Throwback Thursday: You Tore Down WHAT?!
Jun09

Throwback Thursday: You Tore Down WHAT?!

Living in a large city with lots of enormous buildings, it can seem like those structures have been there forever.  Especially when they’re government buildings, with all their monumental unfriendliness. Such is the case with the Federal Center, three black-as-a-coal-miner’s-tuckus Mies van der Rohe buildings fencing in Alexander Calder’s stark raving red Flamingo sculpture.  It seems like it’s all been there...

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Baby Steps Toward The Spire
Mar12

Baby Steps Toward The Spire

The daring, beautiful, controversial, despised, exuberant, loved, hated Chicago Spire took another baby step toward reality in a bankruptcy courtroom yesterday. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the main parties involved in a three-way tug-of-war over the project have some to an agreement about the site’s short-term future. But the long-term vision is still a little hazy. Garrett Kelleher, the Spire’s most recent...

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Many Happy Words, But is There Really Hope for the Chicago Spire?
Feb09

Many Happy Words, But is There Really Hope for the Chicago Spire?

Years after even the most wistful skyscraper nerd gave up hope on the Chicago Spire, there is suddenly a “bleep” on the patient’s EKG machine. It started with Friday’s report in the Chicago Tribune that the current developer of the project, Shelbourne North Water Street, asked a court to bring in a local partner, and that partner’s $135 million.  The partner is Atlas Apartment Holdings in Northbrook. The...

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