COVID Concerns Halt Construction of Michigan Avenue Skyscraper
Jun09

COVID Concerns Halt Construction of Michigan Avenue Skyscraper

South Michigan Avenue is a little quieter these days. Not because of the paucity of tourists or the meagerness of office workers, but because construction on 1000M has been stopped. June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) Construction crews are no longer working at 1000 South Michigan Avenue because of the pandemic that has kept everyone from school children to responsible public leaders away from their daily...

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McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever
May18

McHugh Hardhats Make A Kid’s Birthday in Quarantine the Best Ever

Way back in April (this one fell through the cracks, sorry, we’re terrible people), Chicagoan Sawyer Morgenthaler turned seven years old.  Having a birthday during the COVID-19 lockdown is bad enough.  But since Master Morgenthaler lives in the South Loop, he couldn’t be treated to the celebratory suburban drive-by birthday parades that we see on the local TV news all the time.  Still, young Sawyer...

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Pictures From the 1000M Groundbreaking
Oct29

Pictures From the 1000M Groundbreaking

Recently we told you that a groundbreaking ceremony was held in the South Loop for 1000M, the 74-story Helmut Jahn-designed residential building.   June 2017 Rendering of 1000M (Courtesy of Time Equities) We also told you that some people are skeptical about this project, but that we’re still believers.  In part because just a few months ago Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development said lawyers for the...

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A South Loop Skyscraper Breaks Ground Without Breaking Ground
Oct28

A South Loop Skyscraper Breaks Ground Without Breaking Ground

It’s been a very long time since groundbreaking meant breaking ground.  Many decades ago the first groundbreaking ceremony I attended was for a television station.  A bunch of guys in suits and hardhats lined up with ceremonial brass shovels, stuck them in a trough of finely milled soil, and in a Blitzkrieg of flashbulbs, turned spades to mark the start of construction.  At that moment, the backhoes fired up...

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Book Review: Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture (3rd ed.)
Sep24

Book Review: Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture (3rd ed.)

If you own the 2nd Edition of the best-selling, oh-so-portable Pocket Guide to Chicago Architecture (2004), you won’t be surprised that there is a new, updated version this year.  Like the AIA Guide to Chicago, ten years since the last edition is an incredibly long time in Chicago architecture.  While the A.I.A. guide’s last edition had very little about Millennium Park and rectified that gap in the latest edition, the 2ndedition...

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