Party on the Roof: MiLa Tops Out Again
Sep28

Party on the Roof: MiLa Tops Out Again

It’s not every day you see a card table sporting hard hats and balloons on Michigan Avenue. Or people in yellow safety vests pouring champagne instead of concrete. But Thursday wasn’t just any day at 200 North Michigan Avenue, the residential tower called MiLa. That’s because it was the ceremonial topping out of the skyscraper across the street from Michigan Plaza and next to the Carbide and Carbon Building (230...

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200 North Michigan Tops Out
Aug25

200 North Michigan Tops Out

As they say in Wisconsin, “That’s all the further she goes.” MiLa, the skyscraper formerly known as 200 North Michigan, has topped out.  Loop Spy Daniel hit our tip line to let us know, and it was confirmed by architect Thomas Kerwin over at bKL Architecture. Like bKL’s other recently topped-out tower, Wolf Point West, MiLa stands impossibly straight and tall, as if peering over a precipice.  But instead of...

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Status Update: MiLa Gets Glasses
Aug17

Status Update: MiLa Gets Glasses

Remember back in the early 2010s when all the pretty girls decided it was cool to wear glasses?  Even if they didn’t have a vision problem, they’d click over to Warby Parker and try to order some granny horns with clear glass in them? Well, the prettiest new skyscraper in The Loop got new glasses recently, and one of our photographers was there shortly afterward to capture the very very blue wrapped around the base of 200...

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Status Update: We Only Have Eyes for MiLa
Jun08

Status Update: We Only Have Eyes for MiLa

The residential tower at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Lake Street known as MiLa climbs ever-skyward.  Loop Spy Daniel looked out his office window at 200 North Michigan recently, and saw quite a show being put on by the workers from Pepper Construction and McHugh Construction— busy as little bees in their yellow netted hive. MiLa was designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture, and is one of the cornerstones in the...

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Loop Skyscraper Gets a Model’s Name
May18

Loop Skyscraper Gets a Model’s Name

They’re both modestly tall. They both have shiny skin. And now they’re both named “Mila.” The skyscraper erection at 200 North Michigan Avenue is now officially named “Mila,” just like model-turned-actress Mila Kunis.  But while the star of the Chicago-filmed Jupiter Ascending was born in southern Ukraine in the Soviet Bloc, the  skyscraper she now shares her name with was born just up the block at...

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Status Update: Snow, Sleet Can’t Stop Skyscrapers
Mar25

Status Update: Snow, Sleet Can’t Stop Skyscrapers

While the entire Chicagoland transportation system collapsed under the weight of three inches of snow on Monday, construction workers kept banging away at 200 North Michigan Avenue. Loop Spy Daniel (no, not that one; the other one) sent in this photo of the bKL-designed skyscraper-in-progress, taken from the safety of CVS aisle 6 inside a warm and dry Illinois Center (the reason for the light reflections).  You can see the retail and...

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Status Update: Let’s Start 2015 at 200 North Michigan
Jan01

Status Update: Let’s Start 2015 at 200 North Michigan

Our first Status Update of the year is a building that’s always a curiosity to tourists and locals, 200 North Michigan.  We talked about the tower with friend-of-the-blog, Thomas Kerwin, Principal at bKL Architecture a couple of days ago, and he was nice enough to send along a set of the latest construction photos.  All photographs by Darris Lee Harris Photography.  Please to enjoy. Location: 200 North Michigan Avenue, The...

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Catching up with bKL: 2014 Edition
Dec30

Catching up with bKL: 2014 Edition

  It’s hard to believe another year has passed, and it’s time once again to sit down with friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture to find out how the firm is doing and what makes it tick these days. bKL burst onto the scene a few years ago with its Coast tower at Lakeshore East, and has quickly followed that skyscraper up with a number of others in downtown Chicago.  We asked bKL Principal Thomas Kerwin how things are...

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Candy Cranes: The Lights are on but No One’s Home
Dec11

Candy Cranes: The Lights are on but No One’s Home

Nobody is home yet at 200 North Michigan, the 41-story residential tower under construction at its eponymous address.  But that doesn’t mean it’s not decorated for Christmas.  Loop Spy Daniel was burning the midnight oil at the Illinois Center yesterday and sent in this photo of the 200 North Michigan tower crane all festooned with Christmas lights. The lights are both pretty, and pretty terrifying.  Imagine being the guy...

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Status Update: 200 North Michigan Rises
Dec02

Status Update: 200 North Michigan Rises

Just when you thought our devotion to chronicling every last brick and spandrel of the 200 North Michigan project was on the wane, Loop Spy Daniel comes through again. Daniel sent in new photographs taken this morning that show the construction progress on the 41-story residential block going up at the hyper-hot foot of the Magnificent Mile, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture. The photograph at the top was taken hours...

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