While You Were Away: 110 North Wacker Construction Continues
Jun21

While You Were Away: 110 North Wacker Construction Continues

As life in Chicago transitions from a pre-apocalyptic Stephen King novel to a post-apocalyptic Samuel Beckett play, you may notice some things have changed since most everyone went into hiding. 110 North Wacker under construction in June, 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) For the most part, the city’s large construction projects moved forward, though sometimes at varying paces.  Among those that have progressed is 110 North Wacker,...

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110 North Wacker is Dead. Long Live 110 North Wacker.
Mar29

110 North Wacker is Dead. Long Live 110 North Wacker.

If you ever wanted to take a really good picture of 123 North Wacker Drive, now’s your chance. Also, if you ever wanted to take any picture at all of the old General Growth Building, you’re out of luck. As you can see in the photograph above, sent in by Loop Spy Chris, the General Growth Building at 110 North Wacker Drive is gone.  From the feedback we’ve heard, most people are OK with seeing GGP’s old...

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Goodbye, Riverside Shed; Hello 51-Story Skyscraper
Jan24

Goodbye, Riverside Shed; Hello 51-Story Skyscraper

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a skyscraper go from proposal to paper to approval to demolition this quickly, but here we are.  110 North Wacker, the 51-story Geottsch Partners-designed skyscraper, is about to replace 110 North Wacker, the low-slung Midcentury office building that was formerly the home of General Growth Properties. Loop Spy Justin sent in pictures of demolition crews getting ready to do their thing at...

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Taking a Whack at the 53-Story Skyscraper Proposed for 110 North Wacker
Jan30

Taking a Whack at the 53-Story Skyscraper Proposed for 110 North Wacker

One thing is very quickly leading to another when it comes to the 80-story skyscraper proposed for 110 North Wacker.  The project was only just recently announced, and a week later the paperwork has already been filed with the city to make it a reality.  For a building of that size, with no anchor tenant, developer Howard Hughes Corporation is certainly moving along like a spruce goose. The new Goettsch Partners-deesigned tower will...

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Another Glass and Steel Behemoth Wants to Shoulder in Along the Chicago River
Jan18

Another Glass and Steel Behemoth Wants to Shoulder in Along the Chicago River

Even though work is wrapping up at River Point and 150 North Riverside, the Chicago River is still the place to be when it comes to high-end office towers. In a long overdue move, the low-slung General Growth Properties building at 110 North Wacker Drive could soon make way for an 800-foot-tall skyscraper. The GGP building is something of a throwback to the days when Midcentury modernism went astray and we ended up with giant Tuff...

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General Growth Properties Goes Bankrupt

In news that may or may not be shocking, depending on your point of view, Chicago mall owner General Growth Properties has gone bankrupt. You can read the official press release here . General Growth, from its squat ugly building on Wacker Drive , ran a retailing empire, including some of the most high-end shopping centers in America.  Around these parts, it is best known for Water Tower Place , though it also owns the Lincolnshire...

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