Hole-in-the-wall Walgreens Building Has Holes in the Walls
Nov13

Hole-in-the-wall Walgreens Building Has Holes in the Walls

  It seems like forever since the Walgreens store at Randolph and Franklin streets was closed to make room for a new office building in The Loop. But sure enough, the 2-story edifice that will soon be the 36-story, John Ronan-designed tower 151 North Franklin is starting to crumble, little bit by little bit. For now, it’s looking more like a game of Reverse Tetris than a demolition site, but we’re betting the whole...

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Baby Bulldozer Signals the Start of 151 North Franklin
Sep30

Baby Bulldozer Signals the Start of 151 North Franklin

Work has begun transforming a dead Walgreens and a surface parking lot into a shiny squircle of a skyscraper called 151 North Franklin. Loop Spy Dan hit the tip line yesterday to let us know about a fence that went up around the property at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Franklin Street, and by the time our Daniel Schell was able to Divvy his way over there, a skid-steer loader had broken through the back door of the...

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Is This the Beginning of the End of the Beginning of 151 North Franklin?
Jul06

Is This the Beginning of the End of the Beginning of 151 North Franklin?

It’s been a quiet few months for the future skyscraper known as 151 North Franklin.  The last we heard about the planned 36-story building at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Franklin was when the developer told Loop Spy Dan that he hoped to button up the financials this summer and break ground in the fall. Now Loop Spy Dan has smacked our Tip Line and come through once again, with this photograph of the parking lot...

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151 North Franklin Forging Ahead, Could Break Ground This Fall
Apr07

151 North Franklin Forging Ahead, Could Break Ground This Fall

  Remember that great big blue skyscraper that the John Buck Company wanted to build at the corner of North Franklin  and West Randolph Streets?  The one that they shut down a Walgreens and a Chinese take-out joint to build, but to date nothing has happened?  Well, stuff’s happening; you just can’t see it. Loop Spy Dan shared a bit of information with us straight from the developer, that one major tenant is already...

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Here Comes 151 North Franklin
Aug22

Here Comes 151 North Franklin

John Buck Company’s new office tower at 151 North Franklin Street is about to become reality. The Walgreen’s store that currently occupies the lot at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Franklin closes for good at 5:00pm today.  Employees confirm it is being torn down to make way for the new skyscraper. Loop Spy Dan went by there yesterday and talked to some construction-looking workers who also confirmed that...

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New Skyscraper at 151 North Franklin Makes Its Public Debut
Dec03

New Skyscraper at 151 North Franklin Makes Its Public Debut

  If you’re a tech nerd of a certain age, you may remember something called the squircle. It’s a combination of a circle and a square, and also the infamous input device on Microsoft’s failed Zune music player. Well, the squircle is back, this time taking the form of a skyscraper known as 151 North Franklin. Even the building’s brochure is die-cut in the shape of a squircle. The John Buck Company project...

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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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Chicago’s Newest Office Tower Still Only Paper and Pixels [Video]
Nov06

Chicago’s Newest Office Tower Still Only Paper and Pixels [Video]

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about 151 North Franklin, the office skyscraper proposed for the northeast corner of North Franklin Street and West Randolph Street in The Loop. Then this week, a marketing video popped up on the internet (see above) for the John Buck Company’s 600,000 square-foot development.  It shows a building that fits in well with its Wacker Drive neighbors. Big glass lobby walls,...

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