Naysayers Take Note: 1000M About to Go Vertical
Jan25

Naysayers Take Note: 1000M About to Go Vertical

It was just last week I was in a discussion with some residents of one particular southern American city who refused to believe that Chicago kept building skyscrapers throughout the pandemic. When I told them that work was underway on a 73-story residential building, they said “Prove it.” O.K., McHugh Concrete just did. January 22, 2022 concrete pour at 1000M. (Courtesy of McHugh Concrete.) McHugh just spent nine straight...

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Chicago Preservationists Get a Present From Pritzker: The Thompson Center Lives
Dec19

Chicago Preservationists Get a Present From Pritzker: The Thompson Center Lives

The Thompson Center, once widely considered to be an ex-parrot, has gone from “stick a fork in it” to “put a ring on it” faster than reality TV dating show. Governor Pritzker announced that he’s in talks with a Prime Group to buy and rehabilitate the office building at 100 West Randolph Street. It is one of the most loved and hated buildings in downtown. We haven’t seen such mixed emotion from the...

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Construction About to Restart for 73-Story South Loop Skyscraper
Dec08

Construction About to Restart for 73-Story South Loop Skyscraper

One of the late Helmut Jahn’s last designs may get built after all. Time Equities, JK Equities, and Oak Capitals have announced that the construction of 1000M is going to restart any day now. How is this possible? Money. December, 2021 rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) The development trio has closed on a $304 million construction loan, which will be used to get things moving again. It was last year that local media...

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Stalled South Loop Skyscraper Restarts
Nov09

Stalled South Loop Skyscraper Restarts

Work appears to have resumed on the 74-story residential skyscraper planned to rise at 1000 South Michigan Avenue in the South Loop. Construction on the Helmut Jahn-designed 1000M was paused for a while, leading to a lot of speculation from speculators who like to speculate about its future. Construction at 1000M in August 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) That future got a little brighter a couple of weeks ago, when the City of Chicago...

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CAC Exhibit Celebrates the Late Helmut Jahn
Jul11

CAC Exhibit Celebrates the Late Helmut Jahn

Seventy-six days after the shocking death of celebrity architect Helmut Jahn, the Chicago Architecture Center will open a new exhibit about his work and legacy. Helmut Jahn (Photograph by Studio Thies Ibold. Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Center.) You’ll remember that the 81-year-old Jahn died this past May in a bicycle crash in far west suburban Campton Hills. “Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture” opens July 23rd...

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City Approves Hight Cut for Michigan Avenue Skyscraper
May02

City Approves Hight Cut for Michigan Avenue Skyscraper

Back in February of this year, we told you that the people behind 1000M wanted to make yet another change to their plan to erect a fancy new Helmut Jahn-designed skyscraper at 1000 South Michigan Avenue. Now the City of Chicago is on board with those changes. June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) Recently, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development sent a letter to the lawyers for 1000M letting them know...

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Jahn’s Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Downsizes Again, Switches to Apartments
Feb07

Jahn’s Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Downsizes Again, Switches to Apartments

One of the city’s most visible locations was supposed to get one of the city’s most visible skyscrapers designed by one of the industry’s most visible architects.  But progress has been invisible at 1000 South Michigan Avenue since construction was halted last June. June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) At the time, the public relations company for 1000M told us that it was because of concerns...

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Hopes Dashed: Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Remains On Hold
Aug10

Hopes Dashed: Michigan Avenue Skyscraper Remains On Hold

Last week we showed you pictures of construction workers toiling at 1000 South Michigan Avenue, the location where the 1000M residential tower was going up until recently. It we got your hopes up with those pictures, sorry. It was a false alarm. Construction at 1000M in August 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) 1000M’s public relations team tells us those workers from McHugh Construction weren’t actually working on the tower....

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Construction Workers Back at 1000M After COVID-19 Shutdown
Aug03

Construction Workers Back at 1000M After COVID-19 Shutdown

One thing seems to be leading to another again at 1000M, the 74-story residential skyscraper coming to Chicago’s South Loop. Work on the Helmut Jahn-designed condominium tower was stopped in early June. At the time, 1000M’s public relations company stated it was because construction workers couldn’t maintain a proper social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic while working on the foundation. A month later, it was...

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What a COVID-19 Construction Stoppage Looks Like
Jul18

What a COVID-19 Construction Stoppage Looks Like

Last month we told you that construction was halted at 1000M because of concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.   Shortly after that announcement, the YoChicago! YoCopter happened to be over the site, and this picture was dropped into our tip line. Construction progress at 1000M (June 2020, Courtesy of YoChicago!) It looks like everything at 1000 South Michigan Avenue was neatly packed up and put where it belongs.  A place for...

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