Vista Tower Scrapes Sky In Lakeshore East, Windows Going In
Oct22

Vista Tower Scrapes Sky In Lakeshore East, Windows Going In

If you’ve been wondering about Magellan Development’s Vista Tower lately — and we know you have — word on the street is that things are progressing nicely. The Studio Gang-designed residential and hotel tower, which will absolutely positively not look anything at all like three adjacent stacks of Chinese take-out boxes, is already tall enough to look down on former Lakeshore East belle of the ball, Aqua.  Aqua was designed...

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Another Downtown Chicago Building Lights Up the Night
Oct22

Another Downtown Chicago Building Lights Up the Night

There are lots of ways to add a dash of visual Tabasco sauce to a building.  You can let an artist go to town on it, like the University Center at 525 South State Street.  You can use metal patterns on the facade, like the Marquee Apartments at Block37.  Or you can simply stand back and light up the existing building in patterns of light, like The Willis Tower, The Goodman Center, The Merchandise Mart, and now 24 South Morgan Street....

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You Get a Skyscraper! And You Get a Skyscraper!
Oct18

You Get a Skyscraper! And You Get a Skyscraper!

In its most Oprah-riffic maneuver since the great Skyscraper-palooza of 2014, the Chicago Plan Commission approved a slew of new skyscrapers for the Windy City. In a series of votes today, the commission approved plans for 18 new towers for downtown Chicago.  To put that into a completely inaccurate and meaningless comparison, it’s like Chicago just got Indianapolis added to its skyscraper menagerie. 700 at the River The Plan...

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Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week
Oct15

Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week

If there’s a skyscraper nerd in your office, don’t be surprised if he calls in sick on Thursday.  That’s the day the Chicago Plan Commission considers the largest number of new skyscrapers for downtown Chicago since August of 2014, when four new towers were on the docket. This time, there are 11 major buildings in play: 700 at the River in River West 1,500 total residences 497 car parking spaces Total FAR: 8.1...

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808 Wells is Back — Shorter, Wider, and With a New Name: AMLI 808
Oct02

808 Wells is Back — Shorter, Wider, and With a New Name: AMLI 808

If you don’t remember us reporting on 808 Wells years ago, that’s OK.  This one’s been a long time coming. We last mentioned 808 more than two years ago, when a sales office popped up in the Near North neighborhood. Now called “AMLI 808,” the apartment building has appeared in the Chicago City Clerk’s office, which means its developers are serious about moving forward. This time around, it’s...

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110 North Wacker Gets Boot Straps, Pulls Itself Up Another Two Stories
Oct01

110 North Wacker Gets Boot Straps, Pulls Itself Up Another Two Stories

If you were disappointed that the plan for 110 North Wacker Drive lost its nice setbacks a few months ago, there’s a consolation prize.  Developers Howard Hughes, and Riverside Investment and Development have asked the city if they can add two more floors to the skyscraper. What was originally going to be a 51-story tower, then a 53-story tower, has now become a 55-story tower.  That is, if the city gives its blessing.  Which it...

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O, My — Combo Tower to Finish Lakeshore East Puzzle, Expand Pedway
Oct01

O, My — Combo Tower to Finish Lakeshore East Puzzle, Expand Pedway

If you’ve ever spent a rainy winter’s eve listening to gospel music on a distant AM radio station, drinking Mr. Pibb out of a Mason jar while putting together a Nancy Drew jigsaw puzzle from Goodwill because your girlfriend left you and took both the dog and the TV remote, then you know the satisfaction that can be found in finally fitting that last cardboard squiggle in place, sealing the edges with your index finger, and...

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New Paperwork Details the Conditions for Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center 
Sep25

New Paperwork Details the Conditions for Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center 

Paperwork has been filed that moves the Barack Obama Presidential Center a little closer to reality. The Chicago department of Planning and Development introduced an ordinance that includes master, use, and environmental agreements between the city of the Obama Foundation. Federal reviews of the project are underway, and the Foundation hopes to break ground on the 20-acre project in Jackson Park next year.  You may remember the...

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South Loop’s Southbank Development Gets Its First Residents
Sep25

South Loop’s Southbank Development Gets Its First Residents

Southbank, the northern portion of what used to be the Riverline development south of Roosevelt Road, has its first people living in its first residential tower.  People have started moving into The Cooper (720 South Wells Street), a 29-story building that is the first of five planned for this project. The Perkins+Will-designed building brings 452 new homes to the South Loop, in one of three new projects hugging the Chicago River....

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New Chicago Sign Rules Mean Logos Could Appear on Willis Tower, Aon, Hancock, Others
Sep24

New Chicago Sign Rules Mean Logos Could Appear on Willis Tower, Aon, Hancock, Others

Remember when people in Chicago used to claim that the city’s downtown was an ad-free zone when it came to skyscrapers?  That notion has gone the way of Meigs Field, the Red Streak, and Chicago’s massive downtown Oktoberfest parade. According to the Chicago Tribune, the latest tower to potentially plaster a promotion on its parapet is the not-even-started-yet Salesforce Tower. “Salesforce Tower?” I hear you...

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