Two For One Bennet Park
Aug23

Two For One Bennet Park

Who doesn’t love One Bennett Park? Well, the people about to lose their views. But aside from them, it seems like Chicago’s entire skyscraper nerd community is looking forward to seeing Related Midwest’s huge 843-foot-tall building rise almost, but not quite, on Chicago’s lakefront. We’ll be among the photographers front and center (or more likely, renting a helicopter) when the building designed by...

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Fifield Fixes Up Burnham Building, Then Makes Itself At Home
Aug10

Fifield Fixes Up Burnham Building, Then Makes Itself At Home

Fifield Companies, the prolific buyer, builder, and seller of downtown properties has added a new skill to its repertoire: fixer-upper. The real estate company recently completed a renovation of the 1912 brick building at 600 West Jackson Street in the West Loop, and changed the name to Burnham 600 in honor of architect extraordinaire Daniel Burnham, its designer. Once Fifield finished with the project…  it moved right in,...

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Rising Sinclair Masks Old Town Mural
Jun13

Rising Sinclair Masks Old Town Mural

Chicago is a city of landmarks, both official and unofficial.  One of the city’s beloved, but still unofficial, landmarks is the trompe-l’œil mural painted on the south side of the LaSalle Towers apartment building at 1211 North LaSalle Street.  It’s called Homage to the Chicago School of Architecture, and is the work of Richard Haas and went up in the 1980’s during a renovation of the 1929 building.  But...

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One Bennett Park Starts… Right Now
Feb25

One Bennett Park Starts… Right Now

If you’re anxiously awaiting the start of construction on One Bennett Park (formerly known as 451 East Grand), the new hybrid condominium and apartment tower planned for Streeterville, your wait is over. Permits haven’t been issued to do anything fun like push dirt around and erect a big freaking crane, but a tip from our very reliable Streeterville Spy Daniel tells us that later this morning we should see the first...

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G’Day Mate: Aussie Pub Calls Chicago Architecture One Of World’s Best
Sep01

G’Day Mate: Aussie Pub Calls Chicago Architecture One Of World’s Best

If more visitors seem to have an Australian accent, we may be able to thank the travel website traveller.com.au, which just named Chicago one of the six best cities in the world for great architecture. Traveller.com called Chicago “the home of the skyscraper,” and “a rite of passage for every architecture student.” It went on to describe how Daniel Burham and Louis Sullivan made the city their laboratory for...

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10 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About The Rookery
Mar06

10 Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About The Rookery

You say you play a pretty mean game of Chicago architecture trivia? We’ll assume you’re a real hoot at cocktail parties. But do you REALLY know all the fun facts about the iconic Loop masterpiece The Rookery? We shall see. Give yourself one point if you know all of the following Rookery facts. A score of 5 or lower requires you to attend weekly Wednesday lectures at the Chicago Architecture Foundation for a month. A perfect 10 score...

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Smoking Hot Model: Chase Tower
Aug27

Smoking Hot Model: Chase Tower

  JPMorganChase is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of the bank it ate to become one of the biggest players in Chicago’s financial sector.  And it’s doing so by celebrating not only the late First National Bank of Chicago, but also the former First National Bank buildings. An exhibit is on display in the lobby of Chase Tower (10 South Dearborn Street) which chronicles, among other things, the three...

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