Stalled River North Skyscraper Starts Again, Saves Historic Firehouse
Oct22

Stalled River North Skyscraper Starts Again, Saves Historic Firehouse

A stalled residential tower proposed for Chicago’s River North neighborhood is back on the drawing boards. The skyscraper at 212 West Illinois Street was approved by  Chicago’s city council in 2007, but was never built. According to an e-mail from 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, the project is out of mothballs and its developers are asking for some modifications so it can be built. The updated development proposal...

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Slice of Life: Running Late

Sure, it’s been a week since the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, but better late than never, right?  This photo was taken from a Pink Line train over Franklin Street headed into The...

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Slice of Life: Hollywood in Real Life

In case you thought that vagrants huddled around a burning trash can was just something that Hollywood invented to add atmosphere to movies — nope.  They’re real.  Here’s one I came across a couple of nights ago on Franklin Street. They’re much smokier in real life.  Perhaps it has some kind of de-louisng affect on those who huddle close to...

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More Information About the Wacker Drive Reconstruction

We’re learning more about the upcoming reconstruction of North and South Wacker Drive between Randolph Street and Harrison Street. We first mentioned the rebuilding of Wacker Drive back in November, and now that the April, 2010 start date is fast approaching, it’s time to take a closer look.  I wasn’t in Chicago at the time of the big 2001-2002 rebuilding of East and West Wacker Drives, but people who have been...

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Status Update: Wacker Plaza

There’s not too much to say about this project at 400 South Franklin Street.  At this point, it’s just a sign showing a pretty nice building in a great location.  But of course, it’s all up to the economy and the bailed out banks to decide if this will actually happen.  If the developer intends to meet that 2011 deadline, it had better start turning dirt soon.  Or get a more ambiguous...

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Chicago’s Newest Crown

What’s this I spied late in the evening of January 5, 2008?  Why it looks like the beginnings of the promised illuminated crown at the top of 300 North LaSalle . The drawings made public by Hines before construction began showed the top of the building all lit up and floodlights shooting into the sky.  Of course, architectural renderings have as much to do with reality as Arby’s has to do with fine dining....

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