Slice of Life: The Surprise Skyscraper

The glass monolith that is 300 North LaSalle provides a comely, if imaginary, terminus to Wacker Drive.  Because of its size and location, it seems to pop up in photographs all the...

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Green and Silver in the Loop

Two press releases arrived today from our friends over at Hines, about two downtown skyscrapers. First, the Citadel Center (131 South Dearborn) has been awarded LEED Silver status. Second, 300 North LaSalle has been given an Award for Excellence for “[demonstrating] cross-regional lessons in real estate development.” I’m not sure what that means. Press releases follow: CITADEL CENTER AWARDED LEED SILVER (CHICAGO)...

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Hollywood Blows Up Chicago. Again.

It seems like every month, Hollywood churns out yet another end-of-the-world movie.  Sometimes armageddon doesn’t start in New York or Los Angeles.  It happens on the shores of Lake Michigan. Coming out in July is the latest Transformers movie, called Dark of the Moon.  From what I can tell from the trailer below, it’s about space robots that destroy Chicago.  This is far from the first time Chicago has been destroyed by a...

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300 North LaSalle Gets Environmental Status

Good news for Hines, and the environment.  Hines sent over a press release today touting the new LEED status for its skyscraper at 300 North LaSalle.  The tower, which opened in 2009, has been awarded LEED Core and Shell Gold status. Full release follows: HINES’ 300 N. LASALLE’S DOUBLE DESIGNATION – LEED GOLD AND DESIGNED TO EARN THE ENERGY STAR (CHICAGO) – The Chicago office of Hines, the international real...

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Slice of Life: Skyscraper Sunrise

The sun peeks out over Lake Michigan and illuminates the skyscraper forest of Chicago on an early morning.  From this vantage point, several buildings clearly stand head and shoulders above the rest: Trump International Hotel and Tower (401 North Wabash Street) Willis Tower (233 South Wacker Drive) 300 North LaSalle (300 North LaSalle Drive) The Park Tower (800 North Michigan Avenue) Why no 100-story John Hancock Center (875 North...

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