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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465 North Park Starting to Show Her Curves
Jul05

465 North Park Starting to Show Her Curves

There is a point in the construction of every skyscraper where it goes from amorphous chaos of dirt and rebar and transforms into something resembling its future self.  Like when a tadpole sprouts legs and starts to look more like a frog than a ‘wog.  Or when your 12-year-old daughter puts on her first formal dress, and as a father you’re both bursting with pride, and horrified at what might come next. That cotillion...

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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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Pappageorge Haymes’ 465 North Park Breaks Ground in Streeterville
Sep21

Pappageorge Haymes’ 465 North Park Breaks Ground in Streeterville

If you’ve ever wished for a flower-shaped skyscraper to be planted in the heart of Chicago, you finally got your wish.  That’s because yesterday people from Jupiter Realty, MetLife, and Allstate put hardhats on, picked up ceremonial shovels, and officially started the skyscraper currently known as 465 North Park. The skyscraper designed by Pappageorge Haymes will rise directly across from the AMC Theaters on East Illinois...

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Groundbreaking Set for Streeterville’s Next Skyscraper
Sep15

Groundbreaking Set for Streeterville’s Next Skyscraper

The next skyscraper to take its place in the forest of towers that make up Streeterville has an official groundbreaking date.  It’s next Tuesday, September 20th. 465 North Park is being developed by MetLife, Allstate, and Jupiter Realty Company; and designed by Pappageorge Haymes.  Its owners promise it will be “the most luxurious rental apartment community in Chicago.” When completed in the first half of 2018, it...

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West Loop’s Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Reaches The Top
Apr22

West Loop’s Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Reaches The Top

The combination Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn at 108 North Jefferson Street has risen as high as it will go in the West Loop. Jupiter Realty broke ground on the project back in April of 2015, in a neighborhood between the Chicago River and Kennedy Expressway short on hotel rooms. When Power Construction is finished, the Homewood Suites ledger will include 128 rooms, while Hampton Inn will house 210 rooms. (That’s 338 rooms total,...

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Hotels On Jefferson Are A Movin’ on Up
Feb09

Hotels On Jefferson Are A Movin’ on Up

The hotel sandwich that construction crews are assembling at 108 North Jefferson Street has its foundation in the ground, and is reaching for the stars (apologies to the late Casey Kasem).  West Loop Spy Kurt hit the tip line with a new set of photographs showing the progress of what will eventually be one hotel squatting… sitting… perched on top of another hotel. The project designed by VOA replaces a previous idea for...

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Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Begins Stocking New Glassware
Dec29

Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn Begins Stocking New Glassware

No, we haven’t been given special access to the hospitality services at the new combination Homewood Suites/Hampton Inn going up at 108 North Jefferson Street in the West Loop. But what’s clear to anyone passing by are the new windows that have been installed along the building’s 6th (5th?) floor. While differing slightly from the all-glass facades of so many Chicago structures being built, glass is glass here at...

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Concrete is the Key to Building a Hotel Sammitch
Oct06

Concrete is the Key to Building a Hotel Sammitch

Every cook knows that when building a sandwich, condiments are for more than flavor.  Mayonnaise on your bread keeps the tomato juice from making it soggy.  A strategically placed dollop of brown mustard adds friction and makes different types of meat adhere to each other better. Something similar is happening over at 108 North Jefferson Street where Dagwoods in hard hats are letting the concrete flow like vinegar in a ketchup factory...

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Homewood-Hampton Begins Rising Above Jefferson Street
Sep22

Homewood-Hampton Begins Rising Above Jefferson Street

Due to its geographic proximity to our West Loop bureau, the combination Homewood Suites-Hampton Inn being erected at 108 North Jefferson Street has become something of an office pet here at The Chicago Architecture Blog. Wandering a block north during lunch hour makes for a nice little break from the everyday routine. Plus, if we snap a few photos, that lunch bill instantly becomes a nice write-off. Recently, we upsized our combo...

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