Michigan Avenue Eyesore to be Replaced by Homes and Hotel Tower
Jul22

Michigan Avenue Eyesore to be Replaced by Homes and Hotel Tower

The northwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Wacker Place has never been very much.  In fact, its glory days were probably before there was a Chicago, when it was the reedy home to minnows, snails, and the occasional soggy moccasin lost in the mud. Now it looks like the old brick warehouse-turned-office/retail building that squats on that corner today will make way for a 523-foot tall skyscraper designed three blocks away by bKL...

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Apparently Wolf Point East Will Have Views Worth Selling a Kidney For
Jul22

Apparently Wolf Point East Will Have Views Worth Selling a Kidney For

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the construction of Wolf Point East, you may have noticed that the tower crane helping put it together jumped a little higher recently. It’s always nice to see progress. An even more impressive sight is the renderings package that came out of Wolf Point East’s PR people recently.  It shows what the views should be like from the common areas. Rendering of Wolf Point East...

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Milwaukee Corridor Gets Another Residential High Rise
Jul16

Milwaukee Corridor Gets Another Residential High Rise

Another new residential building is coming to the Milwaukee Avenue corridor.  740 North Aberdeen will have its official groundbreaking ceremony in Chicago’s River West neighborhood today. Rendering of 740 North Aberdeen (Courtesy of Fifield) The project from Fifield will bring 188 new apartments in an 11-story building to a triangle of land a block south of Chicago Avenue, and a block off of Milwaukee Avenue. The building...

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Lincoln Yards Public Green Space Almost Ready to Open
Jul16

Lincoln Yards Public Green Space Almost Ready to Open

The first piece of the Lincoln Yards promise is now a reality.  One you can experience in a little over a week. Fleet Fields is part of the open space commitment Sterling Bay made when the city gave it permission to turn a former steel mill into a $6 billion live-work-stay space on the Chicago River between Lincoln Park and Bucktown. The location of Fleet Fields (formerly Lincoln Yards South Park) in the Lincoln Yards master plan...

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110 North Wacker Rises, Bringing Scads and Oodles Along the River
Jul16

110 North Wacker Rises, Bringing Scads and Oodles Along the River

Birds, monkeys, and lumberjacks know the best way to see the forest is from the trees.  That’s why people have been flocking to Chicago’s observation decks for at least 70 years to look down, out, and around at the city’s architecture. Other people who get to see the city from up on high include white collar business executives, construction workers, and web site owners like Joe Zekas from YoChicago!.  He took...

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Building’s Up, Crane’s Down at Alta Grand Central
Jul15

Building’s Up, Crane’s Down at Alta Grand Central

If you’re a fan of construction cranes, then cast not ye gaze down South Clark Street.  For there, you will not spy the yellow-boned monster that once loomed over Alta Grand Central (207 West Harrison Street). Alta Grand Central under construction in June 2019 (courtesy of Loop Spy Jody) A couple of days ago, Loop Spy Jody got to watch as the Liebherr 420 EC-H 16 that helped build this two-tower residential building graced...

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Checking in on The Sinclair’s Little Brother
Jul15

Checking in on The Sinclair’s Little Brother

When the residential tower at 1200 North Clark known as The Sinclair went up four years ago, people were dazzled by its size, scope, and the fact that combined with other regenerative projects in the area, it was going to transform a semi-gritty corner of Chicago.  But what most people didn’t notice in all the hullabaloo  is that The Sinclair plan came with a little buddy across the street at 1201 North Clark.  That project is...

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Two More Office Buildings Coming to Fulton Market Area
Jul08

Two More Office Buildings Coming to Fulton Market Area

The locations of 1000 West Carroll (left) and 345 North Morgan (right) (Via Apple Maps) Sterling Bay has pulled enough rabbits out of its hat to fill a warren.  But Tuesday, it’s going to reach into its homburg again and feel around for a couple of more hares. That’s when the developer will talk to the public about what it plans to build at Morgan and the Metra tracks, down the street from its West Town headquarters. March...

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New Streeterville Park a Good Alternative to Crowded Maggie Daley
Jul08

New Streeterville Park a Good Alternative to Crowded Maggie Daley

There’s still more hammers and hard hats than tykes on bikes at Bennett Park in Streeterville, but not for long. Bennett Park under construction (July, 2019. Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) Joe Zekas from YoChicago! floated a new raft of photographs our way showing that the quasi-public space next to the new One Bennett Park skyscraper looks just about done. New York’s Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates is transforming...

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The Best Skyscraper Next To The Kennedy Is Now Open
Jul03

The Best Skyscraper Next To The Kennedy Is Now Open

There are some fine skyscrapers lining the Kennedy Expressway these days. Some people are fond of Arkadia and it’s vaguely Olympic parking podium. Others are partial to Skybridge and its deconstructionist whimsy.  There are even those who like Presidential Towers, if only for its pioneering ability to transform a neighborhood.  But the star of the I-90/94 runway show is now 727 West Madison. 727 West Madison (Courtesy...

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