Near North Firehouse Plan Returns as a 29-Story Office Tower
Jul23

Near North Firehouse Plan Returns as a 29-Story Office Tower

The 2017 plan to replace the Chicago Engine Company 42 fire station with a skyscraper is back in play.  At a public meeting last week, Friedman Properties unveiled its more fully-realized notion for the space — a 29-story office tower designed by Goettsch Partners. The fire station won’t go away.  Instead, a new 29,000 square-foot fire station will be incorporated into the new skyscraper, making the firefighters of 42 house...

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New Downtown Chicago Fire Station Comes With a Big Question Mark
Jul09

New Downtown Chicago Fire Station Comes With a Big Question Mark

Chicago has explored a number of public/private partnerships in recent years.  Things like putting libraries inside apartment buildings, and tea houses in parks.  Now one of the city’s downtown fire stations may be the next city facility hop on the bandwagon. In a remarkably detail-free e-mail to his constituents, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly announced that the Engine Company 42 building at 444 North Dearborn Street may be...

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City OK’s Wedging Another Hotel In Along the Chicago River
Aug19

City OK’s Wedging Another Hotel In Along the Chicago River

The Chicago River has always been a popular place to be.  It’s where the city was born, commerce commenced, and unlike another major Midwestern city’s downtown river, it’s never spontaneously combusted. So with all the new riverwalk construction, and talk about making the river safer to be in and around (not that it’s ever lacked for boaters, fishermen, and involuntary swimmers), it’s not surprising that...

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More Chicago Buildings Lighting Up For Attention
Aug03

More Chicago Buildings Lighting Up For Attention

When we first started publishing the Chicago Architecture Blog almost 14 (!) years ago, Chicago was a dark city at night. Very few of the city’s buildings were illuminated showpieces, and those that were tended to be older. That era has passed, as more and more Chicago buildings, new and old, are using state-of-the-art illumination technology to give themselves a little sparkle and a bit of “here I am!” showmanship...

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Downtown Chicago’s Hotel Development Party Crashed by Alderman Reilly
Jun27

Downtown Chicago’s Hotel Development Party Crashed by Alderman Reilly

For the past five years or so, developers simply couldn’t jam enough hotels into downtown Chicago.  Every available space within sniffing distance of Michigan Avenue scoped, measured, diagrammed, and investigated for its potential to house a hotel.  Hotels popped up in surface parking lots, replaced empty storefronts, even old apartment buildings got into the act, asking the city to please please please let them convert to a...

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