West Loop High Rise Gets New Renderings
Jun07

West Loop High Rise Gets New Renderings

With the office building going up at 609 West Randolph Street all topped off and everything, you might think that you’ve seen about all there is to see until it’s completed.  Nope. June, 2021 rendering of 601 West Randolph. (Courtesy of Antunovich Associates.) The boffins over at Antunovich Associates have put together a new set of pictures showing what the project will look like when it’s done later this year....

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Loop Skyscraper Stalled, Blames COVID
May02

Loop Skyscraper Stalled, Blames COVID

If you’re a theoretical physicist, you’re probably familiar with the phrase “nature abhors a vacuum.” Chicago real estate developers have a similar adage: “City Hall abhors a vacant Loop lot.” That’s why when a real estate developer gets approval to put up a skyscraper in Chicago, it generally has six years to start moving dirt, or the city will force it back to square one. August, 2015...

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Chicago Skyscraper Developers Adjust to Work-From-Home Era
Oct26

Chicago Skyscraper Developers Adjust to Work-From-Home Era

We love working from home the way a Sox fan loves a bar fight.  But not everyone has the luxury of a private balcony from which they can watch a hawk disassemble a pigeon on the roof of the Bankers Building during a Zoom meeting. Some Chicago developers are making changes to their buildings in order to make them more attractive to those who find themselves suddenly without offices or classrooms. The latest is NEMA Chicago, the...

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Aqua: Before and After COVID
Sep19

Aqua: Before and After COVID

We’ve all seen, read about, or stumbled across the restrictions placed on Chicago due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s another illustration of how things have changed. A before-and-after look at the pool deck at the Aqua tower. The Aqua pool deck, before and after COVID-19 restrictions (Base photos courtesy of YoChicago!) As a former Aqua resident, I often thought the pool deck was unnecessarily festooned with deck chairs,...

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The Biggest Tourist Attraction in Chicago (and Illinois) Will Close
Aug23

The Biggest Tourist Attraction in Chicago (and Illinois) Will Close

Navy Pier, which has delighted millions of tourists and local for a quarter of a century will soon be shut down. Even to joggers. The non-profit that runs Navy Pier has announced all of its operations will shut down temporarily after Labor Day. Navy Pier (Courtesy of YoChicago!) Yes, it’s virus-related. But no, it’s not about the refusal of some people to social distance on the lakefront or the questionable mask etiquette...

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A Paucity of Paper Pushers Prompts Property Pivot to Public Pupil Pods
Aug17

A Paucity of Paper Pushers Prompts Property Pivot to Public Pupil Pods

Some days it seems like there are more pigeons than people in The Loop. With so many office workers pounding keyboards at home these days, the Optima Signature tower in Streeterville is left with two floors of offices sans purpose. Its solution is to offer those offices to students, instead. The Optima Signature tower in Streeterville (Courtesy of Optima Signature) For a price between $1,800 and $2,400 a month, parents can rent the...

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Hopes Dashed: Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Remains On Hold
Aug10

Hopes Dashed: Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Remains On Hold

Last week we showed you pictures of construction workers toiling at 1000 South Michigan Avenue, the location where the 1000M residential tower was going up until recently. It we got your hopes up with those pictures, sorry. It was a false alarm. Construction at 1000M in August 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) 1000M’s public relations team tells us those workers from McHugh Construction weren’t actually working on the tower....

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A Little COVID Can’t Stop Open House Chicago
Aug04

A Little COVID Can’t Stop Open House Chicago

This morning we were watching Chicago Department of Health commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady on WGN-TV tell us that there’s a concerning upward trend in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city. It made us wonder, “Will there be an Open House Chicago this year?” Minutes later, an e-mail arrived from the Chicago Architecture Center confirming that, yes Virginia, there will be an OHC. The South Shore Cultural Center, a...

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Construction Workers Back at 1000M After COVID-19 Shutdown
Aug03

Construction Workers Back at 1000M After COVID-19 Shutdown

One thing seems to be leading to another again at 1000M, the 74-story residential skyscraper coming to Chicago’s South Loop. Work on the Helmut Jahn-designed condominium tower was stopped in early June. At the time, 1000M’s public relations company stated it was because construction workers couldn’t maintain a proper social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic while working on the foundation. A month later, it was...

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What a COVID-19 Construction Stoppage Looks Like
Jul18

What a COVID-19 Construction Stoppage Looks Like

Last month we told you that construction was halted at 1000M because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.   Shortly after that announcement, the YoChicago! YoCopter happened to be over the site, and this picture was dropped into our tip line. Construction progress at 1000M (June 2020, Courtesy of YoChicago!) It looks like everything at 1000 South Michigan Avenue was neatly packed up and put where it belongs.  A place for...

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