What Reviving the Chicago Spire Would Mean to the City of Chicago
Feb17

What Reviving the Chicago Spire Would Mean to the City of Chicago

It was an hour before the announcement on Feb. 6 that the Chicago Spire project was back on. Chicago Architecture Foundation President and CEO Lynn Osmond’s phone rang. It was Spire developer Garrett Kelleher calling to give her the good news. “He said, ‘I just wanted you to know because I know how excited you’ve been about this building.’ He said, ‘I’ve got the bank financing, I’ve got the partner, and we truly believe the market has...

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Back to the Future: Chicago Spire’s Marketing Video Making the Rounds Six Years Later
Feb12

Back to the Future: Chicago Spire’s Marketing Video Making the Rounds Six Years Later

We’re still firmly in the “we’ll believe it when we see it” camp when it comes to all the recent news about the Chicago Spire (400 North Lake Shore Drive).  But that’s not keeping our Twitter and Facebook fans from giddily passing around the Spire’s 2008 marketing video as if it was new. For those of you who aren’t following us on social media (we don’t bite, really!) here’s the...

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Many Happy Words, But is There Really Hope for the Chicago Spire?
Feb09

Many Happy Words, But is There Really Hope for the Chicago Spire?

Years after even the most wistful skyscraper nerd gave up hope on the Chicago Spire, there is suddenly a “bleep” on the patient’s EKG machine. It started with Friday’s report in the Chicago Tribune that the current developer of the project, Shelbourne North Water Street, asked a court to bring in a local partner, and that partner’s $135 million.  The partner is Atlas Apartment Holdings in Northbrook. The...

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High-Hauling Helo Hoists Hotel’s HVAC [updated]
Aug25

High-Hauling Helo Hoists Hotel’s HVAC [updated]

For those of you who missed Saturday’s helicopter lift in Streeterville, Loop Spy Daniel caught some great pictures of the sky crane lifting material onto the roof of the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers (301 East North Water Street). Update: August 27, 2013 Local skyscraper fan Butler V. Adams sent in a couple of more photographs: Helicopter lift at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. Photograph courtesy of Butler V. Adams...

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