Stalled South Loop Skyscraper Restarts
Nov09

Stalled South Loop Skyscraper Restarts

Work appears to have resumed on the 74-story residential skyscraper planned to rise at 1000 South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop. Construction on the Helmut Jahn-designed 1000M was paused for a while, leading to a lot of speculation from speculators who like to speculate about its future. Construction at 1000M in August 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) That future got a little brighter a couple of weeks ago, when the City of Chicago...

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Steppenwolf Opens Another New Theater
Nov03

Steppenwolf Opens Another New Theater

You don’t have to be a theater lover to appreciate what’s happening up on 1650 North Halsted Street. Today, the Steppenwolf Theatre Company officially opened its new building, The Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center. The project consists of a $54,000,000 multi-purpose building designed by The Loop’s AS+GG. The Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Arts and Education Center. (Photograph by James Steinkamp Photography....

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Do We Smell a New Residential Tower in Printer’s Row?
Nov01

Do We Smell a New Residential Tower in Printer’s Row?

You know that surface parking lot in the South Loop at the intersection of Harrison and Dearborn that trashes the urban fabric and density of Printer’s Row? We think it’s going away. The surface parking lot at 611 South Dearborn Street, across the street from the Transportation Building. (Via Apple Maps) We’re not sure what the plans are for 611 South Dearborn Street just yet. But an interesting letter went out from...

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Here’s What Makes The Chicago Theater so Special
Oct30

Here’s What Makes The Chicago Theater so Special

This week the Chicago Theater turned one hundred years old. You, me, and dozens of millions of tourists know it as an icon of the city. Chicago Theater (file) Much has been written about the building by architects and historians and other people of letters. But when it comes to sizing up history, we always like to go to that most Chicago of Chicagoans, Carl Sandburg. He was there on October 26, 1921 when it opened; and those who...

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Stat Sheet: 601 West Monroe
Oct29

Stat Sheet: 601 West Monroe

It’s been about a month since the City of Chicago gave its final approval to the construction of a pair of new skyscrapers at 601 West Monroe Street in the West Loop. We haven’t seen any construction permits issued just yet, but expect some soon now that the votes and been tallied and the paperwork has settled. With that in mind, here’s a summary of what we can expect from this project: August 2021 rendering of 601...

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North/Clybourn Tower Changes are a Big Deahl
Oct24

North/Clybourn Tower Changes are a Big Deahl

When you’re lined up at the North and Clybourn Apple Store tomorrow so you can be the first kid in class to be disappointed to find out that the new AirPods are online only and not available in stores yet, you may find yourself kicking a Peet’s Coffee cup down Fremont Street wondering what ever became of that big residential tower they were going to put up on Blackhawk and Kingsbury. No worries, little feller. It’s...

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West Side Condo Tower Resizes, Buys Time
Oct24

West Side Condo Tower Resizes, Buys Time

We’ve been talking about building proposals for 1050 West Van Buren Street for a presidency and a half. Now the current proposal for this parcel has been tweaked. Again. If you’ve forgotten where 1050 is after all this time, it’s on the Near West Side, just east of Target, and just north of I-290. Or as Google Maps sometimes calls it for no apparent reason, “Illinois 110/The Kansas City-Chicago...

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Top 10 Picks for Open House Chicago 2021
Oct15

Top 10 Picks for Open House Chicago 2021

With Chicago’s COVID positivity rate at about the same potency as three-two beer, you may be thinking about zipping off your Tyvek suit and sniffing around a perfect Autumn weekend in Chicago. If so, we recommend grabbing a pumpkin spice whatever and downloading the app for Open House Chicago 2021 (Apple | Android). These are our picks for this annual architecture festival. You can click on the addresses to open a map for easy...

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Comically-Shaped Parcel Getting Cool-Looking Skyscraper
Oct14

Comically-Shaped Parcel Getting Cool-Looking Skyscraper

West Town serial fixer-upper Sterling Bay is ready to sprinkle magic fairy dust on another surface parking lot and turn a rotting pumpkin into a glittering skyscraper. Its lawyers have filed paperwork with the City of Chicago to pull the trigger on 360 North Green. Screengrab from 360 North Green promotional video. (Via Sterling Bay) When we first blathered about this bother four years ago, the design was fairly ordinary. Now...

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Renovation of Historic Bridgeport Theater Starts
Oct13

Renovation of Historic Bridgeport Theater Starts

We’ve been fans of the Ramova Theater ever since we first caught of whiff of its funk while walking down South Halsted one autumn day in 2004. The stench of decay and hopelessness made us look up from our Bridgeport News, cross the street, and spend a few minutes standing in the sun-crisped leaves sizing it up. Our summary at the time: She’s a character actor of architecture. One of those pieces that looks a dog’s...

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