Wayback Wednesday: 73 East Lake Street
Dec11

Wayback Wednesday: 73 East Lake Street

With 16 years of Chicago architecture photos in our archive, it’s time to hook up the electrodes, snap into a Slim Jim, and set the Wayback Machine for December 11, 2012: Seven years ago today. 73 East Lake under construction in December 2012 (file) That’s when we took this photograph of 73 East Lake rising in The Loop. Back then, 73 was only six stories tall, and had zero residents. Today the building built by M&R...

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Boardrooms Out, Bedrooms In at 171 North Wabash
May16

Boardrooms Out, Bedrooms In at 171 North Wabash

Residential real estate is still hot in downtown Chicago, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that a long-planned office building is going to welcome bedrooms instead of boardrooms. Plans for the building at 171 North Wabash Avenue debuted almost five years ago.  The eight-story office building was the shorter, less glamorous companion to the shiny residential tower built around the corner now known as Experience 73.  It was the...

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73 East Lake Shines Like LEED Gold
Sep19

73 East Lake Shines Like LEED Gold

Downtown Chicago is starting to bristle with shiny new skyscrapers, and one of the shiniest and newest is 73 East Lake. The 42-story tower boasts a prime location, 332 residences, and now LEED Gold status. Check the press release below for details. 73 East Lake Luxury Rental Earns LEED Gold, Tops 60 Percent Leased CHICAGO (Thursday, September 18, 2014) – 73 East Lake, a 42-story apartment building in Chicago’s East Loop, has been...

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Status Update: 73 East Lake Street
May27

Status Update: 73 East Lake Street

This will likely be our last status update for 73 East Lake Street.  We’ve watched over the last few years as the property went from an Enterprise Rent-a-Car garage to an idea on paper called “The Summit on the Lake” to a sandy lot to a shiny new residential skyscraper.  Now we get word via the press release below that the first people are moving in to 73, so we can pretty much stick a fork in this one, because...

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Status Update: 73 East Lake Buttoned Up
Mar13

Status Update: 73 East Lake Buttoned Up

It’s been a while since we last checked in on progress at 73 East Lake Street, and it looks like they’ve got the skin of the building pretty much buttoned up.  The concrete pedestrian barrier and scaffolding have been removed from the front of the tower and the incredibly thin building is starting to look like it’s always been there. Even though we miss the super nice Enterprise employees who used to run the skanky...

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Status Update: It’s All About Timing at 73 East Lake Street
Oct23

Status Update: It’s All About Timing at 73 East Lake Street

Loop Spy Daniel sent in another one of his amazing photos of the construction of 73 East Lake Street.  But, as he notes, timing is everything. They took the coldest day of the year so far to start installing plants on the roof. I guess those plants have to live through all of Chicago’s weather. 73’s not the only downtown Chicago tower that embarked on a major horticultural adventure amid such chilly temperatures.  Aon...

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Status Update: 73 East Lake Gets All Buttoned Up
Oct07

Status Update: 73 East Lake Gets All Buttoned Up

The crane is down, the glass is up, and construction crews are getting things buttoned up on the exterior of 73 East Lake Street before the cold weather sets in. Loop Spy Daniel sent over an updated photo of the construction effort, and we can see work progressing on the rooftop common areas.  There’s no green roof yet, but at least there’s a flag pole bolted to the elevator penthouse. Leasing starts in six months. This...

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73 East Lake Tops Out, Becomes New Landmark in Loop Skyline
Jul18

73 East Lake Tops Out, Becomes New Landmark in Loop Skyline

If you’ve been wondering how much taller the residential tower at 73 East Lake Street could climb, as they say in Minnesota: “That’s all the further she goes.” Loop Spy Daniel clued us in earlier this week that the concrete forms had been taken off the incredibly skinny building — a sure sign that it has reached, or is about to reach, its ultimate height. Today we got confirmation from the people behind...

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