833 North Clark Transforming Before Our Eyes
Jul28

833 North Clark Transforming Before Our Eyes

Want to get a look at a brutalist skyscraper masterpiece right in your own backyard? Take a peek over at the Aurélien at 833 North Clark Street. The skyscraper is still under construction, and its unfenestrated sides, with their concrete fins and exposed columns, look like a brutalist delight. Much like the old Exxon (Humble Oil) headquarters in Houston. Thanks to Near North Spy Tim for brutalizing our tip line with the photos....

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833 North Clark Tops Out, Gets a New Name: Aurélien
Jul25

833 North Clark Tops Out, Gets a New Name: Aurélien

The impending decoupling of Great Britain from the floundering European Union has apparently had zero impact on Lincoln Property Company and Ryan Companies, as this past Friday they announced the renaming of the skyscraper at 833 North Clark Street “The Aurélien.” It’s a deliberately European-sounding name for what the developers describe as a “European-inspired” building. In our experience of living in...

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A Mushroom Grows on Clark Street
Dec21

A Mushroom Grows on Clark Street

The familiar mushroom shape of a climbing platform atop an elevator core is delighting skyscraper nerds in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood.  The excitement comes as the parking and retail podium for the 31-story skyscraper at 833 North Clark begins to assert itself. Near North Spy Mike sent in this photo showing the central growth, aided by a tower crane also on the property.  The exact height of the building is a little bit...

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833 North Clark Ready To Rise and Shine
Aug17

833 North Clark Ready To Rise and Shine

Months after the ceremonial groundbreaking, and weeks after demolition crews pulled up the landscaping and tore down the kinda cool pergola in the middle of the surface parking lot, construction is finally about to begin on the residential skyscraper at 833 North Clark Street. Permits were issued last week to get things rolling, and as always the city of Chicago is a fan of brevity: Foundation and Superstructure only for a new...

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833 Becomes First of Two Skyscrapers Breaking Ground This Month
Jun01

833 Becomes First of Two Skyscrapers Breaking Ground This Month

It’s been a long time since we heard a peep from the corner of West Chicago Avenue and North Clark Street. But suddenly out of the silence came the scrape of ceremonial shovels in ceremonial dirt followed by the sound of polite applause. Ryan Companies broke ground on 833 North Clark Street this morning in an invitation-only ceremony. Near North Spy Tim sent in these pictures of things getting underway. As you can see, 833 is...

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A Skyline-Changing Week for Chicago; City May Approve 4 New Towers
Aug18

A Skyline-Changing Week for Chicago; City May Approve 4 New Towers

For fans of Chicago’s urban environment, it’s always a good month when the city approves a new skyscraper.  Some months we get lucky and two are approved.  If everything goes as expected, this week the city will greenlight not one… not two.. but four new skyscrapers, and a high-rise for the greater downtown area. Here’s a look at the five projects expected to be approved this week: 171 North Halsted Rendering...

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New River North Residential Skyscraper Embraces Cosmopolitan Past
May30

New River North Residential Skyscraper Embraces Cosmopolitan Past

For the fourth time in the last ten days a new residential building has been proposed for Chicago’s River North neighborhood. While the last few have been fairly modest—in the 15-story range—this latest one is sizable. Thirty-four stories, including the mechanical penthouse. It’s located at 833 North Clark Street, on the southeast corner of Clark and Chestnut.  But the entire project takes up the western half of the block...

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