We’re Just Months Away From the Start of Two New Wacker Drive Office Towers
Sep10

We’re Just Months Away From the Start of Two New Wacker Drive Office Towers

Documents filed with the City of Chicago reveal that advanced planning is underway to build two new office buildings on South Wacker Drive, immediately south of the Willis Tower. They also show that construction should start by next Summer. The locations of 301 South Wacker and 321 South Wacker. (Base map via Apple Maps) The buildings, which will bear the addresses of 301 South Wacker and 321 South Wacker will be on the same block as...

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Deco Like a Gekko: Old Chicago Post Office Gets an Athletic Green Lid
Jun28

Deco Like a Gekko: Old Chicago Post Office Gets an Athletic Green Lid

If you watched Star Trek after Svengoolie on channel 26 Saturday night, you learned that jealousy is a terrible thing. But jealousy is also what makes the real estate world go ’round. Your cousin gets a two-flat in Ravenswood, you get a four-flat in Lincoln Park. Your neighbor puts a trampoline in his backyard, you put in a pool. The dot-com wannabe across town gets its own food truck, your dot-com wannabe puts in a food court...

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Digging Up History on Congress Parkway
Apr02

Digging Up History on Congress Parkway

Chicago Architecture Blog reader Brian Kaempen sent over some photographs showing how construction on Congress Parkway in the Loop is unveiling pieces of the city’s lost infrastructure. “On the east side, at State Street, there’s a large patch of cobblestones present over where the southern crosswalk would be. A couple blocks west, at Dearborn, there’s trolley tracks visible crossing Congress through almost the...

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Chicago on the Really Tiny Screen
Feb03

Chicago on the Really Tiny Screen

We’ve seen Chicago blown up on the big screen in Transformers, Batman, and The Blues Brothers. We’ve seen Chicago serialized in Mike and Molly, Early Edition, and Good Times. But this is the first time I can remember Chicago being used as a race track in a video game. Electronic Arts has a game out called Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed, which has race tracks in all of the usual places like the Middle East, and Rio de...

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