A Fine Frenzy on Franklin
Feb02

A Fine Frenzy on Franklin

There are no construction permits for the future skyscraper at 151 North Franklin just yet, but much work is underway getting the site ready for groundbreaking. Loop Spy Mike sent in the photograph above showing workers scurrying all over the now vacant lot at the corner of North Franklin and West Randolph Streets where until recently a terrible Walgreens and an awesome Chinese restaurant stood. Most interesting is the southeast...

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Landmark “CNA Center” Name Moving Across the Loop [u]
Dec16

Landmark “CNA Center” Name Moving Across the Loop [u]

For almost a half a century, the name “CNA Center” (and its predecessors) has been synonymous with the incongruous red steel skyscraper at 333 South Wabash Avenue, just off Grant Park.  Now that name is going to belong to a new building. The John Buck Company‘s new 151 North Franklin project is now going to be known as CNA Center, as the insurance company has committed to leasing 275,000 square feet of the planned...

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Slice of Life: Sexy Skyscraper Couples
Sep24

Slice of Life: Sexy Skyscraper Couples

The young, curvy, sexy blue building that Roosevelt University brought to 425 South Wabash Avenue snuggles up against the older, ginger, yet more masculine, CNA Center (333 South Wabash Avenue).  Both were visually daring in their time, but work together to lighten up a formerly dark and dingy corner of The Loop. Officially, the new academic building at Roosevelt has no name yet.  If you’ve got a metric assload of money burning...

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Chicago on the Really Tiny Screen
Feb03

Chicago on the Really Tiny Screen

We’ve seen Chicago blown up on the big screen in Transformers, Batman, and The Blues Brothers. We’ve seen Chicago serialized in Mike and Molly, Early Edition, and Good Times. But this is the first time I can remember Chicago being used as a race track in a video game. Electronic Arts has a game out called Need For Speed Shift 2 Unleashed, which has race tracks in all of the usual places like the Middle East, and Rio de...

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