The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen
Oct19

The 78 Chicago — The Huge Plan for Downtown That Actually Could Happen

Over the last couple of years, Chicago’s traditional and new media have been ablaze with huge headlines about massive bigger real estate development projects all over town.  While most are eager to print even the most fanciful claims and screwball ideas just to generate clicks, we take a more measured approach around here. Which is why it’s refreshing to bring you news of The 78 — an enormous institutional research nexus...

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“The 78” to Transform Chicago’s South Loop
Oct18

“The 78” to Transform Chicago’s South Loop

If you’ve been wondering why things have been so quiet between Roosevelt Road and Chinatown, it turns out things have been going on behind the scenes.  Big things. Tomorrow morning, Governor Bruce Rauner will announce a public-private partnership that will turn the 62-acre site owned by Related Midwest into a massive collegiate research park.  The academics involved in “The 78” innovation center are the University of...

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Northwestern’s MRC2 is Hard Core
Feb23

Northwestern’s MRC2 is Hard Core

Streeterville’s new MRC2 building is slowly climbing into view at 320 East Huron Street.  In the photo supplied by Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, you can see a steel grid facing the street has already reached its second level and continues to climb.  But don’t look for the concrete core of the building to go much farther. The Perkins+Will-designed building, which has the given name of Northwestern University’s Louis A. Simpson...

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Purple Walls and Pilings: Northwestern’s Biomedical Center Gets Down
Jul19

Purple Walls and Pilings: Northwestern’s Biomedical Center Gets Down

Construction crews are getting down… into the funky funky stuff that passes for dirt in Streeterville as they lay the groundwork for Northwestern University’s new biomedical research tower at 303 East Superior Street. If you’re not tall enough to see over the purple painted walls, or lucky enough to have an office overlooking the construction, you might not be aware that progress is being made below grade....

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Simpson Querrey? or Simpson Quarry? Northwestern’s Deep Dig
Apr12

Simpson Querrey? or Simpson Quarry? Northwestern’s Deep Dig

With caisson work having wrapped up, crews have turned their attention to digging a foundation at the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine on Northwestern University‘s Chicago campus. Construction got underway in September at 333 East Superior Street, the former site of the old Prentice Women’s Hospital. The Simpson-Querrey Building, designed by Perkins + Will,  is being...

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More Cutting-Edge Architecture For Northwestern University
Nov13

More Cutting-Edge Architecture For Northwestern University

Northwestern University continues to transform its campus into a showcase for modern architecture.  Today, ground was broken on the 427,000-sqare-foot Ryan Fieldhouse and Walter Athletics Center, a two-in-one building designed by Chicago’s largest architecture firm, Perkins+Will. The building sports unobstructed views north and east over Lake Michigan, and of the Chicago skyline to the south. Northwestern recently opened the...

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Status Update: Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management
Oct28

Status Update: Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management

Back in September, we left the friendly confines of Chicago and ventured up north to Evanston. There, Northwestern University was opening the new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts. While admiring that new structure, we noticed NU isn’t done building. Just to the north of the Ryan Center, along the shore of Lake Michigan, is another major construction project. Northwestern is building a new Kellogg School...

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Work Starts on Streeterville Biomedical Research Tower
Sep28

Work Starts on Streeterville Biomedical Research Tower

Work has begun at 333 East Superior Street on Northwestern University’s new research tower. Officially called the Louis A. Simpson & Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center, the tower designed by Perkins+Will replaces Bertrand Goldberg’s legendary Prentice Women’s Hospital.   Dr. Robert L Vogelzang, of Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, alerted us when the first dirt moved, and sent...

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Northwestern: Go for the Music, Stay for the Architecture
Sep28

Northwestern: Go for the Music, Stay for the Architecture

Unless you actually attended Northwestern University or are into college football, most Chicago city-dwellers don’t think of Evanston or its academic anchor very often.  But if you like architecture, there are more and more reasons to ride the L to our neighbor to the north. One of those reasons is the new Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts.  It’s perched on the edge of Lake Michigan and the cutting...

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Prentless Whisper: Is This The Calm Before the Form?
Jul15

Prentless Whisper: Is This The Calm Before the Form?

  Two months after the official — and strangely semi-private — groundbreaking ceremony for Northwestern University’s new biomedical research tower, things are starting to stir at 333 East Superior Street. It is not yet beating a dead horse to mention that this was formerly the location of Bertrand Goldberg’s bulbous but beloved Prentice Women’s Hospital, which was torn asunder (first and last time I’m...

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