Ho Jo No Mo, 165 West Superior Continues To Rise
Apr02

Ho Jo No Mo, 165 West Superior Continues To Rise

The old Howard Johnson motel in River North is but a distant memory at 720 North LaSalle Street. That’s because it was smashed to smithereens to make way for the 34-story high rise officially designated as 165 West Superior. Designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, the 298-unit apartment tower will sit atop a 4-story podium that will house the building’s 109 parking spaces. Atop the podium will be an outdoor lap...

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720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens
Aug31

720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens

  It wasn’t all that long ago you could get a shower and room at 720 North LaSalle Street. What was once a Howard Johnson Inn, consider by many to be a hole-in-the-wall establishment for weary travelers seeking cheap accommodations, is now a hole-in-the-ground future residential tower by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture. Revcon Construction crews made short work of the caisson drilling, and now foundation work continues...

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Northwestern’s New Med Tower Back on the Books
Jan13

Northwestern’s New Med Tower Back on the Books

A month after swimming free of the city’s workflow for new skyscrapers, Northwestern’s proposed biomedical research tower (303 East Superior Street) has been thrown back into the bureaucratic flume to resume its downstream journey.  This little paper fishy is hoping to spawn a 37-story building designed by Perkins + Will on the site that until last year held Bertrand Goldberg’s bulbous and brutalist Prentice...

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Northwestern Sticks a Fork in Prentice, Then Serves up a New Skyscraper Design
Sep05

Northwestern Sticks a Fork in Prentice, Then Serves up a New Skyscraper Design

  The former women’s hospital known as Prentice is well and truly gone.  Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine sent in this latest photograph of the demolition team wrapping up their work on what some considered a landmark building, and others considered an eyesore. Then just a day into our mourning, comes word that Northwestern University is moving forward with its plan to fill...

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Northwestern Selects Five Big Names to Replace One Goldberg
Nov07

Northwestern Selects Five Big Names to Replace One Goldberg

For the last few years, Chicago’s architecture and preservation communities have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. After losing a heated battle against Northwestern University to preserve the beloved former Prentice Womens’ Hospital Building by Bertrand Goldberg, the question has been what would Northwestern eventually replace the building with? Today three shiny, finely tailored loafers fell out of the sky in Streeterville. If...

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Demolition Permit Issued for Chicago’s Beloved Former Prentice Womens’ Hospital
Mar24

Demolition Permit Issued for Chicago’s Beloved Former Prentice Womens’ Hospital

It’s been a long road for preservationists, and that road looks like it’s finally coming to an end. A dead end. In our weekly scouring of permits issued by the City of Chicago, we found this demolition permit: WRECK AND REMOVE 13 STORY CIP CONCRETE BUILDING INCLUDING SITE RESTORATION. “CIP” means “cast in place.” “Concrete building” means the former Prentice Womens’ Hospital at 320...

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