Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All
Nov26

Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All

In 29 days, Santa comes to town, and the fat old elf will have a few more obstacles to navigate his sleigh around. Among them is NEMA Chicago, the 76-story residential tower going up on the south end of Grant Park — one of Mr. Claus’ favorite landing areas. I need an oxygen tank and a lurpy dog with a barrel of brandy around his neck to climb the Montrose Harbor sledding hill, but Joe Zekas from YoChicago! hitched up his...

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A Little Skyscraper Abracadabra Along Grant Park
Nov07

A Little Skyscraper Abracadabra Along Grant Park

Sometimes the monotony of life becomes a way of life.  Keep your head down.  Stay off the boss’ radar.  Don’t attract attention.  But keeping our heads down, while a common survival skill, prevents us from seeing the marvels the city of Chicago serves up around us every day. You don’t need Cher to give you a wet slap across the face to snap out of it.  Just look at the animation below. Joe Zekas of YoChicago! sent...

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Building NEMA: A Day in the Life of a Chicago Skyscraper Construction Worker
May29

Building NEMA: A Day in the Life of a Chicago Skyscraper Construction Worker

If you’ve been following the construction of NEMA Chicago (formerly One Grant Park, formerly 113 East Roosevelt), or any other skyscraper under construction in Chicago, you’ve probably wondered what it’s like “up there.” Open House Chicago notwithstanding, few people get to go up to the top of the city’s skyscrapers.  Even fewer get to do it while the structures are still under construction. Joe...

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One Bennett Park Peeks in on Grant Park
Mar27

One Bennett Park Peeks in on Grant Park

You’d expect a building with the statue of One Bennett Park (451 East Grand Avenue) to offer incredible views.  Now we can see just how incredible. In the photograph above of the construction of the 836-foot-tall One Bennett Park, taken from One Grant Park by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!, we can see a huge portion of the tower rising above Streeterville and Lakeshore East, gazing upon Grant Park. We also see that the amazing view...

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One Grand Photo Set of One Grant Park
Feb06

One Grand Photo Set of One Grant Park

It must be a marvelous thing to be a tourist who only visits Chicago once a year.  Whether for Lollapalooza, or Christmas shopping, or just to bring grandma a blue tin of butter cookies, when you’ve been away for a while, the city startles with the way its skyline grows and grows. Those Lollapaloosers are in for a treat when they return this summer, with all of the new skyscraper construction along the edges of Grant Park.  And...

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It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park
Jun20

It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park

As the trio of Grant Park-adjacent skyscrapers begin their journeys from paperwork to parapets, today we take a peek in at One Grant Park (113 East Roosevelt Road/1200 South Indiana Avenue). Construction crews were recently granted permission to build up to about 10% of the 76-story building’s eventual height.  And as you can see in the photo above from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, no time is being wasted turning a former weedy lot...

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South Loop’s (Future) Tallest Building Now Has A Name
Jan04

South Loop’s (Future) Tallest Building Now Has A Name

Construction has been underway for a little while now, but today we learned the name of the new 76-Story residential tower going up at 1200 South Indiana Avenue: One Grant Park. One Grant Park joins The Grant, formerly One Museum Park, in anchoring the south end of Chicago’s front lawn. When complete, the Raphael Vinoly-designed building will rise to a height of 829 feet — more than 200 feet taller than its neighbor. It is...

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76-Story Skyscraper About to Rise in the South Loop
Dec08

76-Story Skyscraper About to Rise in the South Loop

If your travels don’t take you by Navy Pier to see the construction of One Bennett Park, and you don’t usually find yourself at the dead-end of East Wacker Drive to check on Vista Tower progress, maybe the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt is more convenient for your skyscraper construction viewing pleasure. That’s where, in a matter of days, work is expected to begin on Raphael Viñoly’s 76-story residential...

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Here’s What the Epic Views From 113 East Roosevelt Will Look Like
Oct26

Here’s What the Epic Views From 113 East Roosevelt Will Look Like

A little over a week ago, the hard-working Xerox DocumentCenters at the Chicago City Clerk’s office ingested some bits of paper and spit out the best news the South Loop has heard since the Super Bowl Shuffle was playing on WLS-AM: A new 76-story skyscraper for the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt. The first phase of the Rafael Viñoly-designed building at 113 East Roosevelt Road will rise 829 feet over the southwest corner of...

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Permit Issued for 76-Story South Loop Skyscraper
Oct17

Permit Issued for 76-Story South Loop Skyscraper

This time last year, there were three super-tall skyscrapers proposed for downtown Chicago.  We asked several prominent local architects what they thought the chances were of any of them being built. The answer was universally skeptical.  Most thought that just one would be built.  The rest of the people we spoke with said none had a chance of getting off the ground. Today we’re delighted to report that the second of those three...

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