The Best Skyscraper Next To The Kennedy Is Now Open
Jul03

The Best Skyscraper Next To The Kennedy Is Now Open

There are some fine skyscrapers lining the Kennedy Expressway these days. Some people are fond of Arkadia and it’s vaguely Olympic parking podium. Others are partial to Skybridge and its deconstructionist whimsy.  There are even those who like Presidential Towers, if only for its pioneering ability to transform a neighborhood.  But the star of the I-90/94 runway show is now 727 West Madison. 727 West Madison (Courtesy...

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Defrosting West Loop Pocket Park a Sign of Skyscrapers to Come
Feb17

Defrosting West Loop Pocket Park a Sign of Skyscrapers to Come

It’s been 15 years since the Lincoln Park Zoo’s last groundhog went to that big leaf-lined burrow in the sky, so there’s no official way to tell if spring is coming early to Chicago.  But if you’re looking for a substitute, keep an eye out for hardhats at 590 West Madison Street. Like an indecisive fat guy’s Hungry Man dinner, the half-built pocket park for the 590 West Madison skyscraper is slowly going...

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Mark Segal on The Habitat Company’s History, Philosophy and Why it’s Not Afraid of the Poor
Aug26

Mark Segal on The Habitat Company’s History, Philosophy and Why it’s Not Afraid of the Poor

Recently we went behind-the-scenes, up-the-construction-hoist, and through-the-dust to bring you an early preview of Hubbard Place (360 West Hubbard Street), The Habitat Company’s new residential skyscraper under construction in River North. I also sat down with Mark Segal, the president and C.E.O. of Habitat and talked to him about his company, and its work in Chicago. Editor: For those who aren’t familiar with The...

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Status Update: McClurg Court Center Retail
Mar12

Status Update: McClurg Court Center Retail

The new retail space at McClurg Court Center (600 North McClurg Court) is really starting to take shape. The ground floor spaces of the two towers are being gutted and are being replaced with some snazzy-looking retail space. Five new small stores are being created along Ontario Street, joining the two existing stores there. Seven new stores are going in along Ohio Street, and one massive new store space is being carved out at the...

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More Hidden Apartment Art
Jul18

More Hidden Apartment Art

Earlier this year we showed you a couple of examples of the interesting art hidden away in Chicago’s apartment buildings. There was the Italian plaza in the lobby of the Chestnut Place Apartments (850 North State Street), and the triptych at 14 West Elm Street. Now we have the Chicago cityscape on the walls of the loading dock of tower three at Presidential Towers (555 West Madison Street).  The mural is signed “Ron...

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Status Update: Loop Target/CityTarget
Jun01

Status Update: Loop Target/CityTarget

One of our Loop spies e-mailed us pictures last night of progress on the new CityTarget at the Sullivan Center (33 South State Street).  The downtown outlet of big box retailer Target will be the opposite of the downtown outlet of big box retailer Wal-Mart, which focuses almost entirely on food at its Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Presidential Towers (555 West Madison Street).  Instead, CityTarget will carry mostly a selection of...

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West Loop Welcomes Wal-Mart

I’ve been out of the country for a few weeks, but that hasn’t stopped devoted Chicago Architecture Blog readers from sending in tips. Our West Loop spy sent along a photograph of the shiny new Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market (570 West Monroe Street), now open for business at Presidential Towers. She tells us the store is heavy on “Mart” and very light on the “Wal,” meaning this place is almost entirely...

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Unwrapping the West Loop Wal-Mart

Our West Loop spy e-mailed last night with photos of the new Wal-Mart going in at Presidential Towers (555 West Madison Street). The paper that’s obscured the views of the curious for the last few months has been taken down, and it’s possible to see inside.  While there is still some physical construction to be done, including installation of a revolving door (note the plywood in the photograph above), the aisles are...

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There’s Now a Wal-Mart Center in the West Loop

If you’ve been wondering about the status of the new Wal-Mart Express in Chicago’s West Loop, it looks like things are progressing. We’d originally heard that it would open in August, and with the month half way over, we’re starting to have our doubts. Peeks inside the construction zone show there’s a lot of work still to do.  But there are also hopeful signs.  Literally. Paper signs have been placed on...

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Status Update: West Loop Wal-Mart

We have a new spy in the West Loop.  He says physical work is starting on the miniature Wal-Mart going in at Presidential Towers (555 West Madison Street). He says that inside the building at the corner of South Jefferson Street and West Monroe Street the floor was already only half concrete, and half rubble.  Now in the last couple of days, Wm. A. Randolph construction has hung its shingle inside the glass, and papered over the rest...

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