Baby Bulldozer Signals the Start of 151 North Franklin
Sep30

Baby Bulldozer Signals the Start of 151 North Franklin

Work has begun transforming a dead Walgreens and a surface parking lot into a shiny squircle of a skyscraper called 151 North Franklin. Loop Spy Dan hit the tip line yesterday to let us know about a fence that went up around the property at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Franklin Street, and by the time our Daniel Schell was able to Divvy his way over there, a skid-steer loader had broken through the back door of the...

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Party on the Roof: MiLa Tops Out Again
Sep28

Party on the Roof: MiLa Tops Out Again

It’s not every day you see a card table sporting hard hats and balloons on Michigan Avenue. Or people in yellow safety vests pouring champagne instead of concrete. But Thursday wasn’t just any day at 200 North Michigan Avenue, the residential tower called MiLa. That’s because it was the ceremonial topping out of the skyscraper across the street from Michigan Plaza and next to the Carbide and Carbon Building (230...

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Buck’s New River North Skyscraper Turns A Church Parking Lot Up To “Eleven”
Sep09

Buck’s New River North Skyscraper Turns A Church Parking Lot Up To “Eleven”

“What do you get when an architect, a developer, and a priest walk into a bar?” That was the joke that initiated last night’s community meeting for The John Buck Company’s newest proposed skyscraper, to be built at 311 West Illinois Street. Not unlike numerous other proposed developments in River North, this tower (currently being referred to as “Eleven”) will stand 23 stories high and contain 245 rental units ranging from...

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Church and Developer Team Up For River North Skyscraper
Aug28

Church and Developer Team Up For River North Skyscraper

Assumption Catholic Church (323 West Illinois Street) is already a semi-frequent haunt of this blogger.  Now there’s another reason besides the 12:10 weekday mass to stop by — the church is going to sprout a skyscraper. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly broke the news in an e-mail to his constituents late yesterday.  The John Buck Company and Assumption Church are teaming up to turn Assumption’s surface parking lot into a...

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Is This the Beginning of the End of the Beginning of 151 North Franklin?
Jul06

Is This the Beginning of the End of the Beginning of 151 North Franklin?

It’s been a quiet few months for the future skyscraper known as 151 North Franklin.  The last we heard about the planned 36-story building at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Franklin was when the developer told Loop Spy Dan that he hoped to button up the financials this summer and break ground in the fall. Now Loop Spy Dan has smacked our Tip Line and come through once again, with this photograph of the parking lot...

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Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 10: Try, Try Again
Apr30

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 10: Try, Try Again

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. It was the 19th-century writer William Edward Hickson who popularized the proverb, “If at first you don’t succeed / Try, try, try again.”  It was the über-creepy Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd from the film Diamonds Are Forever who ruined the phrase as...

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151 North Franklin Forging Ahead, Could Break Ground This Fall
Apr07

151 North Franklin Forging Ahead, Could Break Ground This Fall

  Remember that great big blue skyscraper that the John Buck Company wanted to build at the corner of North Franklin  and West Randolph Streets?  The one that they shut down a Walgreens and a Chinese take-out joint to build, but to date nothing has happened?  Well, stuff’s happening; you just can’t see it. Loop Spy Dan shared a bit of information with us straight from the developer, that one major tenant is already...

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Status Update: Getting Down With 200 North Michigan
Oct13

Status Update: Getting Down With 200 North Michigan

The sight of a tower crane is enough to make even the most jaded Loop walker glance skyward while waiting for a crosswalk signal to change.  And while most of us have to be content with looking up at cranes, Loop Spy Daniel gets to look down on them.  He sent in this photograph of the crane at 200 North Michigan Avenue, which is helping build the city’s newest 41-story tower, designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture....

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At Long Last: Groundbreaking for 200 North Michigan
Oct04

At Long Last: Groundbreaking for 200 North Michigan

After chronicling the saga of 200 North Michigan ad nauseum for the last year, we’ve reached an important milestone: The official groundbreaking of 200 North Michigan Avenue. Having watched the old 200 North Michigan Avenue building being rent piece-by-piece until there was nothing left but scattered bricks and lakeshore loam, it is now time to build the new building in earnest. 200 North Michigan is dead; long live 200 North...

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Status Update: Here Comes the Crane Again
Sep19

Status Update: Here Comes the Crane Again

Things are moving quickly over at 200 North Michigan Avenue. How quickly? Well, it was just a couple of weeks ago we brought you these pictures of construction crews getting their gear together to plant some caissons in the Loop soil for John Buck Company’s new 41-story apartment tower.  Now the city has issued a permit for a new tower crane to be erected at 201 North Garland Court, which is the back door for 200 North Michigan...

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