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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Here’s Why the Army May Scuttle Plans to Build a 51-Story Tower in The Loop
Dec07

Here’s Why the Army May Scuttle Plans to Build a 51-Story Tower in The Loop

A few days before Thanksgiving, the local office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a notice on its web site.  It’s not one of the usual places that one looks for architecture news, so it took a few weeks for the notice to surface. (We’ve copied as much of the thing as we could below for your convenience.  Full PDF version here.) What it says is that the army is looking into the proposal to build a 51-story...

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Video: Proposed Tribune Mega-Project Turned Into Animated Eye Candy
Dec06

Video: Proposed Tribune Mega-Project Turned Into Animated Eye Candy

If you’ve been salivating over the prospect of Tribune Media (soon to be Sinclair Broadcasting) pulling off its proposed $700 million “technology campus” along the Chicago River, then grab another napkin. A new video has hit YouTube showing what the Trib and Riverside Investment’s 700 at the River District project could look like. The animation delivers quite a visual punch, giving viewers a fighting chance at...

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Alderman Stalls One Chicago Square Towers
Dec05

Alderman Stalls One Chicago Square Towers

Second Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins has asked that the $700 million One Chicago Square project be scotched from the agenda for the Chicago Plan Commission’s December 21st meeting.  At that meeting, the commissioners could have approved the project, which would have sent it sailing through the rest of city council and on to the construction phase. Citing intense interest, and the sheer size of the project, which would build...

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Holy Name Tower Gets a Name, Little Opposition
Oct24

Holy Name Tower Gets a Name, Little Opposition

Two weeks ago we told you about a proposal to fill the surface parking lot across the street from Holy Name Cathedral with a shiny new dual-skyscraper project.  Now we know a little more about it. About a dozen dozen people turned out for a public meeting about the $700 million complex, which is being called One Chicago Square (1 West Chicago Avenue).  The people in attendance at the event hosted by 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins...

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Plans Filed For Soaring Cathedral District Skyscraper, and Holy Name is it Big
Oct11

Plans Filed For Soaring Cathedral District Skyscraper, and Holy Name is it Big

For the third time in recent years, an underutilized Chicago Roman Catholic church parking lot will be replaced by a skyscraper.  This time, it’s across the street from Holy Name Cathedral; and as would seem appropriate for the parking lot of the archbishop, this thing is huge. “Seventy-six stories!” is what the headlines have been crying all day since the plans were filed with the city for what we’re going to...

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What We Know About Tribune’s 700 at the River
Sep25

What We Know About Tribune’s 700 at the River

It was in January of 2016 when we were the first to let the cat out of the bag on the new development at 700 West Chicago Avenue in Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood.  755 words called What Downtown Chicago’s Next Master Planned Community Might Look Like, complete with renderings showing the future of the property, a history of how Trib ended up with such a nice piece of land on its hands, and an exploration of the zoning...

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Viceroy Hotel Opens Its Doors in Chicago’s Gold Coast
Sep05

Viceroy Hotel Opens Its Doors in Chicago’s Gold Coast

The Hotel Cedar is dead, long live the Viceroy. Word on the street is that opening weekend was busy at the Viceroy Hotel (1112 North State Street), the location of the former Hotel Cedar. For years developers tried to turn the run-down brick pile into a chic new place for well-heeled tourists and locals to lay their heads, but faced opposition from NIMBY groups, and also neighbors with legitimate concerns about traffic and parking. A...

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Viceroy Hotels Closing In On a Gold Coast Opening Date
Jun01

Viceroy Hotels Closing In On a Gold Coast Opening Date

Viceroy Hotels has announced that it will open its new Chicago flag this coming September, dodging the summer tourist season, but still getting up and running in time for the big Christmas shopping season. Chicago’s Viceroy will be the chain’s first hotel in the region.  It replaces the old Hotel Cedar at 1112 North State Street on Viagra Triangle with a new 18-story glass tower designed by Goettsch Partners in The Loop....

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Goettsch Eyed For Optics Valley Project in Wuhan
Jun01

Goettsch Eyed For Optics Valley Project in Wuhan

Today we continue the 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. A design crafted by...

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