Aon Center is the Latest Skyscraper That Wants to Take You For a Ride
May15

Aon Center is the Latest Skyscraper That Wants to Take You For a Ride

If you want to “hang” at the Aon Center, 601W Companies is cool with that.  As long as you do it in its proposed 22-person glass pod hanging off the roof.  The New York real estate company has unveiled its $185 million proposal for turning a portion of Chicago’s third-tallest building into a tourist attraction. We’ve known since 601W bought the stoic skyscraper in 2015 for $173 million that it thought there was...

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Aon Center’s Glass Elevator-to-the-Sky to be Unveiled Tonight
May14

Aon Center’s Glass Elevator-to-the-Sky to be Unveiled Tonight

Glass as an amusement is a big thing these days.  It seems to have started with that glass bridge over the Grand Canyon on the Hualapai reservation in Arizona. Now we have a glass slide at the top of the U.S. Bank Building in Los Angeles.  The glass “ledges” at the top of the Willis Tower. The glass “tilt” mechanism at the top of 875 North Michigan.  And now the Aon Center is getting in on the transparent...

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Half a Billion in Pocket, Devs Ready to Rock Old Post Office
Dec26

Half a Billion in Pocket, Devs Ready to Rock Old Post Office

The Building That Wouldn’t Die is poised to start its second life. A couple of days before Christmas, the developers trying to resuscitate Chicago’s massive, menacing, moldy Old Main Post Office were given a half a billion dollars to start construction on their proposal to turn the lumbering landmark into a thriving mixed-use complex. This is the second loan the 601W Companies has been given by JPMorgan Chase.  The...

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New Construction at the Old Post Office Continues
Mar20

New Construction at the Old Post Office Continues

If you’re an eagle-eyed driver, you may have been able to spot some of the subtle signs of construction work going on at Chicago’s Old Main Post Office which spans the Eisenhower Expressway on your way out of town. For those of you who prefer to keep your eyes on the road, or have other commuting routes, you’ll be happy to know that there actually is work going on at the concrete leviathan beached on the west bank of...

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Wave a Tiny Flag For Chicago’s Limestone Leviathan
Oct10

Wave a Tiny Flag For Chicago’s Limestone Leviathan

As you commute in and out of the city on the Eisenhower Expressway, you may feel your heart skip a beat when you notice tiny workmen climbing around scaffolding clinging to the Old Main Post Office like some kind of post-apocalyptic game of Donkey Kong.  But don’t rush home to tell the wife and kids that the decades-dead building has finally come to life again. Last Wednesday the city issued a permit for facade repairs: EXTERIOR...

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Fourth on Fire — Chicago’s Old Post Office Can’t Get a Break
Jul05

Fourth on Fire — Chicago’s Old Post Office Can’t Get a Break

Abandoned.  Beleaguered.  Troubled.  Distressed.  And now you can add another adjective to the list describing Chicago’s Old Main Post Office at 433 West Van Buren Street: Burned. On Independence Day, smoke in the West Loop air wasn’t from fireworks, it was from an actual fire on the top floor of the three million square foot behemoth.  Chicago’s finest had the flames out in a matter of minutes, but there was quite a...

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City Inks Old Post Office Deal; But There’s Still a Long Way to Go
May13

City Inks Old Post Office Deal; But There’s Still a Long Way to Go

It was the deal that many said couldn’t be done: Wrestle Chicago’s massive and long-abandoned old post office building away from a British developer and turn it over to someone who would put it to good use.  There were predictions it would be tied up in court for decades, or at least as long as the building has been out of service.  But then late last night a glimmer of hope shone through the gap where the concrete...

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