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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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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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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North Union Looks Like a Big Project in a Modest Space
Nov16

North Union Looks Like a Big Project in a Modest Space

The plans for the new North Union project have been laid out for everyone to see.  It will cover five city blocks just west of the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago’s Near North neighborhood.  The land was formerly owned by the Institute, but was recently sold  so that the Moodys can focus their efforts on things other banking real estate. Diagram of North Union (Via JDL Development) The developer on this one is JDL.  You may...

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2,600+ New Homes: North Union Public Meeting is This Week
Nov09

2,600+ New Homes: North Union Public Meeting is This Week

We finally have a good idea how big the new North Union development is going to be.  New images from Chicago Planning and Development highlight the North Union property in purple, and the Moody Bible Institute in yellow. Map of North Union highlighted in purple, and the Moody Bible Institute highlighted in yellow. (via Department of Planning and Development) Because it’s only five city blocks, we’re going to stop using the...

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Chicago’s Newest Mega Development: North Union
Sep13

Chicago’s Newest Mega Development: North Union

Chicago has seen more than its share of huge developments in recent years. The 78, Riverline, Lincoln Yards, and the River District, are just a few that are already being built, or poised to start filling Chicago’s downtown region with new skyscrapers, homes, offices, and whatnots. The newest name on the roster is “North Union.” According to the Chicago Tribune, North Union is the flag that JDL Development wants to...

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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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One Chicago Has So Much Glass
Aug09

One Chicago Has So Much Glass

There’s a race going on at the corner of State Street and Chicago Avenue. Across from Holy Name Cathedral, it seems like two teams of construction workers are in a competition. The concrete people, pouring floors; and the glaziers trying to glass them in. One Chicago under construction (Courtesy of YoChicago!) That’s an obtuse way of saying that the windows of One Chicago seem to be going up awfully quickly. Much more...

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