First Pictures Releasd of Downtown to O’Hare Electric Skate Loop Track
Jul09

First Pictures Releasd of Downtown to O’Hare Electric Skate Loop Track

Last month the tech world was all atwitter over the announcement that billionaire socialite Bruce Wayne… er… Elon Musk would scratch Chicago’s itch for a better way between downtown and O’Hare airport than the CTA’s Blue Line or IDOT’s Kennedy Expressway. Back then, you could color us skeptical.  We’ve seen this promise time and time again.  The closest Chicago ever came was a decade ago when...

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Another Marquee Lights Up Chicago’s Theater District
Mar08

Another Marquee Lights Up Chicago’s Theater District

Lots of apartment buildings claim to be “in the center of it all.”  But 90% of the time that’s just real estate agent hype.  This time, it’s for real.  The Marquee at Block 37 has started leasing, allowing people to live across the street from such important Chicago landmarks as Macy’s on State, the Oriental Theater, Daley Plaza, and the Lavazza where hundreds of Chicago Architecture articles have been...

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Mainstream Movie Theater Finally Really Returning to The Loop
Oct26

Mainstream Movie Theater Finally Really Returning to The Loop

It’s been more than a decade since the last mainstream movie theater closed in The Loop.  Since then, people who live in the neighborhood have had to go to Streeterville, North Michigan Avenue, or more recently, the South Loop for their filmed entertainment. Now after years of promises and anticipation it seems that the dream of big-screen Dolby-enhanced Hollywood fare is finally about to debut at Block 37.   How can we tell?...

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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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Block37 Residences Has its Official Groundbreaking Sans Ground
Oct30

Block37 Residences Has its Official Groundbreaking Sans Ground

The new apartment tower being perched atop the Block37 mall, transportation, and office complex had its official groundbreaking ceremony yesterday.  But what do you do when you want to have a groundbreaking and there’s no ground to break?  Chips and dip in the pedway. Chicago Architecture Blog photographer Milosh Kosanovich was there as the CIM Group hosted 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly and a gaggle of real estate types at...

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Status Update: Block37½
Oct14

Status Update: Block37½

The long-awaited residential portion of the Block37 retail/office/hotel/residential/transit development is progressing in earnest. Just days after the city issued construction permits and a formal announcement was made by owner CIM Group, workers were spotted on the roof vacuuming up the gravel.  A couple of weeks later, and the construction has entered a much more serious phase, complete with sidewalk barricades and steel beams....

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Will Block37’s New Blades Keep People From Skating By?
Aug06

Will Block37’s New Blades Keep People From Skating By?

Months after getting an exemption to a city ordinance prohibiting large signs on its facade, Block37 (1 West Randolph Street) is finally installing metal fins on its exterior that will soon bear the names of the stores within. The downtown mall’s position on the edge between the city’s Theater District and its historic State Street district left it in an unusual situation – it was not allowed to have vertical signs of any...

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Pix: Block37 LED Displays

Earlier this year we mentioned the new LED displays now adorning the atrium of Block37 (1 West Randolph Street), and posted a few pictures and a video.  Now we’ve been sent a press release from the company that engineered the displays, along with some much better pictures than we had: Block 37 and Daktronics Video Displays Unite for Powerful Visual Advertising Impact New LED Video Screens Position Block 37 as Chicago’s...

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Chicago’s Seven Storefront Studios
Nov19

Chicago’s Seven Storefront Studios

The banners promise that Loyola University’s new $400,000 streetfront television studio in The Clare at Water Tower (55 East Pearson Street) will open in autumn 2009, but I think we can safely say that isn’t going to happen.  Especially considering that Loyola only got its permit to build the studio on October 2nd. Loyola’s will be the seventh streetfront studio in Chicago.  WGN radio was the modern pioneer with this...

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