The 411 on 444 West Lake
Dec29

The 411 on 444 West Lake

If you love downtown Chicago and you love parks, there’s good news waiting for you on the west bank of the Chicago River.  Loop Spy Chris dunked a couple of dozen photos into our tip line showing the newly completed park in front of River Point (444 West Lake Street). It’s hard to believe that just a couple of short years ago, this area was covered in gravel, smelled like diesel exhaust, and punctuated by the shrieks of...

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The Park at River Point is Starting to Look Like a Park
Aug09

The Park at River Point is Starting to Look Like a Park

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been following River Point for eight years. Back when it was approved in 2008, it was just known as 444 West Lake, and the park along the riverfront was just a dream. The narrow riverwalk portion of the project has been open for quite a while, and now the 1.5 acre elevated riverfront park looks like it’s getting close to becoming reality, too. The park is elevated because in reality, it is a cap for the...

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A Crane Goes to Nest, and a Construction Nexus is Calmed
Mar08

A Crane Goes to Nest, and a Construction Nexus is Calmed

  For the past year, if you wanted to be someplace in downtown Chicago that simply tingled with promise, progress, and prosperity, that place was the confluence of the Main and North Branches of the Chicago River.  Simultaneously, bKL’s Wolf Point West was going up, CDOT’s Riverwalk was being expanded, Pickard Chilton’s River Point stretched upward, and Goettsch’s 150 North Riverside started its impossible...

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Status Update: River Point
Jul23

Status Update: River Point

River Point, the future western bookend of the main branch of the Chicago River is more than two-thirds of the way to its eventual maximum number of floors, according to photographs sent in by Loop Spy Michael. When complete, the Pickard Chilton-designed building at 444 West Lake Street will rise to 52 stories.  Its elevator core is currently around the 35-story mark, and growing, a dramatic presence in the Fulton River District.  But...

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Status Update: Walling in the Chicago River
Feb13

Status Update: Walling in the Chicago River

Look beyond the snow.  Beyond the ice.  And you can see the progress being made on River Point, the public park and eventual office building being built along the Chicago River at 444 West Lake Street. What used to be an expanse of train tracks, a gravel parking lot, and a bunch of weeds is now a long, low wall punctuated by portholes.  This is the base of the park, which must be completed before the 49-story office skyscraper is...

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Neighbor News: Milwaukee Getting a New Skyscraper
Sep26

Neighbor News: Milwaukee Getting a New Skyscraper

For those of you with an interest in what’s going on up I-94 in Wisconsin, change is coming to the downtown Milwaukee skyline. Hines is building a new skyscraper called Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons.  You can read more about it in the press release below. NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL UNVEILS DESIGN OF NEW HIGH-RISE OFFICE TOWER IN MILWAUKEE NEW HAVEN, CT (Sept. 25, 2013) – Northwestern Mutual today unveiled the design of...

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