Controversial Lincoln Yards Development Hours Away From Zoning Vote
Mar06

Controversial Lincoln Yards Development Hours Away From Zoning Vote

One of the most controversial development projects in recent Chicago history is scheduled to go before city council’s Zoning Committee Thursday. What happens at City Hall could determine if the $6 billion Lincoln Yards project goes from beset to beleaguered. Diagram of the January 2019 Lincoln Yards plan Even before Sterling Bay unveiled its plans to redevelop the industrial zone formerly occupied by the A. Finkl & Sons...

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Another Office Tower Coming To The Kennedy Expressway
Mar06

Another Office Tower Coming To The Kennedy Expressway

It’s long been the goal of Chicago city planners to wall in I-90/94 through downtown in order to keep its noise, pollution, and bad vibes out of Chicago’s neighborhoods. We’ve seen a lot of progress toward that goal in the last decade. Now another skyscraper is going to help out. The location of 800 West Fulton Market, the former Isaacson and Stein Fish Company. (Via Apple Maps) 800 West Fulton Market is expected to...

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Dirt Stirring at Wolf Point South …er… Salesforce Tower
Mar05

Dirt Stirring at Wolf Point South …er… Salesforce Tower

Cell phone cameras are wonderful things. They let astronomy apps label the stars at night. They let us share precious moments with loved ones in other countries. And they let someone way up at the top of a skyscraper on the other side of the Chicago River take a picture of drilling happening at the future site of Salesforce Tower Chicago. You may remember STC as Wolf Point South, the not-quite-60-story tower that Hines and the Kennedy...

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Goettsch Partners Tops Out Its Tallest Building Ever
Feb28

Goettsch Partners Tops Out Its Tallest Building Ever

When you’re in school you tug on your beret and tell your professors and peers that skyscrapers are nothing more than phallic symbols, and the real craft of architecture is in small-scale context sensitive creations that leverage the holistic blah blah blah blah.   Nobody’s taking an architecture boat tour down the Chicago River to look things that are small. Nanning China Resources Center (Courtesy of Goettsch Partners) And while the...

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Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower
Feb27

Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower

In cities these days, trains are one of those “If you build it, they will come” amenities.  Case in point: The new residential tower that just broke ground a block from the CTA’s Green Line Cermak/McCormick Place station. Rendering of 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) The 24-story building is an SCB design for Draper and Kramer located at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  When complete, the tower will bring 275 new homes to...

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South Loop Air Rights Neighborhood In Play Again
Feb26

South Loop Air Rights Neighborhood In Play Again

Recently I was watching House Hunters on HGTV and a couple was looking at condominiums in the South Loop.  Someone commented that the view of Soldier Field from the unit they selected would remain unobstructed.  I told my wife, “No it won’t.  Those air rights have already been bought for development.”  Such are the perils of high-rise living in Chicago. The approximate boundary of what was once called The Gateway (via Apple Maps)...

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Team Retreat Available for Architects, Designers, Artists
Feb21

Team Retreat Available for Architects, Designers, Artists

Sometimes we all need a break from the workplace while still working.  For Olympic skiers, it’s a new mountain. For cops, it can be a different beat. For day traders it’s the Starbucks on Rush Street. The Ragdale gate (Courtesy of the Ragdale Foundation) If you have a team at your firm that needs to get out of the architecture studio and into a different studio to recharge, Ragdale may be just the working retreat you need....

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In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money
Feb20

In Spite of Opposition, Lincoln Yards Lands $900M in TIF Money

People trying to stop, slow, or just change the massive Lincoln Yards development on Chicago’s north side lost another battle in City Hall. Rendering of Lincoln Yards (Via Sterling Bay) Chicago’s Community Development Commission voted unanimously to grant developer Sterling Bay $900 million in TIF money to help spur progress on the Goose Island mega project. The $6 billion development includes more than two dozen buildings...

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Historic Chicago Mod Kitchen May Cook Once Again
Feb19

Historic Chicago Mod Kitchen May Cook Once Again

Chicago loves architecture history. But it has a bad habit of tearing it down and leaving it strewn around the region. Now a historic kitchen has a chance of being loved once again. Landmarks Illinois disassembled the kitchen and moved it into storage of safe keeping. Now it’s looking for someone to give the kitchen a new home, in a place where the public can get to know not only its important design, but its important history....

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Grant Park Skyscraper Courting Overseas Buyers
Feb13

Grant Park Skyscraper Courting Overseas Buyers

If you think that Chicago’s high rise condo buildings don’t have the allure for international buyers that buildings in Miami, London, and Dubai do, you might be wrong. Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) The developers of 1000M (1000 South Michigan Avenue) have designated the 133 condominiums on floors 41 through 47 the “International Collection.” They appear to be smaller units, running from 325 (!)...

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