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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Streeterville Tower Gets its Moment in the Sun
Dec24

Streeterville Tower Gets its Moment in the Sun

The Streeterville skyscraper now known as “Moment” looks like it’s about ready to top out, basking in what sun it can in these early days of winter.  Born as 545 McClurg Court, then renamed 410 East Grand, Moment was designed by friends-of-the-blog, SCB, and is getting dangerously close to its planned height of 42 stories and 452 feet. The photos immediately above and below were sent in by Joe Zekas at YoChicago! who...

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Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 9: Not the Optima Solution
Mar13

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 9: Not the Optima Solution

Our Chicago Neverbuilt series continues to celebrate the work of great architects that, for one reason or another, failed to make the transition from imagination to reality. Last month we published a status update on the Optima Chicago Center’s second tower, known locally as Optima II (220 East Illinois Street). A reader wrote in asking about the foundation of the building, specifically its caissons which seemed to be left over...

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