Chicago Exports: Studio Gang Making Waves on the West Coast
Apr24

Chicago Exports: Studio Gang Making Waves on the West Coast

Today we continue our series of reports we call “Chicago Exports.” So much of the world’s great architecture is designed right here in Chicago by Chicagoans, but it’s not built in Chicagoland so it goes unseen by the hometown crowd. That’s why we are featuring the great works produced by Chicago architects continuing the city’s proud legacy as the birthplace of the skyscraper, and a global center of architecture. Studio Gang, which...

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A Look Inside (and Outside) Jeanne Gang’s Solstice on the Park
Feb21

A Look Inside (and Outside) Jeanne Gang’s Solstice on the Park

Much has been written over the last couple of years about Solstice on the Park in Hyde Park.  As the 26-story tower enters the home stretch toward completion, we’re getting a very good look at the building from Joe Zekas at YoChicago!. Mr. Zekas turned his very expensive camera gear on the residential block designed by Noble Square’s Studio Gang.  The building at 1616 East 56th Street has been getting so much press in part...

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Vista Tower Comes Into View
Aug23

Vista Tower Comes Into View

The Vista Tower (363 East Wacker Drive) — one of Chicago’s near-future showcase pieces — is rising quickly along the main branch of the Chicago River.  So quickly that it’s already visible to passing tour boats. These pictures from Joe Zekas at YoChicago! show not only the Studio Gang-designed building going up, but also the column-free area in the center, where East Upper Wacker Drive will finally be connected to North...

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Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”
Jul17

Chicago’s Vista Tower Loses Its 83rd Floor So People Won’t be “Afraid for Their Safety”

It’s not uncommon for a major construction project to change after it’s already started.  Look at Wolf Point West, which had its 43rd and 45th floor setbacks moved to the 45th and 46th floors, creating two more residences.  Or the Skinner West Elementary School addition which is gaining a floor, long after just three were approved by the city. In the case of Jeanne Gang’s spectacular 95-story Vista Tower going up at...

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Here We Grow!  Vista Tower Gets Full Construction Permit for All 95 Stories
May12

Here We Grow! Vista Tower Gets Full Construction Permit for All 95 Stories

The biggest thing to hit Chicago’s skyline since the Aon Center is about to become a reality. The City of Chicago has issued a full building permit for the Vista Tower in Lakeshore East (363 East Wacker Drive). Take a slurp of coffee and a deep breath and enjoy the OMG: CONSTRUCTION AND BUILD-OUT OF LEVEL 1 TO LEVEL 95 OF PROPOSED 95-STORY MIXED USE BUILDING Now just let that settle in… ahh. The tower will be the...

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Just Out of the Ground and Already the Vista Tower is Bracing for Chicago Wind
Feb22

Just Out of the Ground and Already the Vista Tower is Bracing for Chicago Wind

One day way back in 2003 we wandered up on East Upper Randolph Street and gazed down at a lone bulldozer grading the warm brown earth that once was an urban golf course into the gentle slopes that would one day characterize Chicago’s Lakeshore East development.  The construction work hasn’t stopped since. Though we’re 14 years into this blog writing about Lakeshore East, and almost 48 years since it was first...

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After Many Long Days, Studio Gang’s Solstice About to Cast Shadows
Feb13

After Many Long Days, Studio Gang’s Solstice About to Cast Shadows

This past Friday, Mother Nature issued a permit allowing the daffodils in Lincoln Park to start reaching out of their burrows and raising their heads skyward.  Coincidentally, it was the same day that the City of Chicago issued a permit allowing Hyde Park’s newest skyscraper to grow to its final height. CONSTRUCT NEW 26 STORY, 250 DWELLING UNIT BUILDING. 316 PARKING SPACES IN A 5 STORY CLASS J GARAGE. REFERENCE...

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Studio Gang Apartment Design For St. Louis Has Distinctive Onion Flavor
Dec14

Studio Gang Apartment Design For St. Louis Has Distinctive Onion Flavor

Chicago’s Studio Gang has unveiled the dramatic design for a proposed 36-story apartment building in midtown St. Louis that looks, to me at least, like a bloomin’ onion. The tasty yet unhealthy 1,954-calorie Outback Steakhouse appetizer bears a similar leaflike appearance to Studio Gang’s first St. Louis skyscraper. Englewood, New Jersey-based Mac Properties is the developer. The $130 million project is expected to...

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A Cold Bridgeport Welcomes Studio Gang’s Hot Boathouse
Dec06

A Cold Bridgeport Welcomes Studio Gang’s Hot Boathouse

On a cold Sunday morning, Bridgeport and the 11th ward welcomed two firsts: the first snow of the season, and the shiny new Eleanor Boathouse. The metal clad boathouse stands out as a new public icon in the ever-changing South Side neighborhood. Located in a brand new public park, Park 571 (2860 South Eleanor Street), the boathouse is intended to create new connections between the Chicago Parks District, Chicago Public Schools...

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A Touch of Wanda
Nov28

A Touch of Wanda

Whoever asked for a 93-something story skyscraper for Christmas, Santa’s little helpers are busy right now stuffing your stocking over in Lakeshore East. That’s where Loop Spy Jon took the photo above, showing busy bees putting in a foundation for the Vista Tower.  When completed, the tower will rise more than 1,100 feet into the sky, just a couple of blocks from the Lake Michigan shoreline, and just across Wacker Drive...

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