Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All
Nov26

Up High in the South Loop: NEMA Towers Over All

In 29 days, Santa comes to town, and the fat old elf will have a few more obstacles to navigate his sleigh around. Among them is NEMA Chicago, the 76-story residential tower going up on the south end of Grant Park — one of Mr. Claus’ favorite landing areas. I need an oxygen tank and a lurpy dog with a barrel of brandy around his neck to climb the Montrose Harbor sledding hill, but Joe Zekas from YoChicago! hitched up his...

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One Grand Photo Set of One Grant Park
Feb06

One Grand Photo Set of One Grant Park

It must be a marvelous thing to be a tourist who only visits Chicago once a year.  Whether for Lollapalooza, or Christmas shopping, or just to bring grandma a blue tin of butter cookies, when you’ve been away for a while, the city startles with the way its skyline grows and grows. Those Lollapaloosers are in for a treat when they return this summer, with all of the new skyscraper construction along the edges of Grant Park.  And...

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It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park
Jun20

It’s Anchors Aweigh at One Grant Park

As the trio of Grant Park-adjacent skyscrapers begin their journeys from paperwork to parapets, today we take a peek in at One Grant Park (113 East Roosevelt Road/1200 South Indiana Avenue). Construction crews were recently granted permission to build up to about 10% of the 76-story building’s eventual height.  And as you can see in the photo above from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!, no time is being wasted turning a former weedy lot...

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Grant Park’s Newest Anchor Inching Skyward
Jun12

Grant Park’s Newest Anchor Inching Skyward

Eight floors is a long way from 76, but it’s a lot closer than zero.  Especially when you’re talking about building a skyscraper on the south end of Grant Park. The skyscraper in question is One Grant Park, the 829-foot-tall residential tower designed by Rafael Viñoly for Crescent Heights.  Last week the City of Chicago issued another construction permit for the project, allowing it to climb to the not-so-dizzying height...

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South Loop’s (Future) Tallest Building Now Has A Name
Jan04

South Loop’s (Future) Tallest Building Now Has A Name

Construction has been underway for a little while now, but today we learned the name of the new 76-Story residential tower going up at 1200 South Indiana Avenue: One Grant Park. One Grant Park joins The Grant, formerly One Museum Park, in anchoring the south end of Chicago’s front lawn. When complete, the Raphael Vinoly-designed building will rise to a height of 829 feet — more than 200 feet taller than its neighbor. It is...

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76-Story Skyscraper About to Rise in the South Loop
Dec08

76-Story Skyscraper About to Rise in the South Loop

If your travels don’t take you by Navy Pier to see the construction of One Bennett Park, and you don’t usually find yourself at the dead-end of East Wacker Drive to check on Vista Tower progress, maybe the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt is more convenient for your skyscraper construction viewing pleasure. That’s where, in a matter of days, work is expected to begin on Raphael Viñoly’s 76-story residential...

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Here’s What the Epic Views From 113 East Roosevelt Will Look Like
Oct26

Here’s What the Epic Views From 113 East Roosevelt Will Look Like

A little over a week ago, the hard-working Xerox DocumentCenters at the Chicago City Clerk’s office ingested some bits of paper and spit out the best news the South Loop has heard since the Super Bowl Shuffle was playing on WLS-AM: A new 76-story skyscraper for the corner of Michigan and Roosevelt. The first phase of the Rafael Viñoly-designed building at 113 East Roosevelt Road will rise 829 feet over the southwest corner of...

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Permit Issued for 76-Story South Loop Skyscraper
Oct17

Permit Issued for 76-Story South Loop Skyscraper

This time last year, there were three super-tall skyscrapers proposed for downtown Chicago.  We asked several prominent local architects what they thought the chances were of any of them being built. The answer was universally skeptical.  Most thought that just one would be built.  The rest of the people we spoke with said none had a chance of getting off the ground. Today we’re delighted to report that the second of those three...

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City Approves New Tallest Tower for Chicago’s South Loop
Nov19

City Approves New Tallest Tower for Chicago’s South Loop

Today the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a 76-story, 829-foot-tall residential skyscraper marking the southwest corner of Grant Park at 113 East Roosevelt Road. The very slender Rafael Viñoly-designed tower is one of a pair planned for the site.  It was deliberately designed as bundled square tubes to pay homage to the Willis Tower a dozen or so blocks to the northwest.  Inside the approved building will be 796...

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Raphael Viñoly Tower to be South Loop’s Tallest Skyscraper; Could be a Twin
Sep23

Raphael Viñoly Tower to be South Loop’s Tallest Skyscraper; Could be a Twin

The long-vacant corner southeast corner of South Michigan Avenue and East Roosevelt Road is getting a building worthy of its prominent position in the South Loop. Plans have been unveiled for an 829-foot-tall skyscraper at the location which would be the tallest in the South Loop, and 13th tallest in the city of Chicago, behind the Park Tower up the street at 800 North Michigan Avenue. The Chicago Architecture Blog’s Zachary...

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