Washington Park is the Next Neighborhood to be Transformed by CTA Renovation
Jun19

Washington Park is the Next Neighborhood to be Transformed by CTA Renovation

Seventeen years after its last renovation, the CTA’s Garfield Green Line station (320 East Garfield Boulevard) is getting another makeover.  Starting now. Ground was recently broken on what is called the Garfield Gateway project.  We first reported on it in July of 2016, when $25 million federal tax dollars were allocated to transform the dilapidated transit hub into a modern commuter portal. The city has come up with the...

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Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point
Nov09

Caterpillars Mud Wrestling at Wolf Point

There’s something to be said for a rainy autumn day in Chicago.  Something about the drizzle pattering off the pale yellow leaves of the few remaining ash trees in the city’s medians.  And the low-hanging clouds that turn the city of skyscrapers into a busy village.  And then there’s the mud. The people at Wolf Point know about mud.  You may remember last month the hole being dug for Pelli Clarke Pelli’s East...

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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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Big Names, High Hopes for Chicago Union Station Redevelopment
Sep14

Big Names, High Hopes for Chicago Union Station Redevelopment

The redevelopment of Chicago Union Station and the surrounding properties continues to creep along like a  Hiawatha Service train a stuck behind yet another Canadian National freight mess. The latest bit of news is that Amtrak has narrowed down the list of developers (well, developer groups) to just four.  Not surprisingly, the developers are mostly deep-pocketed heavy hitters.  But we’re additionally pleased by the high caliber...

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Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below
May25

Building Great Chicago Open Spaces From Above and Below

  Do you love parks?  Of course you do! Do you love construction?  Of course you do! Like chocolate and peanut butter, the good people over at Walsh Construction have put together parks and construction into a single video about their work creating great urban open spaces in Chicago. You’ve seen the big green Walsh logo in places high and low across this city.  When it comes to parks, it was the general contractor on...

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Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane
Apr14

Another Big Moment Reached as Moment Tops Out, Ditches Crane

Construction is far from over at the combined developments of Moment and Sienna Flats in Streeterville, but with the tower crane having been lowered and sent on to its next assignment, it’s easier to count down the days to completion than to count up the days from groundbreaking. Moment, the residential tower portion of the Golub project, is well over half-glassed. The 45-story tower will deliver 490 luxury apartments to 545...

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Trading Parkas for Parks: Fullerton’s the Place to Go
Apr06

Trading Parkas for Parks: Fullerton’s the Place to Go

April showers have so far left us with little chance to shed winter’s garb and grab some vitamin D the old fashioned way.  But when it is time to trade North Face parkas for lying on the grass facing north in the park, Fullerton and the lakefront is the place to me. That’s where Walsh Construction has finished with a new erosion protection plan that also includes adding new parkland to Chicago’s Lake Michigan...

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1001 South State Approaches Glass-Full Status
Apr05

1001 South State Approaches Glass-Full Status

1001 South State is one of those construction projects that just has it. Whatever it is. So much so that we can’t stop looking. We’ve told you a whole bunch of times about this South Loop apartment tower, but here’s a very quick rundown: Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed it Golub & Company, along with CIM Group, developed it. Walsh Construction is building it. Chicago Architecture is taking pictures of it. Lots of...

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Slice of Life: 1001 South State. Just Because.
Feb16

Slice of Life: 1001 South State. Just Because.

One of our goals here at Chicago Architecture is to help our loyal readers keep up to date on construction progress around Chicago. When some ground gets broken, when a tower crane sprouts from the ground, when cladding starts climbing the walls, we want you to see it as soon as we do. Just two weeks ago, we tried to do just that, updating you on progress of Solomon Cordwell Buenz‘s 1001 South State, the 41-story apartment...

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1001 State Street, That 1001 Great Street
Jan27

1001 State Street, That 1001 Great Street

1001 South State, so named for its relative proximity to 1001 South State Street, continues to climb in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. It’s been a favorite to watch for the colorful lines and pretty yellow crane. Throw in some wicked awesome glass on the curvy southern exposure, and we challenge you to walk by on a sunny day without stopping for a photo opp. In case you’ve forgotten the deets, they follow here,...

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