Happy Dance in the South Loop: The 78 Gets Updated
May14

Happy Dance in the South Loop: The 78 Gets Updated

Last week ended with architecture nerds bouncing off the walls like a Roomba that just slurped up some crack.  River North development concern Related Midwest released the latest iteration of its plans for The 78; and, man, are they something. If you’re just tuning in, “The 78” is the name of the patch of harrowed ground south of Roosevelt Road between Clark Street and the south branch of the Chicago River.  You may...

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7 Days Until Spirepalooza: Chicago’s Biggest Building Event
May08

7 Days Until Spirepalooza: Chicago’s Biggest Building Event

Glasses are fogged, butts are perched on seat edges, and pearls are clutched in anticipation of Tuesday, May 15th. The that’s the day Chicago finds out what will become of the city’s infamous Chicago Spire site. Streeterville neighborhood group S.O.A.R. will host a meeting one week from today for real estate developer Related Midwest to unveil its plans for the space that was supposed to hold a 2,000-foot-tall skyscraper by now. What...

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Steel Work Complete at Streeterville’s One Bennett Park
May07

Steel Work Complete at Streeterville’s One Bennett Park

After a little over two years of work, One Bennett Park has reached another milestone: The completion of structural steel work. The last piece of steel was recently put in place at the top of the soon-to-be 836-foot-tall tower after a ceremony at the base of the building, involving the people who developed, designed, and are building the skyscraper.  In traditional fashion, everyone got a chance to sign a 28-foot-long girder before it...

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Getting Around Willis Tower Getting Faster
May07

Getting Around Willis Tower Getting Faster

Getting around Chicago can sometimes be agonizingly slow.  No one wants to be stuck in traffic on the 151 bus when they’re going to a job interview.  Perhaps more frustrating, when you get to the location for your next gig, is having to wait forever for an elevator. That could happen less at Chicago’s tallest building, because the Willis Tower’s elevator system is getting a speed-enhancing overhaul. (You only get to...

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Time Lapse Video Shows Construction of Hubbard221 and 412 North Wells
May02

Time Lapse Video Shows Construction of Hubbard221 and 412 North Wells

People ’round these parts love construction photos.  And the only thing people love better than a construction photo is 1,485 of them strung together in a 49½ second video. The video below shows the construction of the residential building styled HUBBARD221 and the neighboring office building at 412 North Wells.  Both are a Hubbard Street Group/Centrum Realty joint designed by Hirsch Associates. The 23-story residential tower...

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Chicago Exports: Studio Gang Making Waves on the West Coast
Apr24

Chicago Exports: Studio Gang Making Waves on the West Coast

Today we continue our 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. Studio Gang, which...

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Digging Deep for a 51-Story Wacker Drive Skyscraper
Apr23

Digging Deep for a 51-Story Wacker Drive Skyscraper

It’s been a short while since the former GGP Building at 110 North Wacker Drive bit the dust.  Now that the dust has been removed, construction crews are getting down to business. Way down.  Like two stories below ground. As you can see in the photograph above sent in by Loop Spy Chris, crews are already below the level of Lower Wacker Drive, so we should see caissons being build fairly soon. When complete, the new Goettsch...

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Gasp-Worthy Proposal Unveiled for Chicago’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper
Apr16

Gasp-Worthy Proposal Unveiled for Chicago’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper

As the kids say these days: “Oh. My. God.” That was the reaction — positive and negative — to the proposed new skyscraper unveiled tonight at a public meeting at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Development duo CIM Group and Golub & Co. pulled the sheet off of a stunning new skyscraper proposal that, at 1,422 feet, would be the second-tallest building in Chicago.  It’s planned for the surface parking lot behind the...

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Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank
Apr11

Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank

After its split with CMK over the development of the Riverline project, Lendlease has come up with a name for its portion of the project on the east bank of the Chicago River: Southbank. Southbank is the portion of the development, designed by Perkins+Will, that runs from Harrison Street down to Polk.   The portion from 9th Street on down to Roosevelt Road is being developed independently by CMK after the two decided to split...

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Wolf Point East Rises From the Chicago Riverside Muck
Apr10

Wolf Point East Rises From the Chicago Riverside Muck

In spite of yesterday’s snows qualls, we’re finally getting to the part of the year when we can think about spring without jinxing ourselves.  Soon Lincoln Park will be full of daffodils pushing through the flowerbeds, the Michigan Avenue sidewalks will be full of tulips pushing through the dirt in the planters, and dandelions will start pushing through the cracks in your driveway. One sprout that’s not waiting for...

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