New Skyscraper Could Bring 300+ New Apartments to Fulton Market Area
Jul26

New Skyscraper Could Bring 300+ New Apartments to Fulton Market Area

The development of the greater metropolitan Fulton Market metroplex continues to push toward Ogden Avenue, with a new skyscraper planned for the southwest corner of Fulton and Ada Streets. July, 2021 diagram of 1353 West Fulton Street. 1353 West Fulton is a 26-story residential skyscraper designed by SOM.   It sports a glassy, gridded facade, two-story townhouses on the 20th floor, and a pool on the 19th floor amenity deck, which is a...

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1550 North Clark Hits City Hall.  Again.
Jul26

1550 North Clark Hits City Hall. Again.

We’ve been telling you about plans for the southwest corner of North and Clark Streets for 42 dog years, and once again the luxury condo high-rise has appeared in City Hall documents. Rendering of Fifteen Fifty on the Park (Courtesy of @properties) Plans for 1550 North Clark were filed in 2015. Then again in 2016.  And then in 2017, with a new architect — SCB.  And then there were changes filed in 2018.  Now it’s 2021, and...

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Salesforce Tower Feels All Glassy
Jul20

Salesforce Tower Feels All Glassy

The skyscraper that we still prefer to call Wolf Point South has gotten some glass around its gills. July, 2021 photograph of Salesforce Tower Chicago under construction. (Courtesy of River North Spy Mike.) River North Spy Mike sent in these pictures of what is branded Salesforce Tower Chicago, the third of three skyscrapers that are transforming Wolf Point from a surface parking lot into a skyscraper nanodistrict on the Chicago...

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Last Chance to Dance, Before Chicago Gets a New 102-Story Skyscraper
Jul20

Last Chance to Dance, Before Chicago Gets a New 102-Story Skyscraper

Are you tied of being cooped up for the last 18 months?  Before we all get locked down again because certain of our chain-smoking co-workers won’t get vaccinated, “because I care about what I put inside my body. Can I borrow a cigarette?”, now is your last chance to cut a rug at the future site of Tribune Tower East. The space behind Tribune Tower in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Mike.) Streeterville Spy...

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Geofoam Rave at the Aon Center
Jul20

Geofoam Rave at the Aon Center

If you like to spend your hot summer lunch breaks sitting by the fountain in front of the Aon Center noshing a turkey club from the Au Bon Pain in the pedway, it’s time to find another place for your lunch munch. July, 2021 photograph of Aon Center plaza construction. (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike.) Loop Spy Mike sent in these pictures showing the current state of the 83-story skyscraper’s sunken plaza.  It’s a mess. ...

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bKL Up for Michigan Avenue’s Newest Skyscraper
Jul20

bKL Up for Michigan Avenue’s Newest Skyscraper

The latest skyscraper to light up what used to be a forgettable stretch of North Michigan Avenue appears to be making great progress. Construction of 300 North Michigan Avenue in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Loop Spy Mike.) Loop Spy Mike sent in these pictures of construction at 300 North Michigan Avenue.  The Sterling Bay and Magellan Development project designed by bKL is rising across the street from the historic and awesome Carbide...

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Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off
Jul13

Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off

Just two years ago, the prime block of downtown Chicago at the corner of State and Chicago was a surface parking lot, a row of time-worn brick buildings, and a really quite good pizza parlor. Old school slices still radiate through the neighborhood from Bella Luna, but the brick buildings are gone, and more importantly, the surface parking lot is gone. One Chicago construction in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.) In their...

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Bank Chasing a New Downtown Tower Location (*cough* Thompson Center *cough*)
Jul11

Bank Chasing a New Downtown Tower Location (*cough* Thompson Center *cough*)

People who love the 60-story Fuji-shaped skyscraper at 10 South Dearborn Street are used to seeing it change names.  It was built as First National Bank Plaza. Then it became Bank One Tower. And it eventually adopted the Chase Tower name we know today.  Now that “Chase” brand may find a new home. Chase Tower (File photo) The Chicago Tribune reports that Chase is shopping around for a location for a new trophy tower.  The...

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CAC Exhibit Celebrates the Late Helmut Jahn
Jul11

CAC Exhibit Celebrates the Late Helmut Jahn

Seventy-six days after the shocking death of celebrity architect Helmut Jahn, the Chicago Architecture Center will open a new exhibit about his work and legacy. Helmut Jahn (Photograph by Studio Thies Ibold. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.) You’ll remember that the 81-year-old Jahn died this past May in a bicycle crash in far west suburban Campton Hills. “Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture” opens July 23rd...

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Are You Fan Enough to Change Your ZIP Code?
Jul11

Are You Fan Enough to Change Your ZIP Code?

If you’ve ever wanted to live so close to Wrigley Field that it makes more sense to walk to a Cubs game than to take the Red Line, then it’s time to start finding new homes for your potted plants. Wrigleyville Lofts is now pre-leasing apartments so that you can pre-live there before the first people move in this fall. July, 2021 rendering of Wrigleyville Lofts. (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer.) The apartment building is at...

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