110 North Wacker Ready to Go Vertical, Welcome Chicago Sparrows
Aug21

110 North Wacker Ready to Go Vertical, Welcome Chicago Sparrows

The Wacker Drive canyon is about to get a new cliff.  Gound-level foundation work is underway at 110 North Wacker, after weeks of demolition, clearing, and caisson work. Loop Spy Chris drilled a few recent pictures into our tip line showing work over the last few days.  You can see concrete being poured on the south end of the worksite, topping rebar from the caissons sticking out of the ground in nice, square trenches.  It’s a...

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Digging Deep for a 51-Story Wacker Drive Skyscraper
Apr23

Digging Deep for a 51-Story Wacker Drive Skyscraper

It’s been a short while since the former GGP Building at 110 North Wacker Drive bit the dust.  Now that the dust has been removed, construction crews are getting down to business. Way down.  Like two stories below ground. As you can see in the photograph above sent in by Loop Spy Chris, crews are already below the level of Lower Wacker Drive, so we should see caissons being build fairly soon. When complete, the new Goettsch...

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110 North Wacker is Dead. Long Live 110 North Wacker.
Mar29

110 North Wacker is Dead. Long Live 110 North Wacker.

If you ever wanted to take a really good picture of 123 North Wacker Drive, now’s your chance. Also, if you ever wanted to take any picture at all of the old General Growth Building, you’re out of luck. As you can see in the photograph above, sent in by Loop Spy Chris, the General Growth Building at 110 North Wacker Drive is gone.  From the feedback we’ve heard, most people are OK with seeing GGP’s old...

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Mid-Century Loop Building Won’t Make it to Mid-March
Mar08

Mid-Century Loop Building Won’t Make it to Mid-March

The Midcentury Modern office building at 110 North Wacker Drive won’t be around by the end of the month, judging by the quick work demolition crews are making of it. The 1956 110 North Wacker by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White is being replaced by a 2020 110 North Wacker by Goettsch Partners.  So far, according to the photo above from Loop Spy Joel, the old building is just about half gone. Foundation work for the new...

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Goodbye, Riverside Shed; Hello 51-Story Skyscraper
Jan24

Goodbye, Riverside Shed; Hello 51-Story Skyscraper

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a skyscraper go from proposal to paper to approval to demolition this quickly, but here we are.  110 North Wacker, the 51-story Geottsch Partners-designed skyscraper, is about to replace 110 North Wacker, the low-slung Midcentury office building that was formerly the home of General Growth Properties. Loop Spy Justin sent in pictures of demolition crews getting ready to do their thing at...

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Proposed Wacker Drive Tower Beefs Up Before It’s Built
Dec18

Proposed Wacker Drive Tower Beefs Up Before It’s Built

As the nation’s obesity crisis afflicts more and more of our young people, a new victim has been identified as suffering from unexpected, premature girth:  The proposed skyscraper at 110 North Wacker Drive. This once svelte shaft of glass and steel that is intended to replace the old General Growth Properties headquarters building has unexpectedly bulked out, adding 100,000 square feet to the 50-something-story tower, while...

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Here’s Why the Army May Scuttle Plans to Build a 51-Story Tower in The Loop
Dec07

Here’s Why the Army May Scuttle Plans to Build a 51-Story Tower in The Loop

A few days before Thanksgiving, the local office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a notice on its web site.  It’s not one of the usual places that one looks for architecture news, so it took a few weeks for the notice to surface. (We’ve copied as much of the thing as we could below for your convenience.  Full PDF version here.) What it says is that the army is looking into the proposal to build a 51-story...

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New Tower For 110 North Wacker Sails Through City Commission
Mar17

New Tower For 110 North Wacker Sails Through City Commission

No time has been wasted in kicking the flat, shed-like office slab at 110 North Wacker Drive to the curb, and replacing it with a shiny new skyscraper. Yesterday the Chicago Plan Commission approved the notion from Howard Hughes Corporation and Riverside Investment and Development to replace the squatty mid-century relic with something more befitting the value of the land upon which it sits. The new building designed by Goettsch...

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Taking a Whack at the 53-Story Skyscraper Proposed for 110 North Wacker
Jan30

Taking a Whack at the 53-Story Skyscraper Proposed for 110 North Wacker

One thing is very quickly leading to another when it comes to the 80-story skyscraper proposed for 110 North Wacker.  The project was only just recently announced, and a week later the paperwork has already been filed with the city to make it a reality.  For a building of that size, with no anchor tenant, developer Howard Hughes Corporation is certainly moving along like a spruce goose. The new Goettsch Partners-deesigned tower will...

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Another Glass and Steel Behemoth Wants to Shoulder in Along the Chicago River
Jan18

Another Glass and Steel Behemoth Wants to Shoulder in Along the Chicago River

Even though work is wrapping up at River Point and 150 North Riverside, the Chicago River is still the place to be when it comes to high-end office towers. In a long overdue move, the low-slung General Growth Properties building at 110 North Wacker Drive could soon make way for an 800-foot-tall skyscraper. The GGP building is something of a throwback to the days when Midcentury modernism went astray and we ended up with giant Tuff...

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