Lakeshore East Tower Trio Tipped in Text
Sep24

Lakeshore East Tower Trio Tipped in Text

It looks like the plan to build three new skyscrapers in the northeast corner of Lakeshore East is getting ready to move forward. Ordinance number 2018-7759 has been filed with the city’s zoning committee.  The contents of the ordinance have not been made public as of this writing, but it is a request to re-zone the land where Magellan Development and LendLease plan to erect three new bKL-designed skyscrapers, almost completing...

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Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 7: SOM’s LSE
Mar09

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 7: SOM’s LSE

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. We do a lot of reporting about Lakeshore East on this blog. We were there when the first dirt was turned in 2003. We were there for the groundbreaking of The Tides, The Regatta, The Chandler, the townhouses and shops, and the singular Aqua tower. Heck, at one time...

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“O,” Dear! The Tips Just Keep on a-Coming!
Oct03

“O,” Dear! The Tips Just Keep on a-Coming!

When it rains, it pours. Two days ago, one of our anonymous readers dropped a dime on our tip line and showed us the place on McHugh Construction’s web site where we could confirm that bids are going out for Lakeshore East Building O (201 North Columbus Drive).  Chicagoland’s skyscraper nerds went apeshit. Not to be outdone, another anonymous reader hit the tip line last night with more information about the project....

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Can Jeanne Gang Pull Another Rabbit Out of Her Hat at Lakeshore East?
Mar04

Can Jeanne Gang Pull Another Rabbit Out of Her Hat at Lakeshore East?

For the first time in a long time, there is no residential tower under construction at Lakeshore East.  The decade-old community on the edge of downtown Chicago was formerly an old urban golf course, and before that, warehouses and a rail yard.   Today, thousands of people live and work in the complex, which rings a six-acre park built by the project’s developer, Magellan, and later donated to the Chicago Parks District.  But...

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Slice of Life: Can You See the Face Hidden in Aqua?
Dec27

Slice of Life: Can You See the Face Hidden in Aqua?

On a typically frigid December afternoon, I snapped this photograph of the celebrated Aqua tower (225 North Columbus Drive).  As I was taking the photo, a man said to me, “Do you see the face?” My first instinct was to respond with my standard answer any time someone unexpectedly starts talking to me in Chicago, “I don’t carry cash.”  But instead I managed to mumble, “Whuuuh?” He went on at...

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Slice of Life: The View From Aqua
Dec01

Slice of Life: The View From Aqua

A couple of weeks ago, before people were eating Turkey and the snow was falling, we received two interesting photos in the e-mail.  Both were of views from different apartments in Aqua (225 North Columbus Drive).  One was the view of Millennium Park and the Michigan Avenue streetwall, and the other was of Lakeshore East Park. So, if you’ve ever looked up at Aqua and wondered what the view from up there is like, now you know....

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Your OHC Photos: Radisson Blu Aqua
Oct22

Your OHC Photos: Radisson Blu Aqua

Everyone in Chicago knows Aqua.  But good luck finding a cab driver that knows where the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel is.  More than once, I’ve had a cabbie try to take me to some random suburb from O’Hare when he heard the word “Radisson.” No such confusion for Uptown Spy Abe, who sent in this photograph of the lobby of the Radisson Blu inside the Aqua building (225 North Columbus Drive).  He took it during this...

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Chicago’s Iconic Aqua Tower Gets A Doppleganger In Texas
Sep30

Chicago’s Iconic Aqua Tower Gets A Doppleganger In Texas

For a supposed “second” city, an awful lot of places want to be like Chicago. In the past on this blog, we’ve shown you the second-hand American clothing store in Tokyo called “Chicago.” We’ve taken you inside the Chinese restaurant chain “Dan Ryan’s Chicago Steakhouse.” And let’s not forget the dunderheaded boasting of New Yorkers who claim that their city invented the...

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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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Smoking Hot Models: Lakeshore East Goes Blue
Mar04

Smoking Hot Models: Lakeshore East Goes Blue

A few months ago, we brought you Smoking Hot ModelsSM: The Light-Up Lakeshore East.  The photos of that candy-colored miniature were taken when the display was in the hands of Magellan Development.  As noted in that article, the model is now in the hands of bKL Architecture, which has placed it on public display in the windows of its office in Aqua at 225 North Columbus Drive. bKL has also taken the flavor out of the buildings....

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