Union Station Redev Dumps Ugly Hat, Gains Pretty Tower
Sep12

Union Station Redev Dumps Ugly Hat, Gains Pretty Tower

The latest plan to turn Chicago Union Station into more than what it currently is has a lot of people breathing a sigh of relief. Riverside Investment and Development, and Convexity Properties dished their new plan for the historic property last night, and it’s a significant improvement over what was previously on offer. The June version of this project featured an ugly, square hat sitting on top of the the city’s best...

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110 North Wacker Ready to Go Vertical, Welcome Chicago Sparrows
Aug21

110 North Wacker Ready to Go Vertical, Welcome Chicago Sparrows

The Wacker Drive canyon is about to get a new cliff.  Gound-level foundation work is underway at 110 North Wacker, after weeks of demolition, clearing, and caisson work. Loop Spy Chris drilled a few recent pictures into our tip line showing work over the last few days.  You can see concrete being poured on the south end of the worksite, topping rebar from the caissons sticking out of the ground in nice, square trenches.  It’s a...

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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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Digging Deep for a 51-Story Wacker Drive Skyscraper
Apr23

Digging Deep for a 51-Story Wacker Drive Skyscraper

It’s been a short while since the former GGP Building at 110 North Wacker Drive bit the dust.  Now that the dust has been removed, construction crews are getting down to business. Way down.  Like two stories below ground. As you can see in the photograph above sent in by Loop Spy Chris, crews are already below the level of Lower Wacker Drive, so we should see caissons being build fairly soon. When complete, the new Goettsch...

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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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In Case You Missed It: The Viceroy Is Open
Mar21

In Case You Missed It: The Viceroy Is Open

It’s been seven months since we told you about the opening of The Viceroy Chicago (1112 North State Street).  That’s the new name for the recently remodeled Hotel Cedar on the shoulder of Viagra Triangle in the city’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Back in September we noted that opening weekend was quite busy.  Things must still be hopping over there because it’s only now that architecture firm Goettsch Partners has...

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Mid-Century Loop Building Won’t Make it to Mid-March
Mar08

Mid-Century Loop Building Won’t Make it to Mid-March

The Midcentury Modern office building at 110 North Wacker Drive won’t be around by the end of the month, judging by the quick work demolition crews are making of it. The 1956 110 North Wacker by Graham, Anderson, Probst & White is being replaced by a 2020 110 North Wacker by Goettsch Partners.  So far, according to the photo above from Loop Spy Joel, the old building is just about half gone. Foundation work for the new...

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Goettsch Partners Completes Hainan Project
Feb13

Goettsch Partners Completes Hainan Project

Today we continue a series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. There has been much...

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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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Proposed Wacker Drive Tower Beefs Up Before It’s Built
Dec18

Proposed Wacker Drive Tower Beefs Up Before It’s Built

As the nation’s obesity crisis afflicts more and more of our young people, a new victim has been identified as suffering from unexpected, premature girth:  The proposed skyscraper at 110 North Wacker Drive. This once svelte shaft of glass and steel that is intended to replace the old General Growth Properties headquarters building has unexpectedly bulked out, adding 100,000 square feet to the 50-something-story tower, while...

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