Ho Jo No Mo, 165 West Superior Continues To Rise
Apr02

Ho Jo No Mo, 165 West Superior Continues To Rise

The old Howard Johnson motel in River North is but a distant memory at 720 North LaSalle Street. That’s because it was smashed to smithereens to make way for the 34-story high rise officially designated as 165 West Superior. Designed by friends-of-the-blog bKL Architecture, the 298-unit apartment tower will sit atop a 4-story podium that will house the building’s 109 parking spaces. Atop the podium will be an outdoor lap...

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New Office Building Sets Feet in River North
Mar18

New Office Building Sets Feet in River North

If you’re anything like those of us at Chicago Architecture, you’re sick and tired of hearing about skyscrapers. Okay, that’s not like us at all. But shouldn’t there be more to life than height, density, and the pursuit of a zoning change? Of course there should. Which is why we decided to turn our attention to a project not making many headlines in Chicago lately. If it’s even gotten any attention at...

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8 East Huron Minus 4 East Huron Equals 2 East Huron
Mar16

8 East Huron Minus 4 East Huron Equals 2 East Huron

A month ago, we told you demolition crews were on their way to tear down the a couple Huron Street buildings constructed back in the 1800s. We weren’t lying. 4 East Huron is already a flat, empty lot. 8 East Huron has what appears to be only minor damage along the roof line. Until you look in the back. Then it’s clear: This building won’t be gone in days. It will be gone in hours. Why? A 26-story residential building...

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River North’s Parc Huron Earns Top Honors For Energy Efficiency
Jul24

River North’s Parc Huron Earns Top Honors For Energy Efficiency

The luxury rental highrise Parc Huron this week earned a top honor for its energy efficiency. The River North structure at 469 W. Huron Street received the Energy Star certification from the EPA. Previously, Parc Huron had already earned its stripes for environmental design. It was the first rental highrise in the state to receive LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Parc Huron opened in 2010 and was designed...

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300 North LaSalle Gets Environmental Status

Good news for Hines, and the environment.  Hines sent over a press release today touting the new LEED status for its skyscraper at 300 North LaSalle.  The tower, which opened in 2009, has been awarded LEED Core and Shell Gold status. Full release follows: HINES’ 300 N. LASALLE’S DOUBLE DESIGNATION – LEED GOLD AND DESIGNED TO EARN THE ENERGY STAR (CHICAGO) – The Chicago office of Hines, the international real...

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Donald Trump’s Electric Snail

Back in the early days of the internet, back when e-mail addresses were just starting to get “@” symbols in them, I heard something quite remarkable. I was told that the French don’t have an equivalency for the @ symbol, so instead of calling it “at” they call it “snail.” I’m reminded of that every time I walk past the Trump International Hotel and Tower(401 North Wabash Street) and gaze...

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Clark and Grand Hotels Plan Revised
Oct30

Clark and Grand Hotels Plan Revised

A couple of days ago we told you that the plan to build three hotels on half a block in River North had been revised. Well, we finally got our hands on the latest revision made by HOK, and it looks like it does indeed address a number of concerns local residents and businesses had. In this first diagram we see how the western alley would be transformed from a regular alley into a place where hotel guests could be picked up and dropped...

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Returning the Power to LaSalle Street

If you’ve been around Chicago for a while, you might remember that Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan once had a restaurant.  You might have even wondered, “What ever happened to that?”  Well, it’s gone.  Long gone.  Replaced by Lalo’s, a Mexican restaurant. Now Lalo’s is gone.  Being replaced by something called LaSalle Power Co.  The logo’s tagline reads, “Rock Bar • Stage • Retro...

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