Block37 To Get Residential Tower. One More To Go
Mar09

Block37 To Get Residential Tower. One More To Go

Block37 is taking another step toward assuming its intended shape. Crain’s Chicago Business reports that plans are underway to build an apartment tower at the multi-use complex between the Daily Center and Macy’s On State. Currently, Block37’s major components consist of a mall, and an office tower.  It was supposed to also have a hotel tower and a residential tower above it, and a subway superstation beneath it....

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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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Week Links: June 9-15, 2013
Jun15

Week Links: June 9-15, 2013

Here’s what weak this week: Free as in beer: Do you like money? Do you like Union Station? There’s a contest with $5,000 on the line for ideas for “activating” Union Station. (don’t you just love urban planner jargon?)  Check out the Activate Union Station web site. The Marquette Building is getting into the Stanley Cup playoffs in a way that only the Marquette Building can.  Check out the pictures at The...

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Blades to Bedazzle Block37
Feb20

Blades to Bedazzle Block37

Tragically troubled, yet amazingly clean, downtown shopping mall Block37 (1 West Randolph Street) is getting just a tiny bit flashier.  It’s going to put up so-called “blade” signs on its exterior. These are the vertical standards that you’ve seen on so many other buildings around town, including the new Gap store right across the street from Block37.  But as is so often the case, things are not easy for...

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Signs of Need at Block37
Dec03

Signs of Need at Block37

If you’ve been down to Block37 recently (and chances are you haven’t, or the Beard Papa’s Japanese creampuff stand wouldn’t have closed), then you might have noticed that State Street’s vertical mall has changed its logo. Out are the numerals, replaced with an all-letter logo. But that’s just the problem — Nobody notices Block37 (108 North State Street). It looks like an office building with a...

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More Public Art Imperiled By Downtown Skyscrapers
Oct23

More Public Art Imperiled By Downtown Skyscrapers

Another downtown Chicago mural is going to be turned into a time capsule by progress. “Loop Tattoo” which is painted high on the east side of the MDA City Apartments (63 East Lake Street) has been playing peekaboo with tourists and locals since 2005. It was designed by Filipino artist Johanna Poethig and executed by the Chicago Public Art Group.  It incorporate intertwined figures of dancers, athletes, geometric shapes,...

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Briefly: Here Comes Pete, Block37, Rapid Buses
Feb10

Briefly: Here Comes Pete, Block37, Rapid Buses

  The Chicago Architecture Foundation has started a new web site to help students who are interested in architecture.  According to the press release, “DiscoverDesign.org, an online tool that guides students through the architectural process on real-world design projects, with feedback and assistance from architects and engineers from across the country.” In other news, the Chicago Architecture Foundation has, for the...

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Grant Park Renovation Plans Go Underground
Jan26

Grant Park Renovation Plans Go Underground

The latest plans for replacing the northern portion of Grant Park are on display.  Large display panels went up on the Pedway level of Block37 last night, allowing people who normally aren’t able to attend the Grant Park meetings to see what’s coming. This is part of the Chicago Park District’s attempt to let people know what’s going on before it surprises and angers them, and to solicit more public input.  An...

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Briefly: 22WW Sold, Signs of our Skyline, Outing Gargoyles
Dec02

Briefly: 22WW Sold, Signs of our Skyline, Outing Gargoyles

Globe Street reports that the office tower portion of Block37, known as 22 West Washington, has been bought by Prudential Real Estate Investors in New Jersey for $183.5 million. A web site called Out of the Storm News muses about Chicago’s skyline, and posits that Chicago, not Columbus or Hartford, may be the capitol of America’s insurance industry. Demolition over at Fourth Presbyterian Church (125 East Chestnut Street)...

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Whither Art Magnolia’s Bloom?

It was back in March that all the usual Chicago blogging suspects went nuts reprinting, re-linking, and recirculating the same tidbit of press-release information: That New York’s famous Magnolia Bakery was going to open an outlet in Chicago.  Soon.  Like June. Well, June has come and gone, and all that seems to exist of Magnolia is the sign at Block37, a note on Block37’s web site stating that it’s “coming...

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