The New Kid on the Block in Wrigleyville
Jul07

The New Kid on the Block in Wrigleyville

If you ever get to go to a Cubs game again, you’ll find that the tradition of staggering from the bleachers to the Taco Bell across the street is over. The Taco Bell is gone. In its place a new four-story commercial building is rising on the corner of Addison and the space that used to be the Chicago and Evanston Railroad. 1111 West Addison Under Construction (July 2020, Courtesy of Wrigleyville Spy Joel) Wrigleyville Spy Joel...

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Deco Like a Gekko: Old Chicago Post Office Gets an Athletic Green Lid
Jun28

Deco Like a Gekko: Old Chicago Post Office Gets an Athletic Green Lid

If you watched Star Trek after Svengoolie on channel 26 Saturday night, you learned that jealousy is a terrible thing. But jealousy is also what makes the real estate world go ’round. Your cousin gets a two-flat in Ravenswood, you get a four-flat in Lincoln Park. Your neighbor puts a trampoline in his backyard, you put in a pool. The dot-com wannabe across town gets its own food truck, your dot-com wannabe puts in a food court...

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A Look at the Chicago Union Station Renovation
Jun28

A Look at the Chicago Union Station Renovation

If you’ve spent any time in the West Loop, you may have had a chance to completely ignore the western side of Union Station. Whether you were rushing to get the 125 bus, headed to Beggar’s for a slice of pepperoni and a nice side salad, or hoofing it across the Kennedy for a little after-work nightlife, there are plenty of reasons to never look at the western facade of this building. Chicago Union Station (File) Since a...

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BMO Tower Starts to Rise in the West Loop
Jun28

BMO Tower Starts to Rise in the West Loop

Commuters returning to Chicago from the suburbs after The Great Pause will hear some familiar sounds as they emerge from Union Station. The scraping of steel against stone. The squealing of metal tracked vehicles. The occasional Very Loud Bang™ echoing through the canyons of the West Loop. All these noises and more are on offer right next to the train station, at 320 South Canal Street. BMO Tower under construction (June 2020....

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Another Downtown Construction Project Stopped by COVID-19
Jun23

Another Downtown Construction Project Stopped by COVID-19

For the second time in two weeks, we get news that a big downtown Chicago construction project has been halted. The Chicago Tribune reports that plans for a $185 million observatory at the top of the Aon Center are on hold because of the pandemic. Aon Center Observatory rendering The paper says the owners are waiting to see if a “potential treatment or cure” is developed in the near-term, and if any design changes have to...

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Quarantine Break Gives Chicagoans an Opportunity to Enjoy Chicago Architecture
Jun23

Quarantine Break Gives Chicagoans an Opportunity to Enjoy Chicago Architecture

With more and more people rediscovering their combs, re-learning how to put on pants, and creeping outside again, there is a window of opportunity afoot: The gap between Chicago awakening from its quarantine sleep, and the arrival of tourists from other somnambulant cities. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center. Photo by Peter Sieger. The Chicago Architecture Center (111 East Wacker Drive) is among the city’s attractions...

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Old Chicago Post Office to Get Unexpected Riverwalk Segment
Jun21

Old Chicago Post Office to Get Unexpected Riverwalk Segment

One of the nation’s largest redevelopment projects is chugging away in Chicago’s West Loop.  For the last year, the once-abandoned, century-old Old Chicago Main Post Office building has been filling up with office tenants from PepsiCo to Uber to Ferrara Candy Company.  Now the tenants of what is currently branded The Post Office will get a little bonus green space. The redevelopers of this building, 601W Companies, have...

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Potential New Chicago Architectural Gem Needs More Time To Shine
Jun21

Potential New Chicago Architectural Gem Needs More Time To Shine

While the vast majority of architectural tourists stick to the wonders of downtown Chicago, there are dozens and dozens of wonderful buildings dusted across the city, from Beverly to Bronzeville to Bucktown and beyond.  You can even find great buildings in Racine and Gary without much effort at all. Rendering of the new Giordano Dance Chicago building (via bKL Architecture) Back in 2017, we told you about a new neighborhood...

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While You Were Away: 110 North Wacker Construction Continues
Jun21

While You Were Away: 110 North Wacker Construction Continues

As life in Chicago transitions from a pre-apocalyptic Stephen King novel to a post-apocalyptic Samuel Beckett play, you may notice some things have changed since most everyone went into hiding. 110 North Wacker under construction in June, 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) For the most part, the city’s large construction projects moved forward, though sometimes at varying paces.  Among those that have progressed is 110 North Wacker,...

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Paperwork Filed to Turn the Old Michael Reese Site Into Something Better
Jun18

Paperwork Filed to Turn the Old Michael Reese Site Into Something Better

One-point-six million square feet of fallow ground along the lakefront just south of McCormick Place are inching toward rejuvenation, thanks to new paperwork filed at Chicago City Hall. The land between 26th and 31st Streets has been empty since the old Michael Reese Hospital complex was torn down a decade ago.   There have been a number of ideas promulgated for it over the years, but none have stuck so far.  In fact, it’s still...

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