One Bennett Park Tops Out and Towers Over Streeterville
Jan23

One Bennett Park Tops Out and Towers Over Streeterville

The tallest building in Streeterville has topped out.  One Bennett Park is anticipated to be the tallest all-residential building in Chicago when it’s completed later this year.  It will also soar 836 feet high right on the edge of Lake Michigan, ensuring it will be a landmark for anyone who admires the city from the water. One Bennett Park is a project of River North’s Related Midwest and Australia’s Lendlease.  The...

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Alderman Sends Three-Tower Lakeshore East Plan Back to the Drawing Board
Dec13

Alderman Sends Three-Tower Lakeshore East Plan Back to the Drawing Board

Remember that sultry, silvery sliver of a skyscraper that you lusted after during the summer?  Well, the gales of December have blown in, and you can just forget about her. 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly has informed Magellan Development and LendLease that their proposed three-tower plan for completing the northeast corner of Lakeshore East is a non-starter. Mr. Reilly says he received hundreds of comments from his constituents...

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New Erection Will Have Goose Island Sporting Wood
Nov13

New Erection Will Have Goose Island Sporting Wood

Yes, we're all a bunch of fifth-graders around here.  But in spite of the juvenile headline, what's planned for Goose Island is clearly innovative. Texas mega-developer Hines officially plans to put up a new office building on Goose Island that's made of wood. Crain's Chicago Business first reported Hines knotty notion way back in February, and we noted back then that this isn't Hines' first time going out on this limb.  It has a...

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South Loop’s Newest Hotel Gets The Green
Jul18

South Loop’s Newest Hotel Gets The Green

The newest hotel project to plant roots in Chicago’s South Loop has been given the green light to go full-throttle. 1101 South Wabash Avenue was once the home of one of those weird one-story, pee-stained, hoboriffic parking garages leftover from yesteryear that still dot downtown Chicago.  Demolition of that garage was completed in February of 2016, and then in December of that year, ground was broken on a new Hilton Homewood...

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Developers Detail Big Big Big Plans for Lakeshore East
Jul11

Developers Detail Big Big Big Plans for Lakeshore East

After weeks of anticipation, skyscraper nerds, architecture enthusiasts, and the just plain curious got the information they’ve been craving about how the development of Lakeshore East will end.  The answer: With an 875-foot-tall bang. At a crowded public meeting at the Hyatt Regency, hosted by 42nd Ward Alderman Brendan Reilly, architects and developers took the wraps off of two major projects: The final three skyscrapers...

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Lakeshore East Moving Forward, Losing a Skyscraper
Jun26

Lakeshore East Moving Forward, Losing a Skyscraper

One of the first long-form articles we published in Chicago Architecture way back in October of 2003 was a preview of Lakeshore East.  Back then, the only building that had been erected was The Lancaster at 201 North Westshore Drive.  The rest of Lakeshore East was dirt and weeds and a former caddyshack that still sported a small luncheonette that refused to die. My how things have changed. From the curvalicious skyscraper that put...

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Plans Come Together For Riverline’s Public Spaces
Feb28

Plans Come Together For Riverline’s Public Spaces

The massive Riverline development that’s going to bring thousands of new homes to Chicago’s South Loop is progressing noisily along South Wells Street, and more quietly behind-the-scenes. Since November of last year, various city departments have been chewing over a 550+ page document from Michigan Avenue architecture firm Perkins+Will and West Loop landscape architects Hoerr Schaudt outlining some of the features of the...

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River City Battens Down the Hatches While Work Ramps Up Downstream
Dec12

River City Battens Down the Hatches While Work Ramps Up Downstream

Word  on the intarwebs (via Sloopin’) is that there’s a lot of dozing going on along South Clark Street these days.  And we don’t mean the sleepytime kind. Several neighbors have spotted heavy machinery making mincemeat of the trees, bushes, and squatters’ quarters scattered across the immense and vacant scrubland between Roosevelt Road and 15th Street-ish.  That’s where seven months ago, Mayor Rahm...

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Riverline, Chicago’s Next Big Community Breaks Ground in the South Loop
Sep13

Riverline, Chicago’s Next Big Community Breaks Ground in the South Loop

The biggest thing to hit the South Loop since Museum Park is now under construction along South Wells Street. Riverline will eventually welcome 3,600 new families to the neighborhood in a combination of townhouses and apartment towers.  The Perkins+Will-designed neighborhood also includes 16,000 square feet of retail space, almost six acres of parkland and, yes, a riverwalk. In all, there will be ten large buildings erected on the...

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Former Chicago Spire Site Gets an Architect
Sep07

Former Chicago Spire Site Gets an Architect

We don’t do a lot of news about architects moving from one firm to another.  If we did, we wouldn’t have time for anything else. But some moves are bigger than the Iron Mountain box used to transport a favorite T-square, bobblehead hula girl, and “Architects do it with models” coffee mug from one office to the next.  They signal change coming. Such is the case with Michael Pfeffer.  Crain’s Chicago...

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