A Look at the Chicago Union Station Renovation
Jun28

A Look at the Chicago Union Station Renovation

If you’ve spent any time in the West Loop, you may have had a chance to completely ignore the western side of Union Station. Whether you were rushing to get the 125 bus, headed to Beggar’s for a slice of pepperoni and a nice side salad, or hoofing it across the Kennedy for a little after-work nightlife, there are plenty of reasons to never look at the western facade of this building. Chicago Union Station (File) Since a...

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BMO Tower Starts to Rise in the West Loop
Jun28

BMO Tower Starts to Rise in the West Loop

Commuters returning to Chicago from the suburbs after The Great Pause will hear some familiar sounds as they emerge from Union Station. The scraping of steel against stone. The squealing of metal tracked vehicles. The occasional Very Loud Bang™ echoing through the canyons of the West Loop. All these noises and more are on offer right next to the train station, at 320 South Canal Street. BMO Tower under construction (June 2020....

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While You Were Away: 110 North Wacker Construction Continues
Jun21

While You Were Away: 110 North Wacker Construction Continues

As life in Chicago transitions from a pre-apocalyptic Stephen King novel to a post-apocalyptic Samuel Beckett play, you may notice some things have changed since most everyone went into hiding. 110 North Wacker under construction in June, 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) For the most part, the city’s large construction projects moved forward, though sometimes at varying paces.  Among those that have progressed is 110 North Wacker,...

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Riverside Dining Coming to Under-Construction Wacker Drive Skyscraper
May26

Riverside Dining Coming to Under-Construction Wacker Drive Skyscraper

The skyscraper at 110 North Wacker isn’t done yet, but when it is, you’ll be able to sup al fresco.  Lightfoot willing. The Chicago Department of Planning and Development has given the go-ahead for the developers to tweak the plans for this building to include an outdoor dining patio its north side.  This will provide views of the Chicago River, the park across the waves beneath its Goettsch cousin 150 North Riverside, and...

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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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BMO Tower Construction Update
Apr30

BMO Tower Construction Update

If your daily commute used to take you through Union Station, you might wonder what’s going on with the BMO Tower under construction across the street.  Well, wonder no more my home-bound friend.  We’ve got your virtual back. BMO Tower construction in April 2020 (Courtesy of YoChicago!) YoChicago! sent in the photograph above showing construction progress on the skyscraper at 320 South Canal Street. OK, so there’s...

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B-Hold the B-Musing B-MO Tower B-Coming B-Yootiful
Mar10

B-Hold the B-Musing B-MO Tower B-Coming B-Yootiful

If Union Station seems a little noisier than usual these days, it’s not just because the 6:30 Metra from Downers Grove is crammed with armchair pitching coaches who just won’t shut up about the White Sox chances this season.  It’s because of the massive BMO Tower going up across the street. BMO Tower under construction in March 2020 (Courtesy of Loop Spy Jody) Loop Spy Jody cracked a pre-season bat sending the...

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The Union Station Tower is Finally Real
Dec24

The Union Station Tower is Finally Real

For as long as anyone can remember, it’s been lots of discussion but no digging in the West Loop where Amtrak has wanted to add a skyscraper to the Union Station complex since before Amtrak was a thing.  In the last 15 years, we’ve seen at least three different plans for Amtrak skyscrapers that simply never got off the ground.  But that has finally changed. 2019 rendering of BMO Tower, formerly Union Station...

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110 North Wacker About to Top Out… Off… Whatever
Oct07

110 North Wacker About to Top Out… Off… Whatever

The 53-story skyscraper that erased the vaguely Mid-Century General Growth Building is about to reach its penultimate height.  110 North Wacker kicked the squatty TuffShed-looking structure into the history books when Howard Hughes and Riverside Investment and Development decided to plant a Goettsch Partners design at this location. Rendering of 110 North Wacker (via Riverside Investments and Development) According to the Chicago...

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110 North Wacker Rises, Bringing Scads and Oodles Along the River
Jul16

110 North Wacker Rises, Bringing Scads and Oodles Along the River

Birds, monkeys, and lumberjacks know the best way to see the forest is from the trees.  That’s why people have been flocking to Chicago’s observation decks for at least 70 years to look down, out, and around at the city’s architecture. Other people who get to see the city from up on high include white collar business executives, construction workers, and web site owners like Joe Zekas from YoChicago!.  He took...

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