Heavy Lifting Puts CTA’s 95th Street Project On Track
Dec10

Heavy Lifting Puts CTA’s 95th Street Project On Track

The Chicago Transit Authority’s transformation of the 95th Street Red Line station is becoming visible to people who don’t even ride mass transit. Officially, this is a “terminal,” not a “station” because it is the end of the line for passengers.  But hope springs eternal for the Red Line extension down to 130th street, now in its fourth decade of promises from the city’s politicians. When...

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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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University of Chicago OK to Build New Hotel By Obama Center
Dec04

University of Chicago OK to Build New Hotel By Obama Center

The City of Chicago has given permission for the University of Chicago to build a new hotel on 60th Street at Kimbark, between the Keller Center and the new David M. Rubenstein Forum, currently under construction. The 15-story hotel designed by The Loop’s Holabird and Root and developed by New York’s Hospitality 3 will have 167 rooms, a fitness center, meeting space, and a restaurant. The building will be 138,000 square...

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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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Chicago Exports: Goettsch Completes the Grand Hyatt Bogotá
Dec04

Chicago Exports: Goettsch Completes the Grand Hyatt Bogotá

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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Another River North Condo Block Tops Out/Off
Dec03

Another River North Condo Block Tops Out/Off

There will soon be 38 more options for people who want to live in River North.  That’s the number of condominiums that will be available soon at Three Sixty West, the Belgravia Group building going up at 360 West Erie Street. Three Sixty West topped out recently, and is expected to start welcoming new homeowners in the spring of 2019.  It’s already 60% sold. When we last reported on Three Sixty, the GREC design was slated...

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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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What We’re Thankful For: Chicago Skylines
Nov22

What We’re Thankful For: Chicago Skylines

On this day when we remember that for which we are thankful, let us remember the architects, urban planners, developers, construction workers, visionaries, and others who made Chicago possible.  Chicago didn’t just happen.  It took people, working individually and together, to assemble an urban colossus that shaped the nation a century ago, and nurtures future generations today. To that end, we present this photograph from Joe...

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