West Loop’s Newest Tower Is Old Saint Pat’s
Dec04

West Loop’s Newest Tower Is Old Saint Pat’s

The West Loop skyscraper formerly known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower is officially done, according to Gold Coast architecture firm SCB. Today it is known by its address: 625 West Adams, and is a 20-story office building on Heritage Green Park built for White Oak Realty, CA Ventures, and Old Saint Patrick’s Church. Previously, this was a surface parking lot for the popular West Loop Catholic Church. Today, those parking spaces...

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A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors
Feb21

A Skyscraper Family Photo of 3Eleven and its Nine New Neighbors

The second Chicago building in recent years to bridge the separation of church and real estate developer is making a dent in the River North skyline. 3Eleven is a 24-story skyscraper rising at 311 West Illinois Street. The location used to be the parking lot for Assumption Catholic Church: the vibrant, but dilapidated Italianate church that used to be the hub of River North back when it was Chicago’s original Little Italy.  A...

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Old Saint Pat’s Tower Powers Upward
Jan03

Old Saint Pat’s Tower Powers Upward

Crews from Power Construction have been busting their humps for the last few months, trying to get as much of the parking garage at 625 West Adams built as they can before the dead of winter sets in.  With The Dead officially here, photographer Michael Lyons sent over some photographs showing their progress; and it’s not too shabby. Concrete has already been poured up to the fifth floor of the office building occasionally known...

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The West Loop’s Newest Office Tower Gets Down and Dirty
Aug15

The West Loop’s Newest Office Tower Gets Down and Dirty

Demolition is a thing of the past, and construction is well underway at 625 West Adams Street, the office building sometimes known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower. Professional photographer Michael S. Lyons tripped our tip line with his latest batch of photos showing crews busy with the elevator core, foundation pour, and drilling machines that roar. When complete, 625 will rise 22 stories into the West Loop sky with 400 parking...

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Piles of Rubble Signal the Start of Old Saint Pat’s Tower
Jun08

Piles of Rubble Signal the Start of Old Saint Pat’s Tower

The building called 625 West Adams, but known around the West Loop at the Old Saint Pat’s Tower, should start to make itself known very soon.  West Loop Spy Joel sent in the photograph above showing excavators have already done a pretty thorough job turning the parking lot at the corner of Adams and Des Plaines into rubble. We’ve been reporting on 625 for the last four years, and summed it up pretty well last month: 625...

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Another Chicago Church Parking Lot to Become a Skyscraper
May19

Another Chicago Church Parking Lot to Become a Skyscraper

The Archdiocese of Chicago has long maintained a list of properties it is trying to dispose of.  For reasons financial, demographic  and cultural it finds itself in possession of churches, schools and other buildings that are no longer needed.  Over the last few years we’ve seen a number of small churches, Catholic and otherwise, turned into apartments and condos.  Now at long last, one of the biggest prizes the Archdiocese owns...

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Zombie Building Thrusts a Clenched Fist from its West Loop Grave
Oct17

Zombie Building Thrusts a Clenched Fist from its West Loop Grave

  In Chicago, projects come and projects go.  And one of those projects that we’d long ago given up for dead is back from the grave. Broadly known as Old Saint Pat’s Tower, 625 West Adams was a plan for a modest office building that came complete with meeting space for the venerable church, and some of the fiercest NIMBY opposition since SOAR heard the phrase “Canyon Ranch.” This, however, is the West...

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Old Saint Patrick’s Church to Build Office Tower

Yesterday the good people over at the Fulton River District Association posted a note on our Facebook Page, letting people know that after years of talk and speculation, Old Saint Patrick’s Church is finally pulling the trigger on its office building plans. Saint Pat’s has owned the surface parking lot on the corner of Adams and Des Plaines for decades, and its members have long talked about turning it into a source of...

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