a Kidney For
Jul22

Apparently Wolf Point East Will Have Views Worth Selling a Kidney For

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the construction of Wolf Point East, you may have noticed that the tower crane helping put it together jumped a little higher recently. It’s always nice to see progress. An even more impressive sight is the renderings package that came out of Wolf Point East’s PR people recently.  It shows what the views should be like from the common areas. Rendering of Wolf Point East...

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110 North Wacker Rises, Bringing Scads and Oodles Along the River
Jul16

110 North Wacker Rises, Bringing Scads and Oodles Along the River

Birds, monkeys, and lumberjacks know the best way to see the forest is from the trees.  That’s why people have been flocking to Chicago’s observation decks for at least 70 years to look down, out, and around at the city’s architecture. Other people who get to see the city from up on high include white collar business executives, construction workers, and web site owners like Joe Zekas from YoChicago!.  He took...

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The Best Skyscraper Next To The Kennedy Is Now Open
Jul03

The Best Skyscraper Next To The Kennedy Is Now Open

There are some fine skyscrapers lining the Kennedy Expressway these days. Some people are fond of Arkadia and it’s vaguely Olympic parking podium. Others are partial to Skybridge and its deconstructionist whimsy.  There are even those who like Presidential Towers, if only for its pioneering ability to transform a neighborhood.  But the star of the I-90/94 runway show is now 727 West Madison. 727 West Madison (Courtesy...

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Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers
Jun24

Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers

One Chicago (the buildings, not the futures exchange) is one of the projects we’re watching more closely these days.  Which is why we’re happy to report that progress is… progressing. The city block across the street from Holy Name Cathedral has been denuded of the three brick buildings which once nestled together along the Dearborn Street side, and three surface parking lots have also been scraped away, leaving...

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Pretty Much the Last Thing You Want to See at Top of Willis Tower
Jun12

Pretty Much the Last Thing You Want to See at Top of Willis Tower

There’s a reason thrill rides are called “thrill” rides. People engage in them for the thrill of cheating death. Even if the chance that something life-shortening might happen is 0.000001%, it’s still a thrill to ride a roller coaster, parachute from a plane, or mention Aunt Margie’s mole at Thanksgiving dinner. What a fully-functioning floor at The Ledge is supposed to look like (File) Huggies were...

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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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