Status Update: Maggie Daley Park Gets Blocked
Dec01

Status Update: Maggie Daley Park Gets Blocked

  Everyone is expecting big things from the new Maggie Daley Park.  But unless you were there decades ago when the park was originally built at Daley Bicentennial Plaza, you might not have expected what’s there now— pyramids and piles of giant white foam blocks. Collectively, it’s known as geofoam, and the hills and valleys and interesting topographic bits of the park get their shape thanks to this stuff, which goes under...

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Up-Close and Personal With 725 West Randolph, RoboParkingTower
Nov27

Up-Close and Personal With 725 West Randolph, RoboParkingTower

Something unusual happened yesterday.  A developer unveiled a 31-story residential tower to be built on Restaurant Row, and the neighbors failed to lose their minds over it. In fact, the feedback we’ve heard from our readers has been overwhelmingly positive.  And word on the street is that folks just west of the Kennedy Expressway are pretty happy with it, too. The building was designed by friends-of-the-blog, SMDP.  They, along...

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Proposed West Loop Skyscraper to Include Robotic Valet Parking
Nov27

Proposed West Loop Skyscraper to Include Robotic Valet Parking

In “4 Days Out” from the second season of “Breaking Bad,” Jesse Pinkman posed the question to Walter White: “What are we building . . . A robot?” Messrs. White and Pinkman were, of course, building a battery. Robots? They’ll be parking cars in the West Loop, if a proposed retail-residential skyscraper gets the go-ahead from community groups and the Department of Housing and Economic Development, and 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett...

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Another Hurdle Cleared for West Loop’s Newest Riverside Skyscraper
Nov21

Another Hurdle Cleared for West Loop’s Newest Riverside Skyscraper

The West Loop is getting yet another skyscraper.  Chicago’s Plan Commission has given the green light to 150 North Riverside, the precarious-looking tower that will be wedged between the Amtrak tracks leading into Union Station.  All that’s left now is city council approval, which is traditionally a rubber stamp affair. The tower is designed by friends-of-the-blog, Goettsch Partners, and developed by John O’Donnell and...

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200 West Randolph is Dead, Long Live 151 North Franklin
Nov20

200 West Randolph is Dead, Long Live 151 North Franklin

200 West Randolph, we hardly knew ye. The 23-story office building that just a few short weeks ago was expected to rise at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Wells Street is now a thing of the past.  Relegated to the very very long shelf of never-built Chicago architectural models.  Crain’s Chicago Business called it yesterday when it reported that the parking garage currently at that location will remain a parking...

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Developer Baking Plans For Skyscraper to Rise on Restaurant Row
Nov19

Developer Baking Plans For Skyscraper to Rise on Restaurant Row

  Plans for another West Town apartment tower are moving forward. We first heard about a new building on the southwest corner of West Randolph Street and the Kennedy Expressway way back in January. Back then it was little more than a blurb in Crain’s Chicago Business, and an indication of about 90 residences. Then in February, some paperwork was filed with the city of Chicago bumping that number up. Way up. To 31 stories and 190...

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West Loop’s City Winery Honored For Adaptive Re-Use
Oct29

West Loop’s City Winery Honored For Adaptive Re-Use

Before the hipsters, before the Girl and the Goat, and yes, before Oprah, the West Randolph corridor was a much different place. Randolph and Fulton Market were, as now, focused on food, but they were gritty and industrial. Food processing and distribution companies were the major tenants. Fast-forward a few decades and West Randolph has transformed itself into the city’s premier dining destination, “Restaurant Row.” Most of the West...

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Slice of Life: Millennium Park From Above
Oct28

Slice of Life: Millennium Park From Above

After nearly a decade since its opening, Millennium Park has not lost its shine. To the contrary, Millennium Park has secured its status as an icon of Chicago, illustrating the city’s standing as a global and cosmopolitan metropolis. When looked at from above, the 24.5-acre park projects a colossal impression and monumental scale that a pedestrian visit to the park does not capture. In addition, Millennium Park has served as a...

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Your OHC Photos: Randolph Tower Part 2
Oct28

Your OHC Photos: Randolph Tower Part 2

Man_ofSteel sent in some more of his pictures from the 2013 Open House Chicago.  This one he took from the eaves and high places of the Randolph Tower (188 West Randolph Street).  It shows nearby neighbor 225 West Wacker, the unmistakably postmodern KPF building on the Chicago River. This little corner of The Loop is starting to come back to life, with new businesses opening, a new office building planned, and scuttlebutt of other...

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Your OHC Photos: Randolph Tower
Oct21

Your OHC Photos: Randolph Tower

  Loop Spy James was among the throngs of people who tromped through the Randolph Tower (188 West Randolph Street) during Open House Chicago this past weekend.  He sent in these photographs from the 24th floor combination lounge and fitness center. Artificial turf with an artificial sheep on it somehow just fits in with the giant chess set and the rest of the very inspiring decor in the common areas of the Randolph Tower....

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