Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane
Apr14

Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane

Construction is far from over at the combined developments of Moment and Sienna Flats in Streeterville, but with the tower crane having been lowered and sent on to its next assignment, it’s easier to count down the days to completion than to count up the days from groundbreaking. Moment, the residential tower portion of the Golub project, is well over half-glassed. The 45-story tower will deliver 490 luxury apartments to 545...

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Optima II Adds Touch of Glass to Streeterville
Apr11

Optima II Adds Touch of Glass to Streeterville

Add a partial row of glass curtain to the list of achievements at Part II of the Optima Chicago Center at 220 East Illinois Street in Streeterville. Optima’s own construction crews have been busy on this site since they started pushing dirt around way back in 2014. The Optima II project has a fun firehose to share with you: Developer – Optima Architect – David Hovey Architecture firm – Optima General Contractor...

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Kenect Kenstruction Kentinues on Milwaukee Avenue
Feb19

Kenect Kenstruction Kentinues on Milwaukee Avenue

Work continues on the two-structure development at 500 North Milwaukee Avenue known as Kenect. The west building, a 14-story tower by Pappageorge Haymes Architects, has topped out, and the tower crane has come down, leaving just a very tall stump of support steel. Over on the east side of Green Street, the 4-story little brother tower (alos by Pappageorge Haymes) has been decked out in woodwork, surrounded by iron framing. In total,...

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Wait a Moment. Do You Know Sienna Flats?
Jan13

Wait a Moment. Do You Know Sienna Flats?

We’ve done our fair share of coverage at Moment, the 42-story, friends-of-the-blog Solomon Cordwell Buenz-designed apartment tower in Streeterville. Chicago-based Golub & Company is delivering 490 luxury rental units to the site at 545 North McClurg Court, along with 5,200 square feet of retail space along the corner of Grand and McClurg. But just a second; there’s more to Moment. At 423 East Ohio Street, Sienna Flats...

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500 North Milwaukee Surprises Again
Dec03

500 North Milwaukee Surprises Again

The last time we walked past Akara Partners‘ 500 North Milwaukee Avenue, we were greeted by new signage for Kenect Chicago. As you may well know, we like to see creative name changes here at The Blog, and replacing an address with a unique moniker always scores points in our book. It was for no particular reason that we found ourselves back in the Fulton River District again this week, and lo and behold, there was our other...

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500 North Milwaukee Now Called Kenect Chicago
Nov09

500 North Milwaukee Now Called Kenect Chicago

The low-and-high rise development formerly known by its address of 500 North Milwaukee Avenue is now being called Kenect Chicago. New signs went up around the construction site recently where Akara Partners‘ 14-story residential block and a matching four-story combo residential and retail building are being constructed.  There’s also a knectchicago.com web site to go with it. The different shades of orange triangles and...

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Status Update: Optima II Taking Shape
Sep28

Status Update: Optima II Taking Shape

Early construction work at Optima Chicago Center II (220 East Illinois Street) is really Grand, isn’t it? What we mean is, if you want to see what’s going on at Optima these days, you need to go one block north of Illinois Street, to Grand Avenue. That’s where you’ll find crews burrowing into the soil, creating all sorts of geometric shapes and forms. The 54-story tower by architect David Hovey will deliver 381...

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A Milestone Moment as Moment Grows Up
Sep17

A Milestone Moment as Moment Grows Up

They’re the times in our children’s lives we most look forward to. Their first teeth, their first steps, the first day of school, the first time they make their beds without being told four times. It’s called growing up. The spring of the circle of life. Well, here at The Chicago Architecture Blog, we have those same sentimental feelings each time a new building achieves its own “life’s firsts.”...

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Height and Depth Mark Progress at 500 North Milwaukee
Sep16

Height and Depth Mark Progress at 500 North Milwaukee

The two-building complex Akara Partners is developing at 500 North Milwaukee Avenue is well underway, though one might question what these two structures have in common if visiting the site for the first time. On our last drop-in, the four-story portion of the project, located on the east side of Green Street, had barely had its surface scratched. And when we stopped by this week, what used to be a dirt lot is now more of a dirt hole,...

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A Touch of New York Approved for Streeterville
Dec18

A Touch of New York Approved for Streeterville

Today the Chicago Plan Commission breathed new life into the city’s skyline by approving the construction of 451 East Grand. The 65-story residential tower is being developed by friends-of-the-blog, Related Midwest, which is the Midwest outpost of New York’s Related Companies. The skyscraper destined for a plot of land near the lake’s edge in Streeterville was designed by New York architecture heavyweight Robert A.M....

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