That’s One Chicago You’ve Got Growing There
Jan14

That’s One Chicago You’ve Got Growing There

If you went to midnight mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Christmas Eve, you may have noticed two things. First, the absence of the traditional phalanx of public servants, from the mayor and police chief on down. And second, the complete lack of parking across the street. For the first item, why Chicago’s pols choose not to make themselves visible to the city’s largest voting bloc is beyond the scope of what we do here. The...

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Here’s What it Looks Like Under Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper
Jan09

Here’s What it Looks Like Under Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper

Real estate folk are always trying to “get in on the ground floor” of the next big thing. The next big thing in the Gold Coast is One Chicago. And the person in on the ground floor is Joe Zekas from YoChicago!. But he’s not just in on the ground floor. He was deep underground in the coffer dam in the northwest corner of this project recently. Donning hardhat, he channeled his inner James Brown to get down and get...

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The Union Station Tower is Finally Real
Dec24

The Union Station Tower is Finally Real

For as long as anyone can remember, it’s been lots of discussion but no digging in the West Loop where Amtrak has wanted to add a skyscraper to the Union Station complex since before Amtrak was a thing.  In the last 15 years, we’ve seen at least three different plans for Amtrak skyscrapers that simply never got off the ground.  But that has finally changed. 2019 rendering of BMO Tower, formerly Union Station Tower....

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110 North Wacker About to Top Out… Off… Whatever
Oct07

110 North Wacker About to Top Out… Off… Whatever

The 53-story skyscraper that erased the vaguely Mid-Century General Growth Building is about to reach its penultimate height.  110 North Wacker kicked the squatty TuffShed-looking structure into the history books when Howard Hughes and Riverside Investment and Development decided to plant a Goettsch Partners design at this location. Rendering of 110 North Wacker (via Riverside Investments and Development) According to the Chicago...

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Persistent Perimeter Pounding Perturbs Petite Pizza Parlor
Aug01

Persistent Perimeter Pounding Perturbs Petite Pizza Parlor

Let’s hope the machines building One Chicago don’t have bad breath, because they’re all up in Bella Luna’s grill. Foundation work at One Chicago, with Bella Luna in the foreground. (August 2019, courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.) The photograph above was sent in by Gold Coast Spy Mike.  It shows the towering machines construction crews are using to sink caissons into the earth immediately behind the...

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110 North Wacker Rises, Bringing Scads and Oodles Along the River
Jul16

110 North Wacker Rises, Bringing Scads and Oodles Along the River

Birds, monkeys, and lumberjacks know the best way to see the forest is from the trees.  That’s why people have been flocking to Chicago’s observation decks for at least 70 years to look down, out, and around at the city’s architecture. Other people who get to see the city from up on high include white collar business executives, construction workers, and web site owners like Joe Zekas from YoChicago!.  He took...

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Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers
Jun24

Digging In For One Chicago’s Two New Towers

One Chicago (the buildings, not the futures exchange) is one of the projects we’re watching more closely these days.  Which is why we’re happy to report that progress is… progressing. The city block across the street from Holy Name Cathedral has been denuded of the three brick buildings which once nestled together along the Dearborn Street side, and three surface parking lots have also been scraped away, leaving...

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Holy Foods: World’s Best Supermarket Breaks Ground in Downtown Chicago
Apr29

Holy Foods: World’s Best Supermarket Breaks Ground in Downtown Chicago

Why are we so excited about a groundbreaking for a new supermarket in downtown Chicago? It’s not like it’s a pre-Kroger Mariano’s. It’s just Whole Foods: the hallmark of pre-recession soccer mom conspicuous consumption that jumped the shark long before it was munched up by Amazon.com in a cloud of Escalade yoga pants and free range kale chip sippy cups. April 2019 rendering of One Chicago (Courtesy of Goettsch...

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1,011-Foot-Tall Skyscraper Ready To Start Across From Holy Name Cathedral
Mar14

1,011-Foot-Tall Skyscraper Ready To Start Across From Holy Name Cathedral

You know we live in interesting times when news of a 76-story skyscraper moving forward is the second biggest news of the week. That’s where we are now with One Chicago Square (740 North State Street). Rendering of One Chicago Square Crain’s Chicago Business reports that the developers of the project in the parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral have gotten the money in order to begin construction. It comes...

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Goettsch Partners Tops Out Its Tallest Building Ever
Feb28

Goettsch Partners Tops Out Its Tallest Building Ever

When you’re in school you tug on your beret and tell your professors and peers that skyscrapers are nothing more than phallic symbols, and the real craft of architecture is in small-scale context sensitive creations that leverage the holistic blah blah blah blah.   Nobody’s taking an architecture boat tour down the Chicago River to look things that are small. Nanning China Resources Center (Courtesy of Goettsch Partners) And while the...

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