Defrosting West Loop Pocket Park a Sign of Skyscrapers to Come
Feb17

Defrosting West Loop Pocket Park a Sign of Skyscrapers to Come

It’s been 15 years since the Lincoln Park Zoo’s last groundhog went to that big leaf-lined burrow in the sky, so there’s no official way to tell if spring is coming early to Chicago.  But if you’re looking for a substitute, keep an eye out for hardhats at 590 West Madison Street. Like an indecisive fat guy’s Hungry Man dinner, the half-built pocket park for the 590 West Madison skyscraper is slowly going...

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Urban Farming: Sewing the Seeds of a Skyscraper in the West Loop
Sep10

Urban Farming: Sewing the Seeds of a Skyscraper in the West Loop

If you know the history of Chicago’s built environment you know there are a number of downtown skyscrapers that were supposed to have twin towers rise next to them.  311 South Wacker in The Loop is one. The John Hancock Center in the Gold Coast is another.  And ABN AMRO Plaza at 540 West Madison Street in the west Loop is a third.  This last one is finally getting a sibling. Construction workers have been spotted getting busy...

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New West Loop Office Building Won’t Be the Expected Twin
Dec04

New West Loop Office Building Won’t Be the Expected Twin

It’s too soon to call it a “boom” (though some publications have jumped the gun on this) but office building construction certainly is picking up in downtown Chicago.  The latest building announced lands, not surprisingly, in the West Loop. Crain’s Chicago Business has the scoop on 590 West Madison, designed by friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners. It’s a 41-story combination office-over-hotel tower...

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