You Stay Glassy, One Chicago
Jun10

You Stay Glassy, One Chicago

The first panes of glass are in place at One Chicago, the pair of residential towers rising in what used to be Holy Name Cathedral’s parking lot. June 2020 photo of One Chicago under construction (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike) Gold Coast Spy Mike sent us this demonstration of the fenestration situation by slotting it through our tip line. You may ask yourself, “Self, isn’t it a little early to put up windows on...

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Since You Can’t Go Out, Here’s Construction Photos From One Chicago
Apr23

Since You Can’t Go Out, Here’s Construction Photos From One Chicago

Remember back when you were searching for a new place in downtown Chicago, and you said to yourself, “I don’t need to pay extra for a nice view — I’ll hardly ever be home!”  Ah, good times. If all you can see from your compulsory COVID container is your fat neighbor swinging his frontal overhang to Dancing Queen, then avert your eyes and feast upon the photographic goodness below. One Chicago under construction...

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Pix and Video: One Chicago Construction Update
Mar04

Pix and Video: One Chicago Construction Update

March is finally here.  And while you’re waiting for the tulips to sprout along Michigan Avenue, and the daffodils to sprout in Lincoln Park, check out what’s sprouting on the southwest corner of Chicago and State: The pair of skyscrapers known as One Chicago. One Chicago under construction in March 2020 (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) Joe Zekas from YoChicago! brings us these images, showing construction progress,...

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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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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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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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HPA Named AIA Chicago’s 2018 Firm of the Year
Nov20

HPA Named AIA Chicago’s 2018 Firm of the Year

There are so many architecture awards bestowed every week from organizations large and small that we don’t normally report on awards.  But, perhaps, it’s time we should.  We’ll start with a big one with local focus: AIA Chicago’s Firm of the Year. This year’s recipient is Hartshorne Plunkard Architecture. You know HPA from such enormous projects as Essex on the Park, and such little projects as 810 North...

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