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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Hole-in-the-wall Walgreens Building Has Holes in the Walls
Nov13

Hole-in-the-wall Walgreens Building Has Holes in the Walls

  It seems like forever since the Walgreens store at Randolph and Franklin streets was closed to make room for a new office building in The Loop. But sure enough, the 2-story edifice that will soon be the 36-story, John Ronan-designed tower 151 North Franklin is starting to crumble, little bit by little bit. For now, it’s looking more like a game of Reverse Tetris than a demolition site, but we’re betting the whole...

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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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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 6: 222 West Randolph
Mar04

Chicago Neverbuilt — Episode 6: 222 West Randolph

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. 222 West Randolph Street was supposed to be the companion tower to 151 North Wacker Drive. 151 got built. 222 wasn’t so lucky. 222 was designed by friends-of-the-blog Goettsch Partners. It was going to be 44-stories tall with 763,000 square feet of office...

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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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New Skyscraper at 151 North Franklin Makes Its Public Debut
Dec03

New Skyscraper at 151 North Franklin Makes Its Public Debut

  If you’re a tech nerd of a certain age, you may remember something called the squircle. It’s a combination of a circle and a square, and also the infamous input device on Microsoft’s failed Zune music player. Well, the squircle is back, this time taking the form of a skyscraper known as 151 North Franklin. Even the building’s brochure is die-cut in the shape of a squircle. The John Buck Company project...

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200 West Randolph is Dead, Long Live 151 North Franklin
Nov20

200 West Randolph is Dead, Long Live 151 North Franklin

200 West Randolph, we hardly knew ye. The 23-story office building that just a few short weeks ago was expected to rise at the corner of West Randolph Street and North Wells Street is now a thing of the past.  Relegated to the very very long shelf of never-built Chicago architectural models.  Crain’s Chicago Business called it yesterday when it reported that the parking garage currently at that location will remain a parking...

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