“Missing Tooth in Chicago’s Urban Fabric” Expected to be Quickly Filled by Chicago+LaSalle Skyscraper [updated x2]
Jun20

“Missing Tooth in Chicago’s Urban Fabric” Expected to be Quickly Filled by Chicago+LaSalle Skyscraper [updated x2]

The newest residential tower planned for Chicago’s Near North Side is sailing through the bureaucratic process , and is expected to be approved by the city and break ground before the end of the year. “I’m inclined to approve the project,” said Second Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti at a public meeting at the Moody Bible Institute last night. Of the approximately 150 people in attendance, none spoke in opposition to...

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New Near North Skyscraper Will Preserve Piano History, Bury Your Childhood
May20

New Near North Skyscraper Will Preserve Piano History, Bury Your Childhood

“Here we grow again!” said nobody at Smithfield Properties last week when it submitted its plans to the City of Chicago for a 34-story residential building on the corner of West Chicago Avenue and North LaSalle Street. Over the last couple of decades Smithfield Properties has been instrumental in transforming Chicago’s Near North Side from acres of warehouses, small factories, and surface parking lots into a...

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Blue in the Loop
Feb09

Blue in the Loop

There are plenty of photos and postcards showing Chicago’s famous red skyscraper, the CNA Center ().  But not everyone knows that there is also a blue skyscraper in the Loop. The building at 10 South LaSalle Street is widely considered to be among the ugliest buildings in Chicago.  In part because it was one of the city’s first facade-ectomies.   The former Otis building had its roof removed, and the blue 37-story...

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Chicago Standard Time

I’ve seen cities from Vancouver to India claim that they were the places where time zones were invented.  But the truth is that the first nation to divide itself into sections for the purpose of timekeeping was the United States.  And the city where the decision was made was Chicago.  We even have a plaque for it: The Grand Pacific Hotel is long gone, but the Continental Bank Building is now officially the 208 South LaSalle...

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Slice of Life: For Love and Cheeseburgers

A wee moggie gazes out  the windows of the Anti-Cruelty Society (157 West Grand Avenue), hoping that someone will take pity on him and bring him home for love and snuggles and cheeseburgers.  Alas, no one comes this...

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For Sale: 190 South LaSalle

If you’re in the market for a skyscraper that epitomizes the 90’s aesthetic, then look no further than 190 South LaSalle . Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the skyscraper is for sale.  In 2006 it went for $137,000,000.  We’ll see what happens this time...

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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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