Gasp-Worthy Proposal Unveiled for Chicago’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper
Apr16

Gasp-Worthy Proposal Unveiled for Chicago’s Second-Tallest Skyscraper

As the kids say these days: “Oh. My. God.” That was the reaction — positive and negative — to the proposed new skyscraper unveiled tonight at a public meeting at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Development duo CIM Group and Golub & Co. pulled the sheet off of a stunning new skyscraper proposal that, at 1,422 feet, would be the second-tallest building in Chicago.  It’s planned for the surface parking lot behind the...

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Community Groups Intensify Push for New North Branch Park
Mar19

Community Groups Intensify Push for New North Branch Park

Ever since the City of Chicago released the framework for redeveloping the North Branch Industrial Corridor into a new bustling neighborhood of tech firms, trendy restaurants, and glittering high rises, people who actually live in and near the area have worried that an opportunity is being missed.  An opportunity to create new parks for the people who will actually live there. The city’s redevelopment plan was shown at 18...

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4 Steps to Make the 115-Story Thompson Center Replacement a Reality
Jan23

4 Steps to Make the 115-Story Thompson Center Replacement a Reality

Late last week a group of rural state legislators released some sketches showing a shiny, twisting 115-story skyscraper replacing the neglected Thompson Center at 100 West Randolph Street.  Immediately, skyscraper nerds from Forest Park to Park Forest wet themselves. The details of the Thompson Tower are a 1,700-foot-tall mixed-use building with a hotel, residences, and an observation deck.  An alternate plan calls for several...

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Wacker Drive In Line For A Second Set of Sibling Skyscrapers
Nov04

Wacker Drive In Line For A Second Set of Sibling Skyscrapers

If you like your skyscrapers two-by-two, then Murphy Development Group has got your covered. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that it’s working a deal to build a set of towers a little past the Willis Tower at 301 and 321 South Wacker Drive. The building, designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, would total 2.4 million square feet.  They would be the second pair of sibling skyscrapers after the CME Center at 20 and 30 South Wacker,...

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More Change Planned For the Region’s Number One Tourist Attraction
Jul28

More Change Planned For the Region’s Number One Tourist Attraction

The same people who brought New York its famous High Line have unveiled their latest vision for Navy Pier. As we’ve noted before, renovation and expansion plans for Navy Pier aren’t exactly rare animals.  Sometimes it seems like you can set your clock by the semi-regular parade of proposals that come down the pike and, for the most part, fail to turn into anything real.  But the ‘Pier is getting more serious these...

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12 Minutes With Adrian Smith
Mar24

12 Minutes With Adrian Smith

  There are “starchitects” who are big names with few real world projects, and there are architects who are stars who actually build amazing, fantastic, envelope-pushing buildings.  Adrian Smith is one of those later stars — someone who actually gets things done. The Chicago-born industry leader is known globally for having his name on such projects as Canary Wharf, and the General Motors Renaissance Center while...

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Windy City Chalks Four of the Year’s Top 50 Architecture Firms
Sep14

Windy City Chalks Four of the Year’s Top 50 Architecture Firms

Another ranking of architecture firms is out, and in this one Chicago is pretty well represented. Two locals, AS+GG and Perkins+Will, made it into this year’s top ten American architecture firms as ranked by Architect, the magazine of the American Institute of Architects.  AS+GG gets a blue ribbon for coming in first place.  Perkins+Will gets green or yellow or whatever color corresponds with fifth. The firms are ranked on 13...

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Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25
Jul14

Chicago Lands Just One Firm in This Year’s Architecture Top 25

Chicago, once a world powerhouse of manufacturing, literature, film, music, and video games can now add architecture firms to its list of industries in which it was once a leader. The city of Burnham, Sullivan, Mies, and occasionally Wright is barely a blip in the Architectural Record annual ranking of the world’s Top 300 Architecture Firms. Chicago-based Perkins+Will is saddled with the task of waving the flag for the Windy...

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Neighbor News: Chicago’s AS+GG to Design South Bend Renaissance District
May15

Neighbor News: Chicago’s AS+GG to Design South Bend Renaissance District

The city of South Bend has big plans for the derelict manufacturing district that used to crank out Studebakers.  Now it’s going to be a big time technology hub under the name of the Renaissance District.  And this small city is making no small plans, hiring big city starchitecture firm AS+GG to design the place.  Read the full press release below. South Bend Renaissance District Project Lands World-Renowned Architect: Project...

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Northwestern Selects Five Big Names to Replace One Goldberg
Nov07

Northwestern Selects Five Big Names to Replace One Goldberg

For the last few years, Chicago’s architecture and preservation communities have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. After losing a heated battle against Northwestern University to preserve the beloved former Prentice Womens’ Hospital Building by Bertrand Goldberg, the question has been what would Northwestern eventually replace the building with? Today three shiny, finely tailored loafers fell out of the sky in Streeterville. If...

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