150 North Riverside Glasses Up The Joint
Nov19

150 North Riverside Glasses Up The Joint

A new tower getting its first windows is always a big deal for us skyscraper nerds. But the friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners-designed 150 North Riverside office building has become a favorite child of sorts, what with all that steel at all those angles. So we were overjoyed Wednesday to see 150 North Riverside itself, despite not having thumbs, tweeted this gem out to its adoring followers: Our phenomenal, rippling Curtainwall is...

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With Sunken Barge in the Past, 150 North Riverside Forges On
Aug05

With Sunken Barge in the Past, 150 North Riverside Forges On

Construction projects are lucky to make the news once. It might be during the planning phase, or when said plans are made public. Or maybe there’s a particularly heated community meeting, where residents make impassioned pitches for and against their new prospective neighbor. Perhaps it’s at groundbreaking, when the local dignitaries make an appearance, gold shovels in hand. The new office tower at 150 North Riverside took...

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150 North Riverside Approved, Now Let’s Move Some Dirt!
Dec20

150 North Riverside Approved, Now Let’s Move Some Dirt!

  Set your watch for July, 2014.  That’s when O’Donnell Investments and U.S. Equities plan to break ground on 150 North Riverside, now that Chicago’s city council has given final approval for the new 53-story, 747-foot-tall skyscraper and public park to be built on the edge of the Chicago River in the West Loop. The people over at O’Donnell are so excited, they sent out the following press release:  ...

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Grand Plans for “Millennium Park Lite” Come With West Loop Office Tower
Aug01

Grand Plans for “Millennium Park Lite” Come With West Loop Office Tower

For the first time, the developers, architects, and lawyers behind the plan to turn a piece of industrial land on the Chicago River into a public park and unusually shaped office building have talked publicly about their plan. Developer John O’Donnell and U.S. Equities want to build a 53-story, 720-foot-tall skyscraper in the space between Randolph Place (165 North Canal Street) and the Chicago River. Currently, it is a...

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New Public Space at Gateway Center IV in the West Loop
Jul12

New Public Space at Gateway Center IV in the West Loop

FitzGerald Associates architects sent over a note today about its new design for the lobby and public spaces of 300 South Riverside Plaza (also known as Gateway Center IV). There will be lots of interior demolition to open up the lobby and improve views into, out of, and through the building.  It’s a strategy recently employed at 111 South Wacker Drive by Lohan Caprile Goettsch Architects that won it awards.  Pelli Clark Pelli...

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Union Station Master Plan Finished
Jun01

Union Station Master Plan Finished

The Union Station Master Plan has been completed, and it doesn’t look all that much different from the proposals put forth by Amtrak, Metra, and the Chicago Department of Transportation at the beginning of the process last year. First, a little background — Union Station is a mess.  Short-sightedness on the part of people in the 1960’s who thought that passenger rail service in America was dying led to infrastructure...

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Another Chicago Skyscraper Name Change

It’s not official until Friday, November 11th, but already the signs are going up at the Fifth Third Center, the West Loop skyscraper formerly known as 222 South Riverside Plaza. There are still a few legacy 222 South Riverside signs to be seen around the property, but the main entrance canopy has been emblazoned with a neon “Fifth Third Center” and the more subtle “222” signs in the landscaping have been...

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Garden in a City in a Garden

Often there doesn’t seem to be much horto in Chicago’s urbs unless you live along the lakefront. Even in neighborhoods as close as the West Loop, such iconic city amenities as a park bench are in tragically short supply. One of the few places a person can sit and enjoy summer in the city without being required to purchase a beverages is the plaza in front of Riverside Plaza (2 North Riverside Plaza).  It’s a...

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