Getting A-round to 727 West Madison
May30

Getting A-round to 727 West Madison

Chicago’s latest round skyscraper is climbing over Greektown, the Kennedy Expressway, and the West Loop beyond. 727 West Madison (née One South Halsted) sprouted in what used to be the parking lot for the Crowne Plaza hotel, on the southeast corner of Madison and Halsted.  It’s a Fifield project designed by Fitzgerald Associates, and is letting everyone know that it’s OK to build skyscrapers with curves again in...

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465 North Park Looks Just Lobely
Jul31

465 North Park Looks Just Lobely

It hasn’t been that long, but it’s already time for another update on the construction of 465 North Park. In our last update, we were just starting to be able to see that this isn’t going to be yet another collection of rectangles glued together (apologies to its neighbor, the North Water Apartments/Loews Hotel Tower).  No, thanks to Pappageorge Haymes‘ multi-lobed design, 465 has more curves than a Vegas...

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465 North Park Starting to Show Her Curves
Jul05

465 North Park Starting to Show Her Curves

There is a point in the construction of every skyscraper where it goes from amorphous chaos of dirt and rebar and transforms into something resembling its future self.  Like when a tadpole sprouts legs and starts to look more like a frog than a ‘wog.  Or when your 12-year-old daughter puts on her first formal dress, and as a father you’re both bursting with pride, and horrified at what might come next. That cotillion...

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465 North Park Bringing a Variety of Homes to Streeterville
Jan17

465 North Park Bringing a Variety of Homes to Streeterville

A formerly vacant lot in the heart of Streeterville is well and truly on its way to becoming the home of a tall, proud, residential skyscraper. Professional levitator, Joe Zekas of YoChicago! send us this photograph looking directly downward on the Illinois Street construction site for 465 North Park Drive. When complete, the tower — designed by Pappageorge Haymes for Jupiter Realty, MetLife, and Allstate — will climb 48 stories into...

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Groundbreaking Set for Streeterville’s Next Skyscraper
Sep15

Groundbreaking Set for Streeterville’s Next Skyscraper

The next skyscraper to take its place in the forest of towers that make up Streeterville has an official groundbreaking date.  It’s next Tuesday, September 20th. 465 North Park is being developed by MetLife, Allstate, and Jupiter Realty Company; and designed by Pappageorge Haymes.  Its owners promise it will be “the most luxurious rental apartment community in Chicago.” When completed in the first half of 2018, it...

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Streeterville Ready to Soar With New Player on East Illinois Street
Jun20

Streeterville Ready to Soar With New Player on East Illinois Street

The big chatter in Streeterville architectural circles over the weekend was the arrival of heavy equipment in the vacant lot at the corner of East Illinois Street and North Park Drive, across from the AMC Theaters.  It’s the first indication that work is getting ready to commence on the skyscraper currently known as 465 North Park Drive. Both Streeterville Spy Joel and Streeterville Spy F. hit our Tip Line with pictures of the...

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Streeterville Skyscraper Goes Supermodel: Taller, Thinner
Jul30

Streeterville Skyscraper Goes Supermodel: Taller, Thinner

The new residential tower planned for 465 North Park Drive in Streeterville has been revised. It is now slightly thinner than before, and 535 feet tall. Earlier versions of the plan made public had the building clinking just 513 feet tall. The 22-foot difference on the outside was caused by changes in the inside, where the number of three bedroom residences has been increased. Putting the previous Pappageorge Haymes rendering and the...

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Getting to Know… 465 North Park Drive
Jun22

Getting to Know… 465 North Park Drive

Way back in Episode Two of our Chicago Neverbuilt series, we told you about a lickable, curvalicious skyscraper once planned for 465 North Park Drive.  It was designed by friends-of-the-blog SCB on behalf of a great big east coast financial services company, which eventually decided not to build it. The vacant lot at 465 is once again in play, with yet another curvy skyscraper — this time from the pencils of Pappageorge Haymes. We are...

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New Streeterville Skyscraper to Scrape Sky, Fix Park [updated]
Jun10

New Streeterville Skyscraper to Scrape Sky, Fix Park [updated]

Like a good neighbor, the new Loews Chicago Hotel played host to the Streeterville community Tuesday evening to introduce the potential new kid on the block, Jupiter Realty Company’s 465 North Park Drive. Alderman Brendon Reilly (42nd) let the public in on the updated plan for the site (Not this one – those are the old plans), a 513-foot, 45-story tower at the corner of North Park Drive and East Illinois Street. The vision...

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