Proposed Wacker Drive Tower Beefs Up Before It’s Built
Dec18

Proposed Wacker Drive Tower Beefs Up Before It’s Built

As the nation’s obesity crisis afflicts more and more of our young people, a new victim has been identified as suffering from unexpected, premature girth:  The proposed skyscraper at 110 North Wacker Drive. This once svelte shaft of glass and steel that is intended to replace the old General Growth Properties headquarters building has unexpectedly bulked out, adding 100,000 square feet to the 50-something-story tower, while...

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Here’s Why the Army May Scuttle Plans to Build a 51-Story Tower in The Loop
Dec07

Here’s Why the Army May Scuttle Plans to Build a 51-Story Tower in The Loop

A few days before Thanksgiving, the local office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published a notice on its web site.  It’s not one of the usual places that one looks for architecture news, so it took a few weeks for the notice to surface. (We’ve copied as much of the thing as we could below for your convenience.  Full PDF version here.) What it says is that the army is looking into the proposal to build a 51-story...

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Video: Proposed Tribune Mega-Project Turned Into Animated Eye Candy
Dec06

Video: Proposed Tribune Mega-Project Turned Into Animated Eye Candy

If you’ve been salivating over the prospect of Tribune Media (soon to be Sinclair Broadcasting) pulling off its proposed $700 million “technology campus” along the Chicago River, then grab another napkin. A new video has hit YouTube showing what the Trib and Riverside Investment’s 700 at the River District project could look like. The animation delivers quite a visual punch, giving viewers a fighting chance at...

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What We Know About Tribune’s 700 at the River
Sep25

What We Know About Tribune’s 700 at the River

It was in January of 2016 when we were the first to let the cat out of the bag on the new development at 700 West Chicago Avenue in Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood.  755 words called What Downtown Chicago’s Next Master Planned Community Might Look Like, complete with renderings showing the future of the property, a history of how Trib ended up with such a nice piece of land on its hands, and an exploration of the zoning...

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Chicago Union Station Finally Gets Its Towers, Plus a Hotel and More
May25

Chicago Union Station Finally Gets Its Towers, Plus a Hotel and More

Riverside Investment and Development has been selected by Amtrak to redevelop its property in Chicago’s West Loop, including the historic Chicago Union Station. In the decade-and-a-half that this blog has been chronicling Chicago’s built environment, Amtrak has put forward a series of increasingly ambitious plans for maximizing its real estate assets in downtown Chicago, which include the station’s...

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150 North Riverside Opens For Business
Apr21

150 North Riverside Opens For Business

It’s hard to believe that just four short years ago there were people scoffing at the idea of balancing a 54-story skyscraper in the middle of a set of very active rail lines on the edge of the Chicago River. But here we are today, with the official opening of 150 North Riverside. It’s not the first time that Goettsch Partners has cantilevered an office building on either side of a central core. But it’s the first...

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New Tower For 110 North Wacker Sails Through City Commission
Mar17

New Tower For 110 North Wacker Sails Through City Commission

No time has been wasted in kicking the flat, shed-like office slab at 110 North Wacker Drive to the curb, and replacing it with a shiny new skyscraper. Yesterday the Chicago Plan Commission approved the notion from Howard Hughes Corporation and Riverside Investment and Development to replace the squatty mid-century relic with something more befitting the value of the land upon which it sits. The new building designed by Goettsch...

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The Main Building on Main Street
Nov03

The Main Building on Main Street

If you’ve ever wanted to live in Evanston, but don’t enjoy the bustle of its quaint downtown, plus you enjoy having multiple redundant methods of commuting into the city, then what’s going up at 847 Main Street is right up your alley. The Main (formerly Chicago+Main) is a nine-story building with 112 apartments that’s nearly complete near the south end of town. Among its big selling points are that it is pretty...

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What’s Will Happen to Trib Tower? It’s Anyone’s Guess
May18

What’s Will Happen to Trib Tower? It’s Anyone’s Guess

You don’t need to take a Magic 8 Ball upside the head to know that the future is hazy for Tribune Tower.  What will become of the landmark of Chicago landmarks is uncertain as its former media powerhouse owner turns over every last couch cushion looking for money. For the last few years the local commercial real estate industry has been abuzz about the potential of the storied tower changing hands, and along with it development...

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