At Wolf Point, the The Caissons Go Rolling Along
Aug24

At Wolf Point, the The Caissons Go Rolling Along

The oh-so-familiar drone of the caisson drill has returned to Wolf Point with a vengeance. After the triumphant completion of Wolf Point West, River Point, and 150 North Riverside there was a temporary quieting in the construction-day cacophony that for the last two years has bounced off the skyscrapers lining the Chicago River.  But that’s all past now that Pelli Clark Pelli’s Wolf Point East (313 West Wolf Point Plaza)...

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830 North Milwaukee, Shot in the Dark
Mar02

830 North Milwaukee, Shot in the Dark

Anyone who’s been up and down Milwaukee Avenue lately knows there’s a lot — actually, lots of lots — going on, from West Town to Logan Square and beyond. One such happening is the Transportation Oriented Development at 830 North Milwaukee Avenue, affectionately known as 830 N Milwaukee. Developed by Akara Partners, and designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, this five-story building will house 47...

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Wanda Vista Tower
Jun18

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Wanda Vista Tower

Where do we even begin with this one? The Wanda Vista Tower is official.  Not that the 1,151-foot-tall supertower planned for 381 East Wacker Drive wasn’t official when Wang Jianlin, the richest man in China, ballyhooed her into existence almost a year ago.  Or when 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly held a public meeting about her two months ago.  But the kind of official we like — in black and white paperwork, stacked high, in...

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Smoking Hot Model: 645 West Madison
Dec31

Smoking Hot Model: 645 West Madison

It’s been a while since we’ve featured a Smoking Hot Model on the blog, so here’s one that’s so hot it’s red. This is bKL Architecture’s model for 645 West Madison Street, the 20-story, 268-foot-tall office building proposed to slide in between Presidential Towers and the Kennedy Expressway.  Above you can see the building in detail.  Below you can see it in its West Loop context.   Unfortunately,...

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At Long Last: Groundbreaking for 200 North Michigan
Oct04

At Long Last: Groundbreaking for 200 North Michigan

After chronicling the saga of 200 North Michigan ad nauseum for the last year, we’ve reached an important milestone: The official groundbreaking of 200 North Michigan Avenue. Having watched the old 200 North Michigan Avenue building being rent piece-by-piece until there was nothing left but scattered bricks and lakeshore loam, it is now time to build the new building in earnest. 200 North Michigan is dead; long live 200 North...

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Deconstructing Chicago: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down at 200 North Michigan
Apr13

Deconstructing Chicago: When the Walls Come Tumbling Down at 200 North Michigan

A couple of weeks ago, George Simkins with Vis-à-vis Creative shared a time-lapse video of the demolition of the office building at 200 North Michigan.  The process is still ongoing, and as you can see from the photo on the right, the building is down to just three stories, from the six it originally had. Last week, Mr. Simkins sent us a follow-up video (above) showing the little miniature construction vehicles pulling down one of the...

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A Look Inside Downtown Chicago’s Newest School
Apr07

A Look Inside Downtown Chicago’s Newest School

Downtown’s Chicago’s newest elementary school is rapidly approaching completion.  GEMS World Academy Chicago (350 East South Water Street) looks fairly complete on the outside, and if it wasn’t for the construction hoist bolted to the southeast corner of the building, you might suspect from a distance that it is complete on the inside as well. This GEMS is the local outpost of GEMS Eduction, an international  company...

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Undoing Chicago: 200 North Michigan
Mar24

Undoing Chicago: 200 North Michigan

Loop Spy Daniel sent in another great picture recently.  it shows the demolition of the smallish office building at 200 North Michigan Avenue. From the street, there’s not much to see here, though lots can be heard.  From LSD’s bird’s eye point of view, he can see what the rest of us can’t: From on top of the floor they break it up using a small skid loader and a tool I can’t quite make out.  From the...

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Status Update: Borg Cube Assimilates 200 North Michigan
Feb28

Status Update: Borg Cube Assimilates 200 North Michigan

OK, maybe The Borg haven’t descended on the office building at 200 North Michigan.  But resistance still is futile. The six-story office building has been wrapped in a cube of scaffolding as demolition crews get to work removing the century-old building from our collective memories. In its place will soon be a 42-story blue glass residential tower designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL Architecture.  Its 402 homes will be above...

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Status Update: Digging the Wolf Point Scene
Feb27

Status Update: Digging the Wolf Point Scene

If you’re one of those people whose seen so many attempts at developing Wolf Point over the years that you thought, “I’ll believe it when I see it” this time around— It’s time to believe it. One of our deep, deep undercover spies sent over this photo of the construction progress for the West Tower at Wolf Point.  That’s the residential one designed by friends-of-the-blog, bKL. In the center of the...

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