Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off
Jul13

Chicago’s Newest Skyscraper Tops Off

Just two years ago, the prime block of downtown Chicago at the corner of State and Chicago was a surface parking lot, a row of time-worn brick buildings, and a really quite good pizza parlor. Old school slices still radiate through the neighborhood from Bella Luna, but the brick buildings are gone, and more importantly, the surface parking lot is gone. One Chicago construction in July, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Mike.) In their...

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Kennedy Canyon Closer to Completion
Jun01

Kennedy Canyon Closer to Completion

The long-term plan to line the Kennedy Expressway with skyscrapers like some 1990’s Japanese video game is about to take another big leap forward.  Chicago City Council has approved 640 West Washington Street. December, 2020 rendering of 640 West Washington 640 (“Six” to her friends) is going to be a 515-foot-tall residential tower hard on the edge of the highway, snuggled between R+D659, and The Catalyst.  It...

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Enormous North Union Dev Plan Approved
May25

Enormous North Union Dev Plan Approved

The plan to plant five blocks of downtown Chicago with seven skyscrapers and high rises has been approved by the Chicago Plan Commission.  Look for the project name “North Union” to start popping up in a few months on construction barriers. May, 2021 diagram of North Union. This land was formerly owned by Moody Bible Institute, which sold it to JDL Development.  You may know Moody Bible from the really great Christmas...

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As One Chicago Shapes Up, Cranes Come Down
May02

As One Chicago Shapes Up, Cranes Come Down

It was mid-April when the construction sentinels at YoChicago! told us that the crane was about to come down from the 49-story portion of the One Chicago project. Now Gold Coast Spy Jody has sent in pictures to let us know that the crane has landed. And also sent in some new pictures of the 76-story portion of the two-tower complex. One Chicago under construction in April, 2021. (Courtesy of Gold Coast Spy Jody.) That 76-story portion...

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Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes
Mar21

Downtown Chicago’s Latest Mega Development Hits City Hall With 4,000+ New Homes

A large, underutilized slice of downtown Chicago is about to get utilized out the wazoo.  Detailed paperwork has hit City Hall for North Union, the hefty plan to turn a five block slab of Near North Side property into the city’s latest mega development. Diagram of North Union (Via JDL Development) The property in question used to be domain of The Moody Bible Institute.  A few years ago, it decided to convert the mostly vacant...

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Kennedy-Encroaching Skyscraper Broaching the West Loop This Week
Feb01

Kennedy-Encroaching Skyscraper Broaching the West Loop This Week

If you dig those Japanese car racing games where you speed through an idealized, canyonized, urbanized Celtic knot in the dark, there’s good news for your inner Speed Racer.  The Kennedy Expressway is going to look a little more like Ridge Racer, and a little less like Chicago Ridge. December, 2020 rendering of 640 West Washington A public meeting has been called to discuss 640 West Washington, a 47-story skyscraper...

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West Loop Skyscraper to Further the Isolation of Kennedy Expressway
Dec08

West Loop Skyscraper to Further the Isolation of Kennedy Expressway

Last week we learned two interesting things.  First, the correct 12 Days of Christmas lyric is “Four colly birds,” not “Four calling birds.”  Colly bird is a dusty term for any random blackbird.  And second, Crescent Heights wants to put up a 47-story residential tower at 640 West Washington Boulevard, on the eastern edge of the Kennedy Expressway. December, 2020 rendering of 640 West Washington The City of...

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One Chicago Reaches 50 Stories, and Still Climbing
Dec08

One Chicago Reaches 50 Stories, and Still Climbing

This time last year, we were hoping to see a pair of brand new skyscrapers completed across the street from Holy Name Cathedral when we showed up Christmas 2020 mass.  But that’s not going to happen.  Hardly anyone is going to Christmas mass in person this year at Holy Name, and the skyscraper duo known as One Chicago isn’t finished yet, anyway. One Chicago under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) But that doesn’t...

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Getting All Glassy Over AMLI 808
Sep19

Getting All Glassy Over AMLI 808

One of Chicago’s newest residential buildings now has some glass on it. Near North Spy Mike sent in this photo of construction on the northwest corner of West Chicago Avenue and North Wells Street, where ALMI 808 is on its way up. AMLI 808 under construction in September 2020 (Courtesy of Near North Spy Mike) Mike’s keen eye noticed that the second and third floors of what will eventually be a 17-story tower have already...

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Photo Update: One Chicago
Aug17

Photo Update: One Chicago

Remember when you were a little kid playing with your Tonka trucks and Erector set and pretending you were building something monumental? These guys don’t have to pretend. Here’s the latest One Chicago construction photo update from...

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