Chicago’s NEMA is Way Better Than San Francisco’s NEMA
Jan01

Chicago’s NEMA is Way Better Than San Francisco’s NEMA

If you spent New Year’s Eve with your eyes pointed at the sky enjoying the neighborhood’s totally-illegal-but-the-cops-don’t-care fireworks display, you may have noticed a little something special in the South Loop. That special thing is NEMA Chicago (1200 South Indiana Avenue), the skyscraper growing on the southern edge of Grant Park.  Joe Zekas at YoChicago! sent in the photograph above showing the upper reaches...

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Two-Tower 845 West Madison Project Breaks Ground
Dec18

Two-Tower 845 West Madison Project Breaks Ground

If you want to put a little “Opa!” in your life, a new mixed-use development is underway that may be just the flaming cheese your Greek alter ego craves.  845 West Madison broke ground recently on the Greektown-adjacent block where the H2O+ personal care products factory once stood, behind the Mariano’s. It’s a two-tower GREC Architects design for Lendlease and The John Buck Company that will being 586 new...

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This is What a 95-Story Skyscraper Does to Chicago’s Skyline
Dec18

This is What a 95-Story Skyscraper Does to Chicago’s Skyline

Chicago has one of the world’s great skylines.  And some of the things that make it great are the supertall buildings that punctuate it like the paper tape from a politician’s lie detector test. You’ve known for years that the construction of Magellan Development’s Vista Tower would be a skyline-changing event.  Now just in time to impress your downstate relatives coming to visit for Christmas, we can really...

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Aon Center Elevator Attraction Looks Like A Go
Dec17

Aon Center Elevator Attraction Looks Like A Go

Late this week the Chicago Plan Commission is expected to vote on whether to allow the new owners of the Aon Center to clamp a glass elevator to the northwest corner of the city’s third-tallest building and put a thrill ride on the roof. If you’re not into that whole “waiting for stuff to happen” thing, here are some tea leaves for you to read: It’s gonna happen. How can we prognosticate in such an...

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What Grows During a Chicago Winter? Skyscrapers!
Dec10

What Grows During a Chicago Winter? Skyscrapers!

We’re still months away from the triumphant, intrepid return of the tulips and daffodils in Chicago’s parks, parkways, and park-like medians.  But amid the gloom of day and threat of snow, the city is still able to raise a bumper crop of our favorite wintertime produce: skyscrapers. For example, the concrete beanstalk sprouting at 110 North Wacker Drive, seen below in a photograph from Loop Spy Chris. According to Goettsch...

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Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity
Dec05

Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity

We’re learning more of the nitty-gritty details involved in the Union Station redevelopment recently approved by the City of Chicago. A lot of it is just numbers and trivia, but a few things stand out. The former Harvey House at Union Station will be renovated into a new entrance to the Great Hall from South Clinton Street.  But it will also have plenty of leasable retail space.  Hopefully this space will end up being another...

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West Loop’s Newest Tower Is Old Saint Pat’s
Dec04

West Loop’s Newest Tower Is Old Saint Pat’s

The West Loop skyscraper formerly known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower is officially done, according to Gold Coast architecture firm SCB. Today it is known by its address: 625 West Adams, and is a 20-story office building on Heritage Green Park built for White Oak Realty, CA Ventures, and Old Saint Patrick’s Church. Previously, this was a surface parking lot for the popular West Loop Catholic Church. Today, those parking spaces...

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Completing Wolf Point: Salesforce Tower Chicago and Its Semi-Public Observation Floor
Dec03

Completing Wolf Point: Salesforce Tower Chicago and Its Semi-Public Observation Floor

The Salesforce Tower is the most skyline-defining building to land in San Francisco since SCB’s One Rincon Hill.  Now Chicago is getting a Salesforce Tower of its own. Hines made the announcement Friday that San Francisco’s largest non-gub’mint employer will expand its cloud in the Windy City, and sent over the nifty rendering above, showing what  Salesforce Tower Chicago will look like.  You probably remember it as...

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Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All
Nov26

Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All

In 29 days, Santa comes to town, and the fat old elf will have a few more obstacles to navigate his sleigh around. Among them is NEMA Chicago, the 76-story residential tower going up on the south end of Grant Park — one of Mr. Claus’ favorite landing areas. I need an oxygen tank and a lurpy dog with a barrel of brandy around his neck to climb the Montrose Harbor sledding hill, but Joe Zekas from YoChicago! hitched up his...

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Wolf Point East Construction Update From Above and Below
Nov19

Wolf Point East Construction Update From Above and Below

If you enjoyed what bKL Architecture did with Wolf Point West, you’ll love what’s happening across the peninsula at Wolf Point East. The second sister in the Wolf Point tower trio is going through a growth spurt, and with snow flying this season, is already getting buttoned up in glass. The Pelli Clarke Pelli design will bring another 698 apartments to River North, snuggled inside a 60-story skyscraper. In the photo above...

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