What Apple Thinks of Chicago’s Architecture
Mar28

What Apple Thinks of Chicago’s Architecture

Unless you also blew away every one of your news apps while you were deleting Facebook over the weekend, you know that Apple held a town hall meeting in Chicago.  One of a very few that have ever been taken outside of northern California. The event was held at Lane Tech High School in North Center, a school known for producing everything from scientists to TV news anchors in abundance. During its presentation, Apple paid homage to the...

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Aon Center Views Will Start Before You Even Reach the New Observation Deck
Feb26

Aon Center Views Will Start Before You Even Reach the New Observation Deck

It was back in 2015 that we told you the Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street) is going to convert its 83rd floor into a public observation deck. At the time we wondered how the building would handle a sudden influx of thousands of daily tourists.  The skyscraper has very tight security in its lobby area, and the notion of letting tourists share the elevator banks with office workers seemed like a non-starter. Now the Chicago Tribune...

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Aon Center And Prudential Plaza Offer Great Views Of The Loop And Downtown
Dec31

Aon Center And Prudential Plaza Offer Great Views Of The Loop And Downtown

We end 2015 featuring a pair of venerable downtown buildings that offered visitors million dollar views during this year’s Open House Chicago, hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Those two buildings, the Aon Center (at 200 East Randolph Street) and its next-door neighbor Prudential Plaza (at 130 East Randolph Street), have far different exterior styles. One thing they have in common is an excellent view of Millennium...

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Open House Chicago Popularity Soars With Huge Increase During 2015 Event
Dec01

Open House Chicago Popularity Soars With Huge Increase During 2015 Event

The 2015 edition of Chicago’s annual architecture festival was more popular than ever. Open House Chicago, the October 17-18 event orchestrated by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, offered up a cornucopia of architectural treasures for visitors to see up close. The Foundation provided us with the final statistics for this year’s OHC: There were 85,000 attendees. They made 320,000 visits. That is a 13% increase in traffic over the...

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Aon Center Getting an Observatory. Here’s What the Views Will Look Like
Nov10

Aon Center Getting an Observatory. Here’s What the Views Will Look Like

Four months ago Crain’s Chicago Business reported that at least one of the companies considering buying the then-for-sale Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street) was considering adding an observatory to the 83-story building.  At the time critics were critical, saying that the building’s vertical fins wouldn’t allow for very good views, and that it was a bad location that couldn’t compete with the observatories...

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Status Update: WAY UP-dates
Oct23

Status Update: WAY UP-dates

We’ve already told you our feelings on Aon Center stealing the show at Open House Chicago 2015. One of our favorite features of Aon’s 71st-floor vantage point, as well as the one high atop the Kemper Building‘s 41st-floor observation deck (new windows!) was being able to look out across the city and check on the progress of several construction projects. It’s one thing to stand at street level and look up to...

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OHC2015 Dazzles but Aon is the Star of the Show
Oct19

OHC2015 Dazzles but Aon is the Star of the Show

The banners have been rolled up, the standards furled, and the little golf pencils returned to that special circle of hell where the eraserless little bastards come from.  Another Open House Chicago is officially in the books. The annual event — pulled off by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and a squadron of volunteers — entertained, amused, and amazed tens of thousands of architecturally curious argonauts.  Exact figures...

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Will Aon Center be Chicago’s Next Skyscraper to Sport an Observation Deck?
Jul06

Will Aon Center be Chicago’s Next Skyscraper to Sport an Observation Deck?

  Better late than never, Chicago’s third-tallest building may soon get into the observation deck business.  Crain’s Chicago Business reports that some of the potential new owners of the Aon Center at 200 East Randolph Street want to open the upper reaches of the stately skyscraper to the public. The 83-story building in Chicago’s New Eastside is currently for sale, and expected to fetch well in excess of...

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A Gloomy End to Summer
Aug31

A Gloomy End to Summer

Summer came to a gloomy end in downtown Chicago, with rain, wind, and fog on Labor Day Weekend. Loop Spy Daniel sent in this photo of the fog rolling past the Aon Center (200 East Randolph Street) on its way to ruin picnics and barbecues around town. This article is the result of photos sent in by someone just like you. If you see something interesting in your neighborhood, e-mail your phone pics to...

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Pretty Much the Most Epic Photograph of Aqua You’re Likely to See This Year
Aug29

Pretty Much the Most Epic Photograph of Aqua You’re Likely to See This Year

Whether you consider Aqua (225 North Columbus Drive) an architectural masterpiece or a simple conjuring trick, it is at least pleasing to the eye. Over the weekend, Loop Spy Daniel sent in this photograph of Aqua that shows it in all its glory — from its double-height penthouse all the way down to its pool, gardens, the zen garden, and even the Aqua Townhomes that line its eastern base. This isn’t the first time...

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