The View From Grant Park Keeps A-Changin’
Mar20

The View From Grant Park Keeps A-Changin’

If you’ve gone to a festival, played softball, or just walked around Grant Park in the last decade or so, you’ve been a first-hand witness to the changing of Chicago’s skyline. 340 On The Park, The Legacy, Heritage At Millennium Park, Roosevelt University’s Wabash Building, Trump International Hotel and Tower, and the 300 East Randolph vertical expansion all added drama to the park border. Chicago skyline...

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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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Throwback Thursday: Chicago Gets Trumped
Jun16

Throwback Thursday: Chicago Gets Trumped

Today we burrow into the archive ten years, and come up in 2006, where we find the Trump International Hotel and Tower rising on the north bank of the Chicago River. It was something of a stunner when the proposal came around to replace the old Chicago Sun-Times building, sending the newspaper packing.  This was before the Great Recession, and even though the rise of internet news and information sites like Jeeves, Yahoo!, and Ask had...

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Throwback Thursday: Trump Tower Ten Years Ago
May14

Throwback Thursday: Trump Tower Ten Years Ago

When you’ve been publishing a blog as long as we have, you end up with one heck of a photographic archive.  Fortunately, the interwebs gave us “Throwback Thursday,” an excuse to re-purpose our snapshots from ten years ago. On this trip ten years into the past, we take you to the banks of the Chicago River where Donald Trump’s Trump International Hotel and Tower is starting to replace the former Chicago...

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Emanuel Trying to Keep Chicago From Being Trumped Again
Sep29

Emanuel Trying to Keep Chicago From Being Trumped Again

Without a doubt, Donald Trump has put his stamp on Chicago thanks to the giant Trump sign adorning his namesake Trump International Hotel and Tower. Love it or despise it, the signage on the second-tallest building in the city is here to stay since both the city zoning committee and City Council signed off on it. However, in order to make sure such a loud statement is never again featured so brazenly along the Chicago River, Mayor...

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Critics of Donald’s Trump Stamp Ignore Other Riverfront Affronts. Here’s a List
Jun16

Critics of Donald’s Trump Stamp Ignore Other Riverfront Affronts. Here’s a List

For the last week or so architecture nerds, bloggers, journalists, tourists, and people who just love Chicago have had one word on their lips: “TRUM.” Today it’s spelled “TRUMP,” but for a long while, the “P” was missing on the sign on the Trump International Hotel and Tower (401 North Wabash Avenue) that’s brought Donald Trump more free publicity for his Chicago residential tower than...

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Chicago’s Newest Architectural Attraction: A Five-Letter Sign!
Jun14

Chicago’s Newest Architectural Attraction: A Five-Letter Sign!

The world is watching. Of course, I don’t mean soccer from Brazil. I’m talking about Trump Tower Chicago. I wonder, has a simple sign attached to the side of a building ever received so much attention? Only it’s not exactly a simple sign. It’s 2,891 square feet large. And now its become personal. Rahm is unhappy. He called it “tasteless.” Others say it’s ruined the skyline, it’s a blight, it’s Donald Trump throwing his weight, and...

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Profile: Lucas Tryggestad, One of Chicago’s AIA Young Architects of the Year
Mar06

Profile: Lucas Tryggestad, One of Chicago’s AIA Young Architects of the Year

People are always sending us e-mail messages asking for information about Chicago’s latest and greatest architecture.  Today we present another one of Chicago’s latest and greatest architects. Lucas Tryggestad is one of five people from Chicagoland selected for this year’s AIA Young Architects Award.  The AIA describes him thusly: SOM’s third Young Architects Award honoree, Tryggestad is an Associate Director...

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Slice of Life: Towers in Black and White
Nov30

Slice of Life: Towers in Black and White

The black corners of 330 North Wabash Avenue are a perfect contrast with the white curves formed by the Trump International Hotel and Tower (401 North Wabash Avenue) across the street, when seen against a perfect blue Chicago...

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Giant Spider Eats Trump Tower.  Or Not.
Oct02

Giant Spider Eats Trump Tower. Or Not.

Remember yesterday’s Giant Spider Eats Wrigley Building story?  Same spider.  Different time of...

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