River North’s Newest Public Park Opens at Exhibit on Superior
Jul17

River North’s Newest Public Park Opens at Exhibit on Superior

As downtown Chicago ads more and more residents, the ratio of people to greenspace grows increasingly lopsided.  That’s part of the reason so many people were happy to see River thth’s newest public park open late last week. The park is on the west side of Exhibit on Superior (165 West Superior Street), the 35-story residential tower designed by the Loop’s bKL Architecture for Magellan Development and Mac Management....

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bKL’s Exhibit On Superior Gets its First Art
Dec15

bKL’s Exhibit On Superior Gets its First Art

When you call a skyscraper “Exhibit,” it’s natural to expect the building to come with some nice art.  And that’s exactly what happened at bKL’s Exhibit on Superior (165 West Superior Street) this snowy week. When plans for Exhibit (then called 720 LaSalle) were unveiled by Magellan Development, neighbors were excited about the public parklet on the north side of the property.  That space now has a focal...

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What Seven Months of Skyscraper Growth Looks Like
Mar14

What Seven Months of Skyscraper Growth Looks Like

It’s hard to believe it was just seven months ago that construction crews started sinking excavator teeth into the gummy silt that passes for dirt in downtown Chicago.  The project they embarked on way back when was the bKL-designed skyscraper commonly called 720 North LaSalle, officially titled 165 West Superior, and still sometimes known as the HoJo Tower. River North Spy Mike smacked us upside the tip line with two photos...

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165 West Starting to Look Superior
Dec23

165 West Starting to Look Superior

The new residential tower rising at 165 West Superior Street is starting to look like something.  Near North Spy Mike sent in this photo of the construction which shows the parking and retail podium has just bout reached its ultimate height, and all traces of the Howard Johnson’s motel that once filled this space are gone. The new building was designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture, and was previously known as 720...

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720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens
Aug31

720 North LaSalle Foundation Work Deepens

  It wasn’t all that long ago you could get a shower and room at 720 North LaSalle Street. What was once a Howard Johnson Inn, consider by many to be a hole-in-the-wall establishment for weary travelers seeking cheap accommodations, is now a hole-in-the-ground future residential tower by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture. Revcon Construction crews made short work of the caisson drilling, and now foundation work continues...

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Hey Ho, HoJo A Go
Jul27

Hey Ho, HoJo A Go

After what seemed like an eternal wait, one of River North’s most anticipated new skyscrapers has gotten the green light from the city of Chicago.  The first construction permit has been issued for the HoJo Tower, known occasionally as 720 North LaSalle Street. Most skyscrapers start with a simple foundation permit.  This one, however, gets to go full podium right out of the box: Foundation and partial superstructure (podium...

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Status Update: HoJo is Gone; Make Way for the HoJo Tower
Jun23

Status Update: HoJo is Gone; Make Way for the HoJo Tower

The future of River North is well and truly upon us, as the half-block of land at 720 North LaSalle is ready to receive its bounty: The HoJo Tower. Work appears imminent on the 38-story skyscraper designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture*, judging by this photo of the space sent in by River North Spy Mike.  City hall hasn’t handed out a foundation permit yet, which is usually the next step after removing the previous...

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Oh No! Po’ RiNo HoJo No Mo’
May26

Oh No! Po’ RiNo HoJo No Mo’

If you wanted to get one last glimpse of Chicago’s downtown Howard Johnson’s motel before it was demolished, well you’re too late. It’s gone, baby. The Chicago Architecture Blog‘s Daniel Schell motored by the motor lodge and found that there’s not much of it left other than a pastel-colored exterior wall, and the basement. This will soon be the location of 720 North LaSalle, Magellan...

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A New Look at 720 North LaSalle
Apr08

A New Look at 720 North LaSalle

Last week we told you that demolition permits have been issued for the former Howard Johnson’s motor lodge at 720 North LaSalle in downtown Chicago.  That means construction of a new skyscraper planned for that location can’t be far behind. In that light, friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture sent over the latest set of renderings of 720 North LaSalle.  Enjoy Interestingly, the images came over labeled “165 West...

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Oh No! HoJo Demo a Go!
Apr02

Oh No! HoJo Demo a Go!

If you’re a fan of googie architecture, and mid-century kitsch, get your camera down to 720 North LaSalle before the Chicago’s downtown Howard Johnson’s motel disappears into a cloud of cinderblock dust and memories. A demolition permit has been issued for the long-lived motor lodge, which will soon be replaced by a shiny new skyscraper. The permit, itself, is brief, stark, and unfeeling.  Saying only WRECK AND...

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