The Loop Loses a Crane, But Gains a Skyscraper
Apr04

The Loop Loses a Crane, But Gains a Skyscraper

Seeing a crane removed from the Chicago skyline is always a bittersweet affair. We love seeing those big red and yellow (but never green or blue) zig-zaggy arms swinging to and fro, adding to the electricity of simply being downtown. But the aerial calisthenics have to end eventually, and when they do a shiny new skyscraper appears in its place. That’s what’s happening in the picture above, sent in by Loop Spy Chris. It...

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Glazed and Enthused at The Loop’s New CNA Center
Jan23

Glazed and Enthused at The Loop’s New CNA Center

The signs around the building still read “151 North Franklin,” but nobody’s looking at those signs, anyway.  These days people are keeping a keen eye on the windows going in to the new CNA Center on the corner of Franklin and Randolph Streets in The Loop. Loop Spy Chris was the first to drip glazing photos into our tip line, as you can see above. And Joe Zekas from YoChicago! sent in the photo below, putting The John...

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New Streeterville Hotel Goes Green… Not That Kind of Green!
Sep28

New Streeterville Hotel Goes Green… Not That Kind of Green!

The major buzzword in real estate development for most of the last decade has been green, green, green.  “How green is your building?”  Is the constant question, with the preferred answer being “So green, it’s (LEED} Gold.” But the new EMC2 Hotel by SMASHotels going up 228 East Ontario Street isn’t just environmentally green.  As you can see in the photograph from Streeterville Spy Paul, it’s...

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The Way They’re Building the New CNA Center Makes You Want to Cover Your Eyes
Aug17

The Way They’re Building the New CNA Center Makes You Want to Cover Your Eyes

Every once in a while life will throw you a curve ball.  You’ll see something that disturbs your mental sense of order.  Something that is perfectly logical and appropriate, but still makes you uncomfortable on a subconscious level.  Like when you run into your elementary school teacher at the movie theater.  Or when you see an enormous ship carrying another enormous ship. That’s what’s happening over at 151 North...

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“CNA” Stands For “Crane Now Arriving”
Jul26

“CNA” Stands For “Crane Now Arriving”

  Well, that was quick. Just a day after we told you the city of Chicago approved the permits for full construction of the new office tower at 151 North Franklin Street comes another permit — this one for a flippin’ huge crane. 151 N. Franklin St. Permit issued for new construction Phase 1 Temporary construction of World Free Standing Tower Crane Model Potain MR608 Who doesn’t love the MR608?  Especially with its new...

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John Buck Company About to Put the “See” in Chicago’s New CNA Center
Jul25

John Buck Company About to Put the “See” in Chicago’s New CNA Center

Three years ago we were the first to tell you about a new building for 151 North Franklin. One year ago, we were the first tell you the parking lot at Randolph and Franklin closed. Ten months ago we brought you the first pictures of the demolition of the adjacent Walgreens. Seven months ago we were the first to tell you that the building would be called the CNA Center. Five months ago we were the first to show you work starting on the...

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John Buck Company Breaks Ground on 151 North Franklin
Apr07

John Buck Company Breaks Ground on 151 North Franklin

With caissons buried in the ground at 151 North Franklin Street, it was time for John Buck Company to break ground on 151 North Franklin in The Loop Thursday morning. As you may recall, Case Foundation took over the lot at Franklin and Randolph immediately after Buck received the foundation permit in late February. And now, barely a month later, caisson equipment is being removed from the site, even as dignitaries and media filed into...

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Big Red’s Sale Another Step In CNA’s Cross-Loop Move
Mar28

Big Red’s Sale Another Step In CNA’s Cross-Loop Move

We don’t do a lot of real estate news here, preferring to focus on the architecture and development side of things.  But the recent sale of the big red skyscraper at 333 South Wabash is a little bit of both things.  That’s because its sale is an integral part of the do-si-do that is making the construction of a new skyscraper at 151 North Franklin possible. The red building is CNA Center.  And so is 151 North Franklin....

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Permit in Hand, Buck Wastes No Time on New CNA Center
Mar02

Permit in Hand, Buck Wastes No Time on New CNA Center

Well, that was fast. It was just this past Friday afternoon that the city bestowed upon the John Buck Company and its contractors permission to build the new CNA Center at 151 North Franklin Street.  Then, bright screaming early Monday morning, the northeast corner of Franklin and Randolph Streets started filling up with heavy equipment. I’ve got laundry sitting in the dryer longer than that. A fleet of flatbeds started...

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Second of Three Northwest Loop Towers About to Climb
Feb29

Second of Three Northwest Loop Towers About to Climb

When we first started this publication almost a decade-and-a-half ago, there wasn’t much to the northwest section of the Loop.  Aside from the towers lining West and North Wacker Drives, and a few oddballs like 181 West Madison, there wasn’t much tall, new, and shiny going on. That changed in the last few years when two new residential skyscrapers popped up and a few of the office tower gaps on Wacker filled in.  Now the...

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