Status Update: WAY UP-dates
Oct23

Status Update: WAY UP-dates

We’ve already told you our feelings on Aon Center stealing the show at Open House Chicago 2015. One of our favorite features of Aon’s 71st-floor vantage point, as well as the one high atop the Kemper Building‘s 41st-floor observation deck (new windows!) was being able to look out across the city and check on the progress of several construction projects. It’s one thing to stand at street level and look up to...

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Will Aon Center be Chicago’s Next Skyscraper to Sport an Observation Deck?
Jul06

Will Aon Center be Chicago’s Next Skyscraper to Sport an Observation Deck?

  Better late than never, Chicago’s third-tallest building may soon get into the observation deck business.  Crain’s Chicago Business reports that some of the potential new owners of the Aon Center at 200 East Randolph Street want to open the upper reaches of the stately skyscraper to the public. The 83-story building in Chicago’s New Eastside is currently for sale, and expected to fetch well in excess of...

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Critics of Donald’s Trump Stamp Ignore Other Riverfront Affronts. Here’s a List
Jun16

Critics of Donald’s Trump Stamp Ignore Other Riverfront Affronts. Here’s a List

For the last week or so architecture nerds, bloggers, journalists, tourists, and people who just love Chicago have had one word on their lips: “TRUM.” Today it’s spelled “TRUMP,” but for a long while, the “P” was missing on the sign on the Trump International Hotel and Tower (401 North Wabash Avenue) that’s brought Donald Trump more free publicity for his Chicago residential tower than...

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Your OHC Photos: Kemper and Jahn
Oct29

Your OHC Photos: Kemper and Jahn

  Two of the highlights of the 2013 Open House Chicago event from the Chicago Architecture Foundation were the views from the Kemper Building’s 41st-floor observatory, and from the Jahn architectural studios at the top of 35 East Wacker, next door. Nancy K. from Lakeshore East sent in these pictures she took from the tops of the two buildings, showing off the tops of some of the city’s best...

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Your OHC Photos: MDA City Apartments
Oct27

Your OHC Photos: MDA City Apartments

With the construction of 73 East Lake Street, the most captivating part of the MDA City Apartments has been obscured — The mural on its east side.  Even though MDA’s glassy new neighbor has entombed the mural, MDA still has its charms, including the views from its roof deck. Man_ofSteel sent us two photos he took from the roof during Open House Chicago. The first is a black-and-white pic looking down Wabash Avenue, with a...

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Kemper Sign Lighting Up The Chicago River
Apr27

Kemper Sign Lighting Up The Chicago River

Not to be outdone by our Gold Coast Spy sending in a photo of the new Tommy Bahama Store being constructed inside the Ritz-Carlton Residences (664 North Michigan Avenue), one of our Loop Spies e-mailed this picture of the new Kemper sign all lit up at night. The Kemper sign replaces the Unitrin sign that adorned One East Wacker Drive for years. Previous coverage: New Kemper Sign Adorns Former Unitrin Building on Wacker Drive Week...

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New Kemper Sign Adorns Former Unitrin Building on Wacker Drive
Apr22

New Kemper Sign Adorns Former Unitrin Building on Wacker Drive

Sunday morning, a helicopter crane lifted the new Kemper logo and sign to the top of the former Unitrin Building.  Here are some...

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Week Links: April 20, 2012
Apr20

Week Links: April 20, 2012

Loop North News notes a strange kind of theft — Apparently some people walked into Marina City (300 North State Street) and stole fuses from a storage space in a hallway.  The haul was worth $300.  I’ve heard of people stealing copper wire and manhole covers for their scrap value, but this is a new one to me. Saint James Cathedral (65 East Huron Street) has posted new photos of the construction on its plaza. Crain’s...

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