One Grand Photo Set of One Grant Park
Feb06

One Grand Photo Set of One Grant Park

It must be a marvelous thing to be a tourist who only visits Chicago once a year.  Whether for Lollapalooza, or Christmas shopping, or just to bring grandma a blue tin of butter cookies, when you’ve been away for a while, the city startles with the way its skyline grows and grows. Those Lollapaloosers are in for a treat when they return this summer, with all of the new skyscraper construction along the edges of Grant Park.  And...

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465 North Park Looks Just Lobely
Jul31

465 North Park Looks Just Lobely

It hasn’t been that long, but it’s already time for another update on the construction of 465 North Park. In our last update, we were just starting to be able to see that this isn’t going to be yet another collection of rectangles glued together (apologies to its neighbor, the North Water Apartments/Loews Hotel Tower).  No, thanks to Pappageorge Haymes‘ multi-lobed design, 465 has more curves than a Vegas...

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It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park
Jun20

It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park

As the trio of Grant Park-adjacent skyscrapers begin their journeys from paperwork to parapets, today we take a peek in at One Grant Park (113 East Roosevelt Road/1200 South Indiana Avenue). Construction crews were recently granted permission to build up to about 10% of the 76-story building’s eventual height.  And as you can see in the photo above from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, no time is being wasted turning a former weedy lot...

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Glazed and Enthused at The Loop’s New CNA Center
Jan23

Glazed and Enthused at The Loop’s New CNA Center

The signs around the building still read “151 North Franklin,” but nobody’s looking at those signs, anyway.  These days people are keeping a keen eye on the windows going in to the new CNA Center on the corner of Franklin and Randolph Streets in The Loop. Loop Spy Chris was the first to drip glazing photos into our tip line, as you can see above. And Joe Zekas from YoChicago! sent in the photo below, putting The John...

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465 North Park Bringing a Variety of Homes to Streeterville
Jan17

465 North Park Bringing a Variety of Homes to Streeterville

A formerly vacant lot in the heart of Streeterville is well and truly on its way to becoming the home of a tall, proud, residential skyscraper. Professional levitator, Joe Zekas of YoChicago! send us this photograph looking directly downward on the Illinois Street construction site for 465 North Park Drive. When complete, the tower — designed by Pappageorge Haymes for Jupiter Realty, MetLife, and Allstate — will climb 48 stories into...

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Slice of Life: Chicago’s Glitter Gulch
Sep15

Slice of Life: Chicago’s Glitter Gulch

The number of skyscrapers lining the confluence of the Chicago River recently increased by three.  You might think that would have a serious impact on the brightness of the area, but as always — Nature finds a way. Such is demonstrated in this photograph by Joe Zekas of YoChicago!.  You can see sunlight reflecting off the towers, scattering sunbeams all across the river in a dazzling display. You can also see the intense progress...

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Hudson and Huron: A River, A Lake, and Two Chicago Skyscrapers
Aug25

Hudson and Huron: A River, A Lake, and Two Chicago Skyscrapers

This skyscraper construction update is a two-fer: The Hudson, at 750 North Hudson Avenue; and 400 West Huron… at 400 West Huron Street. We have frequent tip line flyer Joe Zekas from YoChicago! to thank for the double-shot of construction goodness. It’s hard to tell who’s leading this River North race, as 400 West Huron appears to have just about reached its ultimate height of 15 stories. Meanwhile over at 750, it...

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Blue Demons’ New Home Being Built With Blue Steel
Aug24

Blue Demons’ New Home Being Built With Blue Steel

The expansion of the McCormick Place convention center to include a new flagship hotel and arena continues to transform the South Loop south of the Prairie Avenue District. While the Pelli Clarke Pelli-designed Event Center remains officially a multi-purpose facility that will be able to host smaller conventions that would normally skip Chicago, it will also be home to the DePaul University Blue Demons basketball team. And...

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Two For One Bennet Park
Aug23

Two For One Bennet Park

Who doesn’t love One Bennett Park? Well, the people about to lose their views. But aside from them, it seems like Chicago’s entire skyscraper nerd community is looking forward to seeing Related Midwest’s huge 843-foot-tall building rise almost, but not quite, on Chicago’s lakefront. We’ll be among the photographers front and center (or more likely, renting a helicopter) when the building designed by...

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More Cranes Nesting in the South Loop
Jun27

More Cranes Nesting in the South Loop

The South Loop has always been a good location for cranespotting.  And with construction of 801 South Financial kicking into high gear, it just got better. Two different people sent in pictures of cranes putting up the new cranes for the -story residential building.  The photo at the top is from South Loop Spy Chuck, and down below we have Joe Zekas from YoChicago!. The new tower from Wood Partners out of Atlanta will be 33-stories...

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