New Pix of New Building Next to Lincoln Park’s Village Theater
Mar18

New Pix of New Building Next to Lincoln Park’s Village Theater

Ordinarily, we love old buildings. It took a while for us to develop an appreciation for the Mid-century Modern aesthetic, and even certain brutalist forms are starting to seem less tacky these days. But when demolition permits were issued for the dump-o-riffic diner building on the corner of North and Clark across from the Chicago History Museum, not a tear dropped on our battle-scarred MacBook Air’s keyboard. And that’s...

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Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower
Feb27

Groundbreaking For New South Loop Residential Tower

In cities these days, trains are one of those “If you build it, they will come” amenities.  Case in point: The new residential tower that just broke ground a block from the CTA’s Green Line Cermak/McCormick Place station. Rendering of 2111 South Wabash (Courtesy of Draper and Kramer) The 24-story building is an SCB design for Draper and Kramer located at 2111 South Wabash Avenue.  When complete, the tower will bring 275 new homes to...

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Another Loop Skyscraper Expanding Upward, Getting Open-Air Observatory
Jan07

Another Loop Skyscraper Expanding Upward, Getting Open-Air Observatory

We’ve written a number of times about buildings in Chicago that were erected with vertical expansion in mind.  300 East Randolph is the most visible example, but there are others like 168 North Michigan and Union Station. Now another one of The Loop’s skyscrapers is getting a vertical expansion.  But you probably won’t notice it unless you work in, or adjacent to, the building in question: Beacon Capital...

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Aon Center Elevator Attraction Looks Like A Go
Dec17

Aon Center Elevator Attraction Looks Like A Go

Late this week the Chicago Plan Commission is expected to vote on whether to allow the new owners of the Aon Center to clamp a glass elevator to the northwest corner of the city’s third-tallest building and put a thrill ride on the roof. If you’re not into that whole “waiting for stuff to happen” thing, here are some tea leaves for you to read: It’s gonna happen. How can we prognosticate in such an...

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Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity
Dec05

Details of Union Station Renovation Show Potential, Complexity

We’re learning more of the nitty-gritty details involved in the Union Station redevelopment recently approved by the City of Chicago. A lot of it is just numbers and trivia, but a few things stand out. The former Harvey House at Union Station will be renovated into a new entrance to the Great Hall from South Clinton Street.  But it will also have plenty of leasable retail space.  Hopefully this space will end up being another...

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West Loop’s Newest Tower Is Old Saint Pat’s
Dec04

West Loop’s Newest Tower Is Old Saint Pat’s

The West Loop skyscraper formerly known as the Old Saint Pat’s Tower is officially done, according to Gold Coast architecture firm SCB. Today it is known by its address: 625 West Adams, and is a 20-story office building on Heritage Green Park built for White Oak Realty, CA Ventures, and Old Saint Patrick’s Church. Previously, this was a surface parking lot for the popular West Loop Catholic Church. Today, those parking spaces...

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Every Web Page About the Aon Center is About to Become Wrong
Nov12

Every Web Page About the Aon Center is About to Become Wrong

If you’re a fan of Wikipedia, the wannabe encyclopedia that’s the equivalent of asking a bunch of strangers at a bus stop to do your homework, it will soon need to be updated.  Along with the 8,643 other web sites that catalog skyscraper heights. Right now, the Aon Center’s “architectural height” is 1,136 feet.  That means to the top of the mechanical room that hides all of the HVAC equipment.  That space...

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Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week
Oct15

Downtown Chicago Could Get 11 New Skyscrapers This Week

If there’s a skyscraper nerd in your office, don’t be surprised if he calls in sick on Thursday.  That’s the day the Chicago Plan Commission considers the largest number of new skyscrapers for downtown Chicago since August of 2014, when four new towers were on the docket. This time, there are 11 major buildings in play: 700 at the River in River West 1,500 total residences 497 car parking spaces Total FAR: 8.1...

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Weed Street Residential Tower Back With New Design And A Little Buddy
Jul31

Weed Street Residential Tower Back With New Design And A Little Buddy

Plans for another residential tower in the North/Clybourn district are back in play, and bigger than before. We last showed you plans for the 901 West Weed Street project back in 2015, when it was designed by RTKL.  The new tower designed for CRM Properties by SCB is taller and slimmer than before.   The new application for fabrication in this location has the implication of reduced obfuscation.  While current design is 126 feet...

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More Residential Development Coming to the Heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast
Jul02

More Residential Development Coming to the Heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast

The ever-changing face of Chicago’s Viagra Triangle district is changing once again. Once known for seedy strip clubs, then more respectable clubs, then trendy night clubs and restaurants, it is slowly becoming a place where people want to stay for more than a few hours. Earlier this year, the Viceroy Hotel opened its doors inside the skin of what was the old Hotel Cedar.  A couple of years earlier, the old Sutton Place Hotel...

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