Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does
Sep18

Why Hubbard Place Looks The Way It Does

Last month we took you on a tour inside the skyscraper going up in River North known as Hubbard Place. Recently we sat down with John Lahey, C.E.O. of Solomon Cordwell Buenz, the Chicago architecture firm that designed the building to learn more about its planning. Editor: Hubbard Place is the southern bookend of this development, which has been slowly coming together since the 70’s. Kingsbury Plaza (520 North Kingsbury Street)...

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Follow Up: 500 Lake Shore Drive’s Epic Outdoor Space
Jul19

Follow Up: 500 Lake Shore Drive’s Epic Outdoor Space

Last month we did an in-depth review of the new Related Midwest residential tower at 500 North Lake Shore Drive.  But when we toured the tower, the outdoor common area wasn’t completed yet.  Plus it was raining.  So we weren’t able to really show that part to you. Now, the 500LSD people have sent over some pictures showing off their new deck, and it looks great. Specs include barbecue-equipped cabanas with power points and...

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Week Links: June 9-15, 2013
Jun15

Week Links: June 9-15, 2013

Here’s what weak this week: Free as in beer: Do you like money? Do you like Union Station? There’s a contest with $5,000 on the line for ideas for “activating” Union Station. (don’t you just love urban planner jargon?)  Check out the Activate Union Station web site. The Marquette Building is getting into the Stanley Cup playoffs in a way that only the Marquette Building can.  Check out the pictures at The...

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500 Lake Shore Drive Ups the Ante for Chicago Apartment Buildings, But Please Don’t Call it “Luxury”
May08

500 Lake Shore Drive Ups the Ante for Chicago Apartment Buildings, But Please Don’t Call it “Luxury”

Over the last ten years that this blog has been in publication, we’ve taken a lot of tours of a lot of apartment buildings in Chicago. From new skyscrapers to vintage renovations, we’ve seen a little bit of everything. And the thing we’ve notice in the last eight years or so is this — They kind of all look the same. The developers of new buildings in Chicago seem to all use the same checklist of features, and...

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Streeterville Skyscraper Stalled by Green Screen
May19

Streeterville Skyscraper Stalled by Green Screen

The residential tower proposed for one of the last open plots of land along Lake Shore Drive in Streeterville has been delayed. 42nd Ward alderman Brendan Reilly had the 45-story project called 500 Lake Shore Drive (actually at 516 North Lake Shore Drive) pulled from the agenda of today’s Chicago Plan Commission meeting because of concerns over how the building’s lower facade looks. The building is a bog standard rectangle...

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