New Irving Park Library Is Books on the Bottom, Apartments on Top
Feb04

New Irving Park Library Is Books on the Bottom, Apartments on Top

We live in an age when a world of information is available on tiny computers in our pockets.  It’s also an age when any 12-year-old with an internet connection on the other side of the planet can vandalize that information and make you believe whatever he wants.  So actual libraries are more important than ever, and in some places more popular than ever. Last year people sought information at Chicago Public Libraries 8.4 million...

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“CNA” Stands For “Crane Now Arriving”
Jul26

“CNA” Stands For “Crane Now Arriving”

  Well, that was quick. Just a day after we told you the city of Chicago approved the permits for full construction of the new office tower at 151 North Franklin Street comes another permit — this one for a flippin’ huge crane. 151 N. Franklin St. Permit issued for new construction Phase 1 Temporary construction of World Free Standing Tower Crane Model Potain MR608 Who doesn’t love the MR608?  Especially with its new...

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John Buck Company Breaks Ground on 151 North Franklin
Apr07

John Buck Company Breaks Ground on 151 North Franklin

With caissons buried in the ground at 151 North Franklin Street, it was time for John Buck Company to break ground on 151 North Franklin in The Loop Thursday morning. As you may recall, Case Foundation took over the lot at Franklin and Randolph immediately after Buck received the foundation permit in late February. And now, barely a month later, caisson equipment is being removed from the site, even as dignitaries and media filed into...

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Obama Library Says “Hey, Remember Us?”
Mar28

Obama Library Says “Hey, Remember Us?”

For months, the people of the city of Chicago have waited patiently for the people at the Obama Foundation to decide who’s going to design the new Obama Presidential Center.  What we know so far is that it will be somewhere on the South Side, quite likely in Jackson or Washington Parks, where no one will wail and complain and sue over the loss of public space like the Lucas Museum because… South Side. Today the Obama...

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A Fine Frenzy on Franklin
Feb02

A Fine Frenzy on Franklin

There are no construction permits for the future skyscraper at 151 North Franklin just yet, but much work is underway getting the site ready for groundbreaking. Loop Spy Mike sent in the photograph above showing workers scurrying all over the now vacant lot at the corner of North Franklin and West Randolph Streets where until recently a terrible Walgreens and an awesome Chinese restaurant stood. Most interesting is the southeast...

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John Ronan Among Finalists Selected For Obama Library Design
Dec21

John Ronan Among Finalists Selected For Obama Library Design

The Barack Obama Foundation today issued a formal request for proposal (RFP) to seven architectural firms. From those finalists, one will be selected to design the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side of Chicago. Among the finalists is local firm John Ronan Architects. Several other finalists also have completed projects in Chicago. The RFP is the second step in the process, following an earlier request for qualifications,...

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We Found Rhyming Salvation At The Poetry Foundation
Nov19

We Found Rhyming Salvation At The Poetry Foundation

Note: The Poetry Foundation was one of 200 fascinating architectural specimens open for tours during the 2015 Open House Chicago presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. We thought a poem might help drive home the point, after walking through this classy joint. Over on Superior, If you’re feeling inferior Step inside 61 west, And be our guest   Try out oration, At the Poetry Foundation The John Ronan design, Will blow...

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IIT Goes High Tech With The Latest In Sun Shading For New Innovation Center
May26

IIT Goes High Tech With The Latest In Sun Shading For New Innovation Center

When Illinois Institute of Technology began planning its new innovation center, John Ronan, the project’s architect, came to one early conclusion. “It’s a building for innovation, so the building itself should be innovative,” Ronan told me. He certainly made good on that promise. IIT’s new Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship will fit nicely in the Mies Campus with its sleek, modern exterior. And, if...

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A Coat of Paint, or the Start of a New Skyscraper?
Oct20

A Coat of Paint, or the Start of a New Skyscraper?

Loop Spy Otto (Really?  “Otto?”) sent in these photographs of the parking garage at 200 West Randolph Street getting a new paint job.  Why is that so interesting?  Because the wall being panted is planned to be the common wall joining John Buck Company’s new 151 North Franklin. The city of Chicago approved construction of the 36-story office building designed by John Ronan in April of this year.  Since then, the...

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Here Comes 151 North Franklin
Aug22

Here Comes 151 North Franklin

John Buck Company’s new office tower at 151 North Franklin Street is about to become reality. The Walgreen’s store that currently occupies the lot at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Franklin closes for good at 5:00pm today.  Employees confirm it is being torn down to make way for the new skyscraper. Loop Spy Dan went by there yesterday and talked to some construction-looking workers who also confirmed that...

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