Skyscraper Jungle Moves West With Plan For Two 50+ Story Towers
Feb02

Skyscraper Jungle Moves West With Plan For Two 50+ Story Towers

It was one thing when the brick warehouses and sheet metal abattoirs west of The Loop were set upon be developers throwing up 10, 12, even 14-story buildings in the neighborhood.  But these days 30, 40, and 50-story buildings are de rigueur in an area where not so long ago you couldn’t even buy a good cup of coffee. The latest entries into the ultra-urbanization of the area come from Related Midwest.  We’ve been telling...

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19-Story Tower Rejected for Being Too Tall Back as 51-Story Tower
Oct16

19-Story Tower Rejected for Being Too Tall Back as 51-Story Tower

Another developer is going to try to put up a huge skyscraper in Chicago’s Fulton Market District. Tucker Development and Related Midwest want to replace a surface parking lot with a 51-story residential skyscraper at 156 North Peoria Street.  While the area west of the West Loop has welcomed skyscrapers along the Kennedy Expressway in Greektown, anything taller than a good pole vault immediately brings out a pack of...

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A Year After Groundbreaking, Work Begins on Downtown Chicago Mormon Temple
Jun01

A Year After Groundbreaking, Work Begins on Downtown Chicago Mormon Temple

The newest spire about to pierce Chicago’s sky isn’t a fancy apartment tower along the lakefront.  It’s a place of worship. Two permits issued in the last few days show that work is finally going to begin on the very long-awaited downtown Chicago temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 816 North Clark Street.   Currently, its adherents meet in a space shared with three other congregations.  Not...

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It’s Been a While, But Downtown Lake Shore Drive Reconfig Still “Has a Chance”
May31

It’s Been a While, But Downtown Lake Shore Drive Reconfig Still “Has a Chance”

It’s been over five years since we first heard about city plans to re-configure Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago.  A lot of work has been done on the Drive in other parts of the city, but the downtown portion remains congested, dangerous, and falling apart.  But according to 2nd Ward Adlerman Brian Hopkins, “This is a bold, visionary project that has a chance to come to fruition.”  It’s been a long time...

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VOA, Chicago’s Second-Largest Architecture Firm, Now With More “Eh?”
Feb11

VOA, Chicago’s Second-Largest Architecture Firm, Now With More “Eh?”

One of Chicago’s largest architecture firm is not completely a hometown company anymore. VOA Associates, which came in second in our annual Chicago Architecture Firms Expressed as Coffee Bubbles survey is being acquired by Stantec, out of Edmonton, Alberta. You may remember VOA from such local favorites as the University Center of Chicago on State Street; the Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier; and both the seventh and 12th...

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