Studio Gang’s New University of Chicago Dorm Now Open
Sep19

Studio Gang’s New University of Chicago Dorm Now Open

Most colleges have already had their move-in days, but down at the University of Chicago, one building did move-ins over the weekend. It’s the North Residential Commons (don’t call it a “dorm”), designed by the gang at Studio Gang. The project also includes the Frank and Laura Baker Dining Commons; assorted classrooms and offices; and 10,000 square feet if public retail space, creating a gateway to the storied...

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Chicago’s 93-Story Vista Tower Breaks Ground
Sep07

Chicago’s 93-Story Vista Tower Breaks Ground

With lucky red shovels in hand, friends, financiers, politicians, developers, and architects held a ceremonial groundbreaking today for the Vista Tower at 363 East Wacker Drive. Perched on the grassy bit behind The Tides, the gathered dignitaries and international press could see work already well underway in the dirt patches on either side of North Field Boulevard.  The 93-story building being developed by China’s Wanda Group...

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It’s Soil Sampling, Not Site Prep, But Still Progress on the Vista
Aug02

It’s Soil Sampling, Not Site Prep, But Still Progress on the Vista

The rumbling going on in Lakeshore East right now isn’t the echoes of work being done on skyscrapers across the river in Streeterville.  It’s soil sampling happing at the future site of the Wanda Vista Tower, 375 East Wacker Drive. Eagle-eyed Loop Spy Jon tucked a photograph of the work (above) into our tip line a few minutes ago, and below you can see pictures from our friends at Building Up Chicago. We’ve shown you...

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Whole Foods Hyde Park’s Opening Weekend
Jun27

Whole Foods Hyde Park’s Opening Weekend

The long-awaited Whole Foods Market opened at the City Hyde Park building at 5118 South Lake Park Avenue in Hyde Park late last week, and word on the street is that the place was jumping through the weekend.  City Hyde Park, you’ll recall, is Jeanne Gang’s new mixed-use opus that has been wildly received by the neighborhood. Instead of a traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, there was a “bread-cutting” with a...

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Wanda Vista Tower Begins in 3… 2… 1… Now!
May11

Wanda Vista Tower Begins in 3… 2… 1… Now!

The most anticipated Chicago skyscraper in half a decade is about to go from paperwork and promises to concrete and steel.  Soil sampling trucks have begun work at 375 East Wacker drive, tasting the muddy loam where both legs of the supertower will be planted so it can straddle North Field Boulevard. Loop Spy Jon was the one who spanked our Tip Line with the good news.  You can see his photos above and below where the 95-story tower...

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Mayor Promises Billion-Dollar Wanda Vista Tower Coming Very Soon
May02

Mayor Promises Billion-Dollar Wanda Vista Tower Coming Very Soon

The most anticipated skyscraper in Chicago, since the ill-fated Fordham Spire failed to achieve orbit, is about to take off.  Or so promises Mayor Rahm Emanuel. In a statement today, Hizzonor told the world that the start of construction is just around the corner on the 95-story, 1,186-foot-tall supertower to be located at 375 East Wacker Drive in Lakeshore East.  The building’s designer is local starchitect Jeanne Gang, with...

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Shoptalk: Jeanne Gang Gets a Residency in Rome
Feb04

Shoptalk: Jeanne Gang Gets a Residency in Rome

Chicago starchitect Jeanne Gang is among a select group of people honored by the American Academy in Rome with a residency in Rome.  She gets to stay in the Eternal City to study architecture, “in an atmosphere conducive to intellectual and artistic experimentation.” Read more in the AAR’s press release below.   AAR Introduces Spring 2016 Residents: William Kentridge, Kara Walker, Jeanne Gang, David Adjaye,...

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University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out
Sep29

University of Chicago’s Gang-Designed Dorm Tops Out

From NEIU to Northwestern to the University of Chicago, local colleges are getting on board with the trend in academia to embrace leading-edge architecture.  The University of Chicago was one of the Chicagoland pioneers in this arena with Helmut Jahn’s Mansueto Library, and the West Campus Combined Utility Plant before that. Another starchitect is putting her mark on the U.C. campus.  Jeanne Gang’s North Residential Hall...

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First Look Inside the (Wanda) Vista Tower
Sep17

First Look Inside the (Wanda) Vista Tower

Last night Lakeshore East residents and pretty much anyone who filled out the inquiry form on the (don’t call it Wanda) Vista Tower’s web site was invited to a presentation about the ultra-lux skyscraper planned for 381 East Wacker Drive. We’ve already seen lots of glossy pictures of the outside of the Magellan Development/Wanda Group 93-story supertower.  Last night was about the interiors, which were designed...

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Eye on the (Wanda) Vista
Aug13

Eye on the (Wanda) Vista

It’s not a bulldozer, or a foundation permit, or even a strategically placed port-a-potty, but it’s still a sign that the Wanda Vista Tower is moving right along toward reality.  Magellan Development has started sending out these ads to people it thinks might be interested in living in the planned 93-story supertower at 381 East Wacker Drive. One of those people happens to be Loop Spy Daniel, who forwarded the...

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