Faceted Loop Skyscraper Proposal Grows to 53 Stories
Apr21

Faceted Loop Skyscraper Proposal Grows to 53 Stories

When last we heard about the property at 130 North Franklin Street in the Loop, developer Tishman Speyer was promoting plans to turn the surface parking lot into a 48-story office tower. On Monday night, 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly  hosted a community meeting at the Rustle & Roux cafeteria a few blocks away to officially introduce the plans for a skyscraper that has now grown to 53 stories, rising 720 feet above intersection...

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Get Your Funk On: Skyscraper Finally Coming to 130 North Franklin
Jan22

Get Your Funk On: Skyscraper Finally Coming to 130 North Franklin

It’s been a little over a decade since the address known as 130 North Franklin was turned into a surface parking lot.  Now it looks like that scar on Chicago’s urban landscape is going to finally be healed. Just about two years ago, Tishman Speyer started promoting its plans for the off-Wacker property — a 48-story faceted blue glass tower by River North’s own Krueck and Sexton.  It even put together a super-cool...

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Inside the Strokirk House: A Misian-Inspired Masterpiece with Art to Match
Sep24

Inside the Strokirk House: A Misian-Inspired Masterpiece with Art to Match

Some years back I had an awkward conversation with an art curator. “If I had your job, I’d probably fill the walls with M.C. Escher prints and Mardi Gras posters,” I said. After an awkward pause, the curator sighed and said, “Fortunately, that will never happen.” Honestly, I don’t know much about what makes some art valuable and other stuff worthless. Two people who do have a critical eye for art are Goran and Marianne Strokirk. I had...

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