Construction Crews Filling Out (Concrete) Forms in Lake Shore East
May30

Construction Crews Filling Out (Concrete) Forms in Lake Shore East

If you used to cut through the badlands between Lakeshore East and Lake Michigan to catch some rays in the summertime, you’re in for a surprise when the lakefront opens to the public again.  The badlands are gone. Construction of Cirrus and Cascade in May, 2020 (Courtesy of Joe Zekas/YoChicago!) Joe Zekas at YoChicago! sent over the photograph above showing the construction progress of  Cirrus and Cascade.  Those are two of...

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Related Midwest Closer to Sowing Skyscraper Seeds in Streeterville
May26

Related Midwest Closer to Sowing Skyscraper Seeds in Streeterville

If you just moved to Chicago from Fargo, or Omaha, or Berwyn, you might not know that the word “Chicago” is descended from an indian word describing the wild onions that used to grow in the marshes of what is now Streeterville. Today, Related Midwest is ramping up* to plant its own wild onions in Streeterville –— a pair of residential towers at the intersection of the river and the lake that, if you take out your contact...

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Two Tower Project To Replace the Chicago Spire Goes to Plan Commission With An Unusual Condition
May17

Two Tower Project To Replace the Chicago Spire Goes to Plan Commission With An Unusual Condition

The 35-year saga of 400 North Lake Shore Drive may finally come to a conclusion soon, as this week the Chicago Plan Commission is scheduled to consider the latest proposal for the property on the northwest corner of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. March 2020 rendering of 400 North Lake Shore Drive (Courtesy of Related Midwest) The location is perfect for a prominent, eye-catching trophy tower, and even in the mid-1980’s...

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Chicago Architecture Firm Happy to Not Be Needed Today
May06

Chicago Architecture Firm Happy to Not Be Needed Today

While you were sequestered in your micro apartment exchanging accusing stares with your cat (she totally ate the last Yoplait), the boffins down at bKL Architecture have been fighting the good fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. And now their part is done. The Loop designers of glassy things that scrape the sky have completed their mission of banging out protective face shields with a stable of 3D printers.  Face shield production at...

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New Renderings, Info For Lakefront Skyscraper Duo
Mar14

New Renderings, Info For Lakefront Skyscraper Duo

Editor’s note:  These days pretty much everyone is worried about the Wuhan Flu. With a full-time gig for a healthcare company, we understand.  We’ve also noticed that a lot of the more irreverent online publications aren’t publishing anymore because the world is a much more serious place now.  We understand that, too.  But as rabid news consumers, we also understand that sometimes you need an...

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Spire Site Skyscrapers Shaved In Second Swing
Mar02

Spire Site Skyscrapers Shaved In Second Swing

These days it seems like the only thing harder than finding a Cubs game on television is building a skyscraper at 400 North Lake Shore Drive. But Related Midwest is heating up the pine tar to take another swing. February 2020 rendering of 400 North Lake Shore Drive (via the Office of Alderman Brendan Reilly) You’ll remember that 400 was going to be the location of the Fordham Spire, which failed. Then it was going to be the...

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New Progress and Pictures of South Loop’s Next Mega-Development
Feb13

New Progress and Pictures of South Loop’s Next Mega-Development

There was a lot of hoopla yesterday about The 78, Related Midwest’s 62-acre mixed-use development going up on a brownfield site across the street from the South Loop Target store. There was lots of press. Lots of big names. But once you scrub out all of the clichés, the platitudes, and the marketing babble seemingly cribbed from a Silicon Valley startup’s About page, here’s what actually happened: A document was...

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West Loop Skyscraper Proposal Cuts Height, Adds Second Building
Jan13

West Loop Skyscraper Proposal Cuts Height, Adds Second Building

Plans for an apartment and hotel tower on the edge of the Kennedy Expressway at Randolph Street have changed, even though the city of Chicago has already approved this project. Developer Related Midwest envisions the project ay 725 West Randolph as a gateway to Chicago’s Restaurant Row, and until recently saw it as a single apartment tower with a hotel.  Now it’s asking for permission to add a second building across West...

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First Phase of Lathrop Homes Redevelopment Now Open
Oct22

First Phase of Lathrop Homes Redevelopment Now Open

Ribbon was cut recently at what we used to call Lathrop Homes, now Lathrop Residences, as part of the continuing evolution of public housing in Chicago. Perched on the banks of the Chicago River just north of Bucktown and just south of Lake View, Lathrop was one of the first public housing projects in Chicago when it was completed in the 1930’s.   Lathrop Residences (Courtesy of Related Midwest) Its ongoing redevelopment will...

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A tree grows in Streeterville. And a bush. And a slide. And a sandbox.
Aug12

A tree grows in Streeterville. And a bush. And a slide. And a sandbox.

The greening of Chicago’s core continues, but not at the hands of the city’s Park District.  Instead many of Chicago’s newest parks come through the work of private firms building skyscrapers, and the parks are tacked on as revenue drivers, or out of political necessity. Bennett Park (August 2019. Photo by Cory Dewald, Courtesy of Related Midwest) The latest park to land in downtown is Bennett Park, in the core of...

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