Another Loop Skyscraper Expanding Upward, Getting Open-Air Observatory
Jan07

Another Loop Skyscraper Expanding Upward, Getting Open-Air Observatory

We’ve written a number of times about buildings in Chicago that were erected with vertical expansion in mind.  300 East Randolph is the most visible example, but there are others like 168 North Michigan and Union Station. Now another one of The Loop’s skyscrapers is getting a vertical expansion.  But you probably won’t notice it unless you work in, or adjacent to, the building in question: Beacon Capital...

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Slice of Life: Skyscrapers and Clouds
Jul22

Slice of Life: Skyscrapers and Clouds

  A time-lapse video of summer afternoon clouds boiling across the Chicago skyline.  Taken from Aqua, visible (left to right) are: 303 East Wacker 680 North Lake Shore Drive Streeter Place River East Center 401 East Ontario Onterie Center...

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 14
Dec19

It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, 2012 – Part 14

While lots of apartments and condos in Chicago’s downtown high-rises have fireplaces, not many office building lobbies do.  But there is one at 303 East Wacker (formerly Three Illinois Center).  It’s made up of an array of 20 flat screen monitors showing a video loop of festive burning logs. I achieve the same thing at home with Pandora, a fireplace app, and an AppleTV.  Very...

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