Chicago Exports: Goettsch Plants Another Flag in China 
Jan16

Chicago Exports: Goettsch Plants Another Flag in China 

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. Loop architecture firm...

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What Grows During a Chicago Winter? Skyscrapers!
Dec10

What Grows During a Chicago Winter? Skyscrapers!

We’re still months away from the triumphant, intrepid return of the tulips and daffodils in Chicago’s parks, parkways, and park-like medians.  But amid the gloom of day and threat of snow, the city is still able to raise a bumper crop of our favorite wintertime produce: skyscrapers. For example, the concrete beanstalk sprouting at 110 North Wacker Drive, seen below in a photograph from Loop Spy Chris. According to Goettsch...

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Chicago Exports: Goettsch Completes the Grand Hyatt Bogotá
Dec04

Chicago Exports: Goettsch Completes the Grand Hyatt Bogotá

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. Loop architecture firm...

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110 North Wacker Pushes Above Street Level
Nov06

110 North Wacker Pushes Above Street Level

The Loop’s newest skyscraper is finally visible to all passers-by, so get ready to gawk. 110 North Wacker was previously only visible to people commuting on Lower Wacker Drive, and tourists taking a Chicago River cruise.  Now its concrete elevator core has risen high enough that it can be plainly seen by anyone who cares to cast a glance in its direction. These photos from Loop Spy Chris show the core in full sprout mode on the...

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110 North Wacker Gets Boot Straps, Pulls Itself Up Another Two Stories
Oct01

110 North Wacker Gets Boot Straps, Pulls Itself Up Another Two Stories

If you were disappointed that the plan for 110 North Wacker Drive lost its nice setbacks a few months ago, there’s a consolation prize.  Developers Howard Hughes, and Riverside Investment and Development have asked the city if they can add two more floors to the skyscraper. What was originally going to be a 51-story tower, then a 53-story tower, has now become a 55-story tower.  That is, if the city gives its blessing.  Which it...

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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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