The Cooper: Southbank’s First Tower Now Officially Open
Oct30

The Cooper: Southbank’s First Tower Now Officially Open

The South Loop’s residential expansion continues with an official grand opening of The Cooper, Lendlease’s new apartment tower at 720 South Wells Street. The Cooper is the first new residential building going in at Southbank. Four more are coming, as Australia’s Lendlease transforms the former wasteland between Roosevelt Road and River City into a new enclave along the Chicago River.  It’s like Lakeshore East,...

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Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank
Apr11

Lendlease’s South Loop Project Has a Name: Southbank

After its split with CMK over the development of the Riverline project, Lendlease has come up with a name for its portion of the project on the east bank of the Chicago River: Southbank. Southbank is the portion of the development, designed by Perkins+Will, that runs from Harrison Street down to Polk.   The portion from 9th Street on down to Roosevelt Road is being developed independently by CMK after the two decided to split...

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CMK and LendLease Divorce, Cut Riverline Baby in Two
Mar14

CMK and LendLease Divorce, Cut Riverline Baby in Two

A couple of companies building a neighborhood in the South Loop apparently don’t remember their Old Testament, because River North’s CMK and Australia’s LendLease are going their separate ways, and slicing their baby in two. Dating someone overseas is always tough. The Chicago Tribune has the scoopage. Even though both sides are talking, neither is airing its dirty laundry.  After all, both have done successful...

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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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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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Preservationists on Alert Over Potential Uptown Art Deco Demolition
Dec12

Preservationists on Alert Over Potential Uptown Art Deco Demolition

The klaxon you hear pealing across Uptown these days is the sound of Preservation Chicago having a minor freak-out over the potential demolition of the building at 1001 West Leland Avenue. To be sure, the two-story mixed-use building has seen better days.  It’s been neglected, foreclosed, abused, vandalized, and finally abandoned.  As far back as May of 2012, 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman asked the Chicago Department of...

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Don’t Rock the Boat in Streeterville
Oct26

Don’t Rock the Boat in Streeterville

There’s a lot going on at 320 East Huron Street. A lot of banging. A lot of hammering. The pounding of foundations, and the little earthquakes of trucks large and small. But all this shake, rattle, and roll is for one reason: to make things as quiet, and placid as possible. This is where the foundations are being put in for MRC2, also known as Northwestern University’s Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical...

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South Loop Mega Development Could Sport Wood
Oct12

South Loop Mega Development Could Sport Wood

(Nobody else would go there, so we had to.  Like you’re surprised.) Chicago’s newest planned community may attract attention for more than its fabulous views, or riparian delights.  It may become the home of the world’s tallest wooden skyscraper.  The building is being penciled in at Perkins+Will’s Riverline development just south of Harrison Street.  The news was broken by ArchDaily a week ago, but the content...

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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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